Experiencing Moodle

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    It is important to have a good theoretical foundation as you engage in online theological education and a  number of ICETE Academy courses provide such foundations. But what about practice?  Have you ever tried designing an online course or doing any kind of basic work in a virtual learning environment?  If not, here is a perfect opportunity.

    There are several key stages in producing online courses in a virtual learning environment like Moodle.  These include 1) an installation stage, 2) a site design stage, 3) a course design stage and 4) a content adding stage. This course concerns the last two, allowing you to experience some elements of Moodle course design and content adding.   

    An empty Moodle course (called a “shell”) has been created for you and you will be guided in adding course elements and populating it with content. This will allow you to experience some of the basic Moodle activities and resources and will boost your confidence as you envision course creation and delivery within your own institution.  

    This is the second course of a three-part series geared toward fostering the ability to create and manage online courses using Moodle. In order to complete this course, you must first complete First Steps in Online Education

    Course Outcomes

    This course offers a practical opportunity to experience aspects of course production in Moodle.   It is particularly suited for theological educators and institutions who are interested in producing online courses and want to explore how Moodle works. 

    Course content

    • Observe and navigate a sample Moodle course
    • Experiencing online course creation by:
      • Posting an Announcement
      • Adding content through a Page
      • Adding a discussion Forum
      • Managing Topic sections
      • Adding a Quiz
      • Adding an essay Assignment


    This course is authored by Dr Mark Nickens.   Mark started teaching online courses in 2009 and has taught around 200 courses at 15 Bible institutes, colleges, universities, and seminaries.  He is passionate about online education and am to help you learn about online teaching possibilities.

    Delivery mode

    This is a portfolio based course.


    10 hours of learning.

    ICETE Academy points

    10 points.

    Completion requirements

    You will need to complete the navigation of the sample site and complete a set of activities in your sample Moodle shell. 

    Course enrolment key


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