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How to Get the Most out of the Moodle Learning Management System

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This 4-day Coffee Course has been postponed until further notice.

Did you know that the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) was designed specifically for student interaction and collaborative learning?  Moodle was developed by Martin Dougiamas of Perth, WA, and released in 2002 as an open source program.  It is now used all over the world as one of the most common platforms for delivering online and blended educational programs. 

Because it is designed for interaction and collaboration, the Moodle environment and its tools can be very effectively used for a dynamic and constructivist approach to an online or blended course. 

In this short Coffee Course we are going to discuss the most useful configurations of Moodle, and its most useful tools, to create a positive, engaging learning experience for your students. 



This 4-day Coffee Course has been postponed until further notice. There will be 4 blog posts, one per day, that will take about 15-20 minutes to work through. You are welcome to work through the course at your own pace, any time.



Day 1: Putting on our Student Hat – Thinking about student-centred course design with an example of an engaging Moodle course designed by an ANU academic. 

Day 2: Behind the Scenes – We will look at the impact of the course settings and how the choice of Moodle tools can affect the look and feel of your course, and therefore the student experience.

Day 3: Tools for Interaction and Engagement – Using Lesson, Quiz and H5P as interactive tools: make engaging workbooks, branched scenarios and challenge quizzes for formative learning.

Day 4: Tools for Community and Collaboration – Create a feeling of connection and community using Moodle communication and collaboration tools. 


All are welcome

We welcome all staff, including tutors, demonstrators, professional staff, and academics at the Australian National University and beyond to join us for this course.


How to participate

The entire course will be conducted online, at your own pace through this blog. We encourage you to make a cup of coffee or tea and work through the material. Each post includes an activity or discussion question for you to respond to in the comment section of the blog. Be sure to subscribe to the blog – You’ll receive an email each time a new post is made, and you can unsubscribe at any time.


Jill Lyall | Education Design, CLT
Dr Scott Rickard | Education Design, CLT