Building a Moodle workspace: adding assignments and content
HAMK’s Moodle has plenty of tools for guiding work (activities, e.g. task and discussion) and presenting content (materials). Activities and materials can be added to the workspace when editing mode is on. When choosing tools, you should think about what the goal is and how you want the students to work. The features and usage possibilities of different activity and material types are described in more detail in the Moodle tool guide and In the teacher’s guide tool table.
The general approach is that the student is active in the activities, the teacher has an active role in the materials.
– Go to Moodle and check to the workspace of the implementation.
– Turn on editing mode and select Add activity or material > the content you want
Activities – the student is active
|Interactive content H5P||A tool that can be used to create versatile interactive content in the workspace.|
|Discussion area||A forum for discussion. Possibility of limited group discussions, attachment files and open assignment feedback.|
|Learning diary||Enables the student to collect his own notes and experiences in a personal diary. The content of the learning diary is visible to the student himself and to the course teachers, who can also comment on the content.|
|Lesson||The lesson activity presents a set of web pages to the student. Each choice or answer a student makes can send the student to a different branch of the lesson with different pages. With the lesson activity, students can be offered flexible learning material without the teacher directly interfering in the learning process after creating a lesson once.|
|Feedback||With the feedback activity, you can make your own surveys. In addition to multiple-choice, yes/no and open text question types, there is an instruction text for intermediate instructions and a page change.|
|Peer Assessment||For peer evaluation of small group work. The teacher evaluates the feedback of the whole group. The small group members evaluate each member’s work.|
|Group choice||The operation of the group choice activity is simple: the teacher creates the groups and then gives several group options from which the student chooses the group or groups to join. Note One workspace can have many types of group divisions in use, define the necessary ones in the workplace grouping settings.|
Let the students themselves form the groups. The teacher defines the conditions for what kind of groups students are allowed to form, and the students make their own choices. Note before doing this, check the grouping settings of the workspace.
The activity is especially effective if there are many students in the workspace, whom you would otherwise have to manually divide into groups as a teacher.
|Glossary||In the glossary, participants can create and maintain a joint glossary, a list of search terms or, for example, collect a joint reference list. Instructions for copying vocabulary from one workspace to another.|
|Assignment||With the assignment activity, the teacher can assign tasks, collect the answers and evaluate them verbally and numerically. Assignment feedback can be a file, text or an image/sound/Kaltura video embedded via a text editor. Please note that only workspace teachers and students who returned the work themselves can see the returned answers.
The assignment can also be defined as a group task, in which case one of the small group returns, everyone in the small group sees the return and the feedback and evaluation received on it. For the group assignment, you need to define the small groups and grouping to assemble the small groups.
|Quiz||In the quiz, you can plan and compile sets of questions consisting of multiple choice, true/false questions, short answer questions and essays. You can also make use of the mathematical STACK formatting in the questions and the quiz tool’s own mathematical question types. The questions are saved in the database, from which they can be used several times in the same course or in other courses.|
|Workshop||With the workshop activity, you can not only collect the students’ outputs, but also have them self-evaluate their own work and peer-evaluate each other’s work. In addition, it is possible to evaluate the given peer evaluations. Please note that students can only see the work of other students that you designate for them to be peer-reviewed, as well as the work that you have chosen to be published after the workshop is over. Note. the workshop can only be used if the entire feedback and evaluation group progresses to the different work phases at exactly the same pace.|
|Video assignment||Students can return the video to the assignment in two different ways. Either in the online text as a link to a traditional assignment or as feedback to the Kaltura Media Assignment activity.|
|Wiki||With the wiki activity, participants can add and edit a common Moodle internal site. There are two basic ways of using the wiki settings: a common wiki, where all participants can edit, or personal wikis, where each participant has his own wiki area, where only teachers can access in addition to them. In addition, you can use groups in the wiki, in which case you can offer all groups their own areas with one wiki activity.|
|Board||A Padlet-like tool for community work.|
|Zoom LTI Pro||Through Zoom LTI Pro activity, all teachers in the same Moodle course area can schedule their own Zoom meetings that will appear in the same place. Meetings created through the activity will also appear in the meeting scheduler’s Meetings listing on the Zoom app and web portal (https://hamk.zoom.us/meeting).|
Resources – the teacher is active
|Folder||The folder allows you as a teacher to collect several files in one place as a material folder, which shortens the workspace view.|
|Book||With the book material type, you can create multi-page materials in a book-type format, i.e. structure the content into chapters and subchapters.|
|Label (Text and media area)||(Formerly known as a Label) a Text and media area serves as a spacer on a Moodle course page.It can be used to add text,images, multimedia or code in between other resources in the different sections.|
|Page||Using the page, you can create easily updated content pages for the course area, to which you can add text, images, sound, video, links or even embed code from an external site.|
|File||As a teacher, you can add files to the course area for students to see.|
|URL||With the URL, the teacher can share external websites as course material.|
|Kaltura Video Resource||As a teacher, you can add individual videos of your own to the course area directly from HAMK’s Kaltura Moodle integrated video service|
Tables used as a source official Moodle instructions.