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Customizing your profile


Moodle 2.1 Essential Training for Teachers

with Chris Mattia

Video: Customizing your profile

Now let's go ahead and look at customizing our user profile. Inside of Moodle you have a personal profile that contains all of the settings, or preferences, that configures Moodle for the way that you want to work. It also contains all of your personal information as well. To customize this, go on down to the left-hand side and look for the Settings block and click on the My profile settings link. Then click on the link for Edit profile. The first thing to note here are these items that are listed in red: First name, Surname--or your last name-- Email address, City/town, and Select country.
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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 your profile

Now let's go ahead and look at customizing our user profile. Inside of Moodle you have a personal profile that contains all of the settings, or preferences, that configures Moodle for the way that you want to work. It also contains all of your personal information as well. To customize this, go on down to the left-hand side and look for the Settings block and click on the My profile settings link. Then click on the link for Edit profile. The first thing to note here are these items that are listed in red: First name, Surname--or your last name-- Email address, City/town, and Select country.

These items are required, and everyone must go ahead and fill this information out. What we are going to go through now though, is we are going to look at some of the specific preferences and setup options that are available to you as a teacher to help make your life a little bit easier. The first one is Email display. If you click the dropdown menu here, you can see the various different options, and the one that I like to set all the time is Allow everyone to see my email address. Now this is great for teachers because if you have it set like this, then students that are looking to take your course in the future can be able to find you and find your information on the Moodle system for your institution.

Otherwise, only students in your class would be able find your information. The next option, Email format, it's a good idea these days to go ahead and leave it set to the Pretty HTML format. That way any formatting that your students apply to any forums, posts, or other email messages that get sent to you through the Moodle system will come in formatted. This next option, Email digest, this one is probably one of the most important for a teacher. By default, it's set to be No digest, and that means that every single time one of your students posts a message into one of the discussion forums, you're going to get an email.

We all get way too much email these days, and so the setting that I like to choose is the Complete option. That means that every day for each different forum that you're subscribed to, you will get a single email that will contain all of the full posts from all of your students for that forum for that day. This will help reduce your overall amount of email and help you manage your time a little bit easier. Forum auto-subscribe, I like to go ahead and make sure that I'm always subscribed to all the forums that I create and that I post in. This next option, Forum tracking, by default it's set to No.

I really like to set this to Yes. What this will do is that anytime I go into a forum and I start clicking through the different messages that my students have posted, Moodle will keep track of all of those messages that I've read already and it will let me know that I've already read them. So we will set that one to Yes. It's a really good idea to make sure that when editing text you leave it set to the HTML Editor. And this next feature, AJAX and JavaScript, if you're going follow along with me throughout the rest of the title, I would suggest setting this one to Yes. That way when I go ahead and I show some feature that uses AJAX or JavaScript, that function will work on your system the same way that it's working on mine.

If you need assistive devices, such as screen readers, you can go ahead and set this next option to Yes, but we are not going to do that right now. But what I do want to call attention to is this small yellow ball with the question mark in it. Moodle has built-in help and if you go ahead and click on any of those little yellow balls with the question mark in them, it's going to pop up contextually aware help that will let you know some information about whatever this option happens to be. You can close it by hitting the little X in the upper right-hand corner. Now we have the next bit of things already filled out. So we'll go ahead and scroll down here to the Description.

Now this is a general description about you, and it can be a short bio if you'd like. I am going to go ahead and just type in here "Educational Technologist and Instructional Designer." If you'd like, you can go ahead and you can format the information that you've just typed in here using the WYSIWYG Editor, or the What You See Is What You Get. There is an entire chapter later on in this title that will explain how to go ahead and use all of these functions. For now let's go ahead and scroll on down a little bit further, and we are now in the User picture section.

And anytime you make a post of any content inside of Moodle users are able to see your picture that's been attached here, if you've put one. Let's go ahead and post our image. So we've got a link for New picture. Go ahead and hit the Choose file and this will bring up the standard File picker that's gone throughout Moodle. In an earlier movie, we went ahead and posted an image inside of our Private files section. So we'll go ahead and click on Private files on the left-hand side, and here you can see we've got the folder we set up, and there's the link to that graphic, the headshot.jpg.

So go ahead and click one time on that, and it's going to grab that file. The Author and license information is already set for us, so we will go ahead and hit Select this file. And for the Picture description, we will just go ahead and put our name in here. Now we'll scroll down a little bit further, and we are going to go here to the Interests section. You can go ahead and fill in some of your common interests. This is a nice thing for your students to be able to have some other things to relate to you other than just the specific class that you're teaching. So I am going to put in a few of my interests here: Sailing and Swimming and Kayaking.

Great! And we'll scroll down a little bit further, and now we are down to the Optional section. Here is where if you have a personal web site that you would like to direct your students to, you can type in that URL here. If you have any of these other different accounts, such as an ICQ or a Skype account, an AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo!, MSN, you can go ahead and type that information in here. By default, the plug-ins are not available right now inside of Moodle to be able to link to those services. But there are third parties that have developed modules that will allow you, for instance, to be able to make Skype calls available directly from inside of your course.

Now the bottom sets of the Optional information here, ID number, Institution, these are a lot of times used by your institution to fill in additional metadata on your user account. We are going to go ahead and leave those blank for now and go ahead and hit the Update profile button. And there we go! When screen refreshes, you can see that our picture that we posted is showing up here on the left-hand side. And we've got our little description here, and we even have our interests listed in here. So that worked out pretty well. Now one quick note about the images that you're posting: it will be a good idea to use an image that's cropped in a square format.

I've gone ahead and made this image to be 200 pixels x 200 pixels. And you can use most of the common different formats of images. I've gone ahead and used a JPEG image for this image. So that's all there is to setting up your personal preferences in your personal profiles. If you needed to do something like change your password, you're able to do that right here on the left-hand side. And you can also access the built-in messaging service within Moodle. If we go ahead and click on that link right here, this is going to bring up a set of preferences for us to be able to say how we would like to be contacted depending on the various different systems that are available inside of Moodle.

So we can just scroll through these pretty quickly. We've got Assignment notifications are both set to Email, whether we are logged in or logged out. Course creation request, approvals, I am going to set that to Email. Course rejection notifications, Essay graded notifications, Personal messages between users. This is one that may be appropriate for you if you want when you're online to have a pop-up so that if another user wants to message you through Moodle, that will just pop up a pop-up. Otherwise, if you're offline, it's going to send you an email.

Feedback reminder, if there's some feedback that's required, whether or not you've subscribed to posts and some notifications. We can scroll on down to the very bottom. Now one final feature that is a great new little addition here, and that is for the Email notifications many institutions require that all communication go directly through a particular campus email system. And many of us have our own outside email accounts that we would like to use. So if you'd like to fill in your outside email account that may be outside from your institution, or one that you kind of check all the time and you may not check your institution mail all the time, you can go ahead and fill that in right here, and you can then hit the Update profile button, and those preferences should be saved.

So let's go ahead and return back to the Home link in the upper left-hand corner. And that gives you a quick walkthrough of the personal profile settings for Moodle 2.0.

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