(DRAFT PROGRAM: October 8) Canada Moodle Moot October 20 - 23, 2015
Université de Montréal 
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Wednesday, October 21 • 14:35 - 15:05
Building a Chemical Training course in Moodle

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The use of lessons, certificates, meta courses, engaging activities, online notes, course reporting and tracking completion all came together when building a simple course to deliver some serious Chemical Safety Training in Australia.

The story of how the course was thought out, built, re-built, tested, re-built, tested and finally released to the market, and the feedback that has been received from the end users, many of whom are computer illiterate.

If you are interested to have a look at the site before my presentation please visit


Follow the prompts (you do not have to pay though) and it will hopefully lead you through the course.

I look forward to meeting you all on Wednesday.


Richard Wallace 

UPDATED INFORMATION FOR SESSION ( Sorry for shouting) ......................................................................

A short overview of what we tried to achieve when building this course and the Moodle tools we used and attempted to use to make the site as clear, informative and simple to navigate as possible.

Course level - Nationally Accredited by RTO (Registered Training Organisation), but can be used just for PD (Professional Development).

Target Audience - Farmers, Pest controllers, Council workers, Health workers, anyone using dangerous chemicals.

Development considerations - Low literacy, low computer experience (older farmers), low bandwidth and mobile devices.

Moodle tools used;

  1. AutoEnrol (plugin) - automatically enrols user into a course when they create an account
  2. Meta course (core) - then said anyone who was enrolled in the (Autoenrol course) then automatically became enrolled in other coursers set up with the Meta Course enrolment method
  3. PayPal Enrolment (core) - We will eventually enable this so that users can pay to access the courses.
  4. Lesson (core) - Linear, but also can use table of contents, assessable, information on same page as question, customised to send users straight back to course at end of lesson, then it did not recognise score and did not show up in "My grades"
  5. Activity completion (core) - Important so when users come back they know where they are up to,
  6. My Grades (plugin) - Shows scores in other courses in block and front page blocks, so users know exactly where they are up to,
  7. My Courses (theme option) - Lets users navigate easily as well as prove they are logged in, 
  8. Sub Courses (plugin) - Allows multiple courses to be used in a "Final course" to then gather results and provide a certificate.
  9. Simple Certificate (plugin) - By using sub courses, a user can print out a certifiacte of completion if all requirements are met.

There are plenty more cool things we did with this site, but I reckon I will be pushing to explain these 9 points.  If you are interested in more of a show and tell, I would be really happy to show you at other times during the conference.

Thanks for your interest and time


Richard Wallace

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Richard Wallace

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Richard Wallace is passionate about the community, environment and education.  Having been raised in the Adelaide hills on 5 acres his love of gardening was inspired by his grand fathers "Beautiful haven" in Crafers that always bought much pleasure and produce to the family.  During... Read More →

Wednesday October 21, 2015 14:35 - 15:05

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