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Moodle

User Guide

Moodle

Getting Started - Guide for Instructors

Faculty Technology Center (818) 677-3443 OV 5 ftc@csun.edu www.csun.edu/at/training

Started - Guide for Instructors Faculty Technology Center (818) 677-3443 OV 5 ftc@csun.edu www.csun.edu/at/training

Table of Contents

Introduction

1

What is Moodle?

1

Prerequisites What Do You Need Before You Start?

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What will be covered in this document?

1

Getting Started

2

Login to Moodle

2

Setup Your Profile

3

“My Courses” – First Look

7

Course Layout Setup

7

Customizing Settings for a class

8

Blocks

8

The Administration Block

9

Customizing the Weekly outline page for a Course

15

Communicating Information to your students

18

Add a Resource to the Course

19

Add an Activity

20

Editing a course

22

Moving Resources/Activities

23

Navigation

23

How to Move Content From One Moodle Course to Another

24

Tips for using Moodle

25

Learn More about Moodle - Other Resources

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25 Learn More about Moodle - Other Resources 25 Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for Instructors
25 Learn More about Moodle - Other Resources 25 Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for Instructors

Moodle Getting Started -Guide for Instructors R11/16/10

INTRODUCTION

What is Moodle?

Moodle is software that can be used to produce internet-based courses and web sites. It is a Learning Management Systems accessed by using a web browser. It is used to add web technology to instructor’s courses. Educators around

the world use Moodle to deliver online courses and to supplement traditional face-to-face courses. Moodle can be used to teach a fully online course or to enhance your teaching by taking advantage of the Internet without replacing the

need for a teacher.

You and your students can access the system from any place with an Internet connection.

Moodle gives educators tools to create a course web site and provide access control so only enrolled students can view

it.

It offers a wide variety of tools that can make your course more effective. It provides an easy way to upload and

share materials, hold online discussions and chats, give quizzes and surveys, gather and review assignments and record

grades.

Prerequisites What Do You Need Before You Start?

To use Moodle you will need:

A computer with Internet connection

A computer with a web browser installed

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To make best use of what Moodle has to offer it is recommended that you use one of the following browsers:

Internet Explorer v5.5 or later,

Firefox,

Netscape v7 or later.

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Note Other browsers can be used, however they may not have a WYSIWYG interface which will make it a bit more cumbersome to use.

An account set up within Moodle. Visit the Academic Technology website at http://www.csun.edu/at for information on getting a Moodle account and course set-up.

The web address (URL) of the server running the Moodle application - http://moodle.csun.edu

Teacher access to a course on Moodle.

WHAT WILL BE COVERED IN THIS DOCUMENT?

The items that will be covered in this document include:

Getting started with Moodle. Sign up for an account, review the basic interface, get used to some of the conventions and start a course.

How to add content to your course.

Course management

Tools available in Moodle,

Other Resources Available to learn more about Moodle including how and when to use forums, hold chat sessions, send messages, give quizzes, set assignments, develop shared glossaries and databases, create pathed

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develop shared glossaries and databases, create pathed Moodle – Getting Started - Guide for Instructors

lessons, collaboratively develop web pages, create blogs, set up surveys and polls, and record student grades. We will cover how to add the tool to your course and the options available and some creative ideas for effectively using the tool in your class.

GETTING STARTED

Login to Moodle

To login and get started with Moodle:

1. Launch your web browser

2. In the address field of the web browser type: http://moodle.csun.edu

3. In the Login field, located on the upper left side of the screen, input your Username &Password (see figure below). Your Username is a mixture of numbers and letters.

4. Click the Login button

a mixture of numbers and letters. 4. Click the Login button 5. The “ My courses

5. The “My courses” page displays. (See figure below) You will see a listing of the courses you have requested to be set up in Moodle under “My Courses”. NOTE: Students are automatically populated to your courses via enrollment records on SOLAR.

populated to your courses via enrollment records on SOLAR. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for Instructors
populated to your courses via enrollment records on SOLAR. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for Instructors
Setup Your Profile Why is it important to set up your profile? Profile Settings &

Setup Your Profile

Why is it important to set up your profile?

Profile Settings & Options - Within the Profile Options you will have the ability to setup a profile image, description and other information pertaining to yourself and your courses.

There are default settings that are important to change to improve your Moodle experience.

Select the “Show Advanced” button to reveal all profile setting options.

