Books: 27

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*** Key Features *** * Learn how to plan, install, optimize, customize, and configure Moodle * Guarantee a cutting-edge learning experience in a secure and customizable environment while optimizing your day-to-day workload * A one-stop guide with a problem-solution approach and a wide range of real-world more » examples *** Book Description *** Moodle is the de facto standard for open source learning platforms. However, setting up and managing a learning environment can be a complex task since it covers a wide range of technical, organizational, and pedagogical topics. This ranges from basic user and course management, to configuring plugins and design elements, all the way to system settings, performance optimization, events frameworks, and so on. This book concentrates on basic tasks such as how to set up and configure Moodle and how to perform day-to-day administration activities, and progresses on to more advanced topics that show you how to customize and extend Moodle, manage courses, cohorts, and users, and how to work with roles and capabilities. You'll learn to configure Moodle plugins and ensure your VLE conforms to pedagogical and technical requirements in your organization. You'll then learn how to integrate the VLE via web services and network it with other sites, including Mahara, and extend your system via plugins and LTI. By the end of this book, you will be able to set up an efficient, fully fledged, and secure Moodle system. *** What You Will Learn *** * Install and update Moodle on multiple platforms manually and via CLI and GIT * Manage courses and categories, users and cohorts, as well as roles * Get Moodle hooked up to repositories, portfolios, and open badges * Configure Moodle for mobile usage, accessibility, localization, communication, and collaboration * Guarantee backups, security and privacy, and achieve maximum performance via the Moodle Universal Cache and the new cron system * Configure the Moodle events system to generate comprehensive reports, statistics, and learning analytics * Network Moodle with Mahara and extend it with third-party add-ons and via LTI * Customize Moodle web services to enable mobile learning and integration with other IT systems *** About the Author *** Alex Buchner is the co-founder and technical director of the Platinum Totara, Moodle, and Mahara partner, Synergy Learning. He has been involved in system and database administration for more than two decades and has been administering virtual learning environments of all shapes and sizes since their advent on the educational landscape. Alex holds a PhD in computer science and an MSc in software engineering. He has authored over 50 international publications, including two books, and is a frequent speaker on Totara, Moodle, Mahara, and related open source technologies. His first two books on Moodle Administration by Packt Publishing have become the de facto standard on the topic. *** Table of Contents *** 1. Moodle Installation 2. The Moodle System 3. Courses, Users, and Roles 4. Course Management 5. User Management 6. Managing Permissions – Roles and Capabilities 7. Moodle Look and Feel 8. Moodle Plugins 9. Moodle Configuration 10. Moodle Logging and Reporting 11. Moodle Security and Privacy 12. Moodle Performance and Optimization 13. Backup and Restore 14. Moodle Admin Tools 15. Moodle Integration 16. Moodle Networking 17. Configuration Settings « less
2016
Put Google Classroom to work while teaching your students and make your life easier
Key Features This is the first book to guide educators step by step through teaching with Google Classroom It’s focused on you, your students, and providing great learning experiences easily It’s easy to follow, with everything you need to get started and keep going even if you're not a technology more » fan Book Description Google Classroom helps teachers bring their work online. According to Google Trends, it’s already bigger than Moodle after barely a year in the wild. This book is a complete start-to-finish guide for teachers using Google Classroom for the first time. It explains what Google Classroom is, what it can do, how to set it up, and how to use it to enhance student learning while making your life as a teacher easier. It shows you how to place resources and activities online, gather assignments, and develop group and individual activities. It's not just a manual, you'll also discover inspiring, easy ways to put Google Classroom to work for you and your class. What you will learn Create a Google Classroom and add customized information for each individual class Add students to a Google Classroom Send announcements and questions to students Create, distribute, collect, and grade assignments through Google Classroom Add events to and share a Google Classroom’s calendar with parents to track a student's progress Reuse posts, archive classrooms, and perform other administrative tasks in Google Classroom Use Google Docs Add-ons, and Google Chrome Webstore Apps and Extensions to enhance assignments Set up Google Classroom's mobile app About the Author Michael Zhang is a certified trainer for Google Apps for Education. He has an Education and Science degree from the University of Alberta and works within the public school system in Canada. He is in contact with a large population of teachers and often questions them regarding modern technologies within the classroom. « less
2016
Discover Articulate Storyline's ability to enhance your e-learning by allowing you to create engaging and interactive stories
***** About This Book ***** * Familiarize yourself with the need-to-know functions of Storyline to develop and publish your first project * Let your creativity run wild by creating interactive stories to enchant your audience * A comprehensive fast paced guide to help you explore the many options more » Storyline offers to get you up to speed in developing e-learning courses ***** Who This Book Is For ***** This book is for intended for all those interested in working with Storyline to develop engaging e-learning projects. With a user-friendly interface, you don't need any prior experience with Storyline to create and publish your first project. ***** In Detail ***** Storyline is a powerful e-learning authoring tool that allows you to take your creativity to the next level and easily author your own stories. It helps you to leverage built-in development functions to quickly create interactive and engaging e-learning experiences. This book will walk you through the life cycle of a story, from creating a new story up to publishing and sharing your story. You will be taken on a tour of how to effectively enhance your story, including how to add images and audio, how to add triggers and assessment items. You finally round off by learning how to customize the player to suit your purposes. « less
2015
