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Moodle Help

This guide is designed to assist with Moodle 3.11 questions.

Access Course

To access your course, do the following:

Be aware that  you should be able to access your course via Moodle (Earlham) or Seminaries Moodle (Bethany and ESR). For faculty not listed as the instructor of record (in other words, not listed in Banner Self-Service as the instructor), check with the Registrar to have yourself added. Moodle pulls all of its instructor information from Banner Self-Service. Also, view the Permissions and Groups page for how to add a TA or co-instructor. 

Note: In order to comply with copyright law, student access to Moodle course sites will end a few weeks after the completed semester's grades are due. Students are welcome to download copies of any materials they would like to keep before that date. Faculty should contact moodlehelp@earlham.edu for assistance if they have a student who has an extension and requires temporary access to complete coursework.

Rename Course

To change your course name in Moodle, do the following:

Understand that cross-listed courses will not allow name changes. If your course is not cross-listed, do the following: 

  1. In the top right corner of your course, click the gear symbol to access administrative settings. Select edit settings
  2. Change course full name to your new course name.
  3. Click save and display.

Format Course (Week versus Topic)

To change the format of your course, do the following:

Note that you can choose between topics, weekly, or collapsed when considering course format. To make these changes, do the following:

  1. In the top right corner of your course, click the gear symbol to access administrative settings. Select edit settings
  2. On this edit course settings page, you'll find many commonly edited sections, such as:
  • Course full name, 
  • Visibility (whether students can see course),
  • Course Image (displays as image on Dashboard)
  • Format (Weekly vs. Topics vs. more compressed options like Collapsed Topics or Tiles),
  • Theme (Boost vs. Classic appearance)

Choose the topic from above and make appropriate changes. Click save and display

Move Content

To move content, do the following:

Know that there are multiple ways to move content. To learn about how to move content, read the following:

  1. In the top right corner of your course, select turn editing on.
  2. All items now have an icon with four arrows pointing up to down and left to right.
  3. There are 2 ways to move content at this stage. Option 1: With your cursor on this icon, drag and drop the item into its new position. Option 2: Click the four arrow icon, and select from the list where you'd like to move the item.

Backup Content

To backup content, do the following:

Understand that you can use this function to save course content for future use. After understanding this, you should do the following: 

  1. In the top right corner of your course, click the gear symbol to access administrative settings. Select backup.
  2. You will see the initial settings, and you can make changes. The most common changes include unchecking include enrolled users. Click next
  3. Next, in schema settings, choose the items you want to backup. (You can click show type options in the first block for more details.) Click next
  4. In confirmation review, you can make sure you have everything setup the way that you want. If something is incorrect, click previous. If everything is correct, click perform backup. 
  5. Click continue.
  6. You will see the backup area on the next page.  

Create Metacourse

To create a metacourse, do the following: 

Note that a metacourse serves to combine two sections of the same course into one course. If you wish to create a metacourse, do the following:

  1. Contact moodlehelp@earlham.edu with the list of courses you wish to link, as the Moodle team must combine the courses.

Hide and Show Courses

To hide and show courses, do the following:

Note that when you hide a course, it is only visible to teachers who are participating in the course. To show or hide your course in Moodle, do the following: 

  1. In the top right corner of your course, click the gear symbol to access administrative settings. Select edit settings
  2. Use the course visibility dropdown to show or hide the course.
  3. Click save and display.

Hide and Show Sections

To hide and show sections, do the following:

Note that you may want to hide a section or unit to prevent students from seeing it. If you wish to do this, do the following:

  1. In the top right corner of your course, click the turn editing on button.
  2. Find the section/topic you would like to hide or show and click the edit dropdown on the right.
  3. If the section is visible, you will see the hide option. If the section is hidden, you will see the show option. You do not have to click a save button. 
  4. If you hid a section, it will be marked as hidden from students and greyed out.  

Hiding and Showing Activities

To hide and show activities, do the following:

Note that hiding an activity or an assignment keeps students from seeing it. If you wish to hide or reveal an activity, do the following: 

  1. In the top right corner of your course, click the turn editing on button.
  2. Find the assignment you would like to hide or show, click the edit drop down on the right.
  3. If the assignment is visible, you will see the hide option. If the assignment is hidden, you will see the show option. You do not have to click a save button. 

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