Advanced” button to reveal all profile setting options. Profile Image - Users in the Moodle community

Profile Image - Users in the Moodle community by default are given a black silhouette as their profile image. image appears when you post to forums, submit/assign assignments, as well as on every instance of your activity throughout the course.

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Adding your picture to your profile helps to represent yourself and make your participation more personal and does the most to build community in an on.ine course site.

Any graphic or photo can be uploaded as your profile picture, although it is recommended that you use a head shot.

To update your profile:

1. Upon your first login, you will be prompted to edit your profile. To return to edit your profile, click on your name in the top right corner next to the “(Logout)” link or select the Profile link in the Administration block in your course. See figure below.

the Administration block in your course. See figure below. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for Instructors
the Administration block in your course. See figure below. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for Instructors
2. The Profile window appears. Click on the “Edit Profile” tab. See figure below. 3.

2. The Profile window appears. Click on the “Edit Profile” tab. See figure below.

Click on the “Edit Profile” tab. See figure below. 3. Within the “ General” settings, (see

3. Within the “General” settings, (see figure below) it is recommended to change:

a. Forum auto-subscribe:” to NO

or to YES

If you select Yes, you will receive a copy in your

email box of every post made to all the forums in your classes you post to.

b. “Forum tracking:” to YES . This will help you easily see when there are forum posts that you haven’t yet seen. A number will be highlighted next to the forum name on the course main page; threads will also show the number of unread posts and new posts will be highlighted.

number of unread posts and new posts will be highlighted.  First Name, surname - The

First Name, surname - The first two fields are quite self-explanatory. The first and last names that you supply should be those that you wish to be known by on the course. They will be used by other course participants

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to identify you when grading work and responding in forums and other activities. This field name is automatically filled by SOLAR.

Email address - This field name is automatically filled by SOLAR. It is your CSUN email account. This email address is used to receive acknowledgements and messages from the system, and is also the address that is displayed to all other users of the Moodle site, assuming that you have set the "Email display" option to allow other participants in your course to see your address, so it should be a mail address that you check regularly. Other email display options are to hide your mail address from all users, or to make it available to all users on the Moodle system, not just members of the courses you are enrolled in.

Email display -This controls the visibility of the address to others, allowing you to show or hide your email in the class. There are three options: you can set it so that all users (including guests) could see your email, or so that only other students in the class could see your email address, or so that no one could see your email address at all.

Email activated - You can either enable or disable emails being sent to your address. However, if you disable your email account in your profile, you won't receive announcements from the instructor in this class; you will miss out on important information.

Email format - For the messages to come into your mailbox, you can choose between "Pretty HTML format" (which means that the messages will be formatted with different fonts and colors to make them easier to read) and "Plain text format" (plain text with no fancy formatting or colors).

Email digest type - This setting allows you to choose how you want to receive any emails you get from forums. A digest is a compilation of all the posts to a forum for a given period. There are three possible choices: No digest, complete or subjects.

Forum auto-subscribe - This setting lets you decide if you want email copies of posts that are added to forums. If you set this to subscribe, the system will email you copies of new posts in forums that you join. This setting will override your efforts to unsubscribe from individual Moodle forums.

Forum tracking - Enabling forum tracking means highlighting the posts you have not read yet. This feature significantly improves time management when working with discussion forums. When editing text this can usually be left on "Use HTML editor (some browsers only)". This allows for text formatting options, with a WYSIWYG text editor--but requires newer browsers that can accommodate Javascript. If you find your browser is not letting you edit text, change this setting to "Use standard web forms". Also "Use standard web forms" if you want to input your course content using your own HTML. Set to "use standard web forms" if you use a screen reader or mobile device to read web pages.

When editing text The setting defaults to “Use HTML Editor”. We recommend that you leave it at the default.

AJAX and Javascript This field defaults to “No”. We recommend that you leave the default setting unless you are an advanced user.

Screen reader - Set this to "Yes" if you use a screen reader.

City/town; country - These fields are used to further identify you by geographical location.

Timezone - This field is used to convert time-related messages on the system (such as assignment deadlines) from the server local time to the correct time in whichever zone you have selected. It is not an editable field.

zone you have selected. It is not an editable field. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for
zone you have selected. It is not an editable field. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for

Preferred language - You are limited to languages installed with your Moodle instance. Moodle is available in over 78 languages. The language packs do not change the language used in the course content, but will modify the Moodle-specific terms used by the software for commands and features.

Description (*Required) - In this field you can enter some text about yourself, be it information about your studies, hobbies, qualifications or anything else that does not break the acceptable use policy of your Moodle site. This text will be visible to anyone that views your profile.

