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Creative Applications of the Database Activity

The versatility of the Database Activity allows Moodlers to explore every creative set up you can think of, if you are willing to take up the challenge! 

In this presentation, I will demonstrate 3 creative uses of the Database activity by our teachers, students and staff at Rutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences, and will show how to set them up: 

  1. Student Use: Physician Assistants completing their Clinical Rotations are using the Database as a private 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 by the students over 10+ assignment drop box links for each rotation.
  2. Staff Use: The Database has been used to create a Support Log for entering a record of support phone calls, tracking the status of each support ticket, duration of calls, assigned staff, problem areas and resolutions. 
  3. Teacher Use: A Medical Class with multiple guest speakers who teach various aspects of the course is using 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 then become available to the students.

There are so many more uses for the Database activity beyond what I am presenting. I will mention a couple more examples and hopefully you will be inspired and challenged to come up with more innovations yourself.

4. Student-built Web Pages

5. Community Service Log - with calculated fields using javascript

Presented by...

Sarah Ashley
Sarah Ashley
Instructional Designer
Rutgers University (Rutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences)

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

At Rutgers, Sarah provides Moodle support and training as well as instructional design consultation for faculty in all schools; collaborates with programmers to develop custom modules to extend functionality of Moodle according to discipline-specific needs.

Prior to this position, Sarah was the Instructional Technology Specialist at Drew University until February 2012, which is where she first learned about Moodle during Drew's LMS Search in 2007. She helped establish Moodle as the primary LMS for Drew, shaping the platform with relevant plugins for teaching and learning.


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