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Moodle® For Dummies® by Radana Dvorak

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Effective Ways to Use Assignments

Instructors can be very creative when selecting and assigning work to their students. You may not necessarily like evaluating performance with a test only. The Assignment module is designed to support you in setting any type of work, and Moodle lists it in a number of places such as the calendar, grade book, and Activities block on the front page. You can give feedback and add grades to the posted assignments. The Assignment module allows learners to do the following:

  • Upload content for grading: This content can include essays, presentations, Web pages, audio or small video clips, spreadsheets, and photograph portfolios that students have completed and saved to their hard drives.
  • Complete work online: Students can write essays and reports and answer questions online.
  • Take part in case studies: Case studies usually have a more entailed process and are completed over time. They usually have several distinct parts, are like puzzles to solve, and are an excellent learning tool that you can use with the Assignment module. A case study usually comprises basic information that defines the problem, a method to resolve the issue, and data that supports the results/conclusion. For disciplines like math, statistics, and engineering, this format may differ and have more distinct parts than medical, law, or business case studies. For example, I set up a case study for my graduate school learners; it involved setting up a scenario of students taking a course ...

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