4. Other settings (see figure below). This is where you can upload your profile picture and add other personal information, web page info. etc. Be sure to include a brief description of your profile picture i.e. “Prof. Smith”

description of your profile picture i.e. “Prof. Smith” 5. Update Profile Button – When you have

5. Update Profile Button When you have completed your profile edits, select the Update Profile button. If the window does not change it would be due to an incomplete or empty Required field. Scroll up the page to find the incomplete field.

field. Scroll up the page to find the incomplete field. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for
field. Scroll up the page to find the incomplete field. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for

“MY COURSES” – FIRST LOOK

In the center of the page as well as on the bottom right side of the “My courses” page, (see figure below) you will see

the My Coursesblock. This includes a list of all your courses as well as a “CSUN Moodle Community” which is a course site for all faculty at CSUN who use Moodle. It is a place to share resources, ask questions, and get answers about using

Moodle in teaching and learning.

and get answers about using Moodle in teaching and learning. 1. Access your course by clicking

1. Access your course by clicking on the course name. The figure above shows two courses. Both named “UNIV100 Freshman Seminarbut each has a unique course number.

2. Click on the course name to begin building the course.

Course Layout Setup

A new course will be mostly blank. See Figure below. The course templates have:

Block areas on the left and right sides (example of Blocks in the figure below are labeled "People", “Administration”, "Search Forums", etc.),

Course content sections appear under the heading: "Weekly Outline". The weekly outline format is the default format for a course. This can be changed to other formats. See the section on The Administration Block, subsection titled Settings for where to change this default setting.

The first section just below Weekly Outline is designed for general information and activities of the whole course and is fixed and unnumbered for the Weekly outline format.

and is fixed and unnumbered for the Weekly outline format. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for
and is fixed and unnumbered for the Weekly outline format. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for

The "News Forum," appears in the top (unnumbered) section of the course example shown below: the "News Forum." News forums will be discussed in the next section.

Remaining sections are set up with a weekly date format.

Remaining sections are set up with a weekly date format.  The upper left corner of

The upper left corner of the course page, as show in the figure above, shows the name of your course.

The Search Forums block allows you to search your course forums for particular bits of information or news. Much like any search function on a web page performs.

The Administration block is where you find links to set your course options, assign roles, perform backups of the course, and manage student grades.

The CSUN Block has links to common resources such as the library, IT Help Center and a link to Student Moodle Training (which you can point your students to).

CUSTOMIZING SETTINGS FOR A CLASS

There are many settings that can be customized to have your online course look and feel the way you want.

Blocks

The view of your course homepage and ultimately the features offered to your course participants depends on which Blocks you choose using the Blocks drop down menu. All of the blocks can be moved around, added or deleted from your course homepage.

be moved around, added or deleted from your course homepage. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for
be moved around, added or deleted from your course homepage. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for

To add a block,

1. Turn editing on:

2. Choose the block you would like to add from the "Blocks" drop down menu. This menu will only be visible when editing is turned on, and will never be visible to your students. If you delete a block then would like it back, you can always re-add it. See figure below.

like it back, you can always re-add it. See figure below. 3. With editing on, you

3. With editing on, you can see the block editing icons next to the block's title. Using these, you can hide the entire block with the 'eye' tool, move the block up and down with the up/down arrows, move the block from one side of the course to another using the sideways arrow, or delete the block altogether using the delete tool. See figure below.

block altogether using the delete tool. See figure below. The Administration Block The Administration Block (See

The Administration Block

The Administration Block (See figure below) has many functions, most hidden from your course participants.

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many functions, most hidden from your course participants. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for Instructors R1/10/11
many functions, most hidden from your course participants. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for Instructors R1/10/11

Settings

You will need to identify some basic fundamental course level structure, such as who has access to the course and the course name. In the Administration block, the Settings link is only available to you, the course creator and the system administrator. When you have completed the configuration of all your settings, click on the “Save changes” button at the bottom of your Settings window.

See the figures below which display the Edit course settings window. Review the setting carefully. Below is a brief description of the most frequently used settings.

is a brief description of the most frequently used settings. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for
is a brief description of the most frequently used settings. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for
is a brief description of the most frequently used settings. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for
 Full name -This is the complete name of the course as it appears on
 Full name -This is the complete name of the course as it appears on

Full name -This is the complete name of the course as it appears on the course list.

