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Moodle enrollments are synchronized with Banner. In most cases, therefore, it is not necessary for you to add or remove students in Moodle. To combine enrollments from multiple CRN's, follow THESE INSTRUCTIONS [http://www.sou.edu/distancelearning/pdf/comb...
Moodle has a nifty activity feature for tracking attendance. Download THIS UPDATED FILE [http://www.sou.edu/assets/distanceeducation/docs/moodle/attendance.pdf] to read all about it!
Cross-listed courses are now automatically combined into one Moodle site when they are created! Faculty teaching multiple sections of the same course may enroll students from multiple CRNs in a single Moodle site. COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONS [http://www.sou.e...
Copying material from one Moodle course to another takes just a few steps and can save you lots of time. You'll use the course "Import" feature to bring the material from the ORIGINAL course (where it already resides) into the DESTINATION (NEW) course (wh...
You can check in with your students easily with a quick poll. Who is their favorite composer or philosopher? What was the primary cause of World War II? Use a "Choice" activity to find out what they think. Note that you can also use a poll to have student...
Moodle course sites are created unavailable to students. When you are ready to make your course available, open the link labeled "Edit settings" in the COURSE ADMINISTRATION block in the left column of your course home page. In the GENERAL options area, l...
Begin by turning editing on in your course site. You'll find buttons to do so in the upper right corner of your course home page and under COURSE ADMINISTRATION in the left column of your page. DRAG AND DROP METHOD To post a file, simply drag the file...
Moodle 3.2 introduces a discussion locking option for forums—but don't get too excited yet.... this does NOT mean that we can set due dates for posting to a forum. :-( If you enable the locking function, individual discussion THREADS will close down aft...
Moodle offers us the option of being notified when students have submitted assignments. The illustration at right, for example, will notify the instructor when a student submits the assignment after the due date. In order to receive an email notice of sub...
In order to make spellchecking occur automatically in Moodle's text boxes, spellcheck has been removed from the editing toolbar. In most cases, spellchecking is activated in your browser. If it is not, THESE INSTRUCTIONS will explain how to get spellch...
If you need to adjust the number of modules in your course site, there are two ways to add and delete them. You can click on EDIT SETTINGS in the COURSE ADMINISTRATION block to increase the number of modules to a set number. Open the COURSE FORMAT o...
Blocks are utilities that live in the left column of our Moodle course pages. By default, each course comes with blocks for Settings, Navigation, Latest news, Recent activity, and Upcoming events. While a number of blocks come pre-loaded in your course, y...
Besides highlighting today's date, Moodle's calendar signals due dates for assignments and quizzes and offers links to them as you add them to your course site. Moodle creates these links for you automatically! Calendar items from all courses are aggregat...
Adding a web link to your Moodle course is one of the easiest things you can do! Follow these instructions: * With editing turned on in your course, click on the ADD AN ACTIVITY OR RESOURCE link in the section where you want to insert the web link. ...
You may find that you need to adjust scores on quizzes in Moodle because: * The wrong choice was selected as the correct answer. * A question turns out to have multiple correct answers. * A question was not clearly stated. * (_On rare occasio...
Requiring a proctored exam for your online course adds a layer of complexity to your course management, but it can go a long way to preserve academic integrity, as students have to offer proof of identity and take your exam under a qualified proctor's wat...
Since Moodle version 2.7, there's a simple interface for entering text that is for forum posts only. The thinking behind this change is that users are looking to enter text just as they do when they're using Facebook or other social media. You can use s...
"ALL-OR-NOTHING" MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS The multiple answer question type requires students to correct indicate all of the correct answers to a question in order to receive full credit for the question. These images illustrate how to indicate a corre...
Moodle now makes it possible to insert comments and shapes in a PDF file submitted by a student. This technology is quirky, so be sure to review all of this GUIDE TO ANNOTATING PDF'S [http://www.sou.edu/assets/cis/distanceeducation/docs/moodle/annotate-pd...
Have an item that you'd like to identify as extra credit in your Moodle grade book? Want to assign bonus points on an assignment? This QUICK GUIDE [http://www.sou.edu/assets/distanceeducation/docs/moodle/extra-credit.pdf] will show you how. BONUS TIP: H...
It's now possible to assign a grade and provide the same feedback to all of the members of a group at one time. This six-minute video by Moodle Superstar Mary Cooch will show you how easy it is to do.
