So far I have written about the feedback from our staff focus group sessions and shown off mock-up images of our new Dashboard and Gradebook concepts, these are just two components of a much larger restructure of our Moodle VLE which will (hopefully) provide a more logical and user friendly method for structuring courses, units and assignments.
In addition to these there will be a new student dashboard, new course dashboard for teachers, new course gradebook and ultimately a new streamlined workflow for setting everything up.
I will write more about the actual workflow for staff and post some mock-up examples of how this will look over the next week or so, we are about to move into development so these will have to be finalised very soon. However I thought it would be nice if I first gave a proper explanation of the proposed changes and introduce designs for the new system that you may not have seen yet.
So first of all I’ll give an overview of our existing VLE system…
Just a quick update to the previous gradebook concept I posted about yesterday.
I’ve now added a key at the top and also put together a mock-up of what the gradebook window will look like when scrolled horisontally, illustrating how the student list is “sticky” and hovers over the top of everything else rather than disappearing off the page…
Teacher – Course Gradebook (Main overview)
Teacher – Course Gradebook (Student Detail)
Course Gradebook – Scrolled with “sticky” student list
One of the main bits of feedback to come from BTEC teachers in the college has to be that the gradebook needs improvement. In the last few staff sessions teachers have expressed the need for a better overview of the course as a whole, with all students and all units on one page.
As a response to this feedback we have been working on the following new gradebook concept, this will be called the “Course Gradebook”…
The Course Gradebook shows all students and all units, displaying the students submission status for each assignment within a unit.
The Dashboard Timeline concept was born, sketched out a sheet of my printed notes.
When discussing the dashboard during our last staff consultation session, one of the most interesting ideas we came up with was a timeline to show what the students have coming up throughout the year, so they can plan their time ahead. According to the teachers within the group, some of their students struggle to plan time and get overwhelmed during busy periods in year.
Feedback from our BTEC teachers this week is that the Moodle gradebook is a complete mess. Some of our BTEC courses have 100+ students and 30-40 assignments set up within their Moodle area, this does not fit well into the currentl gradebook table.
Another staff consultation session, this time with our BTEC IT teachers. Once again the feedback reveals problems with the layout of our course pages and gradebook when used with BTECs.
Our games development tutors are struggling with the number of assignments required to collect evidence across all units in their BTEC, the gradebook becomes unworkable when the number of assignments exceeds about 10 and many of our BTEC courses have upwards of 30 assignments set.