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There are many different kinds of activities and resources. Here are a few of the most frequently used options:

Commonly Used Activities

Assignments:

  • Advanced Uploading of Files: This type of assignment allows each participant to upload one or more files in any format. These might be a Word processor documents, images, a zipped web site, or anything you ask them to submit.
  • Online Text: This assignment type asks users to edit a text, using the normal editing tools. Teachers can grade them online, and even add inline comments or changes.
  • Upload Single File: This type of assignment allows each participant to upload a single file, of any type.
  • Offline Activity: This is useful when the assignment is performed outside of Moodle. It could be something elsewhere on the web or face-to-face. Students can see a description of the assignment, but can’t upload files or anything. Grading works normally, and students will get notifications of their grades.

Choice: A choice activity is very simple – the teacher asks a question and specifies a choice of multiple responses. It can be useful as a quick poll to stimulate thinking about a topic; to allow the class to vote on a direction for the course; or to gather research consent.

Database: The Database module allows the teacher and/or students to build, display and search a bank of record entries about any conceivable topic. The format and structure of these entries can be almost unlimited, including images, files, URLs, numbers and text among other things.

Forums: This activity can be the most important – it is here that most discussion takes place. Forums can be structured in different ways, and can include peer rating of each posting. The postings can be viewed in a variety for formats, and can include attachments.

Glossary: This activity allows participants to create and maintain a list of definitions, like a dictionary. The entries can be searched or browsed in many different formats. The glossary also allows teachers to export entries from one glossary to another (the main one) within the same course. Finally, it is possible to automatically create links to these entries from throughout the course.

Journals: This module is a very important reflective activity. The teacher asks the student to reflect on a particular topic, and the student can edit and refine their answer over time. This answer is private and can only be seen by the teacher, who can offer feedback and a grade on each journal entry. It’s usually a good idea to have about one Journal activity per week.

Quizzes: This module allows the teacher to design and set quiz tests, consisting of multiple choice, true-false, and short answer questions. These questions are kept in a categorized database, and can be re-used within courses and even between courses. Quizzes can allow multiple attempts. Each attempt is automatically marked, and the teacher can choose whether to give feedback or to show correct answers. This module includes grading facilities.

Wiki: A Wiki enables documents to be authored collectively in a simple markup language using a web browser. “Wiki wiki” means “super-fast” in the Hawaiian language, and it is the speed of creating and updating pages that is one of the defining aspects of wiki technology. Generally, there is no prior review before modifications are accepted, and most wikis are open to the general public or at least to all persons who also have access to the wiki server. The Moodle Wiki module enables participants to work together on web pages to add, expand and change the content. Old versions are never deleted and can be restored.

Commonly Used Resources

File: This resource type allows you to provide files to students in the course. This is the most frequently used resource.

Insert a Label: Labels are a little different from other resources because they are text and images that are actually embedded directly among the other activity links in the course page.

Page: This sort of resource makes it easy to develop a complete single web page within Moodle, especially when you are using Moodle’s WYSIWYG HTML editor.

URL: This resource type allows you to provide an internet link to any web page on the public web.

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