Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Managing course settings

From: Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers

Video: Managing course settings

Let's go into the Administration block and click on the link for Settings to look at the other settings that we are able to control inside of our course. If we click on the link for Settings, we have already been to this page once before in an earlier movie. But let's quickly review the settings that we changed there and then look at other settings that are available to us. In the General section, the top part of this course, where it list out the Full name for our course, the Short name for our course and any Course ID. This section is almost always entered in for you already by your institution and should rarely be changed by the instructor. This information is going to be what is showing inside of the main listing of courses for your institution.

Managing course settings

Let's go into the Administration block and click on the link for Settings to look at the other settings that we are able to control inside of our course. If we click on the link for Settings, we have already been to this page once before in an earlier movie. But let's quickly review the settings that we changed there and then look at other settings that are available to us. In the General section, the top part of this course, where it list out the Full name for our course, the Short name for our course and any Course ID. This section is almost always entered in for you already by your institution and should rarely be changed by the instructor. This information is going to be what is showing inside of the main listing of courses for your institution.

Many institutions locked this information from being edited by their instructors at all. In our case, the information is available to be edited but we are going to go ahead and leave it as it is. The next section is for Summary. The Summary is most often used as the course catalog description by your institution and should be either filled in for you or it's a place where you can simply copy and paste the course description that's listed for your course directly into this space. As we scroll down, we get several options that allow us to control the Format.

Earlier in this training we changed from a Topics format to a Weekly format. There are variety of other formats that you can choose from and if any of those formats are ones that work with your kind of layout of a course, you can feel free to select those. In our case, we want to make sure we'll leave this set to a Weekly format. The Weekly format is the most common format that's used by instructors using Moodle. You can then set the Number of weeks or topics that you want to have blocks of content for inside of your course. Because we are teaching a 15-week semester, we have chosen to have 16 weeks or topics that will include a week for the spring break session. We then set the Course start date. This is the first date of the first week of your semester and then any additional weeks will be calculated off of this date.

The next option for Hidden sections are completely invisible, allows us to control how we want hidden sections to be displayed. In previous movies, there is the button on the right hand side of each content block where you can hide all the other content blocks. The setting that we have got here set for Hidden sections are completely invisible, makes all the other sections completely disappear. If you select the top option, Hidden sections shown in collapsed format, you would see blanks listed for each week of your semester and then the week that you have highlighted would be left open. So students would see that additional information there but it wouldn't be displayed to them all the time. This is a personal choice and I encourage you to go in and explore this option. I prefer to have hidden sections completely invisible. That way I'm able to focus on the work for the week that I'm working on and then hide away all the other information.

News items to show, in the upper right hand corner of your course you have a news block. Or if you are coming from other learning management systems, you may know this section is Announcements. The number that you select here in this dropdown menu will control the number of announcements or news items that are showing inside of that content block. The next option allows you to control whether or not you want to have students to have access to the Grade Book inside of your course. Students would only see the grades for themselves and only see the grades that you have told them that they are able to see. Your Grade Book would have access to additional information where you can see all of the grades for all of your students. It's a good idea to allow your students to constantly have updated information to know their exact status inside of the course. To do this, go ahead and leave this option set to Yes.

The next option is for Show activity report. There is a course content block called Activity and if you set this option to Yes then anytime a student logs in to your course and does anything inside of your course or you go into your course and you post any content or materials inside of your course, the Course Activity block will show which user has done which activity. This is a great way for you to be able to monitor what's going on and it gives your students a way to look and see when you have posted new content to know exactly what that new content is.

However, this block can get a little confusing at times because of the information that's coming into it. I'll go ahead and leave this set to No. The next option for Maximum upload size is depended on your particular Moodle server configuration. The Default setting for the installation that we chose on the Mac install was 32MB. The Maximum upload size on a Windows install that we did was 16MB. Your institution may have a very different list of options that's available here for Maximum upload size. If the Maximum upload size is too small for the data that you need to be uploading inside of your course, you will need to contact your IT Department and find out about having the settings and the server adjusted in order to accomplish your learning objectives.

As we scroll down, the next block of content is for Enrolments and in most institutions you should not have to adjust the enrolments section of your course. This should be being managed for you by your institution, but in some situations enrolment is left to be managed by the instructors. If this is the case, you can control that here. The default setting for Enrolment plugins should almost always be left to Site Default, which is the Internal Enrolment. Rarely should you ever need to change this setting. The next option for Default role is the role that is assigned to new users when they enroll into your course. The default is almost always set to Student and it's a really good idea to leave this set to Student. You definitely want to set this option to whatever the lowest level of permissions that you want new users to be at. You can be more specific by simply selecting Student to make sure that if a setting is changed in the server, then any new users who get enrolled will still get enrolled as a Student.

