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Moodle How to Basics 2 x

Moodle How to Basics 2 x

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How to use Moodle 2.x. Basics to help you get around, set up activities for students
How to use Moodle 2.x. Basics to help you get around, set up activities for students

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How to…
 Set up your Moodle 2.X class.
You may have an administrator add your course for you. If you are doing admin yourself, you’ll login and in
Settings Block
Site Administration
, you’ll click on
and then on
Add new course.
Eachinstallation is different, and these steps are Moodle admin,
so I won’t go into detail here
Your administrator will have created a userid for you as a teacher or course creator role sothat you can create your class. Enter your class (if already created) and click o
n Turn EditingOn
(upper right).
Then go to the Administration block (lower left). Click on
This iswhere you tell your course the basics about the organization of your course. Mostthings you will want to leave as defaults for now. You can always go back andchange items later.
Click on the
to see more information for each item.
Here are the basic settings for one of my courses
.Your administrator will have set the
(I use the teacher’s name)
. The
Full name
 is a few word description of your course. The
Short name is especially important
is what will show in the “breadcrumbs,” so make it meaningful to your students. The
shows in the
school catalog, but doesn’t have to be long.
is a very important decision. Mostpeople either select Topics or Weekly, andthen select the number of topics or weeks.You can always change the number later.Enrollment (not shown here) is very site-dependent, so you will probably have to askyour site administrator what settings youwant to use. Enrollment in Moodle seems tohave been set up for adults, but since manyof us work with kids
and kids don’t always
follow directions so well
it’s usually better
to enroll students in bulk.This is where you set up the default for
(but you can change this for individual activities).This is also where you set up
availability (whether students haveaccess to it yet) and guest access.
If you want to provide
Guest access,
you set up a password and allow ithere.
Guests can see everything students can see, but can’t change
anything. Be careful with Guest Access. Who has the right to seeeverything in your course? Consider the privacy of your students,particularly if there are minors. What is your school policy? Do theparents of child A have the right to see the work of child B? Guest
Access is nice to offer to your principal, who cansee the course
, but can’t
alter it by mistake.A new feature is completion tracking, which youcan turn on here.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.6.
Concentrate on the center for now.
The top “topic” is always News. Unlike D2L and other LMS (Learning
Management Systems)/CMS (Content
Management Systems)/ VLE (Virtual Learning Environments), the “new
” won’t show directly there. Students have
to click on the News Forum and then on the individual thread. My 8
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 the News Forum and this will
makethe forum invisible to everybody but you.This is a good time to describe these icons, which areassociated with each activity/resource, but only show if you have clicked on
Turn Editing On
right arrow
means to indent the item.
(Once it’s indented, you’ll have the choice to un
4-way arrows
indicate that you want to move the item.
Click and drag this to move the item it’s n
ext to.This is a big change from Moodle 1.9.The
Notepad/pencil icon
means Edit. This allows you to change the name and the content of this particularactivity/resource.The
means you can copy the activity
a new and very handy feature to use once y
ou’ve got it just the way
you want it.The
red X
means delete this item. You’ll be asked if you REALLY want to delete this.
eye open
means this is an item that students can see.
The eye closed
means you can see it, but studentscannot. This is a toggle.The
give you a place to change the roles assigned to the activity
this is an advance feature to ignorefor now.7.
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 number indicates the topic number.
The square in the top right corner
, if clicked, will make all but the toptopic disappear (usually this happens by accident
click it again and everything shows again. The
whether or not this topic is visible to students. The
4-pointed arrows
allow you to move this topic among the restof the topics
a big improvement.
The light bulb
is used
highlight the current topic for your users.8.
You can start with the
Edit icon
, next to the number (see screen shot above).
Click on the Edit icon and you’ll
see this (see screen shot below). This is essentially the main label for this topic
for the title and anyassociated picture. To give the s
ection a name, uncheck “Use default section name.” When you’re done
you’ll see
that the newsection namereplaces thenumber for thistopic. I stronglysuggest that youuse an imagehere. Moodle canbe quite boring tolook at withoutimages. (Info onadding images coming up.)The
editing icons
you see
are similar to those you’re familiar with in programs like Word. But there are
If you want to copy in text from Word, you’re wise to use the
W icon
it strips out most of the extra HTMLWord adds
but I’ve found tha
t items that were bullet points in Word
still don’t all get copied
(so get rid of bullets, import, and then add bullets again).You can also switch to HTML and back.9.
Adding images
is more complex than you may be used to. You must either have the dedicatedURL of the picture or have it already stored on your computer. Click on the picture icon (near thehappy face).
You’ll get this dialog:
 Click on
Find or upload an image…
You’ll then have
the opportunity to
on your own computer, or
to find the image where you’ve already saved it in
yourexternal storage (Globalclassroom calls it CloudStorage)
which reduces the amount of “stuff” stored
in your Moodle). Another new feature.If you select Upload your file, you may see a newdialog (this seems to vary among hosts). Moodlewants to know whose image this is and what rightsare associated with it
it will be asking yourstudents this, too. Time to change those habits ;-P
Once you’ve
browsed to the file you want, click on
Upload this file

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