Quick Guides - The Bath Blend Baseline Templates for Moodle
The University's approach to course delivery is called the Bath Blend. To enable staff to deliver the Bath Blend within Moodle, we have a Bath Blend Baseline for Moodle and have developed a Moodle Essential Information Area, which appears at the top of every Moodle unit page. Unit and course-level templates are also available.
The Moodle Templates provide staff with a quick and easy way to provide structure, consistency and clarity to Moodle spaces, but at the same time provide the flexibility to layout content as benefits your subject or discipline. The Templates also use the Moodle theme that determines the colours and layout of your Moodle spaces, and is more mobile-friendly and accessible so that all users will benefit from a better online experience.
We recommend that you work as a team across a Course, under the co-ordination of a nominated Course Contact, to ensure a consistent approach for students across their Course. The recommendation is for each Course to have a corresponding Moodle Course page (that is, a landing page for the Course, with key information such as a programme handbooks and a forum to build a sense of community and engagement at Course level) that is linked to the individual Moodle Units in that Course. For each Moodle Unit, it is essential that there is a clear and consistent layout to key information and resources that is similar, or coherent, across the entire Course. In other words, there is a coherent look and feel to each Moodle Unit in a Course. You do not have to use our templates to achieve this, but for staff who need a structured example, or want to start afresh on a blank page, our templates provide a great starting point to developing your pages.
Certainly, it is no coincidence that most online learning providers (such as Wiley – Bath’s chosen partner) use clear, consistent and well-structured courses to guide online learners through content and activities. Well-structured content, that makes clear to students what they are expected to do and by when, can support students to work independently (when accompanied by a course-wide approach to developing independent and active learning). Clear and consistent availability of information enables also students to better understand and locate course content and resources, their assessment deadlines, and how and when they need to communicate with tutors and fellow students. This in turn can lead to students asking fewer questions of staff as the information they need is visible and easy to find.
No, the templates are on an opt-in basis, but they are highly recommended. If you opt-in, the TEL team will create you a new blank course with the relevant template applied, for you populate with content (either new or existing). The templates can not be applied to existing Moodle pages.
As a Course Team, please read and discuss the Key Developments and Key Decisions information below, and take a look at the Moodle Templates at the bottom of the page. Once the course Team have reflected on their approach to CASE on their Moodle pages, and have decided as a Team if they wish to use the templates or not, please contact the TEL team using our online form, ideally via a course leader/contact.
Moodle Unit template online guide
This online guide explains how to populate your Moodle unit template and provides examples of learning activities and guidance for students