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Moodle 2.5 Multimedia

Book Description

Adding multimedia to Moodle will make it work even harder for you as a teaching tool. Learn the easy way how images, video, audio, and maps can transform your courses. No special technical skills needed.

  • Gives ideas to teachers and trainers on how to use multimedia effectively in Moodle
  • Plenty of screenshots and a step-by-step approach, with tips on how to use simple and free software tools and web applications to improve your course
  • Focus on both the creation of instructional materials and the design of students activities around multimedia where they have an active role in creating, discussing and assessing their work
  • Based on the development of a Moodle course about music, with connections to other subjects and a broad range of activities

In Detail

Multimedia is a very old human endeavor. It has taken mankind almost 30,000 years since painting on cave walls to get a combination of text, image, sound, and video all working in the same medium, that is, in motion pictures. Finally, after thousands of years of human history, we can all (not just an elite few) create multimedia easily using Moodle. Moodle was built around an idea of learning that happens when a group of people construct things for one another, collaboratively creating a small culture of shared artifacts with shared meanings.

A tutorial-based guide, with clear illustrations and examples of how to create, convert and add multimedia to Moodle using a range of free e-learning software tools and web applications. This book follows the design of resources and activities for the course “Music for everyday life”. The tasks presented are quick and easy to do for teachers and trainers with busy schedules.

Giving readers an insight into the creation and integration of multimedia in Moodle courses.

Starting with images you will learn to create photo collages, screenshots and comic strips. Then you will discover audio and how to extract audio from CDs to create a soundtrack for a movie and a podcast. Later, you will use video to produce a trailer for a movie, photo slideshows, online TVs and screencasts. Following that, you will develop an understanding of interactive elements and web communication, such as online maps, interactive timelines or web meetings. Finally, you will look at multimedia quizzes and assessment of multimedia assignments, ending with general issues on copyright, licensing and safety.

A focus of the book is to show readers that using multimedia is not just about improving instruction, but also improving the ways in which students can can now create multimedia easily, and share it without great effort.. To make this easier, many of the moodle tutorials in the book will be based on activities designed for students to create, discuss and assess each other’s multimedia works.

