Moodle Information

TEST MODE

Currently, Moodle is in a testing phase. Educational Technology will update this page as we move from testing to the live Moodle for 20-21 academic year.

Please log in by 

  1. Clicking the grey OpenID Connect button at the right ----->
  2. At the Microsoft screen, enter your email address
  3. At the College login screen, enter your username and password






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ALL USERS have had their Office 365 connected with Moodle as part of the new login procedure. This will streamline the process for adding files from OneDrive to Moodle, accessing other Office 365 services, and to sync your Moodle course calendars with your Outlook calendar.

STUDENTS: For resources on how to use Moodle, visit Continuity Resources for Students

Your instructor may be posting Announcements to Moodle which send an email message from "noreply@moodle-2021.wooster.edu." These messages should not be caught as spam, but please check your Spam and Junk folder to be certain you didn't mark them as such. Also, if you use a Focused Inbox in Outlook, check the "Other" mail list. Visit our directions for F inding Announcements in Moodle and Email.

FACULTY: For resources on how to use Moodle, visit Recommendations for Continuity of Instruction and enroll in the Moodle Professional Development course here in Moodle. If you choose to use Moodle Announcements, please send a separate Outlook email message to students letting them to know how to Find Announcements in Moodle and Email.

Setting up your course

The default course format is Onetopic. Your course does not have weeks listed as it did in the past. Follow these steps to customize your course.

To Change Your Course Format

  1. Click on the cog in the upper right hand corner of your course
  2. Select Edit settings
  3.  Under Course format > Format > select Topics (or other) format (visit the Professional Development course for more information)

To Add Content Areas

  1. Click on the cog in the upper right hand corner of your course
  2. Select Turn editing on  
  3. Click the plus symbol next to the last topic tab. Add a topic

This video walks through on how to set up your course and much more. 


For more quick videos on adding TAs, creating assignments, and more you can view our YouTube playlist.

Using a previous version of the course

If you wish, you may use content from a prior course in your current course. Please refer to the IT documentation wiki for both text instructions and an instructional video.

https://wiki.wooster.edu/x/wIBUAg

If, after reviewing the instructions, you are uncomfortable moving materials, the educational technology staff is happy to import archived materials into your current course for you.  This will require completing a form and will take a day or two to complete.

http://goo.gl/oO3ox

Combining sections of the same course

If you are teaching multiple sections of the same course or you and your colleagues teaching the same course want to share resources, you can request to have multiple sections combined into a metacourse by contacting Jon Breitenbucher (jbreitenbucher@wooster.edu)

Features to explore

With each new Moodle server we try to accommodate feature requests from faculty. Below you will find the list of plugins we have added to try and add functionality that seems to address faculty needs.

