Moodle Faculty Basics

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What is Moodle? Stands for Modular
Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment
. A web application that
provides a flexible environment for learning communities, including courses,
departmental projects or college-task forces.

Accessing Moodle: Click login and use your MyWhittier
ID and password.

How Courses are created: Either manually or automatically.
Course containers are automatically created for courses that students can
register for. When cross listed, Moodle creates a master course. For special
needs, projects, etc. a course can be created manually.

Archived Courses: Courses are automatically saved after
the semester ends. A course remains for 8 semesters. You can see old classes
under “Navigation”, “Courses”, and the semester, such as Fall 2018. Earlier
ones will be available under “Archived Semesters”.

Combining Sections: In the course you want to add the
other section to click on “Administration” on the left, click “Users”, click
“Enrollment methods”, click down in the Add method “Choose” field, choose
“Course meta link”, click down to the course you are adding, and click “Add

Adding and Removing Students to
On your
course page, click the arrow next to “Users” under “Administration” on the
bottom left, then go to “Enrolled users”. 
Check the box next to their name, on the bottom of the page click
“Choose” and select “Delete selected user enrollment”.

Changing Roles in Course: Under “Administration” on the bottom
left, click arrow next to “Users” then to “Enrolled users”. In the row entitled
“Roles”, click the pencil next to the current role. You can then delete the
current role or add another role, such as “non-editing teacher”.  Save by clicking the floppy disc icon.

Groups: Under “Administration” on the bottom
left, click the arrow next to “Users”. Then click “Groups”. From here, you can
create, edit, delete, auto-create and import groups. Users can be added and
removed on the right side.

Course Format (topics, weeks, etc.): On the bottom left under “Administration”, click “Edit
settings”. Scroll down to “Course format”. Under “Format” you can choose
Weekly, Topics, Social, etc.

Add an Activity or Resource:  On your course homepage, click “Turn editing on” in the upper
left corner. Click “Add an activity or resource” either at the top of the page or
in a specific week or topic. You can also drag and drop a file into Moodle.

Multimedia in Course: Sound and video can be added to your
page by doing the same as above, and adding a File. They can also be linked as
a URL with embed as the display option.

Add Attendance Module: Again, click “Add an activity or
resource” and choose “Attendance”.

Forums/Announcements: Under “Activities” on the right side
click “Forums” or “Announcements” on your homepage. Click “Add a new topic” to post
new message for students.

Quickmail: Individual students or groups of
students can be emailed by clicking “Compose New Email” under “Quickmail” on
the right side.

Gradebook: To access your gradebook, click
“Grades” under your course name on the “Navigation” bar. You can also click
“Gradebook setup” under “Administration”. To edit your gradebook settings click
“Edit” and then “Edit settings” under “Actions” next to the name of your
course. You can choose your Aggregation method under “Course category”.

Import: To import material from a previous
course into a new one, click “Import” under “Administration”. Click the course
you would like imported or search the name of the previous course.

Backup and Restore: To back up a course that can then be
imported into a new semester, click “Backup” under “Administration. Unclick
“Include enrolled users”. Click next twice and then click “Perform backup”.
Click “Restore” next to the name of the course. Check the title, date and time
of import to make sure it is correct.

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