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Purdue Guide for Moodle

Purdue Guide for Moodle

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Short guide for Purdue students entrolled in my classes using Moodle
Short guide for Purdue students entrolled in my classes using Moodle

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Published by: entr200 on Aug 14, 2008
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A Brief Guide to the Basics of MoodleFor Purdue StudentsWhat is it?
Moodle is a course management system (CMS) - a free,OpenSourcesoftware package designed using soundpedagogical principles, to help educators create effective online learning communities. We use it instead of WebCt, (now Blackboard), or other Purdue-supported systems because it is somuch more powerful, user friendly, and controlled by individual courseinstructors, not some blank face in ITAP. Moodle’s home page is here:http://www.moodle.org
How to enroll
The first time you visit the website you will see a box on the right side with the followinginformation:
Is this your first time here?Hi! For full access to courses you'll need to take a minute to create a new account for yourself on this web site. Each of the individual courses may also have a one-time "enrolment key",which you won't need until later. Here are the steps:1. Fill out theNew Accountform with your details.2. An email will be immediately sent to your email address.3. Read your email, and click on the web link it contains.4. Your account will be confirmed and you will be logged in.5. Now, select the course you want to participate in.6. If you are prompted for an "enrolment key" - use the one that your teacher has given you. This will "enrol" you in the course.7. You can now access the full course. From now on you will only need to enter your personalusername and password (in the form on this page) to log in and access any course youhave enrolled in.
Read the steps then click on “New Account” to take you to the enrollment form. Fill it outthen proceed through steps 2, 3, 4 & 5. In #5 the description of the course you want toenroll in will depend on your course number and the section you are in. Refer to theinformation you should receive from your instructor.Some instructors may require an “enrollment key”. If so, they will provide it either in ane-mail or in class. Use it for step #6.
Navigating in Moodle
Exactly what information is found where on the Moodle page will vary with eachinstructor. However, here are the basics.
Left-hand side – blocks labeled:People
Choose “participants” to go to a list of other students in your section. Click on a name toget their email address. You can click on that address to send an email, or click on
“send message”. Other options may be available using the tabs at the top.
Choose “assignments” to look at a list of the assignments that will be graded.Choose “forums” to go to a list of notes posted by your instructor.Choose “resources” to go to a listing by week of all the items posted in your Moodle.This is a good way to locate something, when you are not sure where it was posted.
Search Forums:
Use this when looking for a note posted in one of the forums, if your instructor uses multiple forums.
Choose “grades” to look at any of your grades that have been posted.
Right-hand side – blocks labeled:Latest News:
The most recent postings to the news forum will be found here. Check itregularly for course updates.
Upcoming Events:
Your instructor may use this to post upcoming events (i.e., assignments, exams,presentations, outside events) on the calendar.
Additional blocks:
Your instructor may add various blocks specific to your course and section (i.e.,blogs, RSS feeds, calendars).
Center Section – the main course content:
In the top block you will find lists of resources, the news forum, and generalinformation pertaining to the course. These could be in the form of Word, Excel,or Power Point documents, PDF files, links to websites etc. You may also seefolders, which will contain various supporting documents on a certain topic in thecourse. You should click on the various items and become familiar with wherethings are.The rest of the center section of the page is a week by week outline of what willbe covered each day during the course. Each week is in a separate block.Within that block each day will probably start with a header briefly describing themain topic for that day. Below that you will find an “Agenda” document. Whenyou open it you will see what the instructor plans to cover that day. What isincluded will depend on what is going on that day, how your instructor constructsthe day’s events, materials he or she wants you to look at and review. It wouldbe a good idea to open a few of these and become familiar with the format andthe information. 2

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