Moodle 2.5 Multimedia is published by Packt Publishing in November 2013. This book has 270 pages in English, ISBN-13 9781783281473.
Multimedia is a very old human endeavor. It has taken mankind almost 30,000 years since painting on cave walls to get a combination of text, image, sound, and video all working in the same medium, that is, in motion pictures. Finally, after thousands of years of human history, we can all (not just an elite few) create multimedia easily using Moodle. Moodle was built around an idea of learning that happens when a group of people construct things for one another, collaboratively creating a small culture of shared artifacts with shared meanings.
A tutorial-based guide, with clear illustrations and examples of how to create, convert and add multimedia to Moodle using a range of free e-learning software tools and web applications. This book follows the design of resources and activities for the course “Music for everyday life”. The tasks presented are quick and easy to do for teachers and trainers with busy schedules.
Giving readers an insight into the creation and integration of multimedia in Moodle courses.
Starting with images you will learn to create photo collages, screenshots and comic strips. Then you will discover audio and how to extract audio from CDs to create a soundtrack for a movie and a podcast. Later, you will use video to produce a trailer for a movie, photo slideshows, online TVs and screencasts. Following that, you will develop an understanding of interactive elements and web communication, such as online maps, interactive timelines or web meetings. Finally, you will look at multimedia quizzes and assessment of multimedia assignments, ending with general issues on copyright, licensing and safety.
A focus of the book is to show readers that using multimedia is not just about improving instruction, but also improving the ways in which students can can now create multimedia easily, and share it without great effort.. To make this easier, many of the moodle tutorials in the book will be based on activities designed for students to create, discuss and assess each other’s multimedia works.
What you will learn from this book
- Create and edit images, drawings, screenshots, audio, music, and video
- Understand copyright and licensing of multimedia works, particularly public domain and creative commons licenses
- Discover basic procedures to create videos with simple equipment to add as course resources and activities
- Download and publish videos in online video sharing services
- Convert between several video formats and integrate them in Moodle
- Develop multimedia elements such as interactive floor planners, interactive presentations, online maps, diagrams, concept maps and timelines using web applications and blend them with Moodle
- Learn how to interact with students in real-time using synchronous communication and screen sharing applications
A tutorial-based guide where readers can work through practical examples that clearly describe how to create multimedia applications using Moodle and integrate existing multimedia resources into Moodle courses.
Who this book is for
If you are a teacher or trainer who runs online courses and has a basic understanding of Moodle, this book will be ideal for you. It is not necessary to have an advanced technical background to create multimedia elements as the tasks will be simple, not time consuming, and will be practical for everyday use.