Table of Contents

  1. Moodle 2.5 Multimedia
    1. Table of Contents
    2. Moodle 2.5 Multimedia
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewers
    6. www.packtpub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
        1. Why Subscribe?
        2. Free Access for Packt account holders
    7. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Errata
        2. Piracy
        3. Questions
    8. 1. Getting Ready for Multimedia in Moodle
      1. Multimedia in Moodle
      2. About the course Music for everyday life
        1. The course structure
        2. The course content
        3. Prerequisites
          1. Knowledge
          2. Hardware
            1. A low-budget equipment kit
          3. Software
      3. Configuring Moodle for multimedia
      4. Three simple things using Moodle and multimedia
        1. Task 1 – adding images to forums
          1. Examples of uses of a forum with pictures
        2. Task 2 – adding sound to forums
          1. Examples of uses of a forum with sound attachments
        3. Task 3 – adding videos to forums
          1. Examples of uses of a forum with videos
      5. Summary
    9. 2. Picture This
      1. Finding free pictures online
        1. The basics of image formats
        2. Flickr
          1. Uploading photos to Flickr
            1. License
        3. Wikimedia Commons
        4. Other picture sites
        5. Moodle it!
          1. Uploading images as attachments
          2. Using Moodle's text editor
      2. Capturing and enhancing pictures using GIMP
        1. Tips for effective photo capturing
          1. Composition
          2. Lighting
          3. Size
        2. Enhancing pictures using GIMP
          1. Cropping
          2. Resizing
          3. Saving (exporting)
          4. Rotating
          5. Flipping and rotating
          6. Correcting white balance and color
          7. Correcting brightness and contrast
        3. Creating digital photo collages
          1. Adding layers
          2. Eliminating photo areas
          3. Adding text
      3. Capturing screenshots
        1. Capturing screenshots using GIMP
        2. Capturing screenshots using Jing
      4. Creating comic strips using Stripgenerator
        1. Adding elements
        2. Publishing
      5. Creating slideshows
        1. Exporting PowerPoint slides as images to build Moodle lessons
        2. Publishing presentations using SlideShare
        3. Creating online photo slideshows using Animoto
      6. Summary
    10. 3. Sound and Music
      1. Finding free music and sounds online
        1. The basics of audio formats
        2. Internet Archive – audio archive
        3. Freesound
        4. CCMixter
        5. Other music and sound sites
      2. Moodle it!
      3. Creating and delivering
        1. Finding and managing audio using Grooveshark
          1. Uploading audio to Grooveshark
          2. Creating playlists in Grooveshark
          3. Moodle it!
        2. Extracting audio from CDs using VLC
          1. Ripping a CD track
        3. Creating and editing audio using Audacity
          1. Slicing a track
            1. Creating a new audio project
            2. Importing audio
            3. Selecting and deleting track parts
            4. Fading in and fading out
            5. Exporting to MP3
          2. Capturing audio from a microphone (line-in)
            1. Selecting the audio input
            2. Tips for microphone capturing
            3. Recording voice
            4. Amplifying sound
            5. Importing audio tracks
            6. Moving tracks in the timeline
            7. Reducing the MP3 file size of voice recordings
          3. Remixing audio
            1. Cut, copy, and paste
            2. Creating a new audio track
            3. Creating volume gradients using the Envelope tool
      4. Converting text to speech using Voki
        1. Giving voice to an avatar
      5. Podcasting using PodOmatic
      6. Summary
    11. 4. Video
      1. Finding free videos online
        1. The basics of video formats
        2. Instructables
        3. TED Talks
        4. Vimeo
        5. TrueTube
        6. Academic Earth
      2. Downloading online videos
      3. Creating videos quickly and cheaply
        1. Grabbing video selections from DVDs
        2. Editing videos using Windows Movie Maker
          1. Creating a project
          2. Importing multimedia – starting with video
          3. Splitting
          4. Inserting animations and visual effects
          5. Inserting a title at the beginning of a clip
          6. Inserting an image at the end of the movie
          7. Removing the original soundtrack and inserting a new one
          8. Saving the edited movie
          9. Moodle it!
            1. Uploading video directly to Moodle
          10. Uploading videos to YouTube
        3. Creating a photo slideshow using YouTube
          1. Uploading photos
          2. Adding background music
          3. Adding transitions
        4. Adding titles
          1. Adding text to single photos
          2. Adding effects to single photos
          3. Publishing the photo slideshow
        5. Creating an online TV using Google Hangouts and YouTube
        6. Setting up a Google Hangout
          1. Broadcasting videos from a webcam
          2. Inviting guests
          3. Broadcasting a guest webcam
          4. Broadcasting YouTube videos
        7. Moodle it!
      4. Creating a screencast using Google Hangouts
        1. Recording the screen with audio
        2. Creating a stop motion movie with JellyCam
      5. Summary
    12. 5. Understanding Web-based Applications and Other Multimedia Forms
      1. Creating dynamic charts using Google Drive (Spreadsheets)
        1. Insert a chart
        2. Publish
        3. Share, comment, and collaborate
      2. Creating a shared folder using Google Drive
      3. Creating floor plans using Floorplanner
        1. Creating a room
        2. Adding a floor
        3. Adding construction elements
        4. Adding furniture elements
        5. Saving and publishing
          1. Export as image
          2. Embed
      4. Creating mind maps using Mindomo
        1. Adding topics
        2. Adding multimedia elements
        3. Saving and publishing
      5. Creating interactive timelines using Tiki-Toki
        1. Adding a story
        2. Adding multimedia
        3. Sharing
      6. Creating dynamic maps using Google Maps Engine
        1. Creating a new map
        2. Adding a marker
        3. Adding a line
        4. Sharing and collaborating
      7. Creating a dynamic presentation using Prezi
        1. Sharing and collaborating
      8. Summary
    13. 6. Multimedia and Assessments
      1. Adding multimedia to multiple choice answers in Moodle quizzes and lessons
        1. Adding multimedia to quizzes, lessons, and assignments
      2. Creating exercises with Hot Potatoes
        1. JCross – Crosswords
        2. JMix – Jumble exercises
        3. Publish
        4. Moodle it!
      3. Creating interactive exercises with JClic
        1. Starting a new project
        2. Creating a puzzle activity
        3. Creating a finding pairs activity
        4. Sequencing activities
        5. Publish
        6. Moodle it!
      4. Assessing multimedia using rubrics
        1. Criteria
      5. Summary
    14. 7. Synchronous Communication and Interaction
      1. Communicating in real time using text, audio, and video
        1. Chat and group chat
        2. Voice and video chat
      2. Creating an online real-time classroom
        1. Screenshare
        2. Remote Desktop
        3. The collaborative sketchpad
        4. Sharing files
        5. Recording
        6. Moodle it!
      3. Summary
    15. 8. Common Multimedia Issues in Moodle
      1. Copyright and licensing issues
        1. Using copyrighted work fairly
        2. Using works in the public domain
        3. Licensing your work under a Creative Commons license
        4. Referencing sources
        5. Understanding plagiarism
        6. Seeking further advice
      2. Understanding safety issues
        1. Personal details
        2. Cyber bullying
        3. Seeking further advice
      3. Selecting web-based applications
      4. Moodle plugins of interest
      5. Summary
    16. Index