Moving to Moodle

I’ve been running my course thus far via Google sites (which I love).  The site itself is easy to set-up, although the customization can take some playing around with.  After a PD session or two, I’m happy with my class website.  For my testing, I’ve been using another site called ClassMarker.com.  It is functional because of its class-organization system, so I can track each student for each test.  What I don’t like is it’s randomizing capabilities.  It can only randomize questions and their answers, and even then, only to a certain degree.  Also, there is no import function for test questions, so I have to enter each test item-by-item (and for roughly 100 questions per test, that can be very time consuming).

I have never used Moodle for my own class, but after seeing how other teachers use it, I’m a fledgling convert.  Moodle will organize all of my class materials by unit as well as host ALL of my testing.  Moodle’s testing also randomizes about 100x more efficiently than any subscription testing site.  It has a test import option…no more typing every question.  It also will randomize everything, including short answer questions!  It take some parameters for the questions (let x=1-1000) and it changes for every student on every test.  It really tests student’s ability to use the information rather than try to remember the question from the last time they took the test.

The only thing that is daunting is that my school doesn’t have an on-site server…which means I get to learn about web hosting over the next few weeks as I try to figure this out.  I think I can sort through it, but if anyone happens to read this and knows how to perform an installation on a web host like GoDaddy or BlueHost, I would love to talk some more.

More coming as I work though this…

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