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Course settings control how the things appear to the participants in a course. It is the first page viewed after creating a course.  It can be edited through the '''settings''' link in the [[Administration block]] menu.  This page has links to other pages that may describe a setting in more detail. Different versions of Moodle may not have all the settings listed below.
 
Course settings control how the things appear to the participants in a course. It is the first page viewed after creating a course.  It can be edited through the '''settings''' link in the [[Administration block]] menu.  This page has links to other pages that may describe a setting in more detail. Different versions of Moodle may not have all the settings listed below.
  
==Category==
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==General==
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===Category===
 
A Moodle administrator  or course creator may have set up several course categories.
 
A Moodle administrator  or course creator may have set up several course categories.
  
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Choose the one most applicable for your course. This choice will affect where your course is displayed on the course listing and may make it easier for students to find your course.
 
Choose the one most applicable for your course. This choice will affect where your course is displayed on the course listing and may make it easier for students to find your course.
  
==Full name==
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===Full name===
 
The full name of the course is displayed at the top of the screen and in the course listings. More advanced users can use [[Page_content#Creative_examples|HTML code]] to add an image.
 
The full name of the course is displayed at the top of the screen and in the course listings. More advanced users can use [[Page_content#Creative_examples|HTML code]] to add an image.
  
==Short name==
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===Short name===
 
Many institutions have a shorthand way of referring to a course, such as BP102 or COMMS. Even you don't already have such a name for your course, make one up here. It will be used in several places where the long name isn't appropriate.  The most common use is in the navigation bar that is at the top of most pages.
 
Many institutions have a shorthand way of referring to a course, such as BP102 or COMMS. Even you don't already have such a name for your course, make one up here. It will be used in several places where the long name isn't appropriate.  The most common use is in the navigation bar that is at the top of most pages.
  
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The above example has the short course name, "Features".  The short name also appears in the subject line of email messages that are part of the course.
 
The above example has the short course name, "Features".  The short name also appears in the subject line of email messages that are part of the course.
  
==ID number==
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===ID number===
 
The ID number is an alpha numeric field.  It has several potential uses. Generally it is not displayed to students.  However, it can be used to match this course against an external system's ID, as your course catalog ID or can be used in the certificate module as a printed field.
 
The ID number is an alpha numeric field.  It has several potential uses. Generally it is not displayed to students.  However, it can be used to match this course against an external system's ID, as your course catalog ID or can be used in the certificate module as a printed field.
  
==Summary==
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===Summary===
 
The summary of the course is displayed in the course listings.
 
The summary of the course is displayed in the course listings.
  
==Format==
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===Format===
A Moodle course may use one of the following three formats:
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A Moodle course may use one of the following formats:
  
'''Weekly format'''
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*Weekly format - The course is organised week by week, with a clear start date and a finish date. Each week consists of activities. Some of them, like journals, may have "open windows" of, say, two weeks after which they become unavailable.
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*Topics format - Very similar to the weekly format, except that each "week" is called a topic. A "topic" is not restricted to any time limit. You don't need to specify any dates.
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*Social format - This format is oriented around one main forum, the Social forum, which appears listed on the main page. It is useful for situations that are more freeform. They may not even be courses. For example, it could be used as a departmental notice board.
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*[[LAMS|LAMS course format]] - From Moodle 1.6 onwards
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*SCORM format - From Moodle 1.6 onwards
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*Weekly format, CSS/no tables - From Moodle 1.6 onwards
  
The course is organised week by week, with a clear start date and a finish date. Each week consists of activities. Some of them, like journals, may have "open windows" of, say, two weeks after which they become unavailable.
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===Number of weeks/topics===
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This setting is only used by the 'weekly' and 'topics' course formats. In the 'weekly' format, it specifies the number of weeks that the course will run for, starting from the course starting date. In the 'topics' format, it specifies the number of topics in the course. Both of these translate to the number of "boxes" down the middle of the course page.
  
'''Topics format'''
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===Course start date===
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This is where you specify the starting time of the course (in your own timezone).
  
Very similar to the weekly format, except that each "week" is called a topic. A "topic" is not restricted to any time limit. You don't need to specify any dates.
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If you are using a 'weekly' course format, this will affect the display of the weeks. The first week will start on the date you set here.
  
'''Social format'''
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This setting will not affect courses using the 'social' or 'topics' formats.
  
This format is oriented around one main forum, the Social forum, which appears listed on the main page. It is useful for situations that are more freeform. They may not even be courses. For example, it could be used as a departmental notice board.
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However, one place this setting will have an effect is the display of logs, which use this date as the earliest possible date you can display.
  
