A Label can be used to add context and extra information in a LEO unit. You can use a Label to add headings, text, images, embedded video, embedded social media posts, and other multimedia content, which will display within your list of activities and resources. Labels are useful for 'breaking up' content within a LEO unit, and can be used to draw attention to different areas of your LEO unit.
One of the key features of the Label is its flexibility. You can add a host of content to a Label, included embedded media, images, links, text, Kaltura videos, YouTube and Vimeo videos, and sound files.
Another key feature of the Label is its its usefulness in terms of unit design. Labels can be used to 'break up' the main page of a LEO unit with blank space, and to highlight certain sections and activities with bold headings and highlighted text, to add consistency and structure to your unit materials and activities.
Using Labels can help your students to more easily navigate your LEO unit. Putting headings, or contextual information into a label can break your LEO unit up into smaller sections, which are more appealing and less intimidating to students.
The Label tool within LEO cannot be used for the purposes of assessment, however it may be useful in providing contextual information to your students around their assessment tasks. You can use a Label to link to external content, give written instructions around assessment, or embed multimedia content.
It is important to note that embedding a lot of multimedia content into the main page of your LEO unit, in the form of labels, may cause your LEO unit to load slowly. It may also be an issue for people who are accessing your LEO unit on mobile devices.
You can use the Label tool in such a way that it can emulate the menu of a website. Alternatively, the Label can be used to link to other content which sits inside of your LEO unit. Links to disparate content can be curated within a Label.
A Label can also be a useful way of introducing yourself to your students. You can add a Label to your LEO unit which includes a small profile picture, your contact information, and a short bio. This Label can be 'hidden' or deleted once the semester is underway, or edited if your information changes!
When videos (Kaltura or YouTube) are embedded into a unit via labels they will all load at the same time. If you have a number of videos embedded into labels this may cause the page to load slowly and could make editing difficult.
A possible suggestion would be to move the videos inside a Page (HTML) resource, a Lesson activity, or Book resource. This way each video will be tucked away in its own location and won’t crash your browser when editing is turned on.
In this video, the author demonstrates how to add activities and content to 'hidden' sections of your LEO unit, which can then be linked to in Labels. In the given example, the same Quiz activity is linked to multiple times within the same LEO unit in a Label which has been added to every section (as opposed to adding a new Quiz to every section).
While the interface shown in this video is now quite dated, the same principles still apply.
Can Moodle be used as a tool to educate the masses in Africa?
In this academic paper, the author examines a case study pertaining to research from 2010 to 2013, where instuctors from a teacher training institute in Rwanda, Central Africa, were trained on how to "create, develop, and manage" courses (units) within Moodle. Challenges of the uptake in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are examined, as well as the challenges of Moodle implementation more broadly. Recommendations are made as to how policy makers and administrators can better support teaching staff in the use of ICT.
Some examples (screenshots) of the teachers' use of Moodle is included in this paper. Labels were used by these teaching staff to present multimedia information such as videos and images, and to raise issues/ask questions of their students.
Nkurunziza, J (2013) Can Moodle be used as a tool to educate the masses in Africa? In: 2nd Moodle Research Conference (MRC2013), 4th and 5th October, 2013, Sousse, Tunisia.