Activity 
  • Attendance: A plugin that allows an attendance log to be kept; includes an optional block for easy access to relevant functions.
  • Canvas game: A Moodle activity for making html5 canvas sketches.
  • Checklist: A checklist can be created by a teacher (or generated from the activities in a course) and then the students or teachers can check-off each item as they are completed.
  • Checkmark: This module allows teachers to obtain information about the assignments completed by the students prior to a lesson. 
  • H5P: Create and add rich content inside your LMS for free such as Interactive Video, Quizzes, Collage and Timeline. 
  • Journal: This module allows a teacher to ask students to reflect on a particular topic. The students can edit and refine their answer over time. 
  • Student folder: With the module student folder (mod/publication) students can upload documents which can be made visible by teachers. 
  • Questionnaire: Custom Survey Creation 
  • Scheduler: An appointment scheduler for planning face-to-face meetings between teachers and students. Teachers can set up time slots, and students can choose one of these on Moodle. 
  • Simple lesson: A simplified approach to a lesson module. Allows multiple pages, addition of questions by picking from the question bank, simplified reporting for teachers and students and implements GDPR requirements. 
  • StudentQuiz: Enables students to collaboratively create their own question pools within Moodle. Students can filter these questions into quizzes, and they can rate and comment on questions while working through the quizzes. StudentQuiz computes each student’s contribution and learning progress and compares this with the community. The created questions become part of the Moodle question bank and can be reused in other Moodle quizzes. 
  • Subcourse: Behaves as a graded activity. The grade for each student is automatically fetched from a final grade in another course. This allows course designers to organize the learning content into separate units.
  • Zoom meeting: Zoom is a video and web conferencing platform that gives authorized users the ability to host online meetings and webinars.
Assignment/Feedback 
  • Solution sheet: Allows teachers to upload files with solutions to their assignment, which can be released to students manually or at a scheduled time. 
Quiz/Report 
  • Manual grading by student: A quiz ‘report’ add-on for Moodle, like the normal manual grading report, but which lets you grade one student at a time, rather than one question at a time. 
Blocks 
  • Analytics Graphs: Block that generates graphs intended to facilitate pedagogical decisions. The graphs have zoom capabilities and allow fast communication with students through email. 
  • Course dedication: This block allows to calculate estimated dedication time of participants within a course.
  • Filtered course list: The Filtered Course List block displays a configurable list of courses. It is intended as a replacement for the My Courses block, although both may be used. It is maintained by the Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project (CLAMP).
  • Grade Me: Shows a teacher all of the assignments and manual quiz questions (essays and file responses) that have been submitted, but not graded.
  • Heatmap: The Heatmap block overlays a heatmap onto a course to highlight activities with more or less activity to help teachers improve their courses. 
  • Microsoft block: This block provides a user-facing menu to access various Office 365 integration features, resources, and settings.
  • Quickmail: A block that provides selective, bulk emailing within courses. 
  • Sharing cart: The Sharing Cart is a block that enables sharing of Moodle content (resources, activities) between multiple courses on your site.
Question types 
  • Drag-and-Drop Matching: Question type similar to the matching question type but with a drag and drop interface for the students during attempt. 
  • Music Theory: Question type supporting several exercises for music theory instruction. 
  • Ordering: Ordering question type for Moodle 2.x and Moodle 3.x 
  • Record audio: A manually graded Moodle question type, where the student records a short audio response to answer the question asked.
Question import/export 
  • Microsoft Word File Import/Export (Question Format): Export questions (including images) in a question bank into a Word file, and also import questions from structured tables in a Word (.docx format) file. 
Text filter 
  • IPA: The Moodle IPA Filter displays X-SAMPA as Unicode IPA. The intent is to offer an easy and fast way to display the International Phonetic Alphabet in Moodle. 
Atto HTML editor/Atto plugin 
  • Teams Meeting: Microsoft Teams Meetings App for Learning Management Systems (LMS) integration into Moodle as the Atto plugin. This plugin allows to create the meeting and automatically insert the meeting link into the editor content. 
Authentication method 
  • OpenID Connect: The OpenID Connect plugin provides single-sign-on functionality using configurable identity providers. 
Course formats 
  • Multitopic format: Shows multiple topics per page, with tabbed navigation between pages. Topics are collapsible and can optionally be timed. 
  • Flexible sections format: Organizes course content in any number of sections that can be nested. Each section can be displayed expanded or collapsed. 
  • Buttons format: Buttons is a course format that creates a menu with buttons to access the sections, one by one. 
  • Onetopic format: Format to course that allows showing each topic in a tab, keeping the current tab between calls to resources, in such a way that when it returns from a module as the blog or the glossary it returns to tab from where you started.
  • Edwiser course formats: Choose from unique course formats like Card and List. 
Reports 
  • Courses usage statistics: That is a Moodle report plugin that helps the admin to known how the courses are being used by users (e.g. as forum, as file repositories, or as activities repositories). 
  • Overview statistics: Produces various site and course report charts. The code has been designed in a way that makes adding more reports easy. 
Gradebook reports 
  • Grade distribution: The grader report grade list module allows for viewing the distribution of student grades for a course regarding the current grade letter boundaries as well as changing these to shift the distribution. 
  • Quiz Analytics: This plugin provides users with the most important part of an exam/quiz, i.e, analytics. Every attempt each user make on a quiz is scrutinized and relevant data are portrayed via visually appealing graphs. 
Advanced grading methods 
  • Learning Analytics Enriched Rubric: The Learning Analytics Enriched Rubric (LA e-Rubric) is an advanced grading method used for criteria-based assessment. 
Repositories
  • Office 365: This plugin provides access to Office 365 as a repository. Specifically, includes OneDrive for Business, Office Video, Office Delve as well as SharePoint Document Libraries and Group Files associated with Moodle courses.
Themes 
  • Moove: Moove it’s a modern theme, simple and focused on the main content. You can minimize both side columns to enjoy the maximum of space in your environment. 
Local plugins 
  • Liberal Arts Edition: The LAE includes bug fixes, enhancements, and a suite of plugins which our member schools find useful. CLAMP has maintained the distribution since Moodle 1.9.5. 
  • Microsoft Office 365 Integration: This plugin provides libraries and services that power other Office 365 plugins. 

