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Moodle® For Dummies® by Radana Dvorak

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Chapter 2

Designing Great Moodle Courses

In This Chapter

  • Discovering Moodle's origins and the teaching methods behind it
  • Understanding diversity of your learners
  • Choosing your instructional design philosophy and methodology
  • Becoming an online instructor

Iknow you're itching to start building your Moodle course. However, before you dive in to the next chapter and start building your course front page, I recommend taking a few minutes to learn about how Moodle originated and the underlying pedagogical theory that brought instructors, teachers, and developers around the world to embrace it and develop Moodle to the point where it is today. With this information, you can impress your friends, family, and colleagues when they ask what Moodle and Moodling are and what exactly it all means.

If you take one thing from this chapter, it should be that no matter what technology you use to create and enhance your course, it should be based on sound instructional design principles. Don't fall into the trap of selecting your media before you identify your course objectives. The medium and media should not compromise your teaching methods to fit the technology; instead, use the technology to enhance your teaching so you can reach and support the learning strategies your learners have developed.

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