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Essentially the heart of a Moodle course is usually divided into sections (Topics or Weeks).  The course creation process consists of
 
#Planning the layout, activities and resources which will best meet the course goals
 
#Naming sections
 
#Adding [[Resources]] and [[Activities]] to the sections
 
#Editing or adding [[Blocks]].
 
#Testing the course as a student
 
 
 
==Getting started==
 
First, you will need to [[Log in]] to Moodle, be enrolled in a course in a [[Teacher]]'s [[Roles|role]] and then you can start to use most of the features below. We have some tips if you are having [[Can not log in|trouble logging in]]. Now on to some details, we will have lots of embedded links in the text.
 
 
 
The initial[[Course homepage|course homepage]] is broken down into [[Course sections]]. Teachers build their course by [[Adding resources and activities|adding resources, activities]] and [[Blocks]] to .
 
 
 
[[File:New Moodle Course 2 1.JPG|thumb|center|400px|A new, empty Moodle course on the demo.moodle.org site]]
 
 
 
The example above, a teacher is looking at a new course in edit mode. It has 5 topic sections in the center and there are blocks on both sides of the center column. The sections are empty. The teacher can add resources and activities to the sections, blocks on either side can be deleted, moved or new ones added.  Each Moodle site's new course may look different but the elements of activities, resources and block will be there.
 
 
 
==Editing a course==
 
[[File:Turn editing on button.JPG|left]] <br><br>
 
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.  There is also a "Turn editing on" link in the ''Settings > Course administration block''.  These buttons and links toggle between on and off.
 
 
 
Note: writing text in Moodle you have a range of [[Formatting options]] including using [[HTML in Moodle]].
 
 
 
===Common editing icons===
 
When editing is on you will see the following icons:
 
 
 
:[[Image:Edit.gif]] - the edit icon lets you alter/update whatever resource or activity it is next to by taking you to its setup page.
 
 
 
:[[Image:Copy_icon.gif]] - the duplicate icon lets you make a copy of that resource or activity.
 
 
 
:[[Image:Help.gif]] - the help icon will pop-up a relevant help window.
 
 
 
:[[Image: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.
 
 
 
:[[Image: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.
 
 
 
:[[Image:Roles_icon.gif]] - the assign roles icon, jumps to locally assigned roles for the activity.
 
 
 
:[[Image:Right.gif]] - the left icon is used to outdent course elements. There is also a right icon for indenting items.
 
 
 
:[[Image:Move.gif]] - the move icon allows course elements to be moved up or down throughout the course.
 
 
 
:[[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.
 
 
 
:[[Image:Delete.gif]] - the delete icon will permanently delete something from the course after you confirm a warning on a second page.
 
 
 
:[[Image:Marker.gif]] - the marker icon allows you to make a section current.
 
 
 
:[[Image:One.gif]] - the one icon hides all other sections of the course, showing only this one.
 
 
 
:[[Image:All.gif]] - the all icon redisplays all sections in a course.
 
 
 
==Activity modules==
 
 
 
[[Image:Activity_dropdown.JPG|frame|right|Add an activity drop-down menu]] 
 
There are a number of interactive learning [[Activity | 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 single piece.
 
 
 
Work can be submitted by students and marked by teachers using [[Assignments]] or [[Workshops]]. Automatic marking can be achieved by using [[Quizzes]]. You can even integrate your Hot Potato quizzes by adding a [[Hotpot]] activity.
 
 
 
Content may be delivered and supported using [[Lesson module]] and [[SCORM]] activities. 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 add contributed modules that are not part of the official Moodle release!
 
 
 
==Resources==
 
 
 
[[File:Resources add a menu 20.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 are added with the "Add a resource" dropdown box when editing is turned on.
 
 
 
Adding a [[File]], [[Folder]], [[IMS content package]] or [[URL]] resource may lead to the [[File picker]] when you add content.  This will allow you to use existing files located in [[Repositories]] or upload a new resource.
 
 
 
==Blocks==
 
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 or teacher. There are both standard blocks that come with Moodle and many contributed blocks developed by Moodlers that an administrator can add to a Moodle site.
 
 
 
The teacher will have a [[Settings block]] and a [[Navigation block]] that sometimes share common pages via their submenu links.  Both these block's menu system will change depending upon [[Context]] (what is being done at the moment). Most of our instructions will use the Settings block's menu system.
 
 
 
===Course administration===
 
[[File:Settings block course administration.JPG|thumb|Settings block, teacher's view|150px|left]]The Course administration menu allows teachers to Edit course settings,  manage  users( for example [[Students | student]] and [[Teachers | teacher]] enrollments and [[Groups | groups]]), view the course [[Grades]] menu, and access the [[Teacher_forum]]. Some teachers will find the [[Course_backup | backup]], [[Restore]], [[Import_course_data | Import (course data)]] and [[Reset course]] links are handy tools when creating similar courses. Naturally a teacher will want to look at [[Grades#Viewing_Grades | Grades]] and the [[Question bank |question bank]] database, used in [[Quiz | quizzes]]/tests or in the [[Lesson module]].
 
 
 
The links in the Course administration block are only available to teachers of the course. Students will receive their own version of the Settings block which will display a link to their own gradebook and, if enabled, their own course logs. As a teacher, you can change the way students (and other teachers) access and view your course by exploring the [[Course_settings|Edit settings]] option in the Course administration menu.
 
 
 
==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_forum | "Teacher's Forum"]]. This is especially useful when team teaching.
 
* Use the [[Logs]] link to get access different student activity reports such as Live logs and course Statistics. For example, Live logs is a popup window that updates every sixty seconds and shows the last hour of activity in your course. 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 ==
 
*[[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 Course teaching checklist]
 
*[[Teaching tips and tricks]]
 
*[[Student FAQ]] - students have questions about technology?
 
*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOIlg21BfPg Video tutorial on editing a course home page using AJAX]. [[AJAX]] (Asynchronous Javascript and XML) can move blocks around the page by dragging.
 
 
 
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