If you can't access the podcast or would rather read the introduction, here is the transcript:

In Moodle, a Resource is simply anything you want your students to access. It could be a Word document, a powerpoint slideshow, a video, a podcast, or just informative text. Remember that we are focusing on a flipped classroom, in which students access the bulk of the lecture materials on their own. All of those handouts, powerpoints, and even overhead transparencies that you use to explain concepts and provide information to students? Those are the materials you're putting online for your flipped classroom unit or units.

There are a variety of ways to help your students access the material. As we saw in the flipped classroom video in Module 1, some teachers actually put all of their lecture materials in video form. However, probably the easiest and fastest way for you to begin is to take those handouts and materials you already have in written form and simply upload or paste them into your Moodle course.

You might want to think about what will be easiest for your students, or what your goal is for them in accessing these materials. For example, if I want my students to be able to download and print copies of vocabulary lists or lecture materials to study later for tests, I probably want to upload files rather than placing all my lesson material online in web page form. But, if I just want students to quickly navigate to a fairly brief amount of information, a web page might be a more appropriate format.

Videos and podcasts are great if you have the time and inclination to use multimedia. They're not covered specifically here, but the process for uploading them is the same as uploading any other file. Just make sure to keep access in mind. There's always a chance a student might be working off an old computer that can't access a video or audio file in a particular format. In that case, it might be a good idea to include a text transcript of the video or audio file just to make sure the students can access the information.

Last modified: Thursday, 22 December 2011, 6:19 PM