Instructor Tutorials

Notes: “Moodlerooms” name has been changed to “Blackboard Open LMS”
Some tutorial screenshots have not been updated but instructions have been changed as appropriate.
Check their new website out:
Teacher help from Blackboard Open LMS    It has been updated and has very good help for teachers.


Beginning of Semester Tasks




Communicate with Students

1.    Restore course to your course shell on the production site

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

3.    Enable completion tracking (if needed)

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

5.    Change due dates for graded items

6.    Add discussion post to Q and A type forums.

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

8.     Verify data in Faculty Portal

9.     Copy Faculty Portal gradebook to new course.

Loud Cloud online courses

Loud Cloud Setup in Moodlerooms Course



During Semester Tasks

·        Check attendance in Moodle

·         Post attendance reports in Faculty Portal

·        Drop/suspend students in Moodle

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

·        Set current section to appear by default

·        Sign and return drop forms

·        Log in as a specific student to troubleshoot problems



End of Semester Tasks

·         Set up official Faculty Portal gradebook

·        Post and submit official final grades  in Faculty Portal

·        Keep course open through appeals time period

·        Backup course to be used for next semester


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.


Set up groups
This explains how you can see in Moodle which school each enrolled high school student is located.


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



Add a new assignment activity

Assignment instruction examples

Common settings for “Online text” type.

Common settings for “Upload file” type

Create a rubric

Edit a rubric

Duplicate rubric for a different activity

Extend due date for a student



From Blackboard Open LMS:

Create and edit assignments

Grade assignments and provide feedback

Grade with Open Grader

Commonly asked questions about assignments



Discussion Forums

How to choose forum type to use

Add a new forum activity

Forum instruction examples

Common Forum settings

Create a rubric

Edit a rubric

Duplicate rubric for a different activity

Prevent students from posting after due date

Allow students to see rubric/activity comments after due date

Place due date in student’s Deadline area


From Blackboard Open LMS:

Grade with Open Grader

Grade discussion forums

General forum information

Ideas for successful discussion questions





Quizzes Overview

Common Quiz settings

Extend due date for a student

Allow a student to retake a quiz

Grade an essay question

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



Feedback Activity

Add questions and see results


Lesson Activity

Add a lesson activity


Multimedia Issues

Insert images or hyperlinks

Embed videos from YouTube into Moodle


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



Send message to a single student


Send a message to all or multiple students


Read unread messages sent to you


Delete messages


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

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


Students have blocked you from sending messages to them


Obtain student phone numbers at Student Portal


Use Zoom for video conferencing, recording videos, student collaboration, and much more


Insert recorded videos into course content



Set up gradebook for the first time
Common course gradebook settings

Insert zeroes in empty grade cells


From Blackboard Open LMS:

Get started with gradebook


Work with Groups

Set up groups (provides instructions and ideas of how to use groups)


From Blackboard Open LMS:

Work with groups


Student Reports

From Blackboard Open LMS

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

Special Help for First-time Instructors


Class Orientation Guide

Instructions to edit the Class Orientation section

Edit section titles and heading labels

Choose activities and resources

Help with deciding which Moodle features to use for specific types of activities.

Syllabus and Quick Links section Guide

Gradebook Setup Guide

Course design tips from Blackboard Open LMS

Switch to student view so you can see the course content the way students see it.

Add, delete, or move sections


Add, delete, edit, or move course content.

Move activities or resources to the proper position in a section (or to a different section)


Duplicate feature used to easily create new activities/resources that are similar to ones previously created.


Instruction examples for:



Discussion Forums


Recommended settings for activities and resources – links to most common ones are located at the left in the middle column of this page.