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Moodle is the Learning Management System (LMS) selected by NDUS
ALT. It is an open source LMS that was developed by the education
community to meet the needs of educators.
Moodle URL: http://lms.ndus.edu/
On the Front page, enter user id and
password in the login block. The instructor’s
courses will appear.
Choose a campus category by clicking on
the name. The number of courses that are
offered by the campus is listed on the right.
The campus category may be branded
and customized for the individual
campuses. The courses that are available
to the instructor/learner are displayed. Click
on the appropriate course.
The main page of the course will display.
Building your course
To begin to edit or add elements to your course, click the ‘Turn editing on’ button. The editing
buttons appear in the different blocks and topics. The resource and the activities dropdown
menus appear in the weekly sections.
Blocks will be displayed along the left
and the right side of the page. These
blocks are the defaults. They can be
deleted from the course. Blocks may be
added as the course is developed.
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The ‘Weekly’ format will be used in this example. The ‘Weekly outline’ should be a more
descriptive name of the
course and provide links to
the class syllabus and other
pertinent information. Click
on the above the News
forum to edit the Summary
The will provide the user with more information about the particular element next to it.
Click in the textbox area and begin to add
the class information. The font can be
changed and pictures and symbols can be
added. Click the picture frame to add a
picture. Find the picture by clicking on the
‘Browse’ button. Click on the picture and
‘Upload’. When the picture appears on the
left pane, select it and enter an ‘Alternate
text’. Click ‘OK’ and it goes back to the
To add the syllabus to the course, click the
‘Add a resource’. Choose the ‘Link to a file
or web site’. Go to the ‘Link to a file or web
site’ section. Click on ‘Upload a file’. If the
file is not in the file list; click the ‘Upload a
file’ button and then ‘Browse’. Select the file
and upload. Click on the ‘Choose’ button
beside the file. The file will display in the ‘Link
to file or web site’ section. Click ‘save and
return to course’ button at the bottom of
the window. The main page will return and
the link to the syllabus will be displayed.
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Defining the course content is an essential part of the class. If the course content is
consistent, informative and also engaging, student anxiety will be decreased and it improve
their ability to learn. The Weekly format will allow the educator to place all the information
that pertains to a particuliar week in one location. The student can link to files, display videos,
and take quizzes that are required for that week. The educator can load up all files and
reference material at one time and access and apply them as they develop their course.
Click the down arrow on the “Add a resource”; to display the different resources that can be
added to the section. Click on the ‘Compose a text page”. The text page will be added to
instruct students about the assignments for the week.
Add the title or the summary to the text file. The
text information will not be displayed to
students and therefore is optional. Go to the
‘Compose the text page’.
This is where the class assignment information
should be entered. After the information is
entered, click the ‘Save and return to course’
at the bottom of the page.
Note: If the week session displays a closed
eye on the right corner, the week will be
invisible to the student. Click on it to change
the display to be visible to students.
Switch to student role to view main
The student view will be displayed and the text
file will be viewable.
It is important to remember to view all changes to
the course as a student. The display of the
student is different than the teacher and may not
display the way it was intended. This is a good
way to correct mistakes and oversights before
problems are encountered.
In the upper right hand corner click the Return to my normal view and ‘Turn editing on’.
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Ctrl + C to copy.
Link to a web site
Insert a link to a web site. On another
Firefox tab locate the website. Select the
address area/URL and click Ctrl + C to
copy the address to the clipboard.
Enter a Name for the link. The summary can be
used to give further instructions.
Clear the http:/ information in the Location box.
Click the Ctrl + V inside the box to paste the URL
address into the box.
Click on the down arrow in the Window section
to choose “new window”. When a student clicks
on the link, they will leave Moodle and a new
tab will open to display the link. They can click
on the Moodle tab to go back to course. Both the course and the article can be open.
Go to the bottom of the page after all changes are made. Click ‘Save and return to course’.
If the eye is not displayed beside the
file, it will not be visible to students. Also
notice that the eye is now missing from
the section and will need to be reset.
Click the section eye and both will appear.
Display the main page as a student to verify the student’s view.
When you are satisfied with the student’s view,
click on the ‘Return to normal role’ in the upper
right hand corner. Turn ‘editing on’ to continue
modifying the course.
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Add an Activity
In Moodle, the dropboxes can be placed in the section that
the assignment is required. Click on the ‘Add an activity…’, go
to the Assignments section and choose ‘Advanced uploading
of files’. We will set some of the requirements for the
assignments. Make sure that your requirements are detailed.
Set the grading scale. The available date and the due date
information will display in the course calendar on the main
page to serve as a reminder to the student when assignments
are due. Make sure that the ‘Maximum size’ is set to a number
that is adequate to receive the student files. Audio, pictures and databases will require a
larger file size allowance.
For a more detailed explanation of the options click
on the .
This is the display the student will have
when they click on the dropbox link. The
detailed information that was entered on
the Assignment summary is shown in the
top textbox. If the students are allowed
to submit notes with their file it will be
Once the student uploads the file, the
instructor’s main page will display the uploaded
information in a block in the right section.
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Add a Forum
Click on the ‘forum’ under the ‘Add an
activities’ menu on the main page. The
forum is an area where the instructor and
the students can discuss a related topic.
They can view each others’ comments and
respond. This is a good way to encourage
class involvement. There are different
formats for forums in Moodle. ‘A single
simple discussion’ will be used for this forum.
Enter the discussion topic in the text box.
After the options are set, click ‘Save and
display’ at the bottom of the
Once the forum is reviewed, click
on the class bread crumb to go
back to the main page. The ‘Force
everyone to subscribe’ would send
an email every time an update
was made to