An Introduction to Moodle: Your Online Classroom

A Moodle course may contain the following types of information:

  • Syllabus
  • Assignments
  • Instructions for readings
  • Announcements
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Access to course materials
  • Online quizzes or exams

Chat rooms and threaded discussions are common. Online courses may be supplemented by printed materials (for example articles). In addition, you will have regular email contact with the professor and other students in the course. All assignments will be submitted in Moodle.

Students access their course website (Moodle) to engage in the course. You can follow this link to view a sample Moodle course and get an understanding of how to navigate and participate in your online course http://clickables.moodlerooms.com/s/steps/m/joule2/c/11423. You can also view a tutorial of your Moodle course which will show you videos on how to use the features mentioned above http://vimeo.com/moodlerooms.

Caldwell College Online offers the same academic content and student learning outcomes as on-campus courses. Online courses are taught by the same outstanding faculty who also teach on campus. These courses are asynchronous which means students and instructors will not have to be logged in at the same time. Students are able to take online course from anywhere in the world and are not required to meet in a face-to-face setting.

 Courses are highly interactive and there is a significant discussion component to them. Depending on the professor and course, you will be required to log into your course a certain amount of times per week. Instructors may require actions on specific dates. You can work on these classes at times that are convenient to you but you will have deadlines of when assignments are due, which will be outlined in your course syllabus. You should expect to dedicate 3 hours per credit per week towards each online class you take. This includes online work including posts and outside online work.

 In order to participate successfully in an online course, you must have reliable internet access, including a Caldwell email account and access to the web. The following will tell you what type of requirements your computer should have:

Hardware or Software Component Recommendation

 

Operating System Windows XP or Mac OS X 10.4 (or higher)
Memory 512 MB
CPU 1.6 GHz
Free Disk Space 256 MB or more
Other Sound card and speakers (microphone recommended)
Browser

Firefox 3 or later
Safari 3 or later
Google Chrome 4 or later
Opera 9 or later
MS Internet Explorer 7 or later

Browser Settings  Java, JavaScript, and cookies enabled. Popup blocker disabled.
Internet Connection DSL or broadband strongly recommended (56K or greater will work)
Productivity Software MS Office (Open Office serves as a free alternative)

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