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Logging in and getting oriented with Moodle

From: Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers

Video: Logging in and getting oriented with Moodle

Let's get started building our first course inside of Moodle. If you follow along with the previous chapter, you should already be logged in as yourself. If you've had a test course set up for you by your institution, go ahead and log into your institution's Moodle site now and find that test course. The test course that I'm using is the Coral Reef Ecology class, which is located right here on the front page. I'll go ahead and click on the link and it takes me inside of my course. As the teacher for this course, nearly every function that I need to use is located on the left-hand side in the Administration block.

Logging in and getting oriented with Moodle

Let's get started building our first course inside of Moodle. If you follow along with the previous chapter, you should already be logged in as yourself. If you've had a test course set up for you by your institution, go ahead and log into your institution's Moodle site now and find that test course. The test course that I'm using is the Coral Reef Ecology class, which is located right here on the front page. I'll go ahead and click on the link and it takes me inside of my course. As the teacher for this course, nearly every function that I need to use is located on the left-hand side in the Administration block.

I can do things like turn editing on, adjust the course settings, assign various roles and access a variety of other functions that are available inside of my course. We'll go into these roles later. For now, just know where the block is located. You can also turn editing on by going up to the upper right-hand corner of the screen and clicking the button that says Turn editing on. If you click that button, you will notice that a bunch of icons appear all over your screen. Now regardless of the theme that has been applied to the particular Moodle installation that you are using, these icons and their functions will be the same.

So if you learn what the icons are and you learn how to use them, you won't have to worry about the differences in the appearance of a Moodle installation. You will know how to use it and how to work with it. A couple of the key icons that you want to make sure you are familiar with are the Hand icon that has the pencil. This icon allows you to edit the content that it's associated with. At the top of each content block in a course, this icon allows you to edit the header information for that block. There is also an Edit icon associated with each piece of content that's in those content blocks. The X allows you to delete content, the eyeball allows you to show or hide content.

This is very helpful when you are building content that you don't want to make visible to your students yet but you want to have it visible on your system. Simply clicking this Hide icon makes the content disappear from the view of a student. Clicking the icon again makes that content visible to the student again. There are also directional arrows that allow you to move content up or down or left or right. These icons are repeated inside of the content block so you can move the blocks around as well. There are two large dropdown menus that are associated with each content block. These are Add a resource and Add an activity.

Resources are for information that you want to provide to your students. Activities are things that you want your students to do or hand in. The difference between the two is really important to understand. So make sure you are familiar with them. We'll be going into all the different options under each of those menus in a later chapter. For now, just know the difference between the two. There is contextual help available for most objects inside of Moodle. Simply clicking on the yellow circle with the question mark will pop open a window that will have additional information for you that will explain what the function is and how to use it.

The next icons to look at are over here on the right side of each of the content blocks. Clicking on the top box allows you to hide the other topics that are available in the outline for your course. This allows you to draw focus to just particular content area that you want to work with. Clicking the button again shows all the content areas again. The icon underneath of it, the Light Bulb icon, allows you to highlight a particular content area so that your students know which content area is where you want them to have the focus at. Clicking on the Light Bulb icon a second time removes the two color bars from either side of the content area.

If you scroll up to the top on the right-hand side, there is another dropdown menu that allows you to switch your role. This is an incredibly useful tool for you while you are building your course. It allows you to see what a student would see if they were logged into your course. If you select Student, your view changes. You can tell that you are in a student role because your Administration panel is now much more condensed. You would only have the ability to look at your grade and see your profile. To change back to your teacher role, simply click the button at the top that says, Return to my normal role.

You are now taken back in the role of the teacher. You have to turn editing back on though by clicking the button that says Turn editing on either in the upper-right or at the top of the Administration block. The last major difference between the Student view and the Teacher view is the block in the lower right-hand corner that just simply says Blocks. The dropdown menu allows you to add additional blocks that are available on the particular Moodle installation that you have. You can add these blocks by simply selecting them from a menu. They will appear and you can begin working with them. We'll go into some of these blocks in the later time. For now, just know that they are there. The next thing we need to do is we set up our course is to customize our own profile so that the users have more information about us on the system and we'll do that in the next movie.

