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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.
Now let's have a look at some of the options that are available to us concerning our Users. In the left-hand side in our Settings block go ahead and click on the link for Users and then click on the link for Enrolled Users. Now you can see a listing of all of the Users that are inside of your course. You can click on their icon in order to see a detailed view of that person. If you hit the Back button you can also see the last time at that User Accessed your course. In the next column you're able to see all of the different Roles that a particular user has inside of your course. So in this case we can see that I have a teacher role and we can see that Sally has a student role.
If that user is a member of any Groups within your course, those would be listed in the next column. Finally you can see how the user became Enrolled in your course, whether they manually enrolled, they did self enrollment or there are some other enrollment option that's used within your Moodle system. The next level of information we can look at about our Users is to click on the Permissions link in the Settings block. Now by clicking on Permissions, we can now see all of the different permissions that are available within our course. We can see what the risks are and then what roles have access to those parameters and what roles are strictly prohibited from accessing those parameters.
This is quite a long list and if you want to scroll down and have a look at some of them, I encourage you to take some time and browse around to see what is enabled and what is not within your course. Every school will have different parameters as to what they allow each role to do, depending on their specific policies and procedures. To check on the Permissions for a specific user, click the link for Check Permissions underneath of the Permissions heading. Now we can check the permissions of a particular user, such as Al, by selecting their name in the list of users and then click the button for Show this user's permissions.
Now we are seeing just the permissions that are available for Al. If we want to see what types of activities that Al may have