In Moodle 1.6 this is increased by:
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In general, if your course does have a real starting date then it makes sense to set this date to that, no matter what course formats you are using.
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===Hidden sections===
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This option allows you to decide how the hidden sections in your course are displayed to students. By default, a small area is shown (in collapsed form, usually gray) to indicate where the hidden section is, though they still can not actually see the hidden activities and texts. This is particularly useful in the Weekly format, so that non-class weeks are clear.
  
'''LAMS course format''' [[LAMS]]
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If you choose, these can be completely hidden, so that students don't even know sections of the course are hidden.
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===News items to show===
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A special forum called "News" appears in the "weekly" and "topics" course formats. It's a good place to post notices for all students to see. (By default, all students are subscribed to this forum, and will receive your notices by email.)
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This setting determines how many recent items appear on your course home page, in a news box down the right-hand side.
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If you set it to "0 news items" then the news box won't even appear.
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===Show grades===
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Many of the activities allow grades to be set.  By default, the results of all grades within the course can be seen in the Grades page, available from the main course page.
  
'''SCORM format''' [[SCORM]]
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If a teacher is not interested in using grades in a course, or just wants to hide grades from students, then they can disable the display of grades with this option. This does not prevent individual activities from using or setting grades, it just disables the results being displayed to students.
  
'''Weekly format, CSS/no tables'''
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===Show activity reports===
* NOTE 1: Just an educated guess: This version of the weekly format uses the more modern web layout system CSS (cascading style sheets) to place things on the web page in a more flexible way than the old method with tables.
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Activity reports are available for each participant that show their activity in the current course. As well as listings of their contributions, these reports include detailed access logs.
* NOTE 2 (Moodle 1.8 2007-Apr-4): Another contributor's note: Listing the page's HTML source code shows table tags, so this isn't the case.
 
  
'''non-standard formats'''
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Teachers always have access to these reports, using the button or tab visible on each persons's profile page.
  
such as a patch to allow javascript-based [[layout course editing]]
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Student access to their own reports is controlled by the teacher via this course setting. For some courses these reports can be a useful tool for a student to reflect on their involvement and appearance within the online environment, but for some courses this may not be necessary.
  
==Course start date==
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Another reason for turning it off is that the report can place a bit of load on the server while being generated. For large or long classes it may be more efficient to keep it off.
This is where you specify the starting time of the course (in your own timezone).
 
  
If you are using a 'weekly' course format, this will affect the display of the weeks. The first week will start on the date you set here.
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===Maximum upload size===
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This setting defines the largest size of file that can be uploaded by students in this course, limited by the site wide setting created by the administrator.
  
This setting will not affect courses using the 'social' or 'topics' formats.
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[[Image:Changeupload.jpg]]
  
However, one place this setting will have an effect is the display of logs, which use this date as the earliest possible date you can display.
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It is possible to further restrict this size through settings within each activity module.
  
In general, if your course does have a real starting date then it makes sense to set this date to that, no matter what course formats you are using.
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===Is this a meta course?===
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A [[Metacourses|metacourse]] automatically enrols its participants from other courses.  For example, for every course that is a "child" of the metacourse, all students in the child course are enroled in the metacourse.
  
==Enrolment plugins==
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===Default role===
 
{{Moodle 1.7}}
 
{{Moodle 1.7}}
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From Moodle 1.7 onwards, a default course role, such as student, may be set.
  
==Default role==
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==Enrolments==
{{Moodle 1.7}}
 
  
==Course enrollable==
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===Course enrollable===
 
Yes, No or give start and end date range.
 
Yes, No or give start and end date range.
  
==Enrolment duration==
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===Enrolment duration===
 
This setting specifies the number of days a student can be enrolled in this course (starting from the moment they enroll).
 
This setting specifies the number of days a student can be enrolled in this course (starting from the moment they enroll).
  
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If you have selected to manage this course as a meta course, your enrolment period will not be used.
 
If you have selected to manage this course as a meta course, your enrolment period will not be used.
  
==Expired enrolment notification==
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==Enrolment expiry notification==
 
Options to notify teacher, student and define threshold for notification.
 
Options to notify teacher, student and define threshold for notification.
  
==Number of weeks/topics==
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===Cost===
This setting is only used by the 'weekly' and 'topics' course formats.
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The course cost will be shown if you have selected another enrolment method except internal.
  
In the 'weekly' format, it specifies the number of weeks that the course will run for, starting from the course starting date.
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==Groups==
  
In the 'topics' format, it specifies the number of topics in the course.
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===Group mode===
 
 
Both of these translate to the number of "boxes" down the middle of the course page.
 
