Using Moodle to Facilitate Learning Activities
Last updated: May 28, 2020, 4:57 p.m.
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Moodle offers a variety of functionality for instructors to display content such as documents and media. However, it has much more to offer than being a repository for content. Instructors can also use the space to facilitate a number of course activities including, assignment submission and grading, discussion forums, peer editing, and collaborative spaces, such as wikis.
This video is a recording of a webinar that does a detailed run through of many of the features in Moodle including: basic set up, adding Blocks, sending announcements, using discussion forums, using and grading assignments, embedding content from external sources, chat and interactive features.
The purpose of the video is show instructors what is possible in Moodle. Though the purpose is not to provide technical step-by-step instructions, some technical information is included.
Setting up your Moodle Course
The following Video is a recording of a webinar that introduces users to Moodle. It is a walk through of the following features:
- how to access your Moodle Course
- how to add files
- how to add links to web sites and videos
- How to send annoucements to students
- how to show and hide elements of your course
- how to switch to a student view to see what they see
- how to "activate" your course so students have access
By default all courses are assigned a Moodle course page at the beginning of the term that can be accessed at any time. They remain inactive until you activate it; therefore, students will not see your course or its content until you change the setting to make the course visible to students.
1. Go to Moodle.concordia.ca and use your Concordia netname and password to login to Moodle.
Once logged in, you will see a list of courses in the grey sidebar on the right.
If you have already activated your course, it will appear under the heading MY CONCORDIA COURSES in the sidebar.
If you have not activated your course, it will appear under the heading More courses (including new courses). The courses under this heading appear as grey links, which signifies that they are not visible to students. Steps for making your course available to students can be found further down this page.
2. Click the course for which you would like to acess.
Understanding your Moodle Course Name
To locate the appropriate course for this term, you will need to understand the Moodle name. It consists of the course code, section, year and term. For example, if we take the Moodle Course Name: ENGR 201 A 2204
Course code: ENGR 201
Year: 220 The year codes are designated as follows: 2020 (220), 2019 (219), 2021(221)
Term: (4) The term codes are designated as follows: Summer (1), Fall (2), Fall/Winter (3), Winter (4)
The course Moodle page appears. [Note that the page is divided into weekly sections, and that the current week is highlighted with a blue background.]
3. In order to add any content, you will need to click Turn editing on in the the top right-hand corner.
You will notice that more options appear on the page to manage content.
Important: In order to add or edit any content in Moodle Editing needs to be turned on [click the Turn Editing on button in the top right-hand corner if it is off]
You can now add content to your course.
Although Moodle has many features available, below are some of the basic tasks you will need to do in order to get your course page ready for students.
By default, your course is not visible to students until you make it so. Once you have you have the course the way you want it and are ready for students to access the course, you will need to make the course available by following these steps:
1. Navigate to your Moodle course home page.
2. In the Administration block on the right-hand side of the page, click Edit settings.
The Edit Course Settings page appears.
3. Under General, change the Course visibility setting to Show.
4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save and display.
The course is now available to students.
Once you have accessed your course, you will want to start populating and organizing it with files, links and other content. The typical way to organize content in Moodle is by adding materials to the associtated weekly section. The syllabus and other important documents not related to a specific week are typically added at the very top under Announcements.
Watch the video: Uploading & Organizing Files and Links on your Moodle Course page
This video is a segment of webinar recording which demonstrates how to upload files and organize them by heading in each weekly section of your course.
Sharing Hyperlinks on the Moodle Site Step-by-step instructions on adding links (you will need to log into Moodle to access this)
Once your course is visible to students, you will undoubtedly be adding content as you. Many instructors work on a week-by-week basis for adding content as time allows. Therefore, you may want to hide any sections or activities in progress, or you may simply want to prevent students from jumping ahead. Either way, Moodle offers options to control what students see at every level.
Watch the video: Hiding Elements of your Course
This video is a segment of webinar recording which demonstrates how to hide individual items in and entire sections/weeks of a Moodle course from students.
Watch the video: Course Set up : Blocks
This video is a segment of webinar recording. It gives and overview of blocks, discusses the most commonly-used blocks, and how to and how to add them. There is also a brief discussion about using Messages in Moodle.
Blocks are the grey squares on both the left and right side of your Moodle homepage. By default, there are several blocks already included on your page, but it is possible to customize your home page by moving blocks around, deleting unused blocks and adding some from a long list of available blocks.
The following blocks may be useful for instructors for manging their course:
The calendar block displays a the current month in the block. ANy day that has course activity scheduled course activities (including quizzes and assignments that have an assigned due date and Zoom meetings) is highlighted in the calendar. Students can hover over the date to see the activity due that day.
The activities block automaticall creates a way of navigating to a list of all the activiites of a certain type. For example, if you have you the assignment feature in Moodle to create assignments, a list of all assignments will automatically be generated by clicking the 'Assignemnt' link on the Acitivities block.
This offers students (and instructors!) a quick way to locate course activities that might be buried on the course homepage.
The HTML block is the most versatile of all the blocks. It is a blank block where you can use a text box to add any content you want (including images and embedded content). The most popular way of using this is to create an Instructor information block or a list of Resources.
Embedding HTML content into your Moodle Course (step-by-step video)
You may want to send a message to students to notify them that you have activated the course and/or that you have posted the links to access the virtual course meetings. You can use the announcement feature to push out messages to students via email. Follow the steps below to send an announcement to students.
1. Navigate to your Moodle home page.
2. Click Announcements in the top section of the course page.
3. Click the Add a new topic button.
The Announcements Editing window appears.
4. In the Subject line, write the topic of your message.
For example, if you are writing to let students know that the links for the live virtual classes are available, you can write: Live virtual class links available
Note: When students receive the message, the subject line always contains the Moodle course code at the beginning. For example, the message subject line would read: ABCD-201-A-2194>>Forums>>Announcements>>Live virtual class links available.
5. In the Message box, type the message for students.
Note: It is possible to add attachments to your message, but students will need to log into Moodle to view these, so it is not recommended.
6. If you want students to receive the message immediately, select the Send forum post notifications with no editing-time delay.
If this box is not checked, there is a 30-minute delivery delay period wherein you can make edits to the message.
7. Click Post to forum to send the message.
The message will also be available to students by clicking on the Announcements link on the Moodle course homepage.
- Moodle @ York University Training & Documentation Page - ***Excellent step-by-step instrcutions for many Moodle features.
- Transition to online teaching
- Online Course Design Toolkit
- Moving your course meetings online
- Adding Audio Narration to PowerPoint Slides
- Using Moodle to Facilitate Learning
- Adapting Labs and STEM Courses to the Online environment
- Using YuJa to Create and Publish Lecture Videos from your Computer
- Replacing printed textbooks and assigned course materials with electronic versions
- Creating Instructional Videos from Mobile or Tablet
- Moving Assessments and Final Exams Online
- Running a Zoom Session
- Transitioning to Online FAQs
- Online Course Design Toolkit