Short name - This is the abbreviated name of the course as it appears in the breadcrumb, or navigation, area of the course pages.

in the breadcrumb, or navigation, area of the course pages. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for
in the breadcrumb, or navigation, area of the course pages. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for

Summary- The content of the summary area will appear to students when viewing a list of courses, so it is good to type a brief course summary here. Remember to keep your entry for the summary concise to minimize scrolling for students as they view all the courses on the list they are enrolled in.

Format - Below the Summary is the format choice. More detail on course formats appears on the next page.

Course Formats The course format that you choose will decide the basic layout of your course, like a template.

- The Weekly and Topic formats are very similar in structure. The main difference is that each box in the weekly format covers one week, whereas in the topic format each box can cover whatever you like.

- The Weekly format, dates are automatically added into each section.

- The Social format is based around just one forum and doesn’t use much content.

- A few other specialized formats are available for advanced users only.

Number of weeks/topics - Simply choose the number of weeks/topics that apply for your course. If you add more topics Moodle will add new, blank topics below your old ones. Move topic/week blocks up or down using the up/down arrows in the right margin of each section's block.

Course start date- To change the start date of your course; simply select a new start date in the "Course start date" menu. Selecting a date here will provide the reference point for the dates that automatically present in

each section of a course in a "Weekly" format.

start date is set and you have the proper number of weeks selected.

NOTE: If your set your course to weekly, make sure the correct

News items to Show - It will only have effect if you have the "Latest News" block enabled. If so, then the latest postings in the course Announcements page will be shown to the students.

Show grades - If you are not grading your course and you would prefer to hide the grade book from students, choose "No."

Show activity reports - Activity reports are available for each participant that shows their activity in the current course. As well as listings of their contributions, these reports include detailed access logs. These are always available to teachers, setting this menu to "Yes" enables students to view their own activity reports.

Enrollment duration - Don't change the enrollment period setting unless you want to restrict access to your course after a particular date once the course has begun.

Maximum File Upload Size - This setting will limit the size of files that can be uploaded within your course; but more restriction can be applied to various activities within the course. Currently the default setting maximum is 500 mb.

Meta-course - Meta-courses can be considered "parent" courses and only other [child] courses are enrollednot individual participants.

Enrollment settings - Do not change any enrollment settings in your course. The discussions of automated enrollment options are beyond the scope of this course.

Groups - Groups may be set up in Moodle courses.

Availability and Password (enrollment key) Moodle course sites are created automatically but by default will be unavailable to students and appear grayed out. This is to prevent students from entering courses before faculty are ready to use them. To make a course available to students (and therefore not grayed out):

1. Go the Administration block and select Settings.

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2. Under Availability, select the "This course is available to students" option from the drop-down menu.

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3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select Save changes.

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to the bottom of the page and select Save changes. o Moodle – Getting Started -Guide
You can allow Guest access by enabling guest access and sending the password to your

You can

allow Guest access by enabling guest access and sending the password to your guests. Guests may see student interactions in forums and read all course content posted by the Teacher, but may not interact with participants. NOTE: If someone tries to access the course and they are not added to the Moodle course yet, they will be prompted for an “enrollment key”. You can set this enrollment key option, or wait for the automated enrollment, or manually add the student (see next section).

Assign roles

Students enrolled in the class via the SOLAR system will be automatically assigned to the Moodle course before the

semester begins.

of a student. It also can be used to add a teaching assistant (grading or non-grading), librarian or student who needs an

accommodation.

The Assign roles function can be used if you want to add an Observer to the course or change the role

Below are the different roles and their descriptions.

Roles

Description

Non-editing teacher

Non-editing teachers can teach in courses and grade students, but may not alter activities.

Teaching Assistant (Grading)

Teaching Assistants have most of the permission of a teacher WITH access to gradebook and the ability to grade activities.

Teaching Assistant (Non-Grading)

Teaching Assistants have most of the permission of a teacher WITHOUT access to gradebook or the ability to grade activities.

Librarian

Librarians have most of the permissions of a teacher.

Student

Students generally have fewer privileges within a course.

Student No Time Limit on Quizzes

Allows user unlimited time to attempt a quiz which has a specified time limit. (See quiz documentation for more information).

Observer

Observers have minimal privileges and usually cannot enter text anywhere.

Below is the Assign roles dialog window.

text anywhere. Below is the Assign roles dialog window. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for Instructors
text anywhere. Below is the Assign roles dialog window. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for Instructors
1. To find potential users, use the search field below the list on the right.

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To find potential users, use the search field below the list on the right.

2.

Enter a unique portion of the user’s name.

