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Moodle Help

This guide is designed to assist faculty with Moodle questions.

Communicating with Your Class (News Forum or Message)

Set up a News Forum
Use the News Forum (also called an Announcement) to post general announcements or messages to your class. All students should be subscribed to receive emails to the forum unless students have changed their settings. The News Forum keeps all of the messages so that students can review them at any time during the course.

  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
As an alternative to a News Forum, you can send a Message to one student, many students, or all students from Moodle. The Message should go to the student's or students' email address as well. Students can use Messages to contact other students. 

  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.

Create Blogs/Wikis

Blog - Instead of using blogs in Moodle, use ePress (in The Heart). 

Wiki - Instead of using wikis in Moodle, use a third party wiki tool. 

Add a Glossary

You can choose to set up the glossary and have control over it; alternatively, you could ask students to contribute to the glossary. The glossary could be a class dictionary. 

  1. Under Administration, click to Turn Editing On.
  2. Click Add an activity from the drop-down menu.
  3. Select Glossary.
  4. From this page, add the Name of the glossary. In addition, you can choose various features, such as Entries, Appearance, Grade, etc. 
  5. After you have edited the glossary activity, click Save and display.

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