Moodle – OpenLearnWare – Mahara
To support e-learning at TU Darmstadt, the University's IT-Service and its Computing Centre (HRZ) cooperate with the Centre for Educational Development (HDA). Together they operate the internal learning platform Moodle, the online platform OpenLearnWare, for free access to study materials, and also the e-portfolio system Mahara.
Three e-learning platforms, three utilization scenarios…
- a central and password-protected location for digital learning material from courses
- courses provided by instructors for closed student groups
- an e-portfolio system (digital folders), e.g. for digital competence profiles (education, skills, goals, etc.)
- documentation, reflection and feedback on learning processes
- an online platform for free access to and exchange of digital learning material from courses for interested parties
- visibility of teaching
Further tools for the use of digital media in teaching and learning at the TU Darmstadt can be found on the websites of the e-learning working group.
A brief description of the three e-learning platforms…
Service features: What you get
- central and password-protected location for digital teaching materials
- Moodle training for beginners and advanced users
- technical support
- advice on usage possibilities within Moodle
- comprehensive support offers with detailed information on the functionalities, instructions and FAQ
- mobile MoodleApp available through the respective app stores
Who can provide material in Moodle?
All TU Darmstadt institutions, university groups and student bodies can create a Moodle course.
All teachers, students and staff at TU Darmstadt as well as guests with guest-TU-ID can attend or manage courses in Moodle. External users without a TU-ID can log in as guests, but they only have read permissions for public courses.
How do I set up a Moodle course?
Events displayed in TUCaN can be easily set up via the TUCaN-Moodle interface. Deployment is fully automated and takes only a few minutes.
Moodle courses that are not linked to TUCaN can set up a course via e-mail. Simply send us an e-mail with the title and short title of the course as well as the department in which it is to be classified. In this case, the set up can take up to three working days.
To use Moodle you need a browser and your activated TU-ID.
The maximum file size for uploading is 50MB. Larger files (e.g. lecture recordings) can be uploaded to a separate media server and linked to Moodle. Contact the support team, if you need access to the media server.
Service features: What OpenLearnWare offers
- unlimited file upload
- media (audio recordings, video, PDFs) downloadable in different resolutions
- mark lecture recordings and view them later
- share media content
- subscription to RSS feeds
Who can provide material in OLW? How do I get access?
As a lecturer at TU Darmstadt you can make teaching material from your lectures publicly available on the platform. To provide material, you need access to the platform.
Please send your request for activation to openlearnware@tu-….
After a consultation and clarification of licensing issues, we will set up your access as soon as possible.
A browser is required to use OpenLearnWare.
Service features: The functions in Mahara
- upload and/or embed media
- combining artifacts into views
- group work with common documents, forums and views
- giving feedback, commenting and evaluating
- various sharing options (for certain users; public; secret URL; time-controlled)
Who can use Mahara?
Both, students and teachers with TU-ID can use Mahara. Registration for the platform is via Moodle.
The storage space per user is 50MB, an increase to 200 MB is possible upon request.
More detailed information, on how the three e-learning platforms – Moodle, OpenLearnWare and Mahara – work, can be found on the websites of the e-learning working group.
All three e-learning platforms, Moodle, OpenLearnWare and Mahara, are free of charge.