Moodle allows you to create four different types of assignment links. Each assignment is auto­matically added to the grade book as you create it. Students see a list of looming assignments and their due dates in the "Upcoming Activities" block on the left...
Allow students to report their attendance status... really? Moodle's ATTENDANCE FEATURE [http://sou.edu/assets/distanceeducation/docs/moodle/attendance.pdf] is a helpful tool for recording class participation and communicating it to students. An option ...
Student assignment files can easily be downloaded in a single batch. Moodle will assign the student's name and the name of the assignment to each file submitted, so each file will have a unique name when it is downloaded. DOWNLOAD ALL SUBMISSIONS Follow...
Moodle makes it possible to upload nested folders full of files (up to 50 MB total) with just a few clicks. For complete instructions, see CREATE A FOLDER.
Having trouble with subtotal or total calculations in your Moodle grade book? If you find subtotal or total grade cells with a tan or brownish background, Moodle's calculating formula has been overridden for those items. Often, these overrides are the res...
If you need to clear a quiz attempt for a student in order to allow a repeat attempt, follow these easy steps: * Click on the link for the quiz to open it. * Click on ATTEMPTS: # to view the students' results. * Locate the student's name and th...
Having trouble downloading files? Does your Internet connection drag its feet when you'd prefer to have it sprint? Clearing your "cache" can help! Your browser uses the cache to save information from one session to the next. In theory, it speeds up retu...
As you add activities and resources to your Moodle course site, you might notice that a check mark or small box appears to the right of each item on the course home page. Your students can use these check boxes to keep track of what they have done and wha...
Moodle web pages allow us to share information with students without having to display everything on the course site's home page. Web pages are a good place to tuck information away but still have it be easily accessible. You can use a web page to prov...
Copying a quiz from one Moodle course site to another takes just a few steps and can save you lots of time. You'll use the course "Import" feature to bring the quiz from the ORIGINAL site (where the quiz already resides) into the DESTINATION course (wh...
Most of us choose to organize our Moodle course sites by either dates or topics. Choosing your course format and updating the weekly dates are handled in the EDIT SETTINGS link in the COURSE ADMINISTRATION block. CHOOSE FORMAT Click on EDIT SETTINGS a...
Moodle's "Book" feature allows you to provide a lot of information in an organized fashion. To create a book: * Turn editing on. * In the desired module, click on the "Add an activity or resource..." link. * Scroll down and select Book from the li...
Moodle's advanced grading feature allows us to us an online checklist to assign points for assignments and advanced forums. This GUIDE TO CREATING CHECKLISTS [HTTP://WWW.SOU.EDU/DISTANCELEARNING/PDF/CREATE-A-CHECKLIST.PDF] describes how to get started wit...
How would you like to create a customized block with your office hours and contact information in it? Or maybe there's a web link that you'd like to provide quick access to? In either case, adding an "HTML block" will allow you to do so quickly and easily...
You can share a batch of files with students very quickly and easily by using Moodle's "Folder" resource. _PREPARE YOUR FILES_ * On your computer, organize the files that you plan to upload in a folder. (Subfolders can also be used to organize your f...
"Advanced grading" allows us to create rubrics for grading assignments. This video does a good job of providing an overview of how to create and use a rubric. It was written for version 2.2, so things look a little different than they do on our site, but ...
The ANNOUNCEMENTS feature in the General section is a one-way forum for instructors to post class announcements. By default, all class participants are subscribed to this forum, which means that they will receive a copy of each announcement via email—even...
It is possible to supply a specific format for students to use in responding to essay questions. Being able to provide a template makes it easy to impose a particular structure for student responses. THIS THREE-MINUTE VIDEO [HTTP://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH?V...
New and improved guide to quizzes! Let Moodle do the work! Once you set up a quiz, Moodle will deploy it when you wish, grade it, and record the scores in your grade book. This comprehensive GUIDE [http://www.sou.edu/assets/distanceeducation/docs/mood...
While you cannot adjust the Moodle home page where you land after logging in, it is possible to customize your "Dashboard" page to display the courses that you want to see now and hide the rest. Once your page is customized, just click on "Dashboard" afte...
Moodle offers five kinds of discussion forums that allow you to extend the conversation beyond the classroom. This COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE [http://www.sou.edu/assets/distanceeducation/docs/moodle/discussion-forums.pdf] describes each of the forum types, expla...
