Moodle Learning Management System | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

Moodle Learning Management System

In the event of an emergency, you may be unable to host in-person classes. AUIS uses Moodle, a free, open-source, learning management system. Moodle is a single point where your classroom information can be collected and distributed to your students. 
  1. If you have not done so already, request a Moodle page from IT. Pages should be created for each course number, not for each section of the course you are teaching.
  2. Once IT has created the required pages, enroll your students into your course from your class roster.
  3. Begin to use Moodle as a host for your online classroom.

How Can Moodle Help Me?

Moodle acts as a hub for you as the teacher. You can organize your lessons weekly and allow students a longer time to engage with and understand the material. Moodle is excellent with asynchronous learning, which is the approach of AUIS. Students can access the information when they have internet access rather than at a specific time. They can download resources, ask questions, and interact with their teachers and classmates when they have internet on their phones, tablets, or computers. 
 

Teachers can use Moodle to do the following:

Share files 
  • PDFs, documents, spreadsheets, images, presentations
  • classroom documents such as syllabi, policies, calendars, standards templates, examples, and updated versions after a change is made
    • reduces the amount of paper used for photocopies (per the AUIS Green Initiative)
  • assigned articles, essays, proposals, and chapters are available at all times for students to download and read with e-supoort for language and translating complex phrases
  • presentation data shows are available for students to review and reference after a class session, allowing them time for greater comprehension and deeper understanding
Post websites and URLs
  • videos from YouTube, Google Drive, and around the web
  • up-to-the-minute developments in their field through online reading can be shared as they happen
  • journal articles, peer-reviewed resources, and databases that are available online
  • classroom tools and resources that each teacher finds helpful for their discipline
  • links to Zoom, EdPuzzle, and video lectures that students can access at any time, with pause and rewind available to assist them while they take notes.
Assign classwork, papers, and projects
  • teachers can assign and mark directly into Moodle
    • assignments show up automatically in the Moodle grade book
  • students can enter directly into Moodle or can attach a variety of files
    • documents, spreadsheets, jpegs, PDFs, etc.
    • images and scans of handwritten assignments can be used for those without keyboard access or those teaching classes that involve handwritten work (STEM)
    • saves students money on ink and paper and continues the AUIS Green Initiative
  • students receive feedback and their mark as soon as the teacher is finished marking rather than waiting for in-person returns
Assess comprehension
  • teachers can create a variety of quiz and question styles
    • can be stop and check to make sure students are not just doing but also understanding their assignments
    • eliminates the need for faculty to write multiple versions for multiple sections
    • reinforces readings, lectures, and practice by making students rediscover their knowledge at their own pace
    • teachers can administer quizzes while having a live “proctor” on Zoom at the same time in situations where direct examination is impossible
Communicate with students
  • email features allow teachers to message the entire course or individual students directly
  • chat features allow teachers to set up an open chat room for Office Hour-style informal conversations
    • chats are archivable for students to see and use later if necessary
    • forums where teachers lead discussions and send out announcements
    • forums can be used for overall questions about the course, for weekly discussions, or created around specific topics and assignments
    • forums can be generated solely by teachers or students can create forums - this choice is up to the teacher
    • forums can be a stand-in for class discussion that can be graded or as an informal communication channel for the teacher and students after a lecture video is posted

Can I Use Additional Resources?

Of course you can! As each teacher has different requirements and individual teaching styles, each teacher will have different resources they need to effectively engage with their students. Use Moodle as a hub for your classroom toolkit and combine other resources into it.

An excellent example is the use of Zoom for class lectures. 

  • To use Zoom with Moodle: set up a Zoom account and invite your students to participate in a live lecture where they can interact with you and one another. Students do not need an account to participate, just an invitation from the host. Teachers can share their screens, allowing them to use their presentations, PDFs, journal articles, and other classroom resources in real-time with their students, just as they would in class. Zoom also has a whiteboard feature that works well to duplicate the classroom whiteboard for STEM courses. Teachers can host informal discussion times, live office hours, and full class lectures. They can post meeting times to their Moodle page, record the sessions in Zoom, and then post the videos to Moodle to make them accessible to all students. This not only provides an in-class substitute, it also provides students with a valuable tool for continued learning after the lecture is done. 
AUIS Staff and Faculty: For an in-depth explanation of the activities and resources that can be added to Moodle, please see the faculty guide Moodle for Beginners in the Continuity Strategy Drive.