3.

Click the Search button to filter the potential users that meet the unique criteria.

4.

To add the participant, select the participant from the right list, click on the left pointing arrow between the right and left boxes. This will add the participants to the left box of “existing users” now enrolled in the course.

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To unenroll participants, select the name from the left column and click the right-pointing arrow.

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Note that the “Role to assign” box is at the top of the list. This is where you can change a participant’s role if you choose.

Files

The Files option allows you to upload files e.g., photos (.jpg), PDF files, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, into your course, for inclusion in an activity or layout. Click on the Files link in the administration block to upload files or see files you have uploaded in a list arranged under four headings: file name, file size, the last time a given file was modified, and the action you can do with a given file (or folder).

Below is the File dialog window before any action has been taken to make new folders or upload a file.

action has been taken to make new folders or upload a file. Below is the File

Below is the File dialog window after a few folders have been created and a file has been uploaded.

few folders have been created and a file has been uploaded. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide
few folders have been created and a file has been uploaded. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide
 As you can see in the figure above, folders are listed first, then files.

As you can see in the figure above, folders are listed first, then files. You can create any number of folders to organize your files and move them from one folder to the other.

Files & folders can be renamed by clicking the “Rename” link at the far right of the line.

Some files may be edited online, you will see an “edit” link under the Action heading next to the file that may be edited online.

Important tip: If your content resides on an internet site then you do not need to upload the files at all, you can link directly to them from inside the course.

Customizing the Weekly outline page for a Course

To begin personalizing and editing the Weekly outline page:

1. Click the “Turn editing on” button located in the upper right corner of the window.

2. Next, click the edit icon in the Header section. See figure below

click the edit icon in the Header section. See figure below 3. The Summary window opens.
click the edit icon in the Header section. See figure below 3. The Summary window opens.

3. The Summary window opens. In the text box, type in your course welcome, heading and any other introduction you would like to appear. Use the toolbar/HTML editor icons to format your text. See figure below.

editor icons to format your text. See figure below. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for Instructors
editor icons to format your text. See figure below. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for Instructors
4. Click the “ Save changes ” button when finished. This will return you to

4. Click the “Save changes” button when finished. This will return you to the course page.

5. You should now see the course header and introduction you typed in the top block beneath Weekly outline.

Add your Course Syllabus

1. From the “Add a resource” field use the drop down arrow and select “Link to a file or website”. See figure below.

select “ Link to a file or website ”. See figure below. 2. Adding a new

2. Adding a new Resource window displays. See figure below.

2. Adding a new Resource window displays. See figure below. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for
2. Adding a new Resource window displays. See figure below. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for
3. In the Name field type: Syllabus. 4. In the Summary text box type: Course

3. In the Name field type: Syllabus.

4. In the Summary text box type: Course Syllabus. The text will appear on the aggregated Resources page, so it is a good idea to be descriptive.

5. In the “Link to a file or web site” area, click the “Choose or upload a file

6. A new window opens, click on the Upload a File button, Choose the Browse button to locate the file to upload.

7. Click the Upload this file button.

8. You should be returned to the “Adding a new Resource” window. The file should appear in the “Locations” field.

“ button.

file should appear in the “Locations” field. “ button. 9. Scroll to the bottom of the

9. Scroll to the bottom of the window and click “Save and return to course” button.

10. Your course Syllabus link now appears in the course Header. See figure below.

link now appears in the course Header. See figure below. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for
link now appears in the course Header. See figure below. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for
link now appears in the course Header. See figure below. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for

News Forum

The News Forum is a special forum for general announcements. This forum is automatically created for each Course and every enrolled person is subscribed to the News Forum. This makes the News Forum a very useful tool for communicating to all the students in a class. In many ways, it is much better than messaging or emailing students. Instead you can post your message to the News Forum and a number of things happen automatically:

1. The message is posted and archived by date to the News Forum

2. Students receive the message by email automatically after the 30 minute editing period expires (unless you check the box for "Mail now")

3. A notice is added to the Latest News Blocks

COMMUNICATING INFORMATION TO YOUR STUDENTS

Moodle provides a variety of ways to communicate information to your students. One way is in the “Latest News” block (located on the right hand side).

1. In the “Latest News” block, click on the “Add a new topic” link. (See figure below) The Add a new topic window appears.

(See figure below) The Add a new topic window appears. 2. In the Subject field ,

2. In the Subject field, provide a subject, for example, “Read chapter 1 before the first class”. See Figure below

chapter 1 before the first class” . See Figure below Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for
chapter 1 before the first class” . See Figure below Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for
chapter 1 before the first class” . See Figure below Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for

2.

