Moodle General tips to you get started
- 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.
- Notice and use these little icons
the edit icon lets you edit whatever it is next
the help icon will provide you with a popup help
the open-eye icon will let you hide something
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.
- Use the navigation bar at the top left of each page. This should
help remind you where you are and prevent getting lost.
Log yourself in as a student. It's important for you to experience exactly what
they do when they access your site.
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
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
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
Upload a single file
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.