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Moodle Help

This guide is designed to assist with Moodle 3.11 questions.

Add A Syllabus

To add the syllabus, do the following: 

  1. In the top right corner of your course, click turn editing on.
  2. Drag and Drop the file into your course. -OR- 
  3. At the bottom of the block, click add an activity or resource and choose file from the activity chooser.
  4. On the adding a new file page, add a name, such as syllabus. 
  5. Drag and drop your file in the select files area. -OR- In the select files area, click the add button (piece of paper with a plus sign) to select and upload your syllabus. 
  6. Click save and display.
  7. In addition to adding a syllabus to your course, please add your course syllabus to the syllabus repository. EC faculty can use this link to access the Earlham Syllabus Repository.

Upload a File

To upload a file, do the following: 

Be aware that Moodle limits file sizes. Larger files may need to be posted in Earlham Box, and shared as a link in Moodle. EC faculty can post in Earlham Box, and share as a link in Moodle. If your file can be posted in Moodle, do the following: 

  1. In the top right corner of your course, click the gear symbol to access administrative settings. Select turn editing on.
  2. Drag and Drop the file into your course. -OR-
  3. At the bottom of the block, click add an activity or resource and choose resources - File. -
  4. Click the add button
  5. Add the name of the file.
  6. Drag and drop your file in the select files area. -OR- In the select files area, click the add button (piece of paper with a plus sign) to select and upload your file. 
  7. Click Save and display

Add a Link (Files or Videos)

To add a link (file or video), do the following:

  1. In the top right corner of your course, click the gear symbol to access administrative settings. Select turn editing on.
  2. From the drop-down option, add a resource, click on URL.
  3. On the adding a new URL page, add a name (required). You can add a description.
  4. In the content section, add a URL to the required field of required URL. (You can add many types of links to your class. For instance, you can add a library resource, such as an article or book, or you can add a link from a YouTube video.)
  5. Click save and display.  

Importing Content to a Course

To import content, do the following: 

Be aware that the import function serves to reuse content from current Moodle sever. (If you are interested in reusing content from older versions of Moodle, use the Backup + Restore function instead). For copyright reasons, students cannot access previous semesters' content. Students seeking access to content or assignments from past semesters should contact their professor to see if they can send them the material. After considering all of this, do the following: 

  1. In the top right corner of your course, click the gear symbol to access administrative settings. 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.

Backup & Restore Course Content

To backup and restore content, do the following:

Be aware that the backup and restore option is for reusing content from older Moodle servers. (If you are interested in reusing content from current version of Moodle, use the Import function instead.) For copyright reasons, students cannot access previous semesters' content. Students seeking access to content or assignments from past semesters should contact their professor to see if they can send them the material.

  1. Go the the previous version of Moodle and the course you want. Examples: Moodle 2013-18. For security reasons, older versions of Moodle must be accessed either on campus or while connected to the VPN.
  2. In the Top right corner of your course, click the gear symbol to access administrative settings. (In older versions of Moodle, this can be found under course administration). Select backup.
  3. Under backup settings, uncheck include enrolled users if you are using content from a previous semester. If you want to bring over all course content, you can scroll down and click jump to final step.  To customize which items are included, click next and check/uncheck to select and then click next again.
  4. Click perform backup.
  5. Click continue
  6. From the user private backup area, click download by your backup file.
  7. Note: Moodle will not allow course restores that are larger than 250 MB. Contact moodlehelp@earlham.edu if you need advice on restoring a large course backup file.
  8. Go to the current Moodle and locate the course into which you want to restore. (Note: if you are restoring a special type of course such as "Viking Club" or "Viking Studies Dept", and you don't see the course in new Moodle, you will need to contact moodlehelp@earlham.edu to have the course shell built for you in new Moodle.)
  9. In the top right corner of your course, click the gear symbol to access administrative settings. Click restore
  10. Drag and drop the file that you downloaded into the import a backup file or click choose a file to navigate to where it is saved.
  11. Click restore.
  12. Scroll down and click continue.
  13. Under restore select merge the backup course into this course and select continue
  14. Next, you will see restore settings. Select the options you want to import. Click next
  15. Next, choose where you want the selections to import to in your course. Click next
  16. Review the settings, and click perform restore
  17. You should see a message that reads: "Restore 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.
  18. Watch the video you see below for a visual representation of the above steps. 

 

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