We have learned in the Inclusive Teaching at Lane series that “course policies should be flexible and welcoming for all students, allowing for mistakes, external challenges, learning, and growth”.
Assignment > User Override
Allow extended deadlines for specific students or a group of students.
Quiz > User Override
Require a password, extend deadlines, and/or adjust a time limit.
Moodle Philosophy and UDL
Moodle is built on a “Social Constructionist” pedagogy, where participants can be encouraged to construct something for other classmates to use and experience. This pedagogy in the core of Moodle offers a lot of resemblance to Universal Design for Learning. UDL allows students to express their knowledge in many different ways.
Here are a couple of ideas we can use in Moodle:
- Choice: Ask a question and allow your student’s responses to build a graphic (anonymously or not).
- Database: participants create and maintain a spreadsheet of student entries.
- Forum: Provides a place for student-to-student discussion
- Tip: Assign students to moderate or even create the discussions prompt and directions.
- Glossary: (a personal favorite) use this in a number of different ways:
- students create a list of definitions
- Tip: These pages can include images, videos, links, text – essentially everything you find in the ATTO editor. Not limited to definitions!
- Quiz: Allow students to receive instant feedback.
- Tip: changing the local role in the quiz activity to allow students to create quiz questions. Then let students take each other’s quizzes. The best questions might be found on midterm/final.
- Wiki: An oldie, but still a goodie – similar to glossary individuals or groups of students can create and maintain pages.
- Tip: If interested in using Wikis – consider using Google suite instead.
- Workshop: One of the most robust tools in Moodle to allow for student-to-student collaboration. The workshop is like a 3 phase assignment that includes a phase of peer review.
- Tip: Not for a beginner.
What are your ideas? How do you allow for flexibility in your course?