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  • Presented by

    NDUS ALT

    2009

    Moodle Training

  • Moodle Training Page 2

    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. ______________________________________

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    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.

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    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 area.

    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 Summary textbox. __________________________________________

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    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.

    Adding Resources 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. _____________________________________________

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    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 page.

    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.

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    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 . ________________________________________________

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    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 noted here.

    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 page. 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

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