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_For many Moodle forum discussion assignments, it is advantageous to limit the number of participants by creating groups of 5-6 students. This will reduce the chance of eliciting repetitive responses and overwhelming students with too many posts to read. ...
Note: This article is for TinyMCE. The ATTO content editor is an available option, supported and designed to aid accessibility of content. More info: http://go.augsburg.edu/matto [http://go.augsburg.edu/matto] The content editor tool set in Moodle is ...
_To insure that files you have uploaded to your Moodle course, refer to the accessibility guide for the program used to create the file:_ * WORD DOCUMENTS * Creating accessible Word documents [https://support.office.microsoft.com/en-us/article/Crea...
_It is possible (with just a few extra steps) to accommodate students who have received clearance from the CLASS office to receive additional time to complete Moodle quizzes._ * Click on the link to the (already created) quiz on the home page of the co...
Increase a Moodle site's usability by adding activity completion check boxes. Allow site visitors to check off activities as they are completed or for the activity to dynamically mark itself as completed after certain requirements are met. This feature se...
_The Accessibility block allows students to customize Moodle to their visual needs. It supports changing of text sizes and color schemes. The block includes the "ATBar." This provides extra tools and customization options, including dictionary lookup and ...
Students can view and purchase required course materials directly from the Moodle course site. * Select the desired course from your Moodle dashboard. * Click the "Turn editing on" button at the top right-hand corner of your course page. * Select E...
Adding a Name Coach Audio Roster activity takes just a few clicks. Consider reminding students at the beginning of class to record their name if you don't see them in the audio roster. They just need to record their name once and it will show up in any co...
_While images are not crucial to a good Moodle site, they do play a role in focusing students' attention, breaking up blocks of text, and supporting your course content. It is very easy to add images to a Moodle label [http://go.augsburg.edu/moodlelabel],...
This tutorial will show you how to add additional sections to your course, if you need more than the 1 provided by default. First, turn editing mode on, then scroll to the bottom of the course page to select ADD SECTIONS. Go link: http://go.augsburg.edu...
_The Moodle Attendance activity can be used to assess student engagement in online Forum discussions, as well as attendance in face-to-face classes. Doing so gives students an accurate assessment of their progress in the course and provides instructors wi...
_The Moodle Attendance activity can be used to assess repeating assignments throughout the semester (like student journals), as well as attendance in face-to-face classes. Doing so gives students an accurate assessment of their progress in the course and ...
BENEFITS OF DUE DATES IN MOODLE ASSIGNMENTS: FOR STUDENTS * The due date (and the time remaining) is clearly displayed in the Assignment description. * Lists the assignments in the "Upcoming Events" block. * Includes due dates in the Moodle calend...
Click to watch a tutorial video (1 minute) on how to change session names in a Moodle course (this specific video refers to the Collapsed Topics format): http://screencast.com/t/WNoZ0ru1QyL [http://screencast.com/t/WNoZ0ru1QyL] (keywords: moodle, cha...
For times when you want all students to contribute files to a common location within a course, you can use the Folder resource with a modified setting to allow students to add content to your course for others to see. * To create a folder resource, tur...
_One way to limit the amount of scrolling required to locate content and assignments on your course homepage is to 'collapse" the topic blocks. This turns your homepage into a "hyper-table-of-contents" that enables students to quickly access information a...
_Most instructors post their syllabi on Moodle as a Word doc or PDF. However, their are many benefits to copying & pasting your syllabus into a Moodle page (a web page accessible only within your course). For one thing, a page is much more accessible to s...
_There are two types of advanced grading methods in Moodle--the Rubric (please see Creating a Moodle Rubric [http://go.augsburg.edu/rubric] for information on that), and a Grading Guide. A Grading Guide is an advanced grading method that provides consiste...
_A Moodle "Page" is a separate Web page that is viewable only within the course. If you have a lot of content, you may want to place this on a separate Page to streamline the appearance of your course. In addition, a Page can be edited directly in Moodle ...
_There are two advanced grading methods in Moodle--the Grading Guide (for more information on this, see Creating a Moodle Grading Guide [http://go.augsburg.edu/markingguide]) and a Rubric. A Moodle Rubric is an advanced grading method that provides consis...
The SCHEDULER helps you to schedule one-on-one appointments with all your students. You specify the periods during which you are available to see the students and the length of each appointment. The students then book themselves into one of the available ...
Discussion forums are the most accessible tool we have in Moodle to create collaborative learning activities. However, many instructors limit their use of the discussion board to a simple "discussion question" where students are asked to respond or share ...
_The Moodle Gradebook offers the option of dropping the lowest grade out of a collection of items. In order to leverage this feature, you must first create a category [http://go.augsburg.edu/addcategory] and then move grade items into that category [http:...