Design, develop, and deploy an interactive and informative MOOC course for the edX platform
***** About This Book ***** * Create a curriculum, exercises, and assessments to leverage the interactivity of edX * Get well versed with preparation, planning, and production techniques of instructional videos * A step-by-step guide to master the art of managing edX ***** Who This Book Is For more » ***** If you are an educator creating a course for edX or a corporate trainer using Open edX for large-scale learning and development initiatives, then edX E-Learning Course Development is the ideal book for you. ***** What You Will Learn ***** * How to navigate edX, sign up for Studio, and create your own edX course * How to use video production best practices and convert your classroom lectures to instructional videos * How to create engaging assessments and effective exercises that achieve your course's learning objectives * How to publish an announcement, attach a course syllabus, add instructional pages, and upload course handouts * How to establish your edX course settings, view and modify course content, and import and export your course * How to market your course to increase enrollment and create an enjoyable educational experience for your students ***** In Detail ***** edX is an open source learning management system (LMS) and course-authoring tool that educational institutions and private organizations can use to create massive online open courses (MOOCs) and small private online courses (SPOCs). This book walks you through the eight essential steps you will take to create your first edX course while teaching you tools and techniques you need to know as an edX instructor. Organized sequentially, each chapter represents a stage in your curriculum development and implementation process. We begin with an overview of MOOCs and the history of edX; detail curriculum development and video production best practices; explore options for exercises and assessments; address your course's administrative options; and then review your role as a facilitator. Lastly, we suggest a strategy to market your course with traditional tools, edX options, and social media. « less
2015
Create responsive demonstrations, simulations, and quizzes for multiscreen delivery with Adobe Captivate
***** About This Book ***** * An advanced tutorial that teaches you to build several Captivate projects including a demonstration of an interactive simulation, a SCORM-compliant quiz, and a responsive project * Deploy your e-learning content on any SCORM, AICC, or Tin- Can-compliant LMS * Publish more » your project in a wide variety of formats including Flash and HTML5, enabling virtually any desktop and mobile device to play your e-learning content ***** Who This Book Is For ***** If you are a teacher, instructional designer, eLearning developer, or human resources manager who wants to implement eLearning, then this book is for you. A basic knowledge of your OS is all it takes to create the next generation of responsive eLearning content. ***** What You Will Learn ***** * Turn your eLearning content into a stunning interactive multimedia experience using video, audio, animations, Buttons, and more * Record onscreen action using the sophisticated screen capture engine of Captivate * Make your eLearning content look awesome on any device using the all new Responsive Project feature of Captivate 8 * Create LMS-ready interactive quizzes * Utilize the Templates, Master Slides, Swatches, and Styles to implement consistent formatting and rapid development * Use Captivate with other applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Audition, Adobe Flash, Adobe Edge Animate, Adobe Edge Inspect, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Word * Unleash the true power of Captivate using widgets variables and advanced actions ***** In Detail ***** Adobe Captivate is used to create highly engaging, interactive eLearning content. This book gives you the expertise you need to create and deploy your own professional-quality eLearning courses. The book covers the three steps of the typical Adobe Captivate production workflow. In the first step, you will learn how to capture the onscreen action using Captivate's capture engine. In the second step, you will enhance your projects using a wide variety of tools and features. In the last step, you will make your content available to your learners by publishing it in various formats including Adobe Flash and HTML 5. This book is an advanced tutorial, containing all the needed assets to build the sample projects. Self-exploration is encouraged through extra exercises, experimentation, and external references. « less
2015
Learn how to set up, maintain, and support your Moodle site efficiently
***** About This Book ***** * Authorize and authenticate your Moodle site and learn about permissions and security * Brand your Moodle site and manage users, roles, files, and courses * Enhance your Moodle site to increase productivity ***** Who This Book Is For ***** If you are an experienced more » system administrator and know how to manage servers and set up web environments but now want to explore Moodle, this book is perfect for you. You'll get to grips with the basics and learn to manage Moodle quickly, focusing on essential tasks. Having prior knowledge of virtual learning environments would be beneficial, but is not mandatory to make the most of this book. ***** What You Will Learn ***** * Manage user accounts, authenticate users, and control user permissions with roles * Enhance your Moodle site with plugins such as activity modules, admin reports, admin tools, and more * Brand your Moodle site with configured themes * Set up the structure of your site using categories in Moodle * Prepare your site for end-of-year rollover * Install Moodle on a Linux Server * Monitor the usage and performance of your Moodle site ***** In Detail ***** This book begins with a brief look at Moodle's background and an examination of its architectural structure and LAMP architecture. You'll learn to create user accounts and understand the methods of authentication based on manual accounts and e-mail-based self-registrations. You'll then develop the Moodle site structure and course set up, and discover how to edit it through a sample faculty site. Next, you'll configure two of the standard themes in Moodle and apply them to organizational branding. You'll also explore how plugins are configured and installed, and learn about backing up, resetting, and restoring Moodle courses. Finally, you'll learn Moodle's security options, along with performance testing, and how to use the built-in Moodle performance testing script. « less
2015
