1.> Use Moodle for teaching:

1-1.> To apply for a Moodle account, please send your request to Dr. Edward Shih at edwards@uwest.edu.  

1-2.> To duplicate your existing Moodle course to a new semester, please send the request with the course name, course code, and the term of this course to Dr. Shih (edwards@uwest.us). Your courses will show up on your Dashboard within two days. Dr. Shih will also enroll the students in your course by the class beginning day. 

1-3.> Apply backwards design with the course mapping (Wiggens and McTighe, 2005) in designing online courses that are instructionally and pedagogically sound and help meet QM standards.  

backwards design

Course Mapping

1-4.> For more tips and practices in designing online courses, review the examples at Las Positas College and Open SUNY.

2.> To enroll your students to your Moodle courses:

2-1.> By the class beginning day, you should see your students enrolled in your courses by checking the Participants in your Moodle class. If not, please contact the Registrar office to see if your class rosters are available to be sent to Dr. Shih (edwards@uwest.edu).

2-2.> Dr. Shih will create the logging account for your students, enroll them in your class, and send the logging and relating information to the enrolled students. 

2-3.> Communicate with your students

2-3-1) Post an announcement in the Announcements Forum. Moodle LMS will email the post to all your students in the class. 

2-3-2) Use the Moodle Message function
- This is not a regular email, but an instant message within the class.
- Click Participants at the left-hand side Navigation Drawer
- Select students
- Click the drop-down menu at the bottom

With selected users... Send a message
- Students will receive this message in the Messaging Drawer (at the up-right corner, beside the user name)

In the Message Settings, you can also enable the Email and/or Mobile notification.

If both of you are logged into Moodle at the same time, then it will act as an instant message service.

2-4.> Switch your role to Student

The switch roles feature allows a user to switch temporarily to another role from the user menu 'Switch role' so that they can see what the course would look like to someone with that role. Click your name at the up-right corner to pull down the user menu and then select "Switch role to ..."

3.> Three quality checklists for verifying the online courses:

3-1.> Create course contents and activities. Please take the following requirements into account in this stage:

  • A course map that lists how each of the course and module objectives will be connected/aligned by what learning activities and the achievement can be measured accordingly.
  • (That is, the alignment in the institutional objectives, course objectives, module/unit objectives, instructional materials, learning activities & assignments, assessments, and tools used.)
  • The instructional materials and activities that will offer the interaction among teacher-student, student-student, and content-student.
  • The accessible documents (Word documents, presentation files, captions for audio/video files, etc.).      

 %%%Checklist 1 will be executed in this stage; click here to download Checklist 1

3-2.> Implement Universal Design for Learning and meet the Accessibility act (Section 508). Please note that you will work on the following requirements in this stage:

  • Usability
  • ADA & WCAG 2.1 Compliance
  • multiple representations, multiple engagements, and multiple expressions.

%%% Checklist 2 will be executed in this stage; click here to download Checklist 2

3-3.> Address faculty readiness for online teaching: the transforming role of faculty in online education. Please be sure to accomplish the following  requirements in this stage:

  • Increase engagement
  • Promote active learning
  • Support adaptive learning
  • Foster the characteristics of the online facilitator

%%% Checklist 3 will be executed in this stage; click here to download Checklist 3

3-4.> Address student readiness for online learning and students support

3-5.> Make revisions and improvements after the course was taught twice, based on the feedback and Moodle statistical data (Intelliboard analytic reports).

3-6.> Seek QM online course certificate and then apply for accreditation from regional/Distance Education accreditor. 

4.> Program Chairs can explore Moodle Reporting & Analytics and export learner usage, learner engagement, learner retention, sitewide adoption, learner comparisons, grades, and so much more for his/her faculty members. View this Moodle Webinar Recording 
5.> Managing a Moodle course > Teacher quick guide: Best Practices 
6.> The 15-Minute Guide for Teachers on Getting Started with Moodle
7.> Moodle 3.9
Learn Moodle 3.9 Basics - the free, self-paced course which is designed for anybody who wants to use the Moodle learning platform for teaching.
Moodle Teaching Basics - the free, self-paced course which is designed to help you understand the basics of teaching with Moodle.
8.> Share and receive advice by joining the forum at Teaching with Moodle.
9.> Need Additional Support
Please submit a ticket for support or contact Dr. Edward Shih Email: edwards@uwest.edu 
Phone: 1(626)677-3370