In the Message text box field type a more detailed message, such as “You should have already read chapter 1 of

the text before coming to the first class.”

Word, use the headings dropdown for proper accessible format.

Use the format text toolbar to emphasis and format text. Just like in

3. To attach a file to this topic, scroll down the page.

a. In the Attachment field, click the Browse button

b. Located the file to attach.

4. Next, select the Mail now box this will automatically send email out to all participants in the class with this message and will post it to the News forum. If box is not selected, you have up to 30 minutes to edit text before email is sent. Messages can take up to 1 ½ hours to be sent based on various email programs/carriers.

5. Select the Post to forum button your message post will email out to all subscribers. It automatically refreshes you back to the main course page. Now in the news block you will see your new posting.

6. Students can also click on the News forum link in the header block to view the postings in date order.

Add a Resource to the Course

Add resources to the course in the weekly blocks in the same way that you added your course syllabus in the header block which was described previously.

Resources allow you to add content to your course. Note that there are separate drop-down lists in each of your course's sections for Resources and Activities.

Major resources include:

a. Book: a structured set of mini-web pages with its own navigation system. No knowledge of HTML is necessary to create a book.

b. Label: basic text that you enter directly into a section of your course on the main course page.

c. Text page: a simple text-based page you create by typing desired text directly into a Moodle form. There are no formatting capabilities with simple text.

d. Web page: you can create a web page directly with Moodle or by using a web page editor and pasting the resulting HTML content directly into Moodle. You must click on the toggle HTML icon to enter HTML editing mode. See picture on previous page. NOTE: Some browsers and word processing programs i.e. Word, have junk code that is copied on a copy and paste function. To avoid this junk code, copy the text into a simple text application like Notepad. See the Tips and Tricks Forum in the CSUN Moodle community for more information.

e. Link to a file or web site: you can point to any file you have uploaded (e.g., a handout, a PowerPoint presentation to share with students, etc.) or any existing site or page on the WWW.

f. Display a directory: display the complete contents of a directory in your course files to students. (not illustrated in this course)

g. IMS Content Package: the IMS Content packaging specification makes it possible to share content among different systems by using a standard format. Publishers may create support materials for their textbooks that may be in IMS Content format.

for their textbooks that may be in IMS Content format. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for
for their textbooks that may be in IMS Content format. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for

To Add a Resource:

1. In the weekly outline, find the week in which you want to post/add a resource.

2. From the “Add a resource” field use the drop down arrow and select “Link to a file or website”. See figure below.

select “ Link to a file or website ”. See figure below. 3. Adding a new

3. Adding a new Resource window displays.

4. Fill in the Name field

5. Fill in the text box with further information, instructions or details.

6. In the “Link to a file or web site” area, click the “Choose or upload a file

7. A new window opens, click on the Upload a File button, Choose the Browse button to locate the file to upload.

8. Click the Upload this file button.

9. You should be returned to the “Adding a new Resource” window. The file appears in the file list. In the Action

“ button.

column, select “Choose”. The file should appear in the “Locations” field.

”. The file should appear in the “Locations” field. 10. Scroll to the bottom of the

10. Scroll to the bottom of the window and click “Save and return to course” button.

11. Your course resource link now appears in the Week block.

Add an Activity

There are a number of robust interactive learning activity modules that you may add to your course with the “Add an activity” drop down menu. You can even push some of the activities for the course to the integrated grade book. Add activities to each week of the course.

1. In the weekly outline blocks, find the week in which you want to add an assignment or activity.

the week in which you want to add an assignment or activity. Moodle – Getting Started
the week in which you want to add an assignment or activity. Moodle – Getting Started

2. From the “Add an activity below.

.

.” field use the drop down arrow to make the appropriate

See figure

use the drop down arrow to make the appropriate See figure 3. The Add window displays.

3. The Add

window displays. In the figure below, the choice was made to Upload a single file.

figure below, the choice was made to Upload a single file. 4. Fill in the appropriate

4. Fill in the appropriate fields. In the sample above that would be:

a. Assignment name field.

