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Customizing course settings


Moodle 2.1 Essential Training for Teachers

with Chris Mattia

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Video: Customizing course settings

Now let's go ahead and look at some of the various different course setting options that are available to you within your course. The first thing you want to do is go ahead and click on the name of your course. That should be listed right here in the middle, in the My courses section. I'm going to me ahead and click on Coral Reef Ecology and that will take me into my course. Now what you see and what your students see is pretty much exactly the same, although you do get a few more options over here on the left-hand column in Settings, and you have this magical button up here in the upper right, the Turn editing on button. We are going to be using that one quite a bit throughout the training.
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  1. 3m 26s
    1. Welcome
      1m 14s
    2. Course overview
      1m 34s
    3. Using the exercise files
  2. 1h 10m
    1. What you need to get started
      4m 27s
    2. Installing Moodle on a Mac
      9m 23s
    3. Configuring Moodle for the Mac
      5m 29s
    4. Installing Moodle on a Windows computer
      11m 35s
    5. Configuring Moodle for Windows
      7m 21s
    6. Creating a custom theme
      10m 0s
    7. Creating user accounts
      6m 4s
    8. Creating a new course
      6m 35s
    9. Just enough site administration
      9m 51s
  3. 1h 20m
    1. Logging in and getting oriented
      4m 23s
    2. Managing private files
      3m 41s
    3. Customizing your profile
      8m 26s
    4. Customizing course settings
      10m 14s
    5. Editing the header block
      5m 18s
    6. Posting a course syllabus
      3m 43s
    7. Communicating news to students
      4m 4s
    8. Managing files and folders
      6m 14s
    9. Posting lecture slides
      4m 37s
    10. Organizing course content
      12m 31s
    11. Setting up the Gradebook
      5m 4s
    12. Creating a simple assignment
      9m 45s
    13. Messaging students
      2m 49s
  4. 26m 45s
    1. HTML Editor overview
      5m 9s
    2. Formatting text
      5m 10s
    3. Creating internal links
      3m 14s
    4. Creating external links
      2m 42s
    5. Inserting local pictures with HTML
      4m 26s
    6. Creating equations
      6m 4s
  5. 47m 28s
    1. Preparing images
      5m 19s
    2. Posting image files
      3m 18s
    3. Posting a photo gallery
      3m 23s
    4. Creating header graphics in Fireworks
      7m 58s
    5. Preparing audio
      9m 41s
    6. Posting audio files
      4m 49s
    7. Preparing video
      7m 21s
    8. Posting QuickTime video as .mov files
      2m 43s
    9. Posting Flash video as .flv files
      2m 56s
  6. 36m 9s
    1. Understanding repositories
      3m 5s
    2. Configuring a Dropbox repository
      6m 13s
    3. Using a Dropbox repository
      4m 43s
    4. Configuring a Google Docs repository
      1m 15s
    5. Using a Google Docs repository
      5m 20s
    6. Configuring a Flickr repository
      6m 13s
    7. Using a Flickr repository
      4m 5s
    8. Configuring the YouTube videos repository
      1m 7s
    9. Using the YouTube videos repository
      4m 8s
  7. 38m 50s
    1. Understanding resources and activities
      1m 9s
    2. Posting a file or document
      8m 36s
    3. Displaying a folder of documents
      4m 33s
    4. Using a label to bring your course to life
      6m 42s
