Susan Smith Nash and Michelle Moore
Packt Publishing April 2014
This book falls into two main parts. The first deals with general issues such as preparation, planning and configuration of Moodle sites. These sections give a broad brush overview of the software, introducing the major features without overload on specific issues. Readers are often referred back to the relevant Moodle documentation for the detail.
The importance of planning course outcomes is stressed with some excellent strategies for courses structure and learner assessment. Bloom’s taxonomy gets good coverage and UDL is also described.
There is useful guidance on how to efficiently use the range of features in course configuration. Some sections, such as those on groups and groupings may be too brief to be fully useful. Some aspects of themes and usability are also mentioned.
In the second section a range of course types are discussed in the context of a Moodle implementation – these are self-paced independent study courses, cohort-based teacher-led courses, student-centred project-based courses and online community courses. For each course attention is paid to appropriate course settings, themes and usability, resources and activities which are most appropriate for the different types of learner.
Although the book is said to be suitable for a wide range of teachers, the audience most likely to benefit are educators new to online learning in general and Moodle in particular. It could be an excellent overview for managers who know little about Learning Management Systems in general and those who might be considering an implementation in their organisation.
For this audience this book should be regarded as a very useful framework – it certainly won’t be the only book you want.
Experienced Moodle teachers and administrators may not find all that much of relevance however unless they are also new to the field of eLearning pedagogy and design.
The book’s format and frequent links to web resources mean that it works better as an eBook than a print publication.