On Thursday, March 31, 2016, we held another History and Computing Workshop in the History Common Room at York University. The topic for this workshop was Moodle and course/learning management systems. I began the workshop with a general overview of CMS/LMS and the common uses of these technologies for online and blended learning. These online systems are commonplace in higher education and students increasingly expect courses to include some kind of online home for accessing digital content and information about their courses.
York University uses Moodle as its CMS/LMS, an open-source system that offers instructors great flexibility in a relatively user-friendly manner. While the system uses common tools and interfaces associated with ordinary Web development, these tools can occasionally be difficult to figure out and many useful features remain hidden. York provides extensive documentation on Moodle and it offers regular workshops for faculty, but sometimes it helps to see how other instructors use Moodle.
To keep with the spirit of the History and Computing Workshop, we had three faculty members demonstrate their Moodle sites in a “show and tell” session. We profiled some of the ways that we use Moodle in our teaching and shared our own tips and tricks.
Below, you will find links to some of the resources highlighted in the workshop:
William Fenton, “The Best Learning Management Systems (LMS) for 2016”