If you use "folders" to share multiple files with your students, it is now possible to choose between offering students a link to all files (DISPLAY FOLDER CONTENTS: _ON A SEPARATE PAGE_), as we are accustomed to doing, or having all of the files displ...
If you don't want to show recent forum posts on your course page, click on the EDIT SETTINGS icon associated with the forum and deselect the option to DISPLAY RECENT POSTS ON COURSE PAGE as shown below. New posts will still be indicated in blue on your ma...
A very cool feature in Moodle allows us to drag an image file into Moodle and drop it onto our course home page. It can either be displayed as an image or be posted as a file resource. NOTE: The image file (in .jpg, .gif, or .png format) MUST BE SAVED TO ...
Dragging and dropping text works much the same way as dragging and dropping an image EXCEPT that the text does not need to be saved as a file first. To create a label by dragging and dropping text: * Turn editing on in your Moodle course site. * Ope...
To drop the lowest score in a series of items, such as quizzes, you first need to create a category and move the items into it. To learn about creating categories, this guide [https://inside.sou.edu/assets/cis/distanceeducation/docs/moodle/gradebook_weigh...
While you can always simply post a file or link to a web site to a module, sometimes it's nice to tuck a file or web link into a web page (or book or assignment or.... basically, any text box). (Download this GUIDE TO EMBEDDING LINKS, FILES AND VIDEOS [h...
In Moodle, it just takes a few steps to embed a video link in a page, book or other text box. The method outlined below allows you to eliminate "suggested videos" after a student views the video you have posted. For a simpler process, download this GUIDE ...
Moodle makes it easy to post an external link to your course page, but it's just as easy to include an external link in a web page (or book or assignment or.... basically in any text box). (Download this GUIDE TO EMBEDDING LINKS, FILES AND VIDEOS [http://...
We recommend a few simple chores at the end of the term that can make your life much more pleasant. See THIS CHECKLIST [1] for more information. Consider using this new QUICK REVIEW WORKSHEET [2] to assess the effectiveness of your course and identify ...
Students are enrolled in Moodle as they register in SISWeb. Here's how they get in and out of your course: ENROLLMENT UPDATES ROLL TWICE DAILY. Enrollment data moves from Banner to Moodle twice a day, in the early afternoon and late evening. If a studen...
Due date overrides can quickly be entered for either individual students or groups who need more time to complete an assignment. Once you've created the assignment, use the SAVE AND DISPLAY link to display the ASSIGNMENT ADMINISTRATION block on the left. ...
The ENROLLED USERS interface offers the option to filter by group membership. The handiest thing about this feature may be its ability to generate a list of students who have not been assigned to a group. Another enhancement to this page is the ability ...
When you import materials from a prior course, FILES THAT ARE POSTED on the course home page WILL always come across in the import and be available to students as usual. However, FILES THAT ARE EMBEDDED through links in web pages (books, assignment lin...
When you are subscribed to a forum, you will receive an email message each time someone posts a reply in the forum. These posts will come to you from "noreply@moodle.sou.edu ." (If you do not wish to receive these messages, you ...
MOODLE COURSE FAQ'S Q. How do I request a course site for a new term? A. It is not necessary to place a request for a Moodle course site. Sites are automatically created for each CRN and students are enrolled as they register for the course in Banner. C...
Moodle's grade book is quite robust, so it can appear daunting at the start. This QUICK START GUIDE [http://www.sou.edu/assets/distanceeducation/docs/moodle/gradebook.pdf] will help you get started. To learn more, attend a scheduled training session or ma...
Moodle offers a shortcut for grading a batch of essay or short answer quiz questions. THIS GUIDE [1] will walk you through the process. Try it, you'll like it! Links: ------ [1] http://www.sou.edu/distancelearning/pdf/manually-grade-quiz-items.pdf
Moodle's _SINGLE VIEW_ option is handy for entering grades in a manually created item. It's also useful for quickly reviewing all of a specific student's grades or for seeing all of your students' grades for a particular item. If you need to enter bonus p...
NEW AND IMPROVED! Providing online support to students working on projects together is easy to set up in Moodle. You can also use the groups feature to identify the students enrolled in different CRN's in a combined (meta) course site. The information bel...
Wondering about the editing icons in Moodle text boxes? This COMPLETE GUIDE [http://www.sou.edu/assets/distanceeducation/docs/moodle/editing-text.pdf] explains what each of the icons does.