_Instructors can streamline their course building by duplicating Moodle Resources and Activities._ * Create the desired activity or resource according to the following directions: * Creating a Moodle Forum [http://go.augsburg.edu/moodleforum] * Cr...
_You can do a quick check of student participation in a Moodle Forum by running a report on how many times a student posts to a specific forum._ * In the Administration block of the course, click on "Reports" and then on "Course participation." * In ...
_The Content Editor (toolbar) in Moodle forums has templates so you can quickly create robust directions that clearly communicate your expectations. _ * Create a forum [http://go.augsburg.edu/createforum] (or if you already have created the forum, click...
GOOGLE ASSIGNMENT, formerly known as Google Course Kit, is a free toolkit that allows instructors to use GOOGLE Docs and Drive to create and collect assignments, give feedback to students, and share COURSE materials within Moodle. LTI stands for Learning ...
_In the settings for Moodle forums, the term "Ratings" (rather than "Grade") is where you will indicate the maximum points possible for the assignment. The following step-by-step process is for a forum assignment that asks students to make an initial post...
The Assignment activity in this year's version of Moodle has some significant changes for grading. View this video [https://youtu.be/NCoo7OfIsrs] to learn about the new features. (keywords:legacy grade, advanced grade, PDF grading) http://go.augsburg.edu...
_Annotate video clips you already have by adding interactive elements such as quiz questions and summaries using the H5P activity. If you record a new video, consider indicating "it is time for a question" in the narration to mark the moments when you wil...
It may be helpful to hide individual activities and resources when building a course where students have access to the course. You can also hide the entire course or a section of a course (see links at the end of this article). Here are the steps to hide ...
As an instructor, you have the ability to manage what course content is viewable by students. For most content, the availability can be managed using the show/hide icon next to each individual item. You can also hide the entire course from students as you...
_Grading Guides are scoring charts that list a series of criteria for an assignment and establish a range of possible points for each. Your instructors may use a Grading Guide to provide you with feedback on your work. Here is how to access your graded Gr...
_Rubrics are scoring charts that list a range of criteria for an assignment and establish benchmarks with reasonable and appropriate expectations for varying levels of mastery. Your instructors may use Moodle Rubrics to provide you with feedback on your w...
_Regardless of whether students submit assignments online (by attaching a file or entering text directly into a text box) or offline (by handing in a hard copy of a paper or delivering a face-to-face, oral presentation), the Moodle Assignment activity off...
_As an instructor, you have the ability to manage what course content is viewable by students. For most content, the availability can be managed using the show/hide option for each item. However, you may want to hide ENTIRE topic sections from students wh...
_The attendance activity in Moodle allows you to keep track of student attendance during face-to-face class sessions. It can also be used to track participation as well as attendance [http://go.augsburg.edu/participate] and/or holistically assess engageme...
_Whether you are assigning number grades or simply tallying participation in your Moodle forums, there may be times when you want to view all of the posts (responses and replies) submitted by a specific student to a particular Moodle Forum. The following ...
_Recent changes to Moodle mean there is just ONE method for importing content from a different Moodle course (regardless of whether it is a current or previous Academic year). If you are NOT an instructor of the course you are seeking to import, you will ...
Click HERE [1] for a video tutorial. Keywords: tcd team course development Links: ------ [1] http://screencast.com/t/ESVPHOKb0K
Recent changes to the Moodle Dashboard limits your ability to customize the positioning of courses in the Course Overview queue. The directions that follow make it possible to revert to the legacy version of the Course Overview block on your Moodle Dashbo...
The Workflow setting in Moodle Assignments allows you to finish marking all students' submissions before releasing them to the gradebook. Workflow has 6 states (Not graded, In grading, Grading Completed, In review, Ready for release, and Released) to allo...
_There may be situations (e.g., in-class quizzes or writing assignments, presentations, etc.) where students are not going to submit work through Moodle, but you want to provide feedback and add the grade in the Moodle gradebook. The BEST way to do this i...
_The easiest way to import course content from a previous semester is to use the Faculty Course Archive block. Click here [http://go.augsburg.edu/courserestor] for an article about that process. However, there are some instances when it might be necessary...
_The E-Learning Team recommends that all instructors install the Moodle Course Template (a pre-formatted pattern that incorporates online course design best-practices) in their course(s). The template is intended as a time-saver for instructors, but it al...
Grades can be imported into your Moodle gradebook from a spreadsheet with either a file upload or a copy/paste method. Importing can populate grades for existing assessment items or create new ones for you (these will have the default 100-point maximum). ...
To change the Course and Category totals so that they are listed first on the SETUP tab, configure the settings as follows: For example: * From the Administration block > Gradebook Setup > Course grade settings tab > General settings section, change th...
Use the Gradebook View (Tri-)Toggle button to temporarily change what appears in the Grader report (spreadsheet view for instructors). To permanently change the order of the Course Total column, see other knowledgebase article links at the bottom of this ...
