One common complaint about Moodle is that, by default, the navigation is very linear. Sometimes this linear organization does not make sense based on how a course’s topics are structured. This was the case in several courses that I worked on and I have highlighted below two of these courses: a History of the Middle Ages course and a Major British Writers course.
HI 208: History of the Middle Ages
In this history course, the instructor had two distinct parts of the course, one half that was textbook focused and included lectures and quizzes and one half that was focused on specific themes that were discussion focused. She wanted some way to visually show this distinction on the Moodle page. We ended up using the top block of Moodle to embed the course schedule and then linking out to all the course content from the this table. Having the table up at the top made it simple for students to navigate to the content and made it obvious that there were two distinct components to the course.
ENG 251: Major British Writers
In the English course, the instructor found that students often had problems integrating historical events with the literary works and writers. She wanted some way for students to be able connect the works and writers they were covering in the course to the historical events taking place at the time. As a result, I created a timeline using HTML and CSS that could be embedded in the top block of Moodle. On the timeline, we included the authors being covered in the course, the literary periods, and relevant cultural and historical events. I also included images of the authors that show up when you scroll over them and if you click on one of the author’s name, it will take you to the point in the course where that author is covered. A simple way to bring historical relevance to the course while also making it easier to navigate.