    5. Creating a custom web page
      10m 33s
    6. Posting a URL for a web resource
      7m 17s
  8. 25m 51s
    1. Assignments overview
      1m 43s
    2. Advanced uploading of files assignment
      11m 32s
    3. Online text assignment
      4m 20s
    4. Uploading a single file assignment
      3m 42s
    5. Offline activity assignment
      3m 21s
    6. Assignment and Gradebook interactions
      1m 13s
  9. 35m 34s
    1. Creating a live chat room
      4m 57s
    2. Understanding Choice, Feedback, and Survey activities
      1m 23s
    3. Creating a Choice activity
      5m 10s
    4. Creating a customized Feedback activity
      4m 47s
    5. Adding a multiple choice question
      3m 14s
    6. Adding a dependent followup question
      3m 7s
    7. Adding a rating question
      2m 39s
    8. Adding an open response question
      2m 36s
    9. Analyzing Feedback results
      4m 16s
    10. Adding a standardized survey
      3m 25s
  10. 17m 18s
    1. Creating a main glossary
      5m 29s
    2. Adding concepts to the glossary
      2m 53s
    3. Enabling glossary auto-linking
      2m 53s
    4. Creating a secondary glossary
      6m 3s
  11. 11m 56s
    1. Creating a forum
      4m 40s
    2. Seeding a forum with questions
      3m 9s
    3. Participating in a forum
      4m 7s
  12. 31m 24s
    1. Creating a wiki
      4m 15s
    2. Wiki editing basics
      5m 28s
    3. Creating new pages
      2m 47s
    4. Creating lists
      3m 42s
    5. Adding images
      3m 53s
    6. Creating external links
      4m 24s
    7. Creating a table
      6m 55s
  13. 1h 4m
    1. Online assessment overview
      1m 20s
    2. Creating question pool categories
      2m 24s
    3. Creating a first question
      7m 10s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      3m 1s
    5. Creating multiple choice questions
      8m 22s
    6. Creating short answer questions
      8m 19s
    7. Creating essay questions
      4m 59s
    8. Creating match questions
      7m 10s
    9. Creating a quiz
      9m 0s
    10. Adding questions to a quiz
      2m 20s
    11. Changing the order of questions
      3m 1s
    12. Assigning quiz points
      1m 35s
    13. Previewing a finished quiz
      5m 50s
  14. 39m 38s
    1. Gradebook overview
      4m 53s
    2. Moving an assignment into a category
      1m 33s
    3. Completing assignments as a student
      11m 31s
    4. Grading assignments
      5m 5s
    5. Using quick grading
      1m 28s
    6. Grading assignments with uploaded files
      1m 58s
    7. Grading offline assignments
      1m 26s
    8. Grading an online quiz
      5m 1s
    9. Exporting grades to Excel
      2m 48s
    10. Importing grades from Excel
      3m 55s
  15. 9m 55s
    1. Calendars and events overview
      4m 8s
    2. Creating a new event
      2m 40s
    3. Creating a repeating event
      3m 7s
  16. 50m 41s
    1. Course administration overview
      2m 54s
    2. Managing course settings
      9m 5s
    3. Enabling completion tracking
      2m 20s
    4. Setting tracking for resources and activities
      3m 38s
    5. Managing tracking settings
      3m 51s
    6. Reporting on course tracking
      1m 32s
    7. Managing user roles
      4m 2s
    8. Backing up your course
      3m 36s
    9. Restoring data from a backup
      4m 50s
    10. Restoring a Moodle 1.9 course into Moodle 2.1
      6m 25s
    11. Importing content to another course
      3m 46s
    12. Resetting a course
      4m 42s
  17. 2m 6s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 37s
    2. Goodbye