To change the way in which _only_ the Course Total displays: * From the Administration block, click "Gradebook Setup". * Click the top "Edit" link under the Actions column. * Under the "Category total" section > the "Grade display type" needs to b...
By default, grade items appear as the "Real" values in the Moodle gradebook, generally this results in the points earned being displayed. To change the format all grade items: * From the Administration block, click "Gradebook Setup". * Click the "Co...
_A Moodle Label can be used to add text, images, or multimedia to the main page of a course. A label is a very versatile resource and can help to improve the appearance of a course if used thoughtfully. Labels can be used to distinguish between, and highl...
BEGINNING FALL OF 2017, AUGSBURG CHANGED FROM A NUMERIC TO A LETTER GRADING (A-F) SYSTEM. The faculty approved the proposal [http://web.augsburg.edu/academicaffairs/1-12-17FacultyMeeting/Grading%20Policy%20Proposal%20(01-12-17%20Faculty%20Meeting).pdf] at...
Students are always on the go. The Moodle Mobile App helps students have access to course material, upload assignments, and participate in forums without the use of a computer. * Go to the app store on your SMART phone. Search for "Moodle", and download...
_Instructors sometimes hesitate to administer quizzes online because they cannot be proctored as they are in the face-to-face classroom. They must assume the quiz will be "open book" and also cannot rule out the possibility that students might "share" inf...
_The Sharing Cart is a block for duplicating course items into a personal library and an easy way to move those Moodle resources and activities between multiple courses on your site. With just three clicks, the Sharing Cart copies and moves a single cours...
Use these steps to change between TinyMCE and Atto text editors in Moodle. 1.Click your name in the upper right corner of Moodle, then "Preferences" 2. Click "Editor preferences" 3. Select your preferred text editor. http://go.augsburg.edu/mdefaul...
The TinyMCE content editor is no longer supported by Moodle. Consider switching to the ATTO content editor as its elements help with the accessibility of one's course design and allows the embedding of video and audio posts in forums or in online text ass...
When creating or editing the settings for most Moodle activities (e.g., Assignment, Label/textbox, Page, Forum) the content editor appears. One of the buttons includes a list predefined templates which you can select to pull pre-formatted content into you...
New items added to a Moodle course end up at the end of the grade book. To move items individually or as a group to a different category or chronology, follow these steps: * From the main course page under the Administration block, click "Gradebook set...
Dividing students into small group (5-6 people per group) can help facilitate lively discussion and reduce forum overload for students and faculty. Here is how to tell (and change) whether a Moodle forum (or other type of activity) is using Groups: *...
_Realtime quizzing in Moodle is a synchronous polling device (similar to iClickers and Poll Everywhere) that operates within your Moodle course. Instructors create multiple-choice questions, and students logged into their Moodle course respond on their ow...
You may occasionally have reason to slightly rename your moodle course, such as when: * You are sharing your courses with other instructors, for cooperative course development and want to clearly identify which course is yours as more and more cours...
Screencasting (an audio/visual recording of everything that happens on an instructor's screen along with any verbal commentary the instructor supplies), is an exciting option for giving feedback on student work or providing just in time teaching about a c...
The Lindell Library subscribes to Films on Demand, a database with thousands of educational and documentary videos including films from _Films for the Humanities & Sciences_, _Cambridge Educational_, _Meridian Educatio_n, and _Films Media Group_. Instruct...
Beginning in Fall of 2017, the link for students to view their grades has moved to a dropdown menu accessed by clicking on their profile in the upper right corner of the course. * * This will take you to a page where you can see links to all of the ...
UPLOAD MULTIPLE FEEDBACK FILES USING A ZIP FILE If you like to make comments on files (such as using Track Changes in a Word document, or adding comments to a PDF), you can return annotated feedback files to students through a Moodle Assignment. Addition...
_The "Standard forum for general use" is the default choice in Moodle. However, the layout of the standard forum means instructors must open each thread separately, making it difficult to simultaneously assess quantity (number of posts/replies as required...
_The Moodle Attendance activity can be used to assess student participation as well as attendance. Doing so gives students an accurate assessment of their progress in the course, and provides instructors with a comprehensive record of their students' enga...
If you accidentally delete an activity (assignment, forum, quiz, etc), or resource (PowerPoint, Word document, PDF), you may use the Recycle Bin in Moodle to restore the deleted item. Deleted items are stored for 30 days. Click the Recycling Bin icon at...
_Instructional content added to a Moodle course must be accessible. This guide will primarily cover how to make content created within the Moodle text editor accessible (compatible with assistive technologies like screenreaders). For uploaded files, refer...
At times it is helpful to see how the design of your moodle course is viewed by someone in a student role. As an instructor, you have the ability to change to a student role and view the course as a student would. Note: The 'Switch role to...' featu...
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