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Moodle is an online tool that allows educators to interact with students outside the classroom and manage a course from anywhere. In Moodle Essential Training for Teachers, Chris Mattia shows how this program works for teachers on three levels: disseminating information, creating a forum where ideas are exchanged, and assessing the progress of students. Chris shows how to build course materials with Moodle's HTML editor, post assignments, and save time by using Moodle's grade book to evaluate tests automatically and organize scores. Exercise files accompany the course.
The next set of tools inside of the Administration block for us to look at is the Assign roles link. Go ahead and click on Assign roles and then you can see the various options that are available to you underneath of the different roles. You can assign roles to any type of users that has less privileges than you do. So for instance, since you're the teacher in this course, you can assign Non-editing teachers, which would be the equivalent of a teaching assistant, Students and Guests. Let's begin by looking at the listing for Student. Click on the link for Student in the Roles column and then you can see all of the students that are currently listed inside of your course that have their role assigned to them as a student. You can add or remove students by simply clicking on a student's name and then clicking the Remove button which will push them back over to the right-hand side or selecting the student's name and pushing them back to the left-hand side by clicking Add.
If you want to upgrade a student's role to that of a teaching assistant, you can do that by simply coming up to the Role to assign dropdown menu, and instead of Student, select Non-editing teacher. Now, we can assign the role of non-editing teacher or teaching assistant to one of our students. Let's say, for instance, Al is our teaching assistant. So we'll select his name in the right-hand side, then, click the Add button. Al is not listed as a non-editing teacher. To get a complete description of all of the different options and parameters that a non- editing teacher has on your system, you will need to contact your Moodle administrator to find out all of the different options that a non-editing teacher can do on your particular system.
There is also a checkbox here with an eye icon that shows hidden assignments. Let's go ahead and move Al back over to the right-hand side by selecting his name on the left and hitting Remove. This time, we check the box for hidden assignment and then select Al and click the Add button. Now Al is listed as a hidden assignment. This means that his role of a non-editing teacher would not be revealed to anyone that's not a teacher or an administrator on your Moodle system. This is very helpful when you have additional co-instructors teaching a course, but you only want one instructor listed in your main course catalog for Moodle.
Having hidden assignments is a great way to control that and have specific users that you've granted additional access into your course for. Let's go ahead and return back to the main listing for all of the assigned roles by clicking on the Role to assign dropdown and selecting the option for List all roles. It takes us back to the main listing. Here, you can see the different users that are assigned to each role inside of your course, including Non-editing teachers, Students and Guests. Let's go ahead and return back to our main course by clicking on the BIOL432 link in the upper left-hand corner.
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