Moodle is a central tool in our delivery of blended learning and teaching and it is vital that all students are able to access content.

Collaboration between those who deliver and those who support learning and teaching activity is vital to ensure that courses are well designed and engaging for all learners. 

Our Bath Blend Baseline promotes good practice in the use of Moodle, drawing on our CASE model for blended provision.

Explore the CASE themes below to see how you can ensure you use Moodle in a way that supports the needs of all learners:

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Students’ experience of learning and teaching activity is consistent and structured across their course and individual units.

 

  • Work as a teaching team and collaborate closely on the design and delivery of the course to ensure a consistent student experience

  • Consider using a Moodle Course Template to support your course-wide approach

  • Use the Moodle Unit Template to provide key information such as:

    • a Welcome Message (could be text or video), the Learning Outcomes, Library Lists, Assessment Summary (this will appear in a standard format at the top of the course)
    • provide assessment outlines and criteria, and demonstrate how the assessment links to the learning outcomes
    • Use due dates for activities and assessments, and meaningful titles (e.g. Essay on The Origins of the First World War, instead of “Essay 1”)
    • set clear expectations for how staff and students will communicate with each other

  • Use the Moodle Unit Template to:

    • structure your learning resources clearly using consistent headings for each week/topic
    • provide clear instructions on what students are expected to do and by when
    • ensure resources are labelled with clear, specific and meaningful descriptions (e.g. Week 1: Lecture Notes on the War of the Roses, instead of “lecture notes”)

  • On each unit, encourage student use of discussion forums for moderated discussion

  • Send students a welcome message before the start of the unit, setting out clear expectations
  • On each unit, outline the intended Learning Outcomes for any tasks or activities
  • If using groups, provide clear information about group membership for activities

  • Recommend that all teaching staff upload a profile picture to Moodle and complete their profile (this helps to build a sense of community on forums etc)
  • Advise students to upload their profile picture to Moodle (this helps to build a sense of community on forums etc)
  • Check resources regularly to fix broken links
  • Ensure you use the Library Scanning Service as required to provide links to resources
  • Use appropriate Moodle roles (e.g. Teacher, non-editing Teacher and Director of Studies roles)
  • Avoid visual clutter and excessive vertical scrolling (following the Moodle Blend Templates will help!)
  • Consult with relevant services such as the Library to ensure appropriate numbers of online resources and software licences are available

General Legal Information

In all cases please model good copyright practices and ensure that students have a safe online environment in which to work and share ideas. Adhere to the UK Equality Act, Digital Accessibility Legislation, Copyright Law, GDPR and the University Intellectual Property Policy (ordinance 22). See legal considerations for recording lectures.

Copyright and Media Information

A PDF leaflet about copyright for staff and students can be obtained here. Further Guidelines on the many aspects of Media usage and copyright can be found here.

Still Unsure? Seek advice from the University's Media Usage & Copyright Advisor