Moodle course areas for modules can be built in different ways
HAMK has undergone an extensive curriculum reform (OPS), from which Vice President Heidi Ahokallio-Leppälä wrote a news article to HAMK intra (requires login) on 27 October 2020. Excerpts from the news:
- The module is a concise unified entity based on phenomena in working life
- Modules include working life projects, both students and teachers work in teams
- Modules are implemented sequentially during the academic year
- The module entity lies on the same Learn (Moodle) course area on which the module’s teachers jointly plan and build the module implementation. The course area introduces, for example, the execution of a module, tasks and evaluation during implementation.
Several characteristic strengths have already emerged in the development of module curriculum in HAMK according to Heidi Ahokallio-Leppälä. These strengths will continue to be maintained in the future and will continue to be strengthened. The modular structure has proven its functionality, which is reflected, for example, in the continuously improved student feedback over the years. However, the operating environment is constantly changing, which means that we also still need both pedagogical and structural curriculum development.
The content of the guide
This guide presents different practical solutions from Peppi and Moodle’s point of view. You can also use a combination of the solutions offered here that best serve your own module’s needs. In any case, you must have a course area that combines the whole module.
Implementations following the new curriculum
Module X: module = one course, one course area in Moodle
The module has one course with its own course area in Moodle.
- Establishing the module implementation in Peppi, defining teacher resources for the implementation
- Module leader adds course connection to module implementation.
- Teachers attached to the module are automatically assigned as teachers in the Moodle course area.
- Student enrollment and joining Moodle course areas
- Students sign up for module implementation in Pakki.
- Enrolled students are accepted in Peppi for module implementation, in which case they are also automatically assigned to the Moodle course area of this module.
Example of how to break down the contents of a module implementation in Moodle course area (picture).
Module Y: four courses in Peppi, one course area in Moodle
The module has four courses with a shared course area in Moodle. The implementation is based on one Moodle course area that includes all module’s courses.
- Establishing the course area
- One of the teachers included in the module establishes a course area to Moodle through Peppi. This course area is used as a shared course area for the whole module.
- One of the teachers modifies the course area name in Moodle to match the study module in the OPS and adds the module’s courses’ implementation IDs and names in the course area description in Moodle.
- Other courses are combined into a shared course area
- In Moodle, one of the teachers copies the abbreviation for the created course area and uses it to attach other module-related courses in Peppi to the same Moodle course area (Learning Environments – Add a course to the learning environment: Connect to an existing Moodle course)
- Student enrollment and joining the Moodle course area
- Students enrol for module’s all courses in Pakki.
- The teacher accepts enrolled students in Peppi, in which case they are also automatically assigned to the Moodle course area.
- To check participants in Moodle course area:
- Participants -> Check that teachers are on the participants list. Also, check that they have the correct implementation IDs as group names.
Example of basic information in the combined implementation course area in Moodle (image):
- In Moodle, the teacher modifies the course name to match the name of the module/study module in the curriculum. You may add group names and the time of implementation (s21/k22).
- The course’s short name is the same as the original implementation code.
- The dates of implementation of the study are defined in the basic information of the course area in Moodle.
- The teacher has added the implementation codes and names of all courses and groups to the description. It is recommended to add the module name. Module code is not compulsory.
Module Z: four courses in Peppi, separate courses areas in Moodle
A Module Moodle course area (home base) has been created for the module. In addition, each course has its own Moodle course area. All individual Moodle course areas are connected as subcourses to the module course area (home base). The overall grades for all sub course areas are automatically displayed in the module Moodle course area grade book.
- Module Moodle course area (home base) – separately ordered course area (In Moodle, in the top menu, Info > Course Request)
- Professional Content 1 (5 ECTS) – Subcourse 1
- Professional Content 2 (5 ECTS) – Subcourse 2
- Communication (2 ECTS) – Subcourse 3 // several implementations in one Moodle course
- Mathematics (3 ECTS) – Subcourse 4 // several implementations in one Moodle course
- Course implementations are established in Peppi.
- Teachers are assigned to the course.
- Moodle course areas for each course implementation are added in Peppi.
- Teachers assigned to the course in Peppi are automatically set as teachers in Moodle course area.
- The module leader requests the module course area (home base) in Moodle.
- The module leader adds teachers manually to the Module Moodle (home base).
- The Moodle course areas created in Peppi need to be added as subcourses to the Module Moodle course area (home base) so that the module entity and the overall grade of the module are visible in Moodle.
- The Module Moodle course area (home base) needs meta links to connect all subcourse students to the Module Moodle. Meta link connects only students, not teachers, to the Module Moodle course area.
- All sub course areas’ overall grades are automatically displayed in the Module Moodle course area grade book (home base).
- Student enrollment and joining Moodle courses
- Students enrol for courses in Pakki.
- Enrolled students are accepted for a course in Peppi. They are also automatically enrolled in the right Moodle course area and, by metalinking, to the Module Moodle course area (home base).
- In the subcourse area
- All tasks, assignments, etc., affecting the course evaluation are evaluated in Moodle.
- The assessment shall be carried out following the standard criteria of the module, e.g. the following: the scores of the assignments and exams and the course grade assignment.
Module implementations following the old curriculum (studies started before 2021)
You can choose the applicable parts from Module X (internal link) and Module Z (internal link) instructions.
Best practices for basic information of the course area
How do I name a course in Moodle? What is the course short name?
- The course name and description are essential because Moodle knows how to search for a course based on these texts. The basic information for each course must show the implementation ID(s) and group ID(s) for which the implementation is directed.
- Peppi automatically names Moodle courses: Name & Implementation’s ID.
- May be modified if necessary, for example, like this or according to degree programs own policy: SHHTP20A2 Nursing …, s21/k21group.
Group-ID, Course/Module name and semester (a21/s22).
- If multiple implementations are run as one Moodle course area, enter the implementation IDs for all implementations here.
- If the implementation is meant for more than one group, enter the group IDs for all of them here.
Course Short Name
- The abbreviation for the course is used only to connect courses in Peppi to Moodle course areas.
- Course Short Name is shown in email notification headers and links in these emails and a few course area listings.
- Course areas created in Peppi: Course Short name is automatically implementation ID (may be modified).
- Must be unique.