Instructor Tutorials for Open LMS/Moodle

 

Beginning of Semester Tasks

 

Important Reminder when Backing up & Restoring Course Shells – Disable enrolled users

 

1.    Back up and restore course shell instructions.

2.    Change file upload size in production site shell (before restoring course)

3.    Prevent student access to course until beginning of the semester

4.    Update course grade settings

5.    Enable completion tracking

6.    Upload this semester’s syllabus (in PDF format)

7.    Change due dates for quizzes and assignments

8.    Add groups (if multiple class groups enrolled)

9.    Cause due dates to appear for Forum or Open Forum discussions

10.  Prevent students from posting in Forum or Open Forum discussions after due date

11.  Add discussion post to Q and A type forums. (if applicable)

12.  Update Zoom activity from previous semester if you already have it set up in Moodle.

13.  Require students’ completion of Course Overview (if applicable)

14.  Check course from student’s view

15.  Allow student access to course at the beginning of the semester

16.  Verify data in Faculty Portal

17.  Copy Faculty Portal gradebook to new semester course(s). (or set up new gradebook in Faculty Portal for first time)

          Loud Cloud online courses

Loud Cloud Setup in Moodlerooms Course


 

During Semester Tasks

·         Contact students who haven’t logged in

·         Check attendance in Moodle

·         Post weekly attendance reports in Faculty Portal

·         Insert zeroes in empty grade cells so student course totals are accurate

·         Set current section to appear in Moodle

·         Log in as a specific student to troubleshoot problems

·         Set up official Faculty Portal gradebook

 


 

End of Semester Tasks

·         Post and submit official final grades in Faculty Portal

·         Keep course open through appeals time period

·         Check Student Feedback responses in each course unit to see if improvements need to be made to your course.

·         Backup and save course to be used for another semester

 


NEW INSTRUCTOR HELP

 

Master Syllabus Template for online courses (.docx)
Master Syllabus Template for online courses (.pdf)

Also, if you are using a course shell from another instructor, ask that person for a copy of the course syllabus template.
Expected hours for students to spend on course

 

 

Syllabus and Quick Links Help

 

Upload Syllabus and/or Course Schedule

Add Quick Links

 

Class Orientation section help

 

Edit Class Orientation introduction

Edit Course Overview book resource

Edit syllabus quiz

Edit Ice Breaker Discussion Forum

Edit Student Feedback

Delete/hide unwanted activities

 

 

Course Development Help

 

Add a new section/unit to the CONTENTS area

 

Move a section/unit in the CONTENTS area

 

Add helpful blocks to the Course Dashboard

 

Duplicate feature – short video demonstrating how to save time by duplicating a current activity so it can be revised and moved to other places in the course

 

Create hyperlinks – short video

 

Set up a Moodle gradebook with weighted categories

 

Common Resources and Recommended Settings

Methods to provide information to students.

 

File – link to a single saved file

Folder – link to multiple saved files

URL – link to a web page

Label – short amount of information to appear on course page

Page –large amount of information so a few lines appear on course page with a “Read more” link

Book – large amount of information to appear at a single link and separated into “chapters” (Course Overview in Class Orientation section is a “book.”)

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Common Activities and Recommended Settings

Includes how to add new ones to your course

 

Assignment – student completes the assignment  in a Moodle text box or submits a saved file

Quiz

Discussion ForumDecide which type to use

Student Feedback

 

Lesson activity - This is- a way to present information in text, images, videos, or slideshows in “chunks.” Used mostly to present information not covered in the textbook. Questions can be included to help students see what they have learned. Answers can be part of the course grade or not.

 

Building a Lesson activity

Using a Lesson activity

Common Lesson settings

 

 

Recommended settings for activities and resources

 

       Label              Assignment – online text type

       Page              Assignment – upload file type

       Book               Quiz

       URL                  Discussion Forum

       File                  Lesson

       Folder            Student Feedback


Assignments

 

Add a new assignment activity

Assignment instruction examples

Common settings for “Online text” type.

