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The word Moodle was originally an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment, which is mostly useful to programmers and education theorists. It’s also a verb that describes the process of lazily meandering through something, doing things as it occurs to you to do them, an enjoyable tinkering that often leads to insight and creativity. As such it applies both to the way Moodle was developed, and to the way a student or teacher might approach studying or teaching an online course. Anyone who uses Moodle is a Moodler.

Frequently Asked Questions

Moodle is not an webinar, and it is not a set of impersonal PowerPoint presentations with questions.  It is an online course with readings and assignments which allows you to work at your own time and pace, but complete assignments by Friday or Saturday of each week.

Register for a Course

Please use the calender of events to sign up for Moodle courses.  First check that the year is correct.  Then click on the month and day of the course.  Everyone taking a Moodle course from us, will be required to take a two session course Introduction to Moodle


Introduction to Moodle

Taught by Enid Costley – *Mandatory pre-course for any Moodle course 

When librarians sign up any Library of Virginia Moodle courses they are automatically signed up for Introduction to Moodle, which is offered 3 weeks before the main course. This is a free mandatory course that provides an introduction using Moodle. Moodle is an Open Source Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

By the end of the course, participants will be able to

  • update their user profile
  • post to the forum and respond to posting
  • submit an assignment
  • send an email to instructor
  • participate in conference call
  • post and edit a wiki

Early Literacy Series

Early Literacy and Books: Making the Connection

Taught by Saroj Ghoting

The goal of this five week course is to introduce participants to the early literacy components and practices as set forth in the second edition of Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the American Library Association. By the end of the class, participants should be able to recognize what the early literacy components look like for each age-level of child, newborn to two-year-olds, 2 and 3 year olds and 4 and 5 year olds and to demonstrate how the components and practices can be applied while sharing books with young children.

Overview of the Course
Session 1: Introduction, Information on Brain Development and Stages of Early Childhood Development
Session 2: Overview of Reading Research, Reading Process, Five Early Literacy Practices
Session 3: Oral Language, Three Ways to Engage Parents and Children in Interactive Reading, Overview of Early Literacy Components
Session 4: More in-depth information on four early literacy components, development over the age levels, and relating to books
Session 5: More in-depth on background knowledge component–development over the age levels, and relating to books; Relate components and practices to each other and to books and activities to extend books

Early Literacy Enhanced Storytimes: Reaching Parents and Caregivers *

Taught by Saroj Ghoting.

Objectives of the five week course is to transform a traditional storytime to an enhanced storytime, which includes early literacy tips:

  • Participants will be able to relate books and activities in their storytimes to early literacy skills.
  • Participants will learn how to transform their own traditional storytime into early literacy enhanced storytime.
  • Participants will be able to convey early literacy information to parents/caregivers in the storytime setting.

This class does not cover how to plan and present storytimes. It is focused on incorporating early literacy information/asides into the storytimes being presented.

*Pre Course Requirements: Early Literacy and Books: Making the Connection – a Library of Virginia online course

Talk to Me Baby

Presented by Betty S. Bardige Ed.D

Talk to Me, Baby! is a four week online course on language development and how librarians and parents may talk and play with children in ways that directly support their emerging language skills.  The book Talk to Me, Baby! How You Can Support Young Children’s Language Development by Betty S. Bardige is provided.


Libraries and Autism We’re Connected

Presented by Meg Kolaya and Dan Weiss

During this four-week online course, participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), current research, theories and controversies
  • Identify problems and issues in delivering effective customer service in the library to those on the spectrum, their families and teachers
  • Learn basic, easy to implement tips and strategies for delivering excellent customer service
  • Assess your library’s strengths and weaknesses in relation to universal access and service to the developmentally disabled
  • Develop individualized tools to assist in providing excellent services
  • Strategize special projects and/or library-based programming for the ASD community
  • Develop an action plan to position your library as an effective community resource and consider what your role in that process could be.

Connecting with Spanish Speaking Communities

Presented by Katie Scherrer

This course is for library staff to learn strategies and techniques for connecting libraries and Spanish-speaking communities. Through this course, participants will:

  • Increase their knowledge of the general library needs of Spanish-speaking communities
  • Increase their awareness of useful resources, as well as their confidence, for connecting Spanish-speakers with library services
  • Learn about successful outreach initiatives implemented in libraries across the country
  • Develop an outreach plan that could be implemented in a real library

This course is especially helpful for library staff considering a Bilingual Storytime or other programs targeted to reach Latinos and Spanish-speakers.

Bilingual Storytime at Your Library

Presented by Katie Scherrer

This 4 week course is designed to teach participants how to present bilingual storytimes for various ages. The text, Read Me a Rhyme in Spanish and English / Léame una rima en español e inglés is filled with programming ideas from Rose Treviño, a trailblazer and very important figure who spent her career working to increase the inclusion of Spanish and bilingual programs for children and families in libraries. Ideas from this text as well as techniques that Ms. Scherrer has successfully used in her six years of bilingual programming is shared in print and demonstrated via video. It is the goal of this course that everyone who completes it will gain practical ideas and increased confidence that will aid them as they work to include Latino culture and the Spanish language in their storytime programs, regardless of language skills. Techniques and modifications for storytime practitioners who do not speak Spanish are shared throughout the course.

Planning a Summer Reading Program

Taught by Enid Costley

At the end of this free six week course, participants will have an individual plan for implementing a summer reading program at their library.

Connecting Young Adults and Libraries

Taught by Michele Gorman

During this five week course, participants will

  • explore the connections between healthy youth development and library services to teens.
  • learn how to identify and meet the needs of teens with high-interest, innovative programming.
  • learn how to plan and implement programming to support Teen Summer Reading.
  • learn about why program evaluation is a key component of serving teens in libraries.
  • develop evaluation documents that can serve as tools for promoting existing services and/or garnering support for future programs and services for teens.

Library of Virginia Moodle Home page

Learn more about Moodle

“What is Moodle” explained with Lego (full version) from Tomaz Lasic on Vimeo




Navigation in Moodle from Tomaz Lasic on Vimeo.

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