 
 
==Group mode==
 
 
Here you can define the group mode at the course level. This will be the default group mode for all activities defined within that course. Learn more about [[Groups]]
 
Here you can define the group mode at the course level. This will be the default group mode for all activities defined within that course. Learn more about [[Groups]]
  
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This option allows you to "hide" your course completely. It will not appear on any course listings, except to teachers of the course and administrators. Even if students try to access the course URL directly, they will not be allowed to enter.
 
This option allows you to "hide" your course completely. It will not appear on any course listings, except to teachers of the course and administrators. Even if students try to access the course URL directly, they will not be allowed to enter.
  
==Enrolment key==
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===Enrolment key===
 
A course enrolment key enables access to courses to be restricted to those who know the key.
 
A course enrolment key enables access to courses to be restricted to those who know the key.
  
 
If left blank, then anyone who has created a Moodle username on the site will be able to enrol in the  course.
 
If left blank, then anyone who has created a Moodle username on the site will be able to enrol in the  course.
  
If a key is specified, then students who are trying to enter will be asked to supply the key. Once enrolled, Students are not required to enter an enrollment key to gain access.
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If a key is specified, then students who are trying to enter will be asked to supply the key. Once enrolled, Students are not required to enter an enrolment key to gain access.
  
 
The idea is that Teachers supply the key to authorised people using another means like private email, snail mail, on the phone or even verbally in a face to face class.
 
The idea is that Teachers supply the key to authorised people using another means like private email, snail mail, on the phone or even verbally in a face to face class.
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If this password "gets out" and you have unwanted people enrolling, you can unenrol them (see their user profile page) and change this key. Any legitimate students who have already enrolled will not be affected, but the unwanted people won't be able to get back in.
 
If this password "gets out" and you have unwanted people enrolling, you can unenrol them (see their user profile page) and change this key. Any legitimate students who have already enrolled will not be affected, but the unwanted people won't be able to get back in.
  
==Guest access==
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===Guest access===
 
You have the choice of allowing [[Guest access | "guests"]] into your course or not, and if they need an enrolment key or enter without one.  
 
You have the choice of allowing [[Guest access | "guests"]] into your course or not, and if they need an enrolment key or enter without one.  
  
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Note that you have a choice between two types of guest access: with the enrolment key or without. If you choose to allow guests who have the key, then the guest will need to provide the current enrolment key EVERY TIME they log in (unlike students who only need to do it once). This lets you restrict your guests. If you choose to allow guests without a key, then anyone can get straight into your course.
 
Note that you have a choice between two types of guest access: with the enrolment key or without. If you choose to allow guests who have the key, then the guest will need to provide the current enrolment key EVERY TIME they log in (unlike students who only need to do it once). This lets you restrict your guests. If you choose to allow guests without a key, then anyone can get straight into your course.
  
==Cost==
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==Language==
The course cost will be shown if you have selected another enrolment method except internal.
 
 
 
==Hidden sections==
 
This option allows you to decide how the hidden sections in your course are displayed to students. By default, a small area is shown (in collapsed form, usually gray) to indicate where the hidden section is, though they still can not actually see the hidden activities and texts. This is particularly useful in the Weekly format, so that non-class weeks are clear.
 
 
 
If you choose, these can be completely hidden, so that students don't even know sections of the course are hidden.
 
 
 
==News items to show==
 
A special forum called "News" appears in the "weekly" and "topics" course formats. It's a good place to post notices for all students to see. (By default, all students are subscribed to this forum, and will receive your notices by email.)
 
 
 
This setting determines how many recent items appear on your course home page, in a news box down the right-hand side.
 
 
 
If you set it to "0 news items" then the news box won't even appear.
 
 
 
==Show grades==
 
Many of the activities allow grades to be set.  By default, the results of all grades within the course can be seen in the Grades page, available from the main course page.
 
 
 
If a teacher is not interested in using grades in a course, or just wants to hide grades from students, then they can disable the display of grades with this option. This does not prevent individual activities from using or setting grades, it just disables the results being displayed to students.
 
 
 
==Show activity reports==
 
Activity reports are available for each participant that show their activity in the current course. As well as listings of their contributions, these reports include detailed access logs.
 
 
 
Teachers always have access to these reports, using the button or tab visible on each persons's profile page.
 
 
 
Student access to their own reports is controlled by the teacher via this course setting. For some courses these reports can be a useful tool for a student to reflect on their involvement and appearance within the online environment, but for some courses this may not be necessary.
 
