Rutgers Online Learning Conference

March 12, 2018
Innovative Uses of the Database Activity in Moodle
Room 162

The Database Activity in Moodle is the most versatile tool, allowing users to explore every creative set up they can think of, if willing to take up the challenge! This presentation will demonstrate 5 innovative academic uses by faculty and students at Rutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences:

  1. Private Submission Dropbox: The Physician Assistants Program has their students completing their Clinical Rotations using the Database as a submission drop box for their Rotation Journals, which are reviewed and approved by their assigned Advisors. Advisors can then return graded journals to each student along with comments on the entry. This set up was preferred over 10+ assignment drop box links for each rotation.
  2. Community Service Log: Particular types of community service expose students to different contact experiences, and for a particular discipline certain categories of service build critical skills. Students use the Database activity to capture their community service experiences and log how many hours of the coveted skill they have under their belts. This has calculated fields using javascript.
  3. Oral Case Presentations Portal: The Medical School is using this tool for students to submit peer reviews of pre-recorded and live oral case presentations, in teams of 7. Faculty preceptors assigned to various teams also submit their reviews. Students are then able to privately review all feedback for their own presentations.
  4. Course Resource Repository: A class with multiple guest speakers who teach various aspects of the course uses the Database tool as a Course Resource Repository. The guest speakers submit their course documents via the database, the course manager reviews and approves them, and the approved resources become available to the students.
  5. Post-First Discussion Board: A call for a forum-based post-first discussion board led to the exploration of this use-case of the Database activity. It was set up to require students submit an entry before being allowed to view any existing entries in the entire Database.

There are so many more uses for the Database activity beyond this presentation. Hopefully you will be inspired and challenged to come up with more innovations yourself!

Speaker Bio(s): 

Sarah is an Instructional Designer with the Office of Instructional Technology & eLearning Solutions (ITeS) at the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS, formerly UMDNJ - University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey) campus in Newark.

She provides Moodle support and training as well as instructional design consultation for faculty; collaborates with programmers to develop custom modules to extend functionality of Moodle according to discipline-specific needs.

Sarah received her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU). She also received her Master of Education in Instructional Technology from ESU.

Sarah Ashley
Department Name: 
Office of Instructional Technology & eLearning Solutions
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Event Date

RUOnlineCon 2018
12 March 2018
200 Atrium Drive

Somerset, NJ 08873

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