Moodle how to:
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Prior thinking : how do I want to integrate Moodle activities into my syllabus?
Overview of what's possible with Moodle [functionality]
Ideas for how to use with class [pedagogy]
Why bother with Moodle at all [philos]
|Category||this will normally be the department or programme hosting the course|
|Full name||enter the course name listed in Webdb or the catalog|
|Short name||here you want the course mnemonic and number eg MGMT 110|
|Summary||A brief description of the course is useful here. This is displayed at the top of the student's course page.|
|Format||Options : [Weekly | Social | Topics]
Weekly format displaying the course in weekly chunks is probably the most common.
Topics format can be useful for grouping by topic rather than time (see Brent Smith's Field Biol course)
Social format is one big Forum (could be used for all campus discussions)
|Course start date||Start on the first Monday of the semester, not the day when classes
This is so that the week chunks start on Mondays rather than mid-week.
|Number of weeks / topics||normally this will be 15 for a 15 week semester. If you are using Topics format you can enter the number of topics. You can always add or subtract later [link].|
||Options : [No groups | Separate | Visible]
Students in separate groups see only their own group; in visible groups all groups can be seen.
You can allocate the same groups throughout the course (Course level) and allocate per activity (Activity level).
|Overrides group seetings for Activity.
Force Group mode would be used to divide the course into sections (eg EcoBio)
|Availability||Options : [Available | Not available]
You might want to make the course not available to students during the time that you are setting it up.
|Enrollment key||This is the 'password' that you email to your class [link publicise course]|
|Guest access||Options : [No guest access | allow without key | allow with key ]
Allow with key: if you are wanting to enable alumni or other users outside Earlham to interact with the course you can email them the enrollment key and they can login as Guest. Note: they wouldn't be able to login with a username since they would not have an Earlham computer account.
Allow without key opens the course up to any guest (including Google!)
|Hidden sections||Options : [Shown collapsed | Invisible]
This affects how the course is displayed to the students. When you coose to hide a section of the course [link] it can either be totally invisible (the invisible option) or it can be shown collapsed to indicate the missing section. Suggest leaving on default Show collapsed.
|News items to show||This is the forum that displays your announcements. If you set it to zero the news box disappears.|
|Show grades||Leave this defaulted to Yes|
|Show activity reports||Options : [Yes | No]
You may want to make this Yes when you want students to realise how much or how little time they have spent within Moodle. Student activity reports are always visible to the instructor.
|Maximum upload size||Do you want students uploading all their pirated MP3s?
This is a system wide setting. If the maximum of 5Mb is not sufficient the System manager can wave a magic wand and up the limit.
|Your word for ...||If you are teaching a foreign language then you might want enter the normal terms for these. For example, in the UK one would have 'Master' and 'Pupil'.|
|Force language||Set this option iIf you are teaching a language course and you want your students to read the menus in the language and respond in that language.|
Click Save changes when you are satisfied.
You will now want to let your students know about the Moodling part of your course.
You'll always have students to who want to add or drop the course.
This is the reverse procedure to Add.