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Moodle Help

This guide is designed to assist Earlham faculty with Moodle questions. Moodle 3.4 is Earlham's learning management system that assists with teaching and learning.

Access Course

You should be able to access your course via Moodle. 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:
  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 (also, Week versus Topic)

To change how your course appears in Moodle, including switching from Topics format to Weekly or Collapsed Topics:
  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:
  • 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

Backup Content

Use this function to save and back up your course content for future use.
  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. Most common: uncheck 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

A metacourse is useful when you want to link the students of more than one section of the same course you are teaching so that you can share the same content or activity with all of the selected students. 
  1. Creating a metacourse requires assistance from the Moodle Admin team.
  2. Contact moodlehelp AT earlham.edu with the list of sections or courses that you wish to link.

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