In the sample above that would be: a. Assignment name field. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide
In the sample above that would be: a. Assignment name field. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide

b. Description field - The description of the assignment, which should include precise instructions for students regarding the subject of the assignment, the form, in which it should be submitted, the grading criteria etc. Use this area to describe the assignment and explain what learners are expected to do to complete this task.

c. Grade Field - The grade for the assignment is specified here. Choosing a number will become the maximum grade for this assignment. Apart from the numbers, one of the descriptive grades which have been defined for this course can also be picked. If you will not be giving a grade for the assignment, choose No Grade.

d. Available from - Setting this date prevents students from submitting their assignments before this date.

e. Due date Setting this date prevents students from submitting their assignments after this date.

f. Prevent late submissions - Set to "No", assignments submitted after the due date will be marked as late, but students will still be able to submit them. Set to "Yes", assignment submission will be blocked after the due date.

g. Email alerts to teachers - If enabled, then teachers are alerted with a short email whenever students add or update an assignment submission.

5. Scroll to the bottom of the window and click “Save and return to course” button.

6. Your course activity link now appears in the designated Week block.

See figure below

now appears in the designated Week block. See figure below NOTE: For more detailed information on

NOTE: For more detailed information on the different activity choices and how they are used, see the Moodle Activities documentation available through the Faculty Technology Center (FTC) or login to Lynda.com for an interactive tutorial experience. See reference page at back of this booklet.

EDITING A COURSE

One of the most appealing features of Moodle is that no knowledge of HTML or other programming is necessary to create and edit online instructional materials.

1. To add or alter activities or resources a teacher must use the "Turn editing on" button on the course homepage near the top right corner of your window. The same button will also turn editing off. Similarly, the "Switch role "

to

items to a section, you will use the pull down boxes for activities and resources.

menu allows the teacher to see the course page as a student or non-editing teacher would see it. To add

as a student or non-editing teacher would see it. To add 2. Participants in the class

2. Participants in the class do not have the "Turn editing on" button--it's only available to the Teacher, TA, Librarian or the Moodle System Administrator. When editing is on you will see the following icons next to all editable objects in the course:

following icons next to all editable objects in the course: Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for
following icons next to all editable objects in the course: Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for

Moving Resources/Activities

There are many different editing icons that appear on your course page when editing is turned on.

resources and activities can be moved to different positions and places in the course by using the move icon or delete

them using the cross icon.

For example,

Below you will find an explanation of each of the editing icons you will see.

The edit icon lets you alter/update whatever resource or activity it is next to by taking you to its setup page.an explanation of each of the editing icons you will see. The help icon will pop-up

The help icon will pop-up a relevant help window.or activity it is next to by taking you to its setup page. The open-eye icon

The open-eye icon means an item is visible to students. Clicking it will make the item invisible to participants and change the icon to the closed eye.page. The help icon will pop-up a relevant help window. The closed-eye icon means an item

The closed-eye icon means an item is hidden from students. Clicking it will make the item visible to participants and change the icon to the open eye.to participants and change the icon to the closed eye. The left icon is used to

The left icon is used to out dent course elements. There is also a right icon for indenting items.visible to participants and change the icon to the open eye. The move icon allows course

The move icon allows course elements to be moved up or down throughout the course.elements. There is also a right icon for indenting items. The move here icon appears when

The move here icon appears when moving a course element. It appears only after you've clicked the move icon, and indicates the destination of the item you're moving.elements to be moved up or down throughout the course. The delete icon will permanently delete

The delete icon will permanently delete something from the course after you confirm a warning on a second page.and indicates the destination of the item you're moving. The marker icon allows you to make

The marker icon allows you to make a section current.the course after you confirm a warning on a second page. The one icon hides all

The one icon hides all other sections of the course, showing only this one.page. The marker icon allows you to make a section current. The all icon redisplays all

The all icon redisplays all sections in a course.all other sections of the course, showing only this one. NAVIGATION There are a couple options

NAVIGATION

There are a couple options for you to find your way around in a Moodle course.

1. The Activities block - Select the name of the activity type. For example, to see all “Forums”, select the Forum link and all the forums that have been created for the course will show.

2. Breadcrumb trail Use the breadcrumb trail links to navigate to different locations within Moodle. Breadcrumbs are located in the upper left corner of the page. See figure below.

in the upper left corner of the page. See figure below. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide
in the upper left corner of the page. See figure below. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide
in the upper left corner of the page. See figure below. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide

3.

Jump to – this navigation dropdown box allows you to select the particular section and activity you’d like to move to in the course. It can be found near the top of your browser window when within an activity.

near the top of your browser window when within an activity. HOW TO MOVE CONTENT FROM

HOW TO MOVE CONTENT FROM ONE MOODLE COURSE TO ANOTHER

There are two basic ways to move content from one Moodle course to another. Both require you to have your new course already set-up on Moodle.

