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.