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Moodle and Distance Learning

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What is Moodle?

Moodle is an LMS (Learning Management System) that allows users to deliver content and instruction through a private website. Faculty can create individual Moodle courses for both their on-site classes and for their online courses. Among other things, Moodle allows faculty to post lectures, videos, assignments, discussion forums, quizzes, and questionnaires. Additionally, faculty and staff may use Moodle courses for various non-class related activities such as committees, project management, feedback, polling, and application submission.

Ready to login to Moodle? Go to moodle.potsdam.edu.

What is Instructional Design?

Instructional Design is the systematic development of instruction that most effectively facilitates the transfer of knowledge, skills, and attitude to learners. Instructional Designers carefully consider how students learn and what materials and methods will help them achieve their academic goals. The principles of instructional design address the design, creation, and delivery of educational tools to any learning group. Instructional Design principles enhance learning at every level: a Moodle course, a campus course, a lecture, or even a single assignment.

Whether you need general support to enhance your Moodle course or are looking for detailed instructional design support to develop a fully online course, the CCI staff are here to support you. Forward your questions or schedule a one-on-one appointment by emailing online@potsdam.edu.

General Moodle Help
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm
Phone: 315-267-3220
Email: moodlesupport@potsdam.edu

Evening Hours
Email: moodlesupport@potsdam.edu

Username/Password Problems Only
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm
Phone: 315-267-4444
Email: helpdesk@potsdam.edu
Location: Stillman 103 Helpdesk

Resources

For access to Moodle and Instructional Design videos, tools, and free web-resources go to Resources. For faculty using Moodle, go to Copyright and Moodle for more information, and student can find online learning information at Online & Hybrid Courses.

Teaching Online

The CCI empowers faculty to engage with their students. Whether you want to enhance a campus-based (on-site) course, create a hybrid course, or develop a fully-online course, CCI staff will support you. To schedule an appointment for instructional design, course design, or Moodle support, contact the Distance Learning Coordinator at online@potsdam.edu. If you are interested in teaching online, the campus offers an online learning seminar every semester. The eight-week PTOL course takes you systematically through the design and development phases of creating an online course. You can go to the CCI Registration site to find the next available seminar.

Process to deliver an online course

If you plan to deliver an online course, you must submit an Intent Packet, which includes an Intent to Develop and Deliver form to DLProposal@potsdam.edu at least 30 weeks before the target date of delivery. If approved, an Instructional Designer will contact you to establish a course development timeline and will assist you in developing the course.  The DL Course Approval Process Infographic walks you through the entire process, and you can find comprehensive guidelines and policies at Policies and Procedures for Online Course Development.

Intent to Develop and Deliver FORM Mac Users: Do NOT open the form in Preview. Open the file in Finder, Ctrl+click the file, select Open With; select Adobe Acrobat.

Please Note:

  • You will need a complete syllabus for the course, which includes a course schedule as part of the Intent Packet. A syllabus for an online course is a little different from a traditional on-site syllabus! For assistance with the syllabus, contact online@potsdam.edu.
  • Faculty that have secured DL Credentials may submit their Intent Packet within a shorter timeframe. To be credentialed, the faculty member must have completed the campus’s PTOL seminar (or equivalent) and taught at least one semester online with no substantive complaints.

 

Why should you teach online?

Faculty members who teach online courses report that they not only had a wonderful experience, but also noted an improvement in their on-site courses. When you deliver an online course, you do not change the content, but you do change how you deliver that content and how you interact with your students.

Reasons to consider teaching online:

  • Provide access to non-traditional students
  • Learn online pedagogy
  • Improve pedagogy in on-site (face-to-face) courses
  • Incorporate online resources into all of your courses
  • Learn new, or update current, technology skills
  • Conduct educational research regarding teaching and learning
  • Affords convenience, yet remains challenging and rewarding