While Moodle allows you to hide items in the grade book, we don't recommend doing so and here's why: HIDING GRADED ITEMS If you want to hide existing assignments or quizzes from students because you don't plan to incorporate them in your course this te...
It's good to know how students see their quiz results. How much they see and when they see results depends on the quiz review options [https://inside.sou.edu/assets/distanceeducation/docs/moodle/quiz_review_options.pdf] that you set when you create the qu...
Wonder how we show you pictures of Moodle screens? We use screenshots! Being able to take a picture of what you are looking at can be a great way to get the help you need. THIS WEB SITE [1] explains how to create a screenshot with a variety of devices ...
In addition to the standard ADMINISTRATION and NAVIGATION blocks in the left column of your course home page, there are several other blocks that provide quick access to Moodle features that you might want to add to your course site. This GUIDE TO USING B...
It's not hard to insert images in Moodle text boxes. Four important things to note about inserting images directly in your site pages: * Do NOT attempt to copy and paste images into your Moodle site. Doing so can break it! You can drag and drop an ima...
Looking for standard instructions to offer your students? Copy and paste any of the following text or links in your Moodle site. (Links can also be forwarded to students via email.) LINKS TO STUDENT ARTICLES IN THE MOODLE KNOWLEDGEBASE ADD FILES TO A ...
  Moodle offers a special grading interface that makes assigning grades quick and easy for forum discussion posts and digital assignments. You’ll find JOULE GRADER in the COURSE ADMINISTRATION block on your course home page. This GUIDE [http://www.sou....
(Version initiated 7/9/14)  The manual for getting started with Moodle is available here. Download your copy of MOODLE BASICS FOR FACULTY [http://www.sou.edu/assets/distanceeducation/docs/moodle/basics-2.6.pdf] today! TIP: The guide contains many links ...
In Moodle, each user has a storage site for files. This repository is called “My Private Files.” You can access this area from your Moodle home page by clicking on MY PROFILE in the NAVIGATION block, then clicking on MY PRIVATE FILES. NOTE: All users ha...
We've created a quick checklist to help you take care of the details of getting a new course site up and running. Download the UPDATED CHECKLIST FOR MOODLE 2.5 [http://www.sou.edu/distancelearning/pdf/moodle_new_quarter_checklist.pdf] today!
Wouldn't it be handy to be able to keep a forum thread at the top of a bunch of responses? Now we can! Here's an example—let's say you have a course Q&A forum and a student asks a question early on that you know students often ask. By "pinning" the post...
Has Moodle decided to download student assignment files in individual folders for you? There's a quick and easy fix for that! * Open the assignment link. * Click on VIEW ALL SUBMISSIONS. * Scroll to the bottom of the page and uncheck the box labele...
Moodle provides the option to "subscribe" to discussion forums so that you will receive an email whenever someone posts a message in that forum. If you do not wish to receive these emails, you can prevent them by changing your Profile and/or Forum setting...
We now have the ability to print posts from advanced forums again! To do so: * Open the forum and click on EXPORT in the FORUM ADMINISTRATION block on the left. * In the GENERAL area, use the EXPORT FORMAT pull-down menu to select PRINT (or expor...
ProctorU is an online service that monitors students while they are taking exams at a time and location of their choice. This service is one of several proctoring options available to students. If you plan to give students the option to use ProctorU whe...
Questionnaires offer great flexibility in surveying your students. You can pose questions in a variety of ways and receive feedback that is anonymous or tied to students' names. Once students have completed your questionnaire, you can view an overview o...
Sometimes publishers' test banks can be imported into Moodle just fine, but sometimes they won't quite work. Here's one solution that we have found for a test bank that won't "parse" when you attempt to import it. (NOTE: These instructions are written for...
For all of us who have hit delete just a little too quickly, the latest version of Moodle offers a safety net! Deleted items fall into a recycle bin, allowing you to retrieve a resource or activity that you didn't mean to remove from your course. IMPORT...
To rename sections, in edit mode, click on the EDIT drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the section. Click on EDIT TOPIC. Uncheck the box at the top labeled USE DEFAULT SECTION NAME. Type the new name in the SECTION NAME field and SAVE CHANGES.
Moodle makes it easy to attach or insert photos in a forum post or other textbox. We can get into trouble, though, if we post a photo from a cell phone or digital camera without resizing it first. A photo that is more than 3,000 pixels wide in its "native...
