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Moodle General tips to you get started

  1. Don't be afraid to experiment. Feel free to click around and change things. It's hard to break anything in a Moodle course, and even if you do it's usually easy to fix it.

  2. Notice and use these little icons

    - the edit icon lets you edit whatever it is next to.
    - the help icon will provide you with a popup help window
    - the open-eye icon will let you hide something from students
    - closed-eye icon will make a hidden item available
    - the delete icon will permanently delete something from the course after you confirm a warning on a second page.

  3. Use the navigation bar at the top left of each page. This should help remind you where you are and prevent getting lost.

  4. Log yourself in as a student. It's important for you to experience exactly what they do when they access your site.

  5. Settings

    The first thing you should do is look under the "Administration" block on your course home page and click on "Settings".  Note that this link, and in fact the whole administration section is only available to you and the site administrator. Students will not even see these links.

    On the Settings page you can change a number of settings about your course, ranging from its name, description, to what day it starts, number of Weeks/Topics, and choosing the screen color. Two common choices and described below:

    An important function in the layout of Moodle is course format.




    The course format will let you choose what basic layout you wish to use for your course, similar to a template. The current version of Moodle that Hope uses supports 6 different styles.  The follow two styles are most popular:

    Weekly-There are two separate options for the weekly layout, standard and without CSS/Tables.  The real difference between these two options is visual.  If you are using weekly, experiment to see which one suites you better.

    Topic-The topic layout groups things similarly to the weekly layout, but instead of arranging each section by dates it arranges them my topic.  There are no specific dates for a topic section.

  6. Adding Content - Building a course involves adding course activity modules and resources to the main page. Any time you wish to change anything in Moodle that is not in settings you must first turn on editing.  To turn on editing, click "Turn on editing" –upper right corner of the screen. This toggle switch shows or hides the extra controls that allow you to manipulate your main course page. In the screenshot above editing controls are turned on and an arrow is pointing to the toggle button.





















  7. Common Resources

    Compose a text page-This option allows you to compose a simple text page that will be displayed once a user clicks on the link.  Great idea when putting notes online.

    Link to a File or Website-This option allows you to take a file from your hard drive or a website from the internet and link it in Moodle.  Linking a file to Moodle uploads a copy of the file to the Moodle server, so if you delete the file from your hard drive it will not disrupt the link.

    Adding a Web Page-This option allows you to take a file from your hard drive or a website from the internet and link it in Moodle.  Linking a file to Moodle uploads a copy of the file to the Moodle server, so if you delete the file from your hard drive it will not disrupt the link.

  8. Course Activities - To add a new activity, simply go to the week or topic or section of the screen where you want to add it, and select the type of activity from the popup menu. Here is a summary of some common activities in Moodle:

    Assignment - Assignments allow the instructor to specify a task that requires students to prepare digital content (any format) and submit it by uploading it to the server. Typical assignments include essays, projects, reports and so on. This module includes grading facilities.

    Advanced Uploading of files
    Online Text
    Upload a single file
    Offline Activty

    Forum - This module is by far the most important - it is here that discussion takes place. When you add a new forum, you will be presented with a choice of different types - a simple single-topic discussion, a free-for-all general forum, or a one-discussion-thread-per-user. Some options allows students to create new discussions in the forums while others restrict students to only posting single or multiple threads.

    Quiz - This module allows you to design and set quiz tests, consisting of multiple choice, true-false, short answer questions, and others. These questions are kept in a categorized database, and can be re-used within courses and even between courses. Quizzes can allow multiple attempts. Each attempt is automatically marked, and the teacher can choose whether to give feedback or to show correct answers. This module includes grading facilities.

 

 

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