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Moodle Help

This guide is designed to assist faculty with Moodle questions.

What is Moodle?

Moodle 3.1 is Earlham's learning management system that assists with teaching and learning. Please use the navigation options to the left of this box to find a topic of interest. Each topic will expand to include more specific choices.

Top Things Every Faculty Member Should Know

1. Add Syllabus

  1. Under the Administration section of your course, click Turn editing on.
  2. Locate in your course where you want to add your syllabus.
  3. At the bottom of the block, click Add a resource and choose File from the drop-down menu.
  4. On the Adding a new file page, add a Name, such as Syllabus. 
  5. Scroll down and in the Content area, click the add button (piece of paper with a plus sign) to select and upload your syllabus. (If you would prefer, you can drag and drop your file in the Content area. Either way will work.)
  6. Click Save and display.

In addition to adding a syllabus to your course, please add your course syllabus to the Earlham Syllabus repository.

2. Format Course

  1. Under the Administration section of your course, click Edit settings
  2. On this Edit course settings page, you can change a great deal of information. 
    GeneralCourse full nameVisible, Course start date, etc.
    DescriptionCourse summary
    Course formatFormatNumber of sectionsHidden sectionsCourse layout, etc. (One of the main areas to consider is the Structure. You can choose to format your course by Week, by Topic, or by another choice.)
    Other topics: Collapsed Topic reset optionsAppearanceFiles and uploadsCompletion trackingGroupsRole renaming 
  3. Choose the topic from above and make appropriate changes. Click Save and display

More on Course Format

3. Upload a file

  1. Under Administration, click to Turn Editing On.
  2. Click Add an resource from the drop-down menu.
  3. Select File.
  4. For this page, you can add the Name of the file.
  5. Scroll down and in the Content area, click the add button (piece of paper with a plus sign) to select and upload your file. (If you would prefer, you can drag and drop your file in the Content area. Either way will work.)
  6. There are other features available as well, such as if you want the file to be visible or hidden under the Common module settings
  7. Click Save and display

More on Uploads

4. Set up Attendance

  1. Under Administration, click to Turn Editing On.
  2. Click Add an activity from the drop-down menu.
  3. Select Attendance.
  4. From this page, you can change the Name of the attendance activity (Note: Attendance is the default name). In addition, you can choose to add points to the Grade section. There are other features available as well.
  5. After you have edited the attendance activity, click Save and display.
  6. Next, you will see various tabs, which include SessionsAdd SessionReportExportSettings, and Temporary Users. You will need to click Add session.
  7. Choose the type and/or group of students and the date (and time). You can choose other choices as well including to add Multiple settings
  8. Click Add
  9. Then click the Settings tab. 
  10. Select the scale you would like to use for your class. (Note: Present, Late, Excused, and Absent are the default options.) You can assign different point values for each category. 
  11. Click Update
  12. Note: You can go back to the Sessions tab to choose the students and/or group you want to update. Click the green circle next to the listing. Then you should see where you can record attendance. Make sure you Save attendance when you are finished. 

More on Attendance

5. Add Assignment

  1. Under the Administration section of your course, click Turn editing on.
  2. From the drop-down option, Add an activity, click on Assignment.
  3. On the Adding a new Assignment page, add an Assignment name (required).
  4. You can add a description, additional files, dates the assignment is available and/or due, and submission types. In addition, you may select more options like grades (ex. points).
  5. Select all of the options for your assignment, and then click Save and display.  

More on Assignments

6. Add Gradebook

  1. Under the Administration section of your course, click Gradebook setup.
  2. From the Gradebook setup page, you can add categories, change grade weights, hide assignments, add graded items, etc. 
  3. Click Save changes

More on Gradebook

7. Add a TA or Co-teacher

  1. Go to the Administration section of your course.
  2. Click Users.
  3. Click Enrolled Users.
  4. Click the green button that says Enroll Users. (It will default to assigning the role of Student, but if you need to you can change the drop-down menu to assign the role of another Teacher, TA, etc.)
  5. Search for person by name, and click Enroll User.
  6. Click Finish Enrolling User to save.

More on Permissions and Groups

8. Import Course Content from a Past Semester

  1. Under the Administration section of your course, click Import
  2. Select the course that you want to import from and click Continue. (If you do not see your course in the list, then you can search for a course in the search bar.)
  3. Next, you will see Backup settings. Select the options you want to import. Click Next
  4. Next, choose where you want the selections to import to in your course. Click Next
  5. Review the settings, and click "Perform import."
  6. You should see a message that reads: "Import complete. Click continue to return to the course." You can select Continue. If you do not see this message, then you will see an error message.

More on Import (with a video on importing course content)

9. Communicate with Your Class (News Forum or Message)

Set up a News Forum

  1. Under Administration, click to Turn Editing On.
  2. From the drop-down option, Add an activity, select Forum.
  3. Add a Forum name. (You can add a Description, choose a Forum type, and choose if you want to Anonymize posts. In addition, there are several other options including: Attachments and word countSubscription and trackingRSS, etc. 
  4. Select all of the options for your assignment, and then click Save and display.  
  5. Click Add a new discussion topic. Fill out the information on the page and select Post to forum

Send a Message

  1. In the Navigation section, select Participants for your course.
  2. Add a check mark next to the names of the students you want to message.
  3. In the drop-down menu under the participants, choose Send a message.
  4. Add your message to the Message body, and click Send message.

More on Class Communication

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