Feedback
  • 360 Feedback (Gather feedback from a variety of point of views)
  • My feedback (Allows students to see an overview of all their grades and feedback for assessment activities)
  • Manual grading by student (Grade one student one at a time instead of one question at a time)
  • Solution Sheet (Allows teachers to upload files with solutions to their assignment, which can be released to students manually or at a scheduled time)
  • Structured Feedback (Enables teachers to provide individual feedback comments for criteria that can be configured)
Analytics
Quizzes, Tests, Assessments 
  • Drag and drop matching (Similar to the matching question type but with a drag and drop interface instead)
  • Music Theory  (Questions that allow for supporting music theory evaluation and instruction)
  • Ordering (Ordering question type displays several short sentences in a random order which are to be dragged into the correct sequential order)
  • Safe Exam Browser (Carry out e-assessments safely by turning the computer into a secure workstation)
  • Student Quiz (Enables students to collaboratively create their own question pools)
Recording, Scheduling, Planning 
  • Attendance (Maintain student attendance in the classroom via Moodle)
  • Participation credit (Give credit to peer-reviewers just for their participation without comparing their assessment to others)
  • Scheduler (An appointment scheduler for planning face-to-face meetings between teachers and students)
  • Reservation (Schedule an event in Moodle for a specific reservation time)
Course Page Engagement
  • GeoGebra (Integrate GeoGebra activities in Moodle. GeoGebra is a free and multi-platform dynamic mathematics software)
  • H5P (Create interactive content in your Moodle course such as videos, quizzes, and timelines)
  • Journal (Allows a teacher to ask students to reflect on a particular topic)
  • Lightbox Gallery (Create image galleries in your Moodle course)
  • Poll (Create custom polls for your course)
Miscellaneous 
All descriptions are taken from the Moodle Plugin pages

Giving students access

As in the past, courses are hidden by default and not visible to students until the instructor makes the course visible. When you have your course setup and ready for students to view, make your course visible and check your course start date by:

  1. From your course, click the gear for course administration (upper right corner) and click Edit settings.course edit settings
  2. In the General block, change the Course visibility setting from Hide to ShowMoodle Show/Hide setting
  3. Click Save and display at the bottom of the page after making any changes to the settings.

Mobile App

To access Moodle on a mobile device, download Moodle Mobile from the App Store or Google Play.

Dealing with discrepancies

If you notice that there is a discrepancy in enrollments or you don't see your courses, you should:

  1. Check Colleague Self-Service to verify the course or student is listed there
    • If so, wait 24 hours for Moodle to reflect this
    • If not, contact the Registrar at X2366 or registrar@wooster.edu
  2. If Colleague Self-Service is correct and it has been longer than 24 hours, contact the Help Desk at X4357 or helpdesk@wooster.edu 
  3. Students: All courses are hidden by default. Check with your faculty member to see if they are planning on using Moodle and have made the course visible.