Posted on May 3rd, 2012 in Books, Moodle 2.0, Resources | 1 Comment »
If you’re a beginner to online learning and Moodle and want to have a course up and running quickly, Moodle 2 Course Conversion, by Ian Wild, is the book for you. This book is aimed for newbies to Moodle but I also found it useful being a Moodle 1.9 user. It stepped me through the basics of Moode, which I already knew, however it covered Moodle 2. I found it useful for myself because I’m currently getting materials and documents together to help our user’s move from 1.9 to 2.0. I documented some crucial differences between the versions that I know my users will be used to doing one way in 1.9 but may be done a different way in 2.
The author really starts from step 1 and brings you along to create a robust Moodle course. I would recommend reading the book and actually following along with your own Moodle course – you will get much more out of it. The cover does say Beginner’s guide, which is right on.
The author does not cover every single tool but all of the important ones, in my opinion. He even gives the reader real-life examples and tools to use (like a Voki and other multimedia). I noticed the book also covers some small, yet crucial tips along the way. For example, using separate enrollment keys to easily put students into groups. He hit on a few common and useful tasks in Moodle that my Moodle users use all the time.
I highly recommend this book to any new Moodle user or a Moodle user who is beginning to use Moodle 2. Sure, there are many pages you could skip but in my case it helped me tremendously to prepare documentation and help for next Fall when we transition. As always, this Packt Publishing book came with easy to understand instructions and screenshots.