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Moodle: Personalized Learning Designer (PLD)

Pop-quiz! Answer the following:

Are you trying to keep up with student reports so that you can message at risk or failing students and encourage them to attend office hours or seek tutoring?

Are you watching your participants list to find and reach out to students who have not logged into the course or participated recently?

Are you trying to make sure students with an excelling grade have additional opportunities to further challenge them?

Are you wanting to find a way to get back a few hours of your life each week and let the PLD do some work to help you?

Open LMS - Personalized Learning Designer
The PLD can provide differentiated instruction that is more personalized to the student.

Many of the essential steps in helping your students succeed take a lot of TIME!  The Personalized Learning Designer (PLD) will help you by completing these tasks for you, thus giving you back this time to focus on your teaching!

Give some of these rules from our PLD Cheat sheet a go:

A student has not logged into the course in the previous x days.Event: Recurring Event (daily)
Conditions: User role check (student) & Course login (has NOT logged into course, x)
Actions:  Send email
Quiz or assignment not submitted (*note this rule uses course completion settings)Event: Quiz or assignment submitted 
Conditions: Activity completed
Actions: Send email
Students with 69% and below after midterm EMAILEvent: Specific date and time
Conditions: Course grade range
Actions:  Send email
Send students to the syllabus when the FIRST enter the courseEvent: Course start date
Conditions: Course login (NOT logged in / 30 days)
Actions: Go to activity
The PLD can be found within your Course Administration menu.

Want to learn more or see it in action? Come to our PLD Workshop on 10/29 at 11am.

Upon completion of this workshop, you’ll be able to:

  • Design automated interactions with students and personalize their learning.
  • Create rules using the Personalized Learning Designer to assist with course management strategies.

Do you have PLD rules that you found helpful? Tell us about them in the comments!

Keep an eye on the CTL Calendar for upcoming workshops. The next one will be 10/29 @11am on the PLD. If you can not make the live workshop – it will be recorded AND/OR I have an online version of the PLD workshop in Moodle for you!

LaneOnline Course Development Orientation

New opportunity to learn about how to apply for funding (up to 80 hours) and support for online course development!  You must attend an orientation in order to apply for funding.  If you are not able to make a scheduled orientation please contact us at idservices@lanecc.edu to discuss options.

Current Spring Term Orientations:

Week 7: Friday, May 17 3pm in ATC Classroom (CEN/219)

Week 7 Registration: Please complete (10second) registration so we can anticipate participation.

Week 8: Friday, May 24 1pm in ATC Classroom (CEN/219)

Week 9: TBD

Let’s Talk (& Read About) Online Teaching and Learning

Academic Technology and Instructional Design Services are happy to sponsor a series of discussion group meetings for online and online-interested faculty this term, discussing big questions and issues in online teaching and learning.

Instructors who attend at least 3 (out of 6) online pedagogy in-person discussions and/or virtual sessions during Spring term can receive 1 item for permanent loan (you can keep it for the length of your employment) from the AT prize cabinet, which includes a collection of useful-for-online-teaching materials, e.g.:

  • A webcam
  • A computer microphone
  • A software purchase 
  • Wireless keyboard/mouse combination
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Headphones or headset
  • eReader
  • Relevant book about online learning
  • One-year individual membership to relevant online learning group
  • etc.

(Some technology is subject to approval by IT/AT, but attendees will be able to choose something useful and relevant to their online work). Items are given for long-term loan without expectation of return/check in unless the instructor is no longer teaching for LCC.

In addition, anyone attending/participating in a session will be entered into a drawing to win a specific upgraded piece of technology for the next year/term (example: MacBook Air laptop or new iPad) or travel to a nearby eLearning conference. Attendees would earn one entry per session attended (in-person or online). This technology would be college owned but given out for long-term loan with no expectation of return until faculty are no longer teaching online for LCC and/or no longer need the computer. Drawing would be held at the end of Spring term, and the order would take place after that in consultation with the winner.

But wait, there’s more

In-person sessions will also have, by popular demand, snacks and coffee!

How do I sign up?

Use the form below to sign up in advance for these sessions. You’ll receive a reminder two weeks and one week in advance, along with a suggested/recommended reading that will guide our discussion.

Session Contents and Enrollment Size:

In-person sessions are limited to 15 participants and will be conducted as round table discussions, with prompting questions but no presentation. Virtual sessions are week-long discussions run on Moodle, with an optional synchronous piece or experimental technology when relevant.

Discussions will cover a broad range of relevant and thought-provoking topics related specifically to community college education online. Suggested topics are below:

  • Week 4 (10-11, 4/26): When, how, and whether to expand online at community colleges
  • Week 5 (online): Meeting online students where they are: Strategies for improving student success
  • Week 7 (online): Does online learning help or harm student progress?
  • Week 8 (10-11, 5/24): Creating close community while learning/teaching at a distance
  • Week 9: Data, data, data (online): What do the numbers show (and mean) what do we need to know?
  • Week 10 (10-11, 6/7): Do online classes need an instructor? The importance of online teaching presence

Sign up here!