A complete guide to create and develop engaging e-learning courses with Moodle
***** About This Book ***** * Get to grips with the new features of Moodle 2.8 * Successfully configure site settings, set up the front page, create user accounts, and create courses. * Follow an example course that will help you to explore the decisions, design considerations, and thought that more » goes into developing a successful course. ***** Who This Book Is For ***** This book is for anyone who wants to get the best out of Moodle. Experienced Moodle users will find powerful insights into developing successful educational courses. ***** What You Will Learn ***** * Understand what Moodle can do, how it compares to other e-learning packages, and how it can support your teaching strategies * Build an interactive e-learning course * Install the Moodle software on your own computer or a server, and navigate your way around it * Gain experience in creating different kinds of courses, from team-building group exercises, to individual courses that a student can work on at home * Manage students so that you can ensure that the right students are going to the right classes * Understand, use, and customize roles * Monitor how learners interact with your site using site statistics * Add multimedia content to your site ***** In Detail ***** Moodle is the leading open source e-learning management system. Using Moodle, teachers and professors can easily construct richly-textured web-based courses. A course can consist of a number of lessons, with each lesson including reading materials; activities such as quizzes, tests, surveys, and projects; and social elements that encourage interaction and group work between students. Packed with clear step-by-step instructions, plenty of screenshots, and thorough explanations, this book guides you through the many features and options that you have to choose from when using Moodle 2.8. Throughout this book, you will follow an example course that will help you to explore the sort of decisions, design considerations, and thought processes that goes into developing a successful course. This book will show you how to use every feature of Moodle to meet your course goals. Moodle is relatively easy to install and use, but the real challenge is to develop a learning process that leverages its power and maps effectively onto the content-established learning situation. This book guides you through meeting that challenge. « less
2015
Update the visual design of your course in pedagogically sound ways Visual Design for Online Learning spotlights the role that visual elements play in the online learning environment. Written for both new and experienced instructors, the book guides you in adding pedagogically relevant visual design more » elements that contribute to effective learning practices. The text builds upon three conceptual frameworks: active learning, multiple intelligences, and universal design for learning. This resource explores critical issues such as copyright, technology tools, and accessibility and includes examples from top Blackboard practitioners which are applicable to any LMS. Ultimately, the author guides you in developing effective visual elements that will support your teaching goals while reinforcing the learning materials you share with your students. There has been a steady increase of over 10% in online enrollment for higher education institutions since 2002, yet the visual look of online courses has not changed significantly in the last ten years. Adapting to the needs of students within online classes is critical to guiding your students toward success—and the right visual elements can play an integral role in your students' ability to learn and retain the information they need to thrive in their chosen programs. In fact, visual elements have been shown to increase student participation, engagement, and success in an online course. * Leverage the best practices employed by exemplary Blackboard practitioners * Explore three foundational conceptual frameworks: active learning, multiple intelligences, and universal design for learning * Increase student retention and success Visual Design for Online Learning is an essential reference for all online educators—both new and experienced. « less
2015
Having undergone an extensive update in 2014, the current GED test covers a lot of ground. In today's job environment, earning a GED can give you an edge against the competition, whether it's to get a new job or advance in the one you already have. If you're preparing for this important exam, GED Test more » For Dummies, 3rd Edition gets you up and running on everything you can expect on test day, from overviews of the test sections to invaluable reviews and test-taking strategies for all the subjects covered—and everything in between. « less
2014
Learn the best practices to design and develop interactive and highly effective Moodle courses
Moodle Course Design Best Practices is a practical guide that will teach you how to use the tools available in Moodle to develop unique courses for many kinds of organizations. You will be able to utilize the themes that have been contributed by developers. You can incorporate many different types more » of course materials and interactive assessments. You will also learn how to modify the structure and presentation of resources, activities, and assessments to create courses for individual use, cohorts, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The use of the various multimedia features to enhance your Moodle courses is also explained in this book. « less
2014