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Moodle: AUB's Learning Management System

The ACPS's Moodle Team in charge of encouraging and expanding the use of Moodle among the AUB community in order to facilitate teaching and enhance learning.

The team efficiently maintains and manages all Moodle courses and projects and makes sure that this technology is constantly updated and customized to meet AUB's needs. In addition, the team offers the AUB community assistance and training on the many Moodle tools, as well as comprehensive support for the development and delivery of online examinations.

What is Moodle?

  • The word Moodle is an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. Moodle is a Learning Management System (LMS), also known as a Course Management System (CMS) or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

  • "Moodle is a free, open source software package designed using sound pedagogical principles– used at many universities worldwide – to help educators create effective online learning communities. Moodle allows students to access course resources from any Internet connected computer, regardless of the Operating System. Moodle will work with most Web browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and others)."

  • Through Moodle, instructors can post course materials and make them available to their students. These resources can be in the form of:
    • Uploaded Material:
      • Documents in Word, PowerPoint, Excel and PDF
      • Audio and Video
      • SWF (flash files)
    • Directly Composed Material:
      • Book: A simple multipage document organized like a book
      • Webpages

  • Some of the major Moodle tools include:
    • Assignments: Students can prepare digital content (any format) and submit it by uploading it to the server. Typical assignments include essays, projects, reports and so on. This module includes grading facilities
    • Assignments with Turnitin: A setting within the assignment module that when enabled, allows students to submit their papers directly to Turnitin from Moodle
    • Quizzes: Instructors can design and set quizzes containing multiple choice, true-false, short answer, essay, matching and calculated questions. These questions are kept in a categorized database and can be re-used within courses and even between courses
    • Forums: Forums can be structured in different ways and can include peer ratings for each posting. The postings can be viewed in a variety for formats and can include attachments. By subscribing to a forum, participants will receive copies of each new posting in their AUB email
    • Glossary: This activity allows participants to create and maintain a list of definitions, like a dictionary
    • Database: The database module allows the instructor and/or students to build, display and search a bank of 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
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