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==Getting started==
#redirect [[About Moodle FAQ]]
If you are a new user and would like a list of all teacher documentation articles, please see [[:Category:Teacher]].
We are assuming that your site administrator has set up Moodle, you are a user with teacher privileges and the administrator has assigned you to a new, blank course. Don't forget, [http://demo.moodle.org/ demo.moodle.org] will let you play an hour at a time for free.
You will need to be  [[Log in | logged into]] the course as a user who has been assigned [[Teacher|a role as a teacher]] (with editing rights) on that course to use most of the features below. We have some tips if you are having [[Can not log in | trouble logging in]].
Now onto the real details. You will find the [[Course homepage|course homepage]] is broken down into [[Course sections]]. A course is created by [[Adding resources and activities|adding resources and activities]]. When writing text in Moodle you have a range of [[Formatting options]] including using [[HTML editor|HTML in Moodle]]. There are different ways to enrol [[Students]] and assign them to one or more [[Groups]] in a course.
The example below shows a new course set up with topic sections, edit is on and there are [[Blocks|blocks]] on the right and left sides of the topics. Resources and activities are ready to be added.
[[Image:Course edit on new 2.jpg|thumb|center|500px]]
==Editing course section==
To add or alter activities or resources a teacher will need to [[Turn editing on|turn editing on]] and off with a button on the course homepage. The student view button allows the teacher to get a general idea of what students will see. There is also an editing on link in the administration block.  These buttons and links toggle between on and off.  Here are some common editing icons, for more details about them [[Adding/editing_a_course#Editing_a_course|go to adding/editing a course]].
{|  border="1" cellpadding="2"
|[[Image:Edit.gif]]|| Edit text ||[[Image:Open.gif]] || Open ||[[Image:Delete.gif]] || Delete  ||[[Image:Move.gif]] ||Move
||[[Image:All.gif]] ||See all topics||[[Image:Closed.gif]] ||Close||[[Image:Right.gif]] || Indent  ||[[Image:Movehere.gif]] || Move here
||[[Image:One.gif]] || See one topic||[[Image:Help.gif]] ||Help ||  ||  ||[[Image:Marker.gif]] ||Make Current
==Activity modules==
[[Image:Activity_dropdown.JPG|frame|right|Add an activity drop-down menu]] 
There are a number of robust interactive learning [[Modules (teacher)|activity modules]] that you may [[Adding_resources_and_activities | add to your course]].
Communication and collaboration may take place using [[Chats]] and [[Forums]] for conversational activities and [[Choices]] to gain group feedback. Adding [[Wikis]] to your courses is an excellent way to allow students to work together on a project.
Work can be submitted by students and marked by teachers using [[Assignments]] or [[Workshops]]. The [[Quizzes]] offer several options for automatic scoring. You can even integrate your Hot Potato quizzes by adding a [[Hotpot]] activity.
[[Lessons]] and [[SCORM]] activities deliever content and offer ways of individualizing your presentation based upon a student's choices. Key words can be added to [[Glossaries]] by yourself or, if you allow it, your students.
[[Surveys]] and [[Database module|Databases]] are also very powerful additions to any course.
If all of that isn't enough for you then you can also [[Non-standard modules|add other modules]] that are not part of the official Moodle release!
[[Image:Resource_pulldown_menu.JPG|frame|left|Add a resource drop-down menu]] 
Moodle supports a range of different [[Resources|resource types]] that allow you to include almost any kind of digital content into your courses. These can be added by using the [[Adding_resources_and_activities | add a resource]] dropdown box when editing is turned on.
A [[Text page]] is a simple page written using plain text. Text pages aren't pretty, but they're a good place to put some information or instructions. If you are after more options for your new page then you should be thinking about adding a [[Web page]] and making use of Moodle's WYSIWYG editor.
Of course the resource may already exist in electronic form so you may want to [[File or website link|link to an uploaded file or external website]] or simply display the complete contents of a [[Directory|directory]] in your course files and let your users pick the file themselves. If you have an [[IMS content package]] then this can be easily added to your course.
Use a [[Label|label]] to embed instructions or information in the course section.
[[Image:Block_add_dropdown_list2.JPG |thumb|150px|right|Add Block drop-down menu]]
Each course homepage generally contains blocks on the left and right with the centre column containing the course content. Blocks may be added, hidden, deleted, and moved up, down and left/right when editing is turned on. Examples of blocks can be see in the Getting Starting image above. "Latest News", "Upcoming Events", and "Recent Activity" are blocks.
A [[Blocks (teacher)|wide range of blocks]] exist that can provide additional information or functionality to the learner by the teacher. The standard blocks that come with Moodle are shown on the right.  There are also many [[Non-standard blocks]] developed by Moodlers that an administrator can add to this list.
A teacher with editing rights will also have a course [[Administration_block|administration block]].
==General advice==
* Subscribe yourself to all of the [[forum]]s in your course so that you can keep in touch with your class activity.
* Encourage all of the students to fill out their [[Edit profile|user profile]] (including photos) and read them all - this will help provide some context to their later writings and help you to respond in ways that are tailored to their own needs.
* Keep notes to yourself in the private "Teacher's Forum" (under Administration). This is especially useful when team teaching.
* Use the [[Logs]] link (under Administration) to get access to complete, raw logs. In there you'll see a link to a popup window that updates every sixty seconds and shows the last hour of activity. This is useful to keep open on your desktop all day so you can feel in touch with what's going on in the course.
* Use the [[Recent_activity|Activity Reports]] (next to each name in the list of all people, or from any user profile page). These provide a great way to see what any particular person has been up to in the course.
* Respond quickly to students. Don't leave it for later - do it right away. Not only is it easy to become overwhelmed with the volume that can be generated, but it's a crucial part of building and maintaining a community feel in your course.
*Don't be afraid to experiment: feel free to poke around and change things. It's hard to break anything in a Moodle course, and even if you do it's usually easy to fix it.
* Use the [[Navigation bar|navigation bar]] at the top of each page - this should help remind you where you are and prevent getting lost
== See also ==
*[[Blogs]] - blogs in Moodle
*[[Teaching with Moodle]] - inspiring links
*[[Teaching do's and don'ts]] - hints
*[[Moodle manuals]] - a list of links to manuals and books
*[[Using Moodle book]] - a real book you can reprint!
*[[Teaching FAQ]] - common questions
*[http://moodle.tokem.fi/mod/book/view.php?id=5116&chapterid=256 Example of a course teaching checklist],
*One example of a site specific [[http://moodle.tokem.fi/mod/book/view.php?id=5116 Teacher's Moodle Manual]], done in Moodle with the book module
*[[Tips and tricks]]
*[[Student FAQ]] - students have questions about technology?
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