Import This tool allows you to select what activities you want to move. This does not import student data. It is the recommended method when you want to pick and choose what you would like to import.

Backup/Restore These tools allow you to backup your old course and then restore your entire course into your new course. This is helpful if you want the entire course. Be sure to omit user data and files so you don’t pull all the students and assignments over. If you accidentally move student data you can then delete it.

To use the Import tool:

1. Open your new Moodle course for the current (or next) semester

2. Select Import from the Administration Block

3. Use the drop down menu to select the source course where you want to draw content

4. Use the check boxes to select what content you want imported

5. Follow the prompts to complete the import

To use the Backup and Restore tool:

1. Open your previous Moodle course that you want to backup

2. Select Backup from the Administration Block

3. Use the check boxes to select what content you want backed up

4. For the other settings, we recommend you omit User Data so you don’t pull all the students and assignments over. Also uncheck the Users and User Files and the Role Assignments. You do want the Course Files.

5. Follow the prompts to complete the backup

6. Download the zip backup to your computer (select the new backup in the list to download)

7. Open your new Moodle course for the current (or next) semester

8. Select Restore from the Administration Block

9. Upload your zip backup (button in lower left)

10. Once the file is uploaded, select Restore to the right of the file

11. Follow the prompts to complete the restore

of the file 11. Follow the prompts to complete the restore Moodle – Getting Started -Guide
of the file 11. Follow the prompts to complete the restore Moodle – Getting Started -Guide

TIPS FOR USING MOODLE

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

Add your profile and encourage all of the students to fill out their profile. Include your profile photo and encourage your students to do the same.

Use the News Forum for class announcements. All posts are distributed by email automatically after the 30 minutes editing period expires. The messages are posted and archived by date in the News Forum and a notice is added to the Latest News Block.

Use the Logs link (under Administration Block > Reports) to get access to complete, raw logs. In there you'll see a link to a popup window that updates every sixty seconds and shows the last hour of activity.

Reports are found in the Administration block. These provide a great way to see what any particular person has been up to in the course.

LEARN MORE ABOUT MOODLE - OTHER RESOURCES

There are many FREE resources available to support you in your learning and teaching within Moodle. The blue question marks throughout your Moodle class gives you specific information on that particular item. The Moodle Docs link at the bottom of each window within your Moodle class gives you more general information on aspects of Moodle.

gives you more general information on aspects of Moodle. The help icon will pop-up a relevant

The help icon will pop-up a relevant help window.

of Moodle. The help icon will pop-up a relevant help window. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide
of Moodle. The help icon will pop-up a relevant help window. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide
of Moodle. The help icon will pop-up a relevant help window. Moodle – Getting Started -Guide
CSUN MOODLE Community Once you have your Moodle account, one of the courses you will
CSUN MOODLE Community Once you have your Moodle account, one of the courses you will

CSUN MOODLE Community

Once you have your Moodle account, one of the courses you will see listed under the “My courses” section is a course

named CSUN Moodle Community. resources, ask questions, etc.

The purpose of the course site is to be a common place for faculty to share

On-Line Tutorials

1.

Lynda.com On-line training tutorials available to all campus users, faculty, students etc.

This is a terrific on line

training tool to help show you how to disseminate information, create a forum and assess the progress of

students and much more.

There is a large selection of tutorials to choose from to help further your knowledge

with Moodle. Topic specific tutorials are available as well. Some examples are:

Setting up the grade book

Sending email to the class

Creating a live chat room

Creating a forum

Creating a quiz

Posting video files

Linking to a web site

Creating a web page

And much more

Moodle for Faculty (Lynda.com)

Moodle for Students (Lynda.com) - http://moodle.csun.edu/mod/resource/view.php?id=6339

2.

Other Moodle Tutorials - http://www.moodletutorials.org/

Other Moodle Tutorials - http://www.moodletutorials.org/ Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for Instructors R1/10/11
Other Moodle Tutorials - http://www.moodletutorials.org/ Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for Instructors R1/10/11

3.

Moodle “How To” Video tutorials - http://www.remc3-

Documentation

1.

Moodle Teacher documentation -

2.

Using Moodle Teaching with the Popular Course Management System -

3.

3. MoodleDocs: http://docs.moodle.org/ Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for Instructors R1/10/11
3. MoodleDocs: http://docs.moodle.org/ Moodle – Getting Started -Guide for Instructors R1/10/11

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