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Moodle How to Basics

Moodle How to Basics

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How to…
 Set up your Moodle 1.9 class.
1.
 
You may have an administrator add your course for you.If you are doing admin yourself, you
ll login and in the siteadministration block, you
ll click on
Add/edit courses.
Each installation is different, and these steps are Moodleadmin, so I won
t go into detail here
 2.
 
Your administrator will have created a userid foryou as a teacher or course creator role so that youcan create your class. Enter your class (if alreadycreated) and click o
n Turn Editing On
(upperright). (If you
re the Admin and just created thecourse, you
ll be taken to the Settings dialogdirectly
.)
 
3.
 
Then go to the Administration block (lower left).Click on
Settings.
This is where you tell your coursethe basics about the organization of your course.Most things you will want to leave as defaults fornow. You can always go back and change items later.
 4.
 
Click on the
?
to see more information for each item.
5.
 
Here are the basic settings for one of my courses
.Your administrator will have setthe
Category
(I use the teacher
sname). The
Full name
is a fewword description of your course.The
Short name is especiallyimportant
 –
this is what will
show in the “breadcrumbs,” so
make it meaningful to yourstudents. The
Summary
showsin
the school catalog, but doesn’t
have to be long.
Format
is a very importantdecision. Most people eitherselect Topics or Weekly, andthen select the number of topicsor weeks. You can alwayschange the number later.
 
6.
 
Enrollment (not shown here) is very site-dependent, so you will probably have to ask your siteadministrator what settings you want to use. Enrollment in Moodle seems to have been set upfor adults, but since many of us work with kids
 –
 
and kids don’t always follow directions so well –
i
t’s usually better to enroll students in bulk
.7.
 
This is where you set the default for
groups
 (but you can change this for individualactivities).8.
 
This is also where you set up
availability(whether students have access to it yet) andguest access.
If you want to provide guestaccess provide an enrollment key (essentially a
password) and change Guest Access. Guests can see everything students can see, but can’t
change anything. Be careful with Guest Access. Who has the right to see everything in yourcourse? Consider the privacy of your students, particularly if there are minors. What is yourschool policy? Do the parents of child A have the right to see the work of child B? Guest Accessis nice to offer to your principal, who can see the course, but
can’t
alter it by mistake.9.
 
At the bottom, click on
Save Changes
 
and you’re set to go.
 
Now you’re looking at your basic Moodle page
. This will be a little different for each installation.10.
 
Concentrate on the center for now.11.
 
The top “topic” is alw
ays News. Unlike D2L and other LMS (Learning ManagementSystems)/CMS (Content Management Systems)/ VLE (Virtual Learning Environments), the
“new
s
” won’t show directly there. Students have to click on the News Forum and then on the
individual thread. My 8
th
 
graders never read what I post there, so I don’t use the News Forum.If you don’t want to use it, click on the Eye next to theNews Forum and this will minimize what’s in this“topic.”
This is a good time to describe these icons, which are associated with each activity/resource, butonly show if you have clicked on Turn Editing On.The
right arrow
means to indent the item.
(Once it’s indented, you’ll have the choice to un
-indent.)The
up/down arrows
 
indicate that you want to move the item. When you click on that, you’ll see
possible places to move it, and click on the place that you want.The
Notepad/pencil icon
means Edit. This allows you to change the name and the content of thisparticular activity/resource.The
red X
 
means delete this item. You’ll be asked if you REALLY want to delete this.
 The
eye open
means this is an item that students can see.
The eye closed
means you can see it, butstudents cannot. This is a toggle.The
figure
 
indicates the group status (mouse over it and you’ll see the group status for this activity).
 
 
 12.
 
Now,
let’s create a unit of study
.
Use an empty topic (not the news topic, because you can’t
move it).It lookslike this.The numberindicates the topicnumber.
The square in the top right corner
, if clicked, will make all but the top topic disappear (usuallythis happens by accident
 –
click it again and everything shows again. The
eye
shows whether or not thistopic is visible to students. The
up and down arrows
allow you to move this topic among the rest of thetopics.
The light bulb
is used
to
highlight the current topic.13.
 
You can start with the
Edit icon
, next to the number. This is for the Summary information aboutthe topic
 –
the title and associated picture. This is essentially the main label for this topic. Istrongly suggest thatyou use an imagehere. Moodle can bequite boring to look atwithout images. Clickon the Edit icon and
you’ll s
ee this (right):14.
 
The
editing icons
yousee are similar to
those you’re familiar
with in programs likeWord. But there areadditions. If you wantto copy in text from
Word, you’re wise to
use the Wicon
 –
itstrips out most of the extra garbage Word adds
 –
 
but I’ve found tha
t items that were bullet points inWord
still don’t all get copied.
 15.
 
You can also switch to HTML (handy if you areembedding a video from elsewhere).
Adding pictures
is more complex than you may be used to.You must either have the dedicated URL of the picture orhave it already stored on your computer.Click on the picture icon (next to the happyface). You
ll get this dialog:Editicon

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