Common settings for “File submission” type

Prevent students from submitting wrong types of files

Grade with Open Grader

 

Create and edit assignments

Grade assignments and provide feedback

Commonly asked questions about assignments

 

Help with creating and grading assignments with rubrics - see Grading with Rubrics in Moodle section below

 

 


Discussion Forums

 

Forum or Open Forum? Pros and Cons

Add a new open forum activity

Open Forum instruction examples

Common Open Forum settings

Prevent students from posting after due date

Enable due dates so students can see them

 

 

From Open LMS website:

Open Forum overview

Grade with Open Grader

 

Help with creating and grading forums with rubrics -
see Grading with Rubrics in Moodle section below

 

 


Quizzes

 

Quizzes Overview

Common Quiz settings

Add, edit, or delete questions

View Quiz grades & more administration choices

Grade essay questions

 

Extend due date for a student

Allow a student to retake a quiz

Common quiz issues for instructors

Student loses internet connection during quiz

 

From Open LMS website:

Add and Edit Quiz

About Quizzes

Grade Quiz

Add Questions

 


Lesson Activity

This is- a way to present information in text, images, videos, or slideshows in “chunks.” Often used to present information not covered in the textbook. Questions can be included to help students see what they have learned. Answers can be part of the course grade or not.

Video overview (9 min.)

Link to more videos about the Lesson Activity

 

Building a Lesson activity

Using a Lesson activity

Common Lesson settings

 


Gradebook in Moodle

Set up a Moodle gradebook
Common course gradebook settings

Insert zeroes in empty grade cells

 

From Open LMS website:

Get started with gradebook

 


Rubrics

Create a rubric

Edit a rubric

Duplicate rubric to use in a different activity

Grade with rubrics in Open Grader

 


Gradebook in Faculty Portal

Set up new gradebook for the first time

Copy previous gradebook to new semester course(s).


Feedback Activity

Add questions and see results

 


Personalized Learning Designer (PLD)

Create and use PLD rules to improve interaction with students.

 

Examples of PLD Rules:

·        Send automatic pop-up messages to students when a specified condition has occurred.

·        Automatically send student to a resource or practice exercise if they received a no passing grade on an activity.

 

 

Messages Feature

 

Basic features of the Messages feature

 

Use Class List block to message a single student

Send a message to all or multiple students

Find unread messages sent to you

Delete messages or students from messages window

Separate former and current students in Messages window.

 

Send message to “at risk” students through the Exception report

Send message to students within a specific grade range on a graded activity

Issue: Students have blocked you from sending messages to them

 

Enable/disable sending messages to your email

 

More Communication Suggestions

 

Contact students who haven’t logged in

 

See Students’ schedules in Faculty Portal

 

Use Zoom right within your course. Save time having to set up a new meeting every time you need to “zoom.”

 

Create and use PLD rules to improve interaction with students.

 


Videos and Images

 

Insert images or hyperlinks

Embed videos from YouTube into Moodle

 

Yuja help

Log into Yuja for 1st time and get help

Use Yuja to create recordings

Upload videos to Yuja website

Embed videos from Yuja into Moodle

 

Zoom help

Use Zoom to create recordings

 

Steps to embed narrated slideshows into Moodle

 

1.    Create narration for PowerPoint slideshow
      Video explanation and demonstration

2.    Create video of narrated slideshow

3.    Upload videos to Yuja website

4.    Embed videos from Yuja into Moodle

 


H5P Interactive Content

 

Types of H5P content with examples and demos

Add a new H5P Interactive Content activity

Embed H5P content into existing activity/resource

 

 

Turnitin

Video to show how to use Turnitin to check for plagiarism


Groups

 

Create groups
Examples of possible groups:

·         different sections in face-to-face courses

·         dual credit and college students 

·         different dual-credit high schools

 

 

Ways to use groups once you have created them

Allow high school facilitators to see only their own students’ grades, reports, etc.

Prevent certain groups from seeing an entire section of the course.

Use Assignment activity for groups

Use Open Forum for groups

Create “groupings” that combine different groups to work on a task together.

See group members in Participants list.

Grade by groups.

More help from the Moodle Docs website


Troubleshooting Student Issues & Student Reports

 

Log in as a specific student

Look at course from the student view

Students don’t see grades

 

Student Reports from Open LMS website:

How to gather data and keep track of student activity and progress.

 


Accessibility Issues

 

Include Alt tags to all images

Create accessible videos

Add captions when recording on PowerPoint

 


Dual Credit Information

 

Online section numbers

If you have dual credit students, this list will help you know what the course section number is for each high school.

 

Facilitator User Guide
This guide helps high school facilitators know what they can do in Moodle and how to accomplish those tasks.