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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.

Topics include:
  • Installing and configuring Moodle
  • Creating assignments students can complete online
  • Posting instructions on the course home page
  • Messaging students
  • Configuring Dropbox, Google Docs, Flickr, and YouTube repositories
  • Creating a custom course web page
  • Building a live chat room
  • Designing surveys
  • Setting up course-specific glossaries
  • Seeding a forum with questions
  • Creating a wiki for students to contribute content
  • Developing multimedia exams to assess course comprehension
  • Handling course administration and settings
  • Backing up and restoring a course
  • Importing a Moodle 1.9 course into Moodle 2
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Chris Mattia

Customizing course settings

Now let's go ahead and look at some of the various different course setting options that are available to you within your course. The first thing you want to do is go ahead and click on the name of your course. That should be listed right here in the middle, in the My courses section. I'm going to me ahead and click on Coral Reef Ecology and that will take me into my course. Now what you see and what your students see is pretty much exactly the same, although you do get a few more options over here on the left-hand column in Settings, and you have this magical button up here in the upper right, the Turn editing on button. We are going to be using that one quite a bit throughout the training.

But what we want to go to is we want to go directly into the Settings block on the left-hand side and click on the link for Edit settings. We saw a similar page to this when we were setting up this course in the administrative movie, but let's go through now in a little bit more detail and fine-tune some of these settings specifically for how we want to work. So we are just going to start here at the top. The first item is Category, and a lot of times this is going to be chosen for you by your institution if your institution has set up their Moodle server, so that they've got categories that break down either by department or by term or by year. And a lot of that will be already be set for you, as well as the course full name and short name; both of these items are required.

As we mentioned earlier, the Course ID is oftentimes used as a reference number that will link your course into your campus information system. So this top part is generally not used by the teachers quite so much. If we scroll down just a little bit though, we get here to the Course summary. In the Course summary we just filled in a general course on Coral Reef Ecology in an earlier movie, this is normally the place where you can post exactly what it is that your course is going to be teaching, so that when a student first goes on to their Moodle server and they see your course listed they can find a more detailed description as to what your course is.

If I quickly jump down into my doc, I can go over to Microsoft Word where I have a copy of the course syllabi. Right here at the top of file I've got the Objectives for the course, and this is a pretty good overview as to what we are going to be doing inside of this course. So rather than retyping all of this, I am going to go ahead and just select it and copy it, using Command+C or Ctrl+C on my keyboard. Then I will go ahead and minimize this out of the way. Come on back over here into Moodle. I am just going to go ahead and select "A general course on coral reef ecology," and paste using Command+V or Ctrl+V. If I wanted to, I could go in and apply some formatting.

In this case, I don't really need to. So let's scroll down a little bit further, and let's look at the next section here. The very next option here is Format and when we click on this menu, there are a couple of different options for you. There is a SCORM and a Social format. Now these are generally not used for full classes that are being taught. The two options that are generally used by teachers for their classes more than likely are going to be Topics format or Weekly format. The Topics format takes the center section of your course and breaks it down as a series of topics that you will be covering, or units that you are going to be covering, throughout your course.

The Weekly format is pretty much exactly that. It takes and looks at the start date of your course and then calculates out the number of weeks in the term and gives you one block of content for each week of the term. This is the preferred way that many faculty choose to organize their courses, because it keeps the students all together on the amount of information that is being presented as the course unfolds throughout the semester. So we are going to go ahead and make sure we are set to Weekly format. Then we want to know how many weeks of the term that our course is going to run for and when we looked at our syllabi, we can see that our course is going to run for 15 weeks, so we have got that set here. And that's going to create 15 open blocks for us to be able to post our content in.

We can then set up the Course start date, and I have gone ahead already and set this to the 23rd of January 2012. Then we are going to go on here in Hidden sections. Hidden sections are completely invisible, or you can have them show as a collapsed view. Now I like to go ahead and leave these completely invisible, so that when your students start are working through your course material, you can hide specific weeks or specific sections of your course content and the students don't even see it, so they're not tempted to try and look in and see what's wrong with this, why can't I see what's in here? It allows you to have a little bit more control to keep the entire class moving forward at a steady pace.

If you are setting your course up so that you want to have it so that the students come in and they work entirely at their own pace and are able to work through all of the content, you may want to go ahead and leave this set so that hidden sections are shown in the collapsed form, so the students know where they're trying to get to. They can see that there's more stuff for them to go and do in the future. The News items to show, I like to leave this at a fairly small value. I usually leave this at about 3 or 5. So let's go ahead and set this down to 3. And what this is going to do is in the upper right-hand corner of our course, we have had a latest news section for you to post announcements and updates as to information that's going to go on in your class, and this is only going to show the current last three items that have been posted by you in that section.

