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Moodle Training _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

March 2012 Material produced by the VLE Group (Monash University) and

eLearning Services (Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University)

vle.monash.edu/supporttraining/learnbytech/moodle/

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CONTENTS

What is Moodle? ........................................................................................................ 4

Logging in to Moodle ................................................................................................ 4

Introducing the Workspace ...................................................................................... 6

Customising the Workspace .................................................................................... 8

About Resources and Activities ............................................................................ 11

Uploading Files ........................................................................................................ 13

Adding URLs ............................................................................................................ 15

Adding Forums ........................................................................................................ 16

Creating an Assignment ......................................................................................... 18

Creating a Quiz ........................................................................................................ 20

Editing Resource Settings ...................................................................................... 24

Editing Activity Settings ......................................................................................... 26

Groups and Groupings ........................................................................................... 29

Gradebook ................................................................................................................ 32

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What is Moodle?

Moodle is an open-sourced virtual learning environment. The name Moodle is an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment.

Two key points about Moodle:

It is more than simply an online space for sharing files. It can be used to support different styles of learning and teaching.

There are possibilities to make changes to the system to respond to the needs of students, teaching staff and administrators.

Logging in to Moodle

Log in to Moodle at http://elearning.fchs.ac.ae with your username and password. Make sure you use the recommended browsers to optimise working with Moodle.

Recommended Browsers

Any standards-supporting browser from the past few years is compatible with Moodle, for example:

Firefox 3 or later Safari 3 or later Google Chrome 4 or later Opera 9 or later MS Internet Explorer 7 or later (even Google doesn't support IE6 any more)

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Introducing the Workspace

The workspace is the standard format for any Moodle unit. From the workspace, you can access the Moodle features that will allow you to add and arrange content, design activities and assess participation in your units.

Locate the main parts of the workspace

The workspace consists of four areas:

Breadcrumbs at the top left of each page help you easily find where you are in the Moodle unit.

Navigation options are used to move easily between home, site pages, profile and units.

Settings options allow you to change settings for the unit such as unit start date, display format and enable conditional activities.

Sections hold and organise the resources and activities that make up each unit. Sections can be moved, hidden, expanded and collapsed.

Blocks are items located on the right and left hand side of the workspace which allow you to navigate and adjust unit settings and enhance your core unit content. Blocks can contain one of many different types of content such as links, applications, text and RSS feeds.

Identify key workspace features for managing content

The picture below shows some key features that you will use to create and maintain your unit.

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Turn editing on

Before you can make changes to the content, layout and other settings, you need to click on the Turn editing on button in the top right of the workspace. When youve finished making changes, click on the same button, which will have changed to Turn editing off.

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Customising the Workspace

You can customise your workspace to work more efficiently with Moodle based on your preferences.

Blocks are items located on the right and left hand side of the workspace which allow you to navigate and adjust unit settings and enhance your core unit content. Blocks can contain one of many different types of content such as links, applications, text and RSS feeds. Blocks can be specific to a particular page or can be made sticky so that it appears in all pages of your unit.

Add a block

1. In the upper right hand corner of your unit, click the Turn editing on button ( ) to begin editing.

2. In the right hand margin, scroll down to the Add a Block block.

3. Click on Add... and select the type of Block you would like to create.

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Your block will appear above the Add a Block block.

Collapse/Expand a block

You can collapse or expand a block by toggling the collapse ( ) and expand ( ) icons on the block.

Note: When you collapse or expand a block, you are only collapsing or expanding it for yourself. Students also have the ability to collapse or expand their blocks.

Dock a block

A tab panel called 'Dock' displays on the left hand margin of your workspace when you dock blocks. The only blocks you are able to dock are the Navigation and Settings blocks in the left hand margin. You may want to dock your Navigation and Settings blocks to free up more space in your workspace. To do this, in your Navigation or Settings block, click the move to dock icon ( ).

Your Navigation or Settings will now appear as tabs on the left panel of your workspace.

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Undock a block

1. In the Dock on the left hand margin of your workspace, scroll over the Navigation or Settings tab. A docked menu will appear.

2. Click the undock this item icon ( ). Your Navigation or Settings block will now display on the left panel your workspace.

Hide/Show a block

You can hide or show a block from student view by toggling the eye icons on the block.

1. Ensure editing is on. 2. When the eye icon is 'open' ( ), the block is displayed in student view. When

the eye icon is 'closed' or 'shut' ( ), then the block is hidden from student view.

Suggestions on how to use this tool

A glossary block can be added to show a different vocabulary word each time a student logs in which is populated from a glossary activity

An html block with an embedded twitter feed can also be added to provide an alternative communication or content tool for students

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About Resources and Activities

Moodle has a range of resources and activities that you can include in the sections of your unit.

Resources consist of objects that are viewed or downloaded by students. They present content and other information about the unit.

Activities generally require some sort of interaction or participation from students, and supports more collaborative, social styles of learning and teaching. They may be graded or ungraded.

Learn about the different types of resources

You can add the following resources to your Moodle unit:

File - can be used to upload a picture, a pdf document, a spreadsheet, a sound file, or a video file

Folder - can be used to organise multiple files and one folder may contain other folders

IMS content package - can be used to upload specifically packaged elearning materials using the IMS standards

Label - can be a few displayed words or an image used to separate resources and activities in a topic section, or can be a lengthy description or instructions

Page - can be used to create a web page to contain a variety of information URL - can be used to provide a link to an external website and offers a variety

of display options

Learn about the different types of activities

You can add the following activities to your Moodle unit:

Assignments - can be used to add an online or offline task for students Chat - allows students to have a real-time synchronous discussion with the

lecturer or fellow students Choice - can be used to ask students a question and specify a choice of

multiple responses Database - enables students to create, maintain and search a bank of record

entries Forum - allows students to have asynchronous discussions with lecturers or

fellow students Glossary - enables students to create and maintain a list of definitions, like a

dictionary

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Lesson - offers delivery of content in flexible ways Quiz - allows the lecturer to design and set quiz tests, which may be

automatically marked and feedback and/or to correct answers shown SCORM package - enables SCORM packages to be included as course

content Survey - can be used to gather data from students to help lecturers learn

about their class and reflect on