Because our Moodle installation is hosted, we have a limited amount of storage space for course sites. Courses are archived periodically to help us avoid expensive overage fees. Archived courses are stored on local servers, so it is possible to temporaril...
Missing your HTML editing toolbars when you open a textbox? There are two solutions, depending on where you are missing the toolbar. (See this GUIDE TO THE EDITING TOOLBAR [https://support.sou.edu/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/289/8/faculty-guide-...
Restrict access controls are an advanced feature that most instructors can cheerfully ignore... In most cases, we don't recommend using the restrict access options: these settings may not always produce the effect you are looking for and you can general...
When you create a graded activity, you can designate a passing score in the GRADE options area. You can take advantage of this feature in three ways: COMPLETION TRACKING—if you set COMPLETION TRACKING [http://sou.edu/assets/distanceeducation/docs/mood...
Turnitin is a web-based software that SOU faculty can use to increase awareness of proper citation of resources and prevent plagiarism. Students can submit writing assignments to Turnitin directly through Moodle. You (and they) can easily check the origin...
Moodle allows you to provide links to resources and activities by using tags. Here's how it works: As you create resources and activities, you tag them with an appropriate key word (or words). The tags will appear in the TAGS block. Clicking on a key wo...
"Zoom" has been selected as SOU's web conferencing tool based on an extensive exploration and piloting project undertaken last year. With Zoom, you can participate in a virtual meeting with up to 25 people. Zoom can be used for online gatherings such as...
We're often asked the best way to allow students to share their files. For years, the only way to accomplish this has been by having students make a post in a discussion forum and attach their file(s). While this works, it is clunky and requires a lot of ...
With our new layout, you may find that your course has blocks on the left and right sides instead of just on the left. Shifting a block from the right back over to the left just takes a moment. To do so: * Turn editing on in your course. * Navigate t...
To get an idea of what your course will look like for students, you can switch your role. The link for switching your role is located in the user menu associated with your image in the upper right corner of any Moodle page. To access the link, click on th...
You can tailor your quiz settings for individual students in Moodle, setting either the dates and times or the amount of time available to take the quiz. Here's how to customize a student's access to a quiz: * Click on the name of the quiz to open t...
We hear frequent questions about a few features related to forums. Is your question answered here? _WHY CAN'T MY STUDENTS REPLY TO MY FORUM PROMPT?_ Generally, students are unable to reply in one of two cases: _Standard forum_—The forum is set up for gr...
So, you've added a link to a video to a forum post or other text box, but the video player doesn't display. There's a simple fix for one problem that might be preventing the video player from being displayed: hidden formatting codes. To check for hidden...
If you choose the weekly format for your course modules, you may need to update the dates for the current term. In the COURSE ADMINISTRATION block, under EDIT SETTINGS, locate the field labeled COURSE START DATE. Use the pull-down menus to set the day, mo...
You can upload grades recorded in a spreadsheet to a Moodle course site quickly and easily. THESE INSTRUCTIONS [http://www.sou.edu/distancelearning/pdf/download-grading-worksheet.pdf] will walk you through a few simple steps. Try it, you'll like it! NOT...
Quickmail is a function within Moodle that enables you and your students to send email to any or all class participants. Messages sent through Quickmail go to each recipient's SOU email account. The QUICKMAIL block is deployed in all courses as they are...
All users have a "dashboard" associated with their Moodle account. To view your dashboard, click on the pull-down menu to the right of your name in the upper right hand corner of any Moodle page. (You'll also find a link for your dashboard in the NAVIGA...
Moodle provides a number of reports that allow you to view your students' engagement in a course site. COURSE ACTIVITY LOGS Course activity logs allow you to see what a particular student has been doing in Moodle or to check which students have intera...
While Moodle allows us to load files as large as 50MB, posting big files takes up valuable server space and can present difficulties for students who have slow Internet connections. (A 1MB file can take 10-20 minutes to download on a dial-up connection, f...
You can upload files to Moodle one at a time as needed. However, if you have a large number of files, you can upload them all at once. Procedures are explained in THIS GUIDE [http://sou.edu/assets/distanceeducation/docs/moodle/multiple-files.pdf], along w...
You can limit the types of files that students can upload when they submit an assignment. Leaving this new field blank will continue to allow students to submit any type of file. In the ADDING or UPDATING AN ASSIGNMENT page, the SUBMISSION TYPES option ...