If you are teaching a course where you want to have guest access, you can also set this option to Guest and then users can come in, they can see any material that you have turned on to be available to guest, but they are not able to go in and start working with the materials in your course which you have restricted to your students or higher level users. We'll go ahead and set this option to Student. So we are very specific as to what role new users will get. You can then control whether or not your course is enrollable at all or not. By default most courses are set to be not enrollable because enrolment is taken care of by the IT Department or through the registrar's office. Different institutions have different policies as to who handles enrolment. So this setting may be adjusted differently depending on your specific needs. One thing that you can do is you can always change this option temporarily to Yes to allow someone to enter into your course as a new student and then switch it back to No.

You can also control the Date ranges here by selecting this option and then changing what the Start and End dates of your open enrolment period are going to be, if you want to have students to automatically be able to self enroll into your course. We'll go ahead and leave this option for right now set to Yes with both of the check boxes for Disabled for our Start and End dates. You can also control the Enrolment duration, so that you can say that enrolment is only going to be open for say the next two days or five days.

We are going to go ahead and leave ours set to Unlimited because for this test course if we want to have anyone to just log in and see what our course is all about that is already set up for us now. As we scroll down, the next block of options is for Enrolment expiry notification. This controls what happens if you have users that are set up to have their enrolment to expire at a certain time period throughout your course. So if you are teaching an ongoing course, you may have users that are enrolled only for a specific range of days and then their enrolment gets terminated.

Here you can set whether or not, you want to be notified as the instructor when this is about to happen. You can also control whether or not you want to have a message go out to your students if they are about to be unenrolled from your course. And you can set the number of days in advance that this message will go out to both types of users. In most cases, you are not going to be using these settings. The next section is for Groups and this section here allows us to control whether or not we want to have groups as part of our course. Whether or not we want to have Separate groups where each group of students if we set an assignment to use groups and have materials separated then only members of that group will be able to see that information. The Visible groups means that all students in all groups would be able to read and see all the materials that are available only to the other groups as well. In our case, we are going to leave ours set to Separate groups, as we'll go into the groups in a later movie.

You can also control whether or not you want to Force groups to be enabled on your site. We'll go ahead and say No, because most of our site is set up to be used without groups. As we scroll down to the next section, the next block is for Availability. Here you can set whether or not you want your course to be available to students or not. This means that say you are building your course for the next semester but you don't want all of your students to be able to see the materials that you are building before the semester starts. It's a good idea then to come in and set this to 'This course is not available to students.' Your course will still show up on your listing, because you are the instructor. But it won't be available to any of your students until you log back into these settings and then change this to 'This course is available to students.' We'll go ahead and leave this course available to students so that any student that were to log in would see all the materials that we are working with.

The Enrolment key gives you a place where you can set a secret password that you can then give out to your users to allow them to enroll into your course. This is a nice little security feature that's used at some institutions, so that you can have students that need to come to see to instructor before they enroll into a course to get approval. This is a nice stopgap because when the student comes to see the instructor, you can give them the enrolment key and then they are able to access the online materials inside of the course.

You can also control Guest access for your course. Guest access is a great way for you to provide a kind of advertising for your course to other students at your institution. Other students would be able then log in as a guest to your course and see the material that you are making available to guest. You can control whether every single item inside of your course is available to guest or not. But that option only becomes available once you set up to have guest available. You can also choose whether or not you want to have guest available without any key, meaning anyone can simply come in and view your course as a guest or if you want to restrict access to users by providing this enrolment key to those users and then they are able to access the materials inside of your course. Their status would still be listed as a Guest, so they wouldn't be able to necessarily get in and work with all of the materials but they could get in and see the materials that you have made available to guests.

We'll go ahead and leave Do not allows guests in our course for right now. As we scroll down the next block allows us to control the Language settings for our course. Here the languages that are available on your server, that have been set up inside of your Moodle installation, should be available to you inside of this option. If you are teaching your course at an institution where you are using other languages, you may want to force your course into that particular language. This is incredibly helpful when you are teaching a foreign language course such as Spanish, French, German, Italian or so forth. In those instances you can set up a language that you want your materials to be displayed inside of your Moodle course. In our case, we are going to leave this set to Do not force.

The final section inside of the course settings administration is the renaming of roles. For the most part, you should leave this set alone unless there is a specific need where you want to change, say, instead of referring to your students as students, you are going to refer to them as learners or you want to change the designation of Teacher to something like Instructor. But for the most part, all of these settings should be left alone unless there is a very specific need for them. Go ahead and click the Save changes button and all of the settings changes that we have made will be made available immediately.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers
Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers

108 video lessons · 9892 viewers

Chris Mattia
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  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

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now "Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.