In addition to ACE, ELAC also offers the use of a commercially available course management system, Moodle. This is used worldwide by tens of thousands of classes. For the ELAC site, go to http://moodle.elac.edu. Tutorials in setting up and applying Moodle for your class(es) are available on the site (discussed below) and also by e-mail. To have a course site set up for you, please contact email@example.com with the course name, number and section number, as well as the semester that you will be teaching this course. (In the Fall 0f 2008, we had 20 departments participating, including over 105 classes.)
When accessing the site for the first time, to access most courses, it is necessary to Create a New Account (below the Login box). Click on it and follow the instructions. Write down the e-mail account, login and password that you entered as you will need to use these each time you come back. The system sends an e-mail to the e-mail address that you entered. You must respond to that e-mail to confirm your account creation. However a few accounts allow Guest log-in, so you do not need to create an account to access them. Two of these are the Self-Help sites, "Using Moodle to Supplement your Courses", and also the "Moodle Sandbox" (for practicing using Moodle) sites. Investigate further!
Topics in the Self-Help Tutorial include:
- Web 2.0 Technology and Applications to Enhance Student Engagement and Active Learning,
- Creating and Adding Your Syllabus, & Other Text Files,
- Course Settings: What can be changed, and how to make changes,
- Communications with Your Class,
- Adding Audio Files; Podcasting,
- Adding Video links or Video files to your Site,
- Applying Learning Objects,
- Adding Assignments & Grades, and
- Additional Resources .
The Additional Resources topic includes links to Moodle,org tutorials and self-helps, as well as some wikis maintained by Moodle Users.