 
 
Another reason for turning it off is that the report can place a bit of load on the server while being generated. For large or long classes it may be more efficient to keep it off.
 
 
 
==Maximum upload size==
 
This setting defines the largest size of file that can be uploaded by students in this course, limited by the site wide setting created by the administrator.
 
 
 
[[Image:Changeupload.jpg]]
 
 
 
It is possible to further restrict this size through settings within each activity module.
 
 
 
==Your word for Teacher/Teachers/Student/Students==
 
You can change the words for teacher and student for a particular course.
 
 
 
==Force language==
 
 
If you force a language in a course, the interface of Moodle in this course will be in this particular language, even if a student has selected a different preferred language in his/her personal profile.
 
If you force a language in a course, the interface of Moodle in this course will be in this particular language, even if a student has selected a different preferred language in his/her personal profile.
  
==Is this a meta course?==
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==Roles==
A [[Metacourses|metacourse]] automatically enrols its participants from other courses. For example, for every course that is a "child" of the metacourse, all students in the child course are enroled in the metacourse.
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{{Moodle 1.9}}
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In Moodle 1.9 onwards, you can change the words for different roles in your course.
  
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Prior to Moodle 1.7, the words for teacher and student may be changed.
  
 
[[Category:Teacher|Course/edit]]
 
[[Category:Teacher|Course/edit]]

Revision as of 14:46, 26 May 2007

Note for contributors: The Moodle help files will remain in each language pack and so it is not necessary to include their text in this documentation. Please edit this page to provide alternative content.


Course settings control how the things appear to the participants in a course. It is the first page viewed after creating a course. It can be edited through the settings link in the Administration block menu. This page has links to other pages that may describe a setting in more detail. Different versions of Moodle may not have all the settings listed below.

General

Category

A Moodle administrator or course creator may have set up several course categories.

For example, "Science", "Humanities", "Public Health" etc

Choose the one most applicable for your course. This choice will affect where your course is displayed on the course listing and may make it easier for students to find your course.

Full name

The full name of the course is displayed at the top of the screen and in the course listings. More advanced users can use HTML code to add an image.

Short name

Many institutions have a shorthand way of referring to a course, such as BP102 or COMMS. Even you don't already have such a name for your course, make one up here. It will be used in several places where the long name isn't appropriate. The most common use is in the navigation bar that is at the top of most pages.

The underlined part is the course Short name.

The above example has the short course name, "Features". The short name also appears in the subject line of email messages that are part of the course.

ID number

The ID number is an alpha numeric field. It has several potential uses. Generally it is not displayed to students. However, it can be used to match this course against an external system's ID, as your course catalog ID or can be used in the certificate module as a printed field.

Summary

The summary of the course is displayed in the course listings.

Format

A Moodle course may use one of the following formats:

  • Weekly format - The course is organised week by week, with a clear start date and a finish date. Each week consists of activities. Some of them, like journals, may have "open windows" of, say, two weeks after which they become unavailable.
  • Topics format - Very similar to the weekly format, except that each "week" is called a topic. A "topic" is not restricted to any time limit. You don't need to specify any dates.
  • Social format - This format is oriented around one main forum, the Social forum, which appears listed on the main page. It is useful for situations that are more freeform. They may not even be courses. For example, it could be used as a departmental notice board.
  • LAMS course format - From Moodle 1.6 onwards
  • SCORM format - From Moodle 1.6 onwards
  • Weekly format, CSS/no tables - From Moodle 1.6 onwards

Number of weeks/topics

This setting is only used by the 'weekly' and 'topics' course formats. In the 'weekly' format, it specifies the number of weeks that the course will run for, starting from the course starting date. In the 'topics' format, it specifies the number of topics in the course. Both of these translate to the number of "boxes" down the middle of the course page.

Course start date

This is where you specify the starting time of the course (in your own timezone).

If you are using a 'weekly' course format, this will affect the display of the weeks. The first week will start on the date you set here.

This setting will not affect courses using the 'social' or 'topics' formats.

However, one place this setting will have an effect is the display of logs, which use this date as the earliest possible date you can display.

In general, if your course does have a real starting date then it makes sense to set this date to that, no matter what course formats you are using.

Hidden sections

This option allows you to decide how the hidden sections in your course are displayed to students. By default, a small area is shown (in collapsed form, usually gray) to indicate where the hidden section is, though they still can not actually see the hidden activities and texts. This is particularly useful in the Weekly format, so that non-class weeks are clear.

