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:[[Image:Move.gif]] - the move icon allows course elements to be moved up or down throughout the course.
  
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:[[Image:Movehere.gif]] - the move here icon appears when moving a course element. It appears only after you've clicked the move icon, and indicates the destination of the item you're moving. Future versions of moodle will replace this move icon with a cross icon that acts as a drag-and-drop grab handle.
  
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:[[Image:Marker.gif]] - the marker icon allows you to make a section current, which typically causes that section of your course to be "highlighted" depending on the theme/colors your course is using.
  
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If you are running version 1.6 or above you will see a '''Student View''' toggle button at the top right of the course homepage. This allows you to see the course almost exactly as your students will see it.
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If you are running version 1.6 or above you will see a '''Student View''' toggle button at the top right of the course homepage. This allows you to see the course almost exactly as your students will see it. Future versions will allow you to choose a role.
  
 
==Activity modules==
 
==Activity modules==

Revision as of 05:42, 3 October 2006

Getting started

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.

You will need to be logged into the course using an account that has been assigned teacher status (with editing rights) on that course to use most of the features below. We have some tips if you are having trouble logging in.

Now onto the real details. You will find the course homepage is broken down into Course sections. A course is created by adding resources and activities. When writing text in Moodle you have a range of Formatting options including using HTML in Moodle

The example below shows a new course set up with topic sections, edit is on and there are blocks on the right and left sides of the topics. Resources and activities are ready to be added.

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Editing a course

To add or alter activities or resources you will need to turn editing on. You can do this by pressing the button at the top right of the course homepage or following the turn editing on link in the administration block. You can turn editing off again by pressing the button or the admin block link again (now renamed turn editing off)

When editing is on you will see the following icons:

Edit.gif - the edit icon lets you alter/update whatever resource or activity it is next to by taking you to its setup page.
Help.gif - the help icon will pop-up a relevant help window.
Open.gif - the open-eye icon means an item is visible to students. Clicking it will make the item invisible to participants and change the icon to the closed eye.
Closed.gif - the closed-eye icon means an item is hidden from students. Clicking it will make the item visible to participants and change the icon to the open eye.
Right.gif - the left arrow icon is used to outdent course elements. There is also a right arrow icon for indenting items.
Move.gif - the move icon allows course elements to be moved up or down throughout the course.
Movehere.gif - the move here icon appears when moving a course element. It appears only after you've clicked the move icon, and indicates the destination of the item you're moving. Future versions of moodle will replace this move icon with a cross icon that acts as a drag-and-drop grab handle.
Delete.gif - the delete icon will permanently delete something from the course - but there is a confirmation screen after you click the icon.
Marker.gif - the marker icon allows you to make a section current, which typically causes that section of your course to be "highlighted" depending on the theme/colors your course is using.
One.gif - the one/collapse icon hides all other sections of the course, showing only this one.
All.gif - the all/expand icon shows all sections in a course.

If you are running version 1.6 or above you will see a Student View toggle button at the top right of the course homepage. This allows you to see the course almost exactly as your students will see it. Future versions will allow you to choose a role.

Activity modules

Add an activity drop-down menu

There are a number of robust interactive learning activity modules that you may 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 Databases are also very powerful additions to any course.

If all of that isn't enough for you then you can also add other modules that are not part of the official Moodle release!

Resources

Add a resource drop-down menu

Moodle supports a range of different resource types that allow you to include almost any kind of digital content into your courses. These can be added by using the 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 link to an uploaded file or external website or simply display the complete contents of a 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 to embed instructions or information in the course section.

Blocks

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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 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.

General advice

  • Subscribe yourself to all of the forums in your course so that you can keep in touch with your class activity.
  • Encourage all of the students to fill out their 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 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 at the top of each page - this should help remind you where you are and prevent getting lost

See also