They can still access all of the latest news items from the News forum that's always by default up in the top block of your course. The next option, Show Gradebook to students, this is up to you; it's a personal preference. If you want your students to be able to monitor their grades as you're going along through the course, this will get you out of the hassle of having students constantly ask you, how am I doing in this course, what's my grade? If you leave this set on, and you're keeping your grades inside of your Gradebook in Moodle, then your students don't ever have to go and ask you that again; they can just click and look for themselves.

So we are going to leave at set to Yes. Show activity report, I like to leave this set to No. What this means is that as students are coming in and they're working through the course material within your course, Moodle will keep track of every single thing that they do; every time they hand in an assignment, every time they log in, when they click on a resource to be able watch it, it's going to keep track of all of that. And if you have the activity report shown, they can they can see what Moodle has been keeping track of for them. That may not be the kind of thing that you want your students to constantly be seeing.

That information is always available to you, and we'll look at that in the Reports section in a later movie for the teacher. But for students, I would go ahead and leave this set to No. The Maximum upload size, generally I like to set this value to the highest value that has been made available to me by my IT department who is managing the Moodle server. So in this case I will go ahead and set this to 128 MB here. That way later on inside of the course when I am creating an assignment, or I am creating a forum, and I want to set up the students to be able to upload a file, I have the maximum amount of flexibility in how large or how small I want to make the files that the students upload.

Here we will set that to the high value. Scroll down a little bit further. The next area is for guest access. If you want other members of your campus community to be able to access your course, go ahead and set this to Yes, and that means anyone, regardless of whether or not they're enrolled in your course or not, is able to get access to it. Now you can also set this to Yes, and anyone can get in here, or you can come down here to where it says Password, and with it set to Yes, you can add a password, such as 12345.

I'll go ahead and unmask that, so we can see what we typed in there. You can add a password in here, and then you have opened up your course to anyone, but you are requiring them to type in a password that you give them. It's a way of opening up your course to people who are not necessarily enrolled, but you are not opening it up to everyone. In general, for the training purposes here, I am going to go ahead and leave this set with no password and set to No. Let's scroll down a little bit. Moodle has the ability to set up and manage groups within your course.

So later on in this course we are going to come back in at a later time and turn these features on, but for right now we're going to go ahead and leave Group mode off, to simplify some of the earlier set up in the earlier content that we are going to go through. Let's go on down here to the next section, which is Availability. By default, this one is turned on, so it says, "This course is available to students." If this option is set to This course is not available to students, then any student, whether or not they are enrolled in your course, is not able to get into your course. So before the term starts if you're still building content and you are building material, but you don't want other students to be able to log in and see what's there, go ahead and leave this option set to the course is not available.

But as soon as your course starts, you want to make sure that you come in here to the Settings and you select this option and set This course is available to students. The course will then show up right on their Moodle homepage. They will be able to click on it and go in and access all of the material and information within your course. If you want to force the language to a specific target language, then you're able to do that here. Now the additional language packages would need to be installed on your server to have them to be available to you, and you could contact your IT department to have them install those for you.

And this may be a very useful thing, for instance, if you're teaching a language course and you want all of the material to be in the target language that you are teaching, say Spanish or French or Chinese or German. For now we are going to leave it as Do not force. And the final section down here, Role renaming, in an earlier movie we showed some of the various different system roles that are available, and these are the actual names of those roles: Manager, Teacher, Non-editing teacher, and Student. A Non-editing teacher technically is the teaching assistant usually.

What we did is we typed in TA. This way throughout Moodle anytime the role name of Non-editing teacher within our course would show up it will actually display as TA. Now you would not enter in the name of your TA. So, in this case if I had Sally as my TA, that wouldn't make any sense at all. What it really just wants to know is, what do we want to call that role? So we are going to change it back to TA. We will go and hit the Save changes link down here at the bottom. It will set up those settings that we've made in all of our preferences, and that's all we need to look at for editing our course settings.

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