You may have noticed that the Moodle 18-19 server has been available since April, but in a testing phase until yesterday. As of yesterday, your enrollments and courses should be listed as they are listed with the Registrar.
Dealing with discrepancies
If you notice that there is a discrepancy in enrollments you should:
- Check Scotweb to verify the course or student is listed there
- If so, wait 24 hours for Moodle to reflect this
- If not, contact the Registrar at X2366 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact the Help Desk at X4357 or email@example.com if Scotweb is correct and it has been longer than 24 hours
Giving students access
As in the past, courses are hidden by default and not visible to students until the instructor makes the course visible. When you have your course setup and ready for students to view, make your course visible and check your course start date by:
- From your course, click the gear for course administration (upper right corner) and click Edit settings.
- In the General block, beside Course start date, select the appropriate date. Please check the course start date to make sure it is the Monday of the first week of the semester. (This should already be correct, but it doesn’t hurt to check.)
- Change the Visible setting to Show.
- Click Save and display at the bottom of the page after making any changes to the settings.
Setting up your course
As you are preparing to setup your course, you may notice that the course does not have weeks listed as it did in the past. In a prior version of Moodle, the developers decided to cease adding the number of weeks or sections from a template course to newly created courses. So, even though our template course is configured with the correct number of weeks, your courses are devoid of content areas. It is very easy to add sections by clicking the gear menu and selecting Turn editing on and then navigating to the bottom of the course and selecting Add topics or Add weeks depending on your course format. The video below walks you through this and much more.
For more quick videos on adding TAs, creating assignments, and more you can view our YouTube playlist.
Using a previous version of the course
If you wish, you may use content from a prior course in your current course. Please refer to the IT documentation wiki for both text instructions and an instructional video.
If, after reviewing the instructions, you are uncomfortable moving materials, the educational technology staff is happy to import archived materials into your current course for you. This will require completing a form and will take a day or two to complete.
Combining sections of the same course
If you are teaching multiple sections of the same course or you and your colleagues teaching the same course want to share resources, you can request to have multiple sections combined into a metacourse by contacting Jon Breitenbucher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
With each new Moodle server we try to accommodate feature requests from faculty. Below you will find the list of plugins we have added to try and add functionality that seems to address faculty needs. A few that we would like to highlight are Offline Quiz (adds paper-and-pencil multiple-choice quizzes to Moodle. In offline quizzes students mark answers to questions on a sheet of paper), Open Meetings (a free browser-based software that allows you to set up instantly a conference in the Web), Scheduler (An appointment scheduler for planning face-to-face meetings between teachers and students), Microsoft block and Office 365 (Office 365 integration features).
- Lightbox Gallery
- Offline Quiz
- Open Meetings
- PoodLL Feedback
- Solution Sheet
- Structured Feedback
- Manual grading by student
- Participation credit
- Analytics graphs
- Microsoft Block
- Drag and drop matching
- IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet)
- Weekly format reversed
- Course usage statistics
- My feedback
- Overview statistics
- Grade distribution
- Quiz analytics
- STACK (more advanced question type)