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Welcome to the University of Nottingham's online learning environment, Moodle.  Moodle is an open source e-learning platform popular across the world.  Moodle gives students anytime anyplace access to course materials. The type of materials available, depending on your modules, may include lecture notes and handouts, PowerPoint presentations, links to readings on the web, videos, recordings of lectures, podcasts, interactive learning materials and collaborative activities. The online content and activities may be essential to your studies or offer additional or alternative ways to gain understanding, perhaps to accommodate different learning styles.  Our aim is to provide you, the student, with an online learning environment that will meet your learning needs and enhance your university experience. 

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Why have we chosen Moodle?

When we were advised that Blackboard would no longer be supporting WebCT we considered this an opportunity to seek out other online learning environments that would support the teaching and learning vision of the University of Nottingham.  After much consideration Moodle was chosen to be piloted across all three campuses in 50 modules during the autumn semester of the 11-12 academic year with selected teaching and administrative staff and students alike.  The outcome was clear, Moodle was our winner.  Feedback at the end of the pilot looked something like this...we hope you find the same.  


  Learn all about the project to implement Moodle here.  Alternatively you can also check out our progress on the moodle.Nottingham blog (NOTE posts mostly relevant to staff).

What's happening with WebCT, Nexus and the NLE?

WebCT will no longer be supported by Blackboard as of 2013; modules in WebCT will revert to an archive source not available to teaching staff or students.  When you login to Moodle you may find some similarities with particular tools and activities such as forums, glossaries and quizzes.  Some features work in a slightly different way than you are used to but have no fear we have many How To documents available to help you (see below for further information on help documents and areas).  The look and feel of moodle.Nottingham varies considerably compared to WebCT, it has been developed to provide a consistent appearance for all modules and essentially a consistent experience for you.

The Moodle Implementation Project Team has also worked closely with the Business School and the Medical School to integrate features from both into moodle.Nottingham.  This has brought some great new features to benefit all schools.  Teaching and learning materials for Business School and Years 1 and 2 of the Medical School are now in Moodle to ensure all students receive a consistent experience while with the University of Nottingham.  Year 3 and Clinical Phases of the Medical School will be in Moodle by the academic year 13-14.  Some links have been retained with Nexus and the NLE temporarily such as administrative aspects of Nexus and access to previous years studied with the NLE.

What does this mean for you, the student?

When you login with your University of Nottingham username and password you will see your modules listed in your Module Overview.  For some modules you may be required to self-enrol (your Module Convenor will discuss this with you further) .  Moodle has been used differently in each module and the amount and type of information and activities available will vary.  There are ways to communicate with tutors as well as with other students to support one another.  Announcements and key course information is often available here so it is a good idea to check in often. Increasingly, assignments are submitted electronically through moodle.Nottingham which also enables you to receive your grades with comments electronically. 

As you move through your course you will also retain access to previously studied modules allowing you to build on previous years and aid revision.  

If your list of modules is incomplete or you have any queries please contact the Learning Team.

For help with using the different features in Moodle check out Introduction to Moodle for Students.  Here you will be able to try out activities such as quizzes in Moodle and Rogo, listen to video and audio recordings, co-creating a Wiki novel and lots more.

What does this mean for you, the lecturer?

"The most striking thing so far is the level of enthusiasm students are showing for engaging with each other by sharing pictures, embedding video and even uploading screencasts to demonstrate how they’re using certain features" (Matthew Nilan, School of Education)

When you login with your University of Nottingham username and password you will see listed all the modules you teach on.  Each of these modules is a place for you to store all teaching and learning materials and create interactive activities to promote collaborative working between you and students, and student to student.  Ensure you have migrated any materials you wish to use in your modules from WebCT to Moodle by 5th October 2012 as WebCT will no longer be available from this date (the migration tool will be available until the end of 2012).  Think of moodle.Nottingham as a newly available teaching method that can greatly impact on your students and enhance their experience with the University of Nottingham.

If your list of modules is incomplete or you have any queries please contact the Learning Team.

For How To guidance in creating activities and uploading resources see Moodle Help in Workspace.   For more ideas about organising your modules and using more advanced features check out Starting Moodle and Teaching with Moodle.

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