Dec 312012
 

Explain how students can view their grades.
Grades are scores that are granted to a participant based on work that is submitted in Moodle activities. Everyone uses the gradebook a bit differently.
Be sure to let your students know how YOU use the tool and tell them the best method for viewing their grades and reading your feedback.

Dec 302012
 

Keep a consistent method of communication.
Moodle has numerous features for user communication. It is up to you to establish which communication tools you will use with your students most often inside the course.
To avoid confusion, keep a consistent communication pattern. For example, do not to mix multiple channels of communication when your course begins as it is easier for newcomers to learn one tool at a time.
That means if you use the News Forum for general class announcements, stick with it instead of using standard Moodle messages.
In the end, it does not matter which tool you select, as long as you make it clear to the students how they can access the information and contact you.

Dec 292012
 

Encourage students to update their messaging settings.
Moodle allows students to send and receive messages and receive notifications via different channels.
With so many options inside the system, it is common to see new users overwhelmed with the amount of emails and notifications received as they start their courses.
Instruct students to update their profile and change their message settings so they can control the flow of incoming messages.

Dec 282012
 

Recommend students to visit and customize their My Home page.
Each user has a “My home page” that is accessible via the Navigation block and they can customize this page by loading it with the blocks that are most convenient to them.
This space is an excellent resource for students as it becomes a “feed”, displaying course information like unread forum posts, upcoming assessment activities, activity due dates, and submission notices.

Dec 272012
 

Highlight the importance of user profiles
Every Moodle user has a profile page.
Students can control how much information to share as well as add a profile picture and a brief description about themselves.
Explain that the user profile contains several settings to define how they interact with features within the system and that the user profile is a crucial area for social interaction within Moodle.
By visiting other peoples’ profiles, students will be able to learn more about their instructor and other students enrolled in their courses.

Dec 262012
 

Create methodical instructions and use images whenever possible.
Do not presume that students know how to complete activities around Moodle.
Create step-by-step directions on how you want students to interact with a particular feature of the system.
Tell students where to start and make sure you include a chronological sequence of every link or button that they need to use in order to complete the desired interaction.
The use of screen shots can facilitate the process and help students identify the features easily.

Dec 252012
 

Learn how to navigate in Moodle as a student.
When your students first arrive at the Moodle site, they view the front page, and many times they don’t know what to do next. In order to help them, you should become familiar with how your students will navigate the site.
Switch your role to student to understand the location of the features and the steps they need to take in order to complete a particular activity.
The questions you had as an end user will most likely be the same questions you will receive from students as they ask for navigation support.

Dec 242012
 

Highlight the importance of Forum subscriptions.
With subscriptions to forums, your students will receive a copy of each new discussion post in their email.
Teachers can define the subscription mode when selecting the settings of each forum activity.
Subscribed students can keep track of what is happening in the forums without continuously logging in throughout the day. 
Students can also change to digest email type in their profile settings to reduce the amount of incoming email messages.

Dec 192012
 

Dear Faculty and Staff,
On December 27th, Moodle will be updating from Moodle Core 2.2.3 to the Moodle Core 2.3.3 release.

Something you may really like is the new drag-and-drop feature. You can add files to your course individually or drag-and-drop them when creating a Folder. This works best when using the Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers.

The assignment module has been revised the most: it combines the previous four assignment types into a single assignment with editable settings. So rather than ask “What type of assignment do I want?” you can now add an assignment and select which options you need.

The current assignments in your course are hidden from students until you edit the assignment settings and choose the correct options you need. Attached is a handout explaining how to create, view, and grade an assignment in the new module.

For more information on Assignments and other Moodle updates, see the FAQ. We are available this Friday 9:00AM-12:00PM for walk-in support.
Please let us know how we can be of more assistance through this transition.

The ATS Team

FAQ-338-en.pdf (20 kb)

Dec 192012
 

Dear Faculty and Staff,
On December 27th, Moodle will be updating from Moodle Core 2.2.3 to the Moodle Core 2.3.3 release.

Something you may really like is the new drag-and-drop feature. You can add files to your course individually or drag-and-drop them when creating a Folder. This works best when using the Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers.

The assignment module has been revised the most: it combines the previous four assignment types into a single assignment with editable settings. So rather than ask “What type of assignment do I want?” you can now add an assignment and select which options you need.

The current assignments in your course are hidden from students until you edit the assignment settings and choose the correct options you need. Attached is a handout explaining how to create, view, and grade an assignment in the new module.

For more information on Assignments and other Moodle updates, see the FAQ. We are available this Friday 9:00AM-12:00PM for walk-in support.
Please let us know how we can be of more assistance through this transition.

The ATS Team

Creating an Assignment and Give Feedback_new[1].pdf (429 kb)

Dec 102012
 

Instructors! Having trouble with your Moodle course?
ATS offers open door walk in Moodle Clinics every Friday from 9AM to 1PM in the Library Tech Center (ground floor behind the lab).
Bring your questions and your materials any time between the hours of 9AM and 1PM and the ATS staff will be there to assist!
We look forward to seeing you!

Dec 032012
 

Instructors! Having trouble with your Moodle course?
ATS offers open door walk in Moodle Clinics every Friday from 9AM to 1PM in the Library Tech Center (ground floor behind the lab).
Bring your questions and your materials any time between the hours of 9AM and 1PM and the ATS staff will be there to assist!
We look forward to seeing you!