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In this course, author Chris Mattia helps educators create online courses that complement classroom-based instruction and foster student interaction using the free learning management system Moodle. The course details the basics of setting up a test environment, disseminating course information, creating forums, and assessing student progress. Tutorials on building course materials with Moodle's built-in HTML editor, preparing and posting various types of media, uploading assignments, and evaluating tests automatically are also included.
Now let's shift our focus to how you can manage your course as a teacher. Generally speaking, you have the full rights and permissions to be able to do anything you need to within your course. Now there will be some exceptions and some variations depending on the specific policies that have been established at your institution, but in general the teacher has full reign over anything that happens inside of their course. To manage your course, there are three basic functions that you use. The first is all of the contextual building of content that we have been doing throughout, you turn all of that on by clicking the button in the upper right-hand corner that says, Turn editing on.
Here you're able to add resources and activities to your course. You're also able to manage those resources by showing and hiding each of them, deleting ones that you don't want to use or moving them around to change the order in which they appear. We have used these functions throughout this training. The next area to look at where you're able to manage your course is if we scroll down on the page and look to the bottom of the right-hand column, you should see a block that says, Add a block with a dropdown menu. We've also use this throughout the training to be able to add specific blocks that provide additional functionality within our course.
Now I don't don't have time to go into all of the different blocks that are available inside of Moodle, but I encourage you to spend some time turning some of these on and seeing what they do. There are a lot of really great tools that you can use to accomplish specific goals within your class. Once you've added a block, you're able to move those blocks around just like you can move items around. You can simply click the Move tool when the screen refreshes, you're able to find the location where you want that block to appear, click inside the dotted lines and that block will move into the location that you have specified.
You're also able to toggle the visibility of each of these blocks by clicking the Show and Hide icon that's in these blocks. The third and most prominent area that you can use to manage your course material is the Settings block over on the left-hand side. Here you have another button to be able to Turn editing on and off. You can edit your Course settings, access all of the User information related to your course, including creating Groups. You can establish Filters that will control how content can be displayed within your course and how it will function.
You have your Gradebook, a Backup utility and the other tools that go with that, such as Restoring a backup and Importing content from another course. You can also Reset your own course so that you can purge out all of the users and all of their activities that they have completed, so you can reset your course for a new term. Finally, you have access to your Question bank which we've used to create our online quiz. All of these functions are inside of the Settings block, and throughout this chapter we will be going in and exploring many of the tools and options inside of our Settings block.
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