Moodle 2.5 Multimedia

Moodle 2.5 Multimedia

João Pedro Soares Fernandes

Language: English

Pages: 270

ISBN: 1783281472

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Adding multimedia to Moodle will make it work even harder for you as a teaching tool. Learn the easy way how images, video, audio, and maps can transform your courses. No special technical skills needed.


  • Gives ideas to teachers and trainers on how to use multimedia effectively in Moodle
  • Plenty of screenshots and a step-by-step approach, with tips on how to use simple and free software tools and web applications to improve your course
  • Focus on both the creation of instructional materials and the design of students activities around multimedia where they have an active role in creating, discussing and assessing their work
  • Based on the development of a Moodle course about music, with connections to other subjects and a broad range of activities

In Detail

Multimedia is a very old human endeavor. It has taken mankind almost 30,000 years since painting on cave walls to get a combination of text, image, sound, and video all working in the same medium, that is, in motion pictures. Finally, after thousands of years of human history, we can all (not just an elite few) create multimedia easily using Moodle. Moodle was built around an idea of learning that happens when a group of people construct things for one another, collaboratively creating a small culture of shared artifacts with shared meanings.

A tutorial-based guide, with clear illustrations and examples of how to create, convert and add multimedia to Moodle using a range of free e-learning software tools and web applications. This book follows the design of resources and activities for the course “Music for everyday life”. The tasks presented are quick and easy to do for teachers and trainers with busy schedules.

Giving readers an insight into the creation and integration of multimedia in Moodle courses.

Starting with images you will learn to create photo collages, screenshots and comic strips. Then you will discover audio and how to extract audio from CDs to create a soundtrack for a movie and a podcast. Later, you will use video to produce a trailer for a movie, photo slideshows, online TVs and screencasts. Following that, you will develop an understanding of interactive elements and web communication, such as online maps, interactive timelines or web meetings. Finally, you will look at multimedia quizzes and assessment of multimedia assignments, ending with general issues on copyright, licensing and safety.

A focus of the book is to show readers that using multimedia is not just about improving instruction, but also improving the ways in which students can can now create multimedia easily, and share it without great effort.. To make this easier, many of the moodle tutorials in the book will be based on activities designed for students to create, discuss and assess each other’s multimedia works.

What you will learn from this book

  • Create and edit images, drawings, screenshots, audio, music, and video
  • Understand copyright and licensing of multimedia works, particularly public domain and creative commons licenses
  • Discover basic procedures to create videos with simple equipment to add as course resources and activities
  • Download and publish videos in online video sharing services
  • Convert between several video formats and integrate them in Moodle
  • Develop multimedia elements such as interactive floor planners, interactive presentations, online maps, diagrams, concept maps and timelines using web applications and blend them with Moodle
  • Learn how to interact with students in real-time using synchronous communication and screen sharing applications

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