Tips and Hints for Using Moodle
Welcome to the Moodle Tips and Hints Page
Moodle is a powerful tool for any professor whether you are using it as part of your face-to-face class or a flipped classroom, a hybrid class, or a fully online course.
Here are a few of the many tools that can help you and your students successfully use Moodle:
1. Calendar Tool - Moodle’s calendar tool helps you keep track of your academic or company calendar, course deadlines, group meetings, and other personal events.
2. In-line Marking and Audio Feedback - Easily reviews and provides on-line feedback by annotating on PDF files directly within the browser or give audio feedback using the PoodLL plugin.
3. Respondus 4.0 and Test Bank Network - This tool offers several advantages. Assessment items can be created offline using Windows-based tools. Microsoft Word (a tool used by nearly all faculty) is used to format and author questions. Converts Word documents into Moodle-ready assessment items.
4. Activities Auto-populate to Gradebook - Create assignments, forums, and quizzes in Moodle that auto-populate to gradebook, allowing more time to focus on content and less time on grade transfer.
5. Online Submission - End the paperwork clutter. Create assignments and enable student online submissions for text, quizzes, projects, presentations, and files.
Remember to Turn On Your Course
At the beginning of each session go to course settings and choose to show the course so student can see your course.
Remember to Check Your Moodle Participant Roll
Verify with the Self Service roll for discrepancies and notify Distance Learning as soon as possible to resolve differences.
Look Closely at the Settings
Moodle has a lot of power hidden in that small gear button besides everything you create. Different settings can result in significantly different user experiences. For example, quiz settings can provide adaptive questions, immediate feedback, certainty based marking and so on... How do lessons appear?, What can the user see?, Can they mark an activity complete?, and When does an activity become available?- These are all options hidden in the settings. If you are new to Moodle, take the time and effort to play with it, so you learn the functions of each option on the settings page.
Choose Your Resources/Activities Wisely
Moodle comes with an impressive array of options to use. You could choose to house your content in a lesson, book, folder, or a page. Assess the learners through choice, assignments, feedback, quiz, reach out to them via News Forum, chat, or label. Need more functionality- explore the glossary or a survey. For a starter, the options can be confusing. Here are my suggestions:
If your content is multimedia or interactive, or sits well in a single screen length, consider using page. This creates a simple webpage, and is easiest to create and manage.
If you need to deliver multiple pages worth of content, consider lesson. Lesson is a multi-page activity, where you can define custom paths, embed question pages, and generally provide learner some choice as per their learning route.
Book activity makes sense if you have considerable amount of data that should be organized as an e-book. One great advantage of Book is that learners can print off the whole book in one go, unlike the lesson.
Quizzes in Moodle are easy to create. Simple multiple choice or free text assessments are good to go through the quiz.
However, if you need the students to upload something, consider assignments for greater flexibility.