If you choose, these can be completely hidden, so that students don't even know sections of the course are hidden.

News items to show

A special forum called "News" appears in the "weekly" and "topics" course formats. It's a good place to post notices for all students to see. (By default, all students are subscribed to this forum, and will receive your notices by email.)

This setting determines how many recent items appear on your course home page, in a news box down the right-hand side.

If you set it to "0 news items" then the news box won't even appear.

Show grades

Many of the activities allow grades to be set. By default, the results of all grades within the course can be seen in the Grades page, available from the main course page.

If a teacher is not interested in using grades in a course, or just wants to hide grades from students, then they can disable the display of grades with this option. This does not prevent individual activities from using or setting grades, it just disables the results being displayed to students.

Show activity reports

Activity reports are available for each participant that show their activity in the current course. As well as listings of their contributions, these reports include detailed access logs.

Teachers always have access to these reports, using the button or tab visible on each persons's profile page.

Student access to their own reports is controlled by the teacher via this course setting. For some courses these reports can be a useful tool for a student to reflect on their involvement and appearance within the online environment, but for some courses this may not be necessary.

Another reason for turning it off is that the report can place a bit of load on the server while being generated. For large or long classes it may be more efficient to keep it off.

Maximum upload size

This setting defines the largest size of file that can be uploaded by students in this course, limited by the site wide setting created by the administrator.

Changeupload.jpg

It is possible to further restrict this size through settings within each activity module.

Is this a meta course?

A metacourse automatically enrols its participants from other courses. For example, for every course that is a "child" of the metacourse, all students in the child course are enroled in the metacourse.

Default role

Moodle1.7


From Moodle 1.7 onwards, a default course role, such as student, may be set.

Enrolments

Course enrollable

Yes, No or give start and end date range.

Enrolment duration

This setting specifies the number of days a student can be enrolled in this course (starting from the moment they enroll).

If this is set, then students are automatically unenrolled after the specified time has elapsed. This is most useful for rolling courses without a specific start or end time.

If you don't set this then the student will remain in this course until they are manually unenrolled or the clean-up function to remove defunct students takes effect.

If you have selected to manage this course as a meta course, your enrolment period will not be used.

Enrolment expiry notification

Options to notify teacher, student and define threshold for notification.

Cost

The course cost will be shown if you have selected another enrolment method except internal.

Groups

Group mode

Here you can define the group mode at the course level. This will be the default group mode for all activities defined within that course. Learn more about Groups

Note that you don't need to change this setting to enable groups. The default setting of this and 'Force' enables each activity to have its group mode set individually.

Force

If the group mode is "forced" at a course-level, then this particular group mode will be applied to every activity in that course. Individual group settings in each activity are then ignored.

This is useful when, for example, one wants to set up a course for a number of completely separate cohorts.

Availability

This option allows you to "hide" your course completely. It will not appear on any course listings, except to teachers of the course and administrators. Even if students try to access the course URL directly, they will not be allowed to enter.

Enrolment key

A course enrolment key enables access to courses to be restricted to those who know the key.

If left blank, then anyone who has created a Moodle username on the site will be able to enrol in the course.

If a key is specified, then students who are trying to enter will be asked to supply the key. Once enrolled, Students are not required to enter an enrolment key to gain access.

The idea is that Teachers supply the key to authorised people using another means like private email, snail mail, on the phone or even verbally in a face to face class.

If this password "gets out" and you have unwanted people enrolling, you can unenrol them (see their user profile page) and change this key. Any legitimate students who have already enrolled will not be affected, but the unwanted people won't be able to get back in.

Guest access

You have the choice of allowing "guests" into your course or not, and if they need an enrolment key or enter without one.

People can attempt to log in as guests using the "Login as a guest" button on the course login screen.

Guests ALWAYS have "read-only" access - meaning they can't leave any posts or otherwise mess up the course for real students. No use information is stored for a guest.

This can be handy when you want to let a colleague in to look around at your work, or to let students see a course before they have decided to enrol.

Note that you have a choice between two types of guest access: with the enrolment key or without. If you choose to allow guests who have the key, then the guest will need to provide the current enrolment key EVERY TIME they log in (unlike students who only need to do it once). This lets you restrict your guests. If you choose to allow guests without a key, then anyone can get straight into your course.

Language

If you force a language in a course, the interface of Moodle in this course will be in this particular language, even if a student has selected a different preferred language in his/her personal profile.

Roles

Moodle1.9


In Moodle 1.9 onwards, you can change the words for different roles in your course.

Prior to Moodle 1.7, the words for teacher and student may be changed.