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  1. 8m 21s
    1. Welcome
      2m 8s
    2. Course overview
      5m 22s
    3. Using the exercise files
      51s
  2. 34m 55s
    1. Getting started
      2m 59s
    2. Installing Moodle on a Mac
      8m 45s
    3. Installing Moodle on a Windows computer
      14m 24s
    4. Creating user accounts
      3m 55s
    5. Creating a new course
      3m 0s
    6. Just enough site administration to get you going
      1m 52s
  3. 41m 16s
    1. Logging in and getting oriented with Moodle
      5m 8s
    2. Customizing your profile
      4m 7s
    3. Customizing course settings
      3m 49s
    4. Editing the header block
      1m 33s
    5. Posting a course syllabus
      3m 55s
    6. Communicating news to students
      3m 5s
    7. Managing files and folders
      3m 41s
    8. Posting lecture slides
      3m 11s
    9. Setting up the gradebook
      5m 35s
    10. Sending email to the class
      2m 54s
    11. Creating a simple assignment
      4m 18s
  4. 51m 28s
    1. HTML editor overview
      10m 11s
    2. Formatting text
      8m 42s
    3. Creating tables
      9m 36s
    4. Creating internal links
      7m 27s
    5. Creating external links
      7m 2s
    6. Inserting local pictures with HTML
      3m 55s
    7. Inserting pictures from Flickr
      4m 35s
  5. 49m 22s
    1. Preparing images
      6m 53s
    2. Batch-uploading files
      5m 58s
    3. Posting image files
      2m 33s
    4. Posting a photo gallery
      3m 45s
    5. Preparing audio files
      10m 14s
    6. Posting audio
      3m 50s
    7. Preparing video files
      7m 45s
    8. Posting video
      3m 48s
    9. Inserting video from YouTube
      4m 36s
  6. 37m 11s
    1. Creating a text label
      6m 14s
    2. Linking to a web site
      6m 2s
    3. Creating a text page
      4m 45s
    4. Creating a web page
      10m 56s
    5. Linking to a folder of documents
      4m 18s
    6. Inserting an IMS content package
      4m 56s
  7. 27m 23s
    1. Assignments overview
      2m 13s
    2. Advanced uploading of files
      10m 32s
    3. Online text
      4m 26s
    4. Uploading a single file
      5m 1s
    5. Offline activity
      5m 11s
  8. 11m 39s
    1. Creating a live chat room
      5m 13s
    2. Creating a choice
      6m 26s
  9. 15m 45s
    1. Setting up a simple database
      4m 14s
    2. Creating database fields
      2m 49s
    3. Customizing a database template
      1m 33s
    4. Entering data into a database
      1m 43s
    5. Enabling database auto-linking
      3m 23s
    6. Enhancing a database with file uploads
      2m 3s
  10. 17m 16s
    1. Creating a main glossary
      4m 45s
    2. Adding concepts to the glossary
      3m 16s
    3. Enabling glossary auto-linking
      3m 38s
    4. Enabling students to edit a glossary
      2m 5s
    5. Creating a secondary glossary
      3m 32s
  11. 9m 58s
    1. Creating a forum
      5m 21s
    2. Using a discussion forum
      4m 37s
  12. 32m 17s
    1. Creating a wiki
      7m 3s
    2. Wiki editing basics
      4m 26s
    3. Creating lists
      6m 1s
    4. Subdividing a class wiki
      3m 43s
    5. Adding attachments and images
      2m 54s
    6. Creating external links
      2m 27s
    7. Creating a table
      5m 43s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Online assessment overview
      1m 38s
    2. Creating question pool categories
      1m 58s
    3. Creating a first question
      6m 24s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      4m 39s
    5. Creating multiple choice questions
      7m 23s
    6. Creating short answer questions
      6m 59s
    7. Creating essay questions
      6m 22s
    8. Creating match questions
      6m 38s
    9. Creating numerical questions
      4m 56s
    10. Importing question pools from Blackboard
      6m 24s
    11. Creating a quiz
      9m 9s
    12. Adding questions to a quiz
      6m 50s
  14. 39m 16s
    1. Gradebook overview
      2m 6s
    2. Completing assignments as a student
      9m 34s
    3. Grading an assignment
      4m 52s
    4. Quick grading
      2m 25s
    5. Grading assignments with uploaded files
      2m 18s
    6. Grading offline assignments
      1m 16s
    7. Grading an online quiz
      3m 30s
    8. Quiz data analysis
      3m 4s
    9. Adding assignments
      2m 3s
    10. Exporting grades
      3m 55s
    11. Importing grades
      4m 13s
  15. 20m 4s
    1. Calendars and events overview
      3m 51s
    2. Creating a new event
      3m 21s
    3. Creating a repeating event
      3m 15s
    4. Exporting a calendar to iCal
      4m 5s
    5. Exporting a calendar to Outlook
      5m 32s
  16. 44m 40s
    1. Course administration overview
      3m 3s
    2. Managing course settings
      12m 48s
    3. Managing user roles
      2m 59s
    4. Managing groups
      4m 51s
    5. Backing up your course
      4m 34s
    6. Restoring data from a backup
      3m 14s
    7. Importing content to another course
      4m 53s
    8. Resetting a course
      3m 24s
    9. Running reports
      4m 54s
  17. 4m 14s
    1. Additional resources
      2m 58s
    2. Goodbye
      1m 16s

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