Moodle Lessons which can be used in a variety of ways to create self directed learning, accommodate different learning styles, creating decision making exercises etc. can also be used to encourage students to read before attending class.
Here is very useful video from Monash College developing practice conference 2015 which shows – How to use Lesson activity in your Moodle course to encourage students to read before attending class.
Below is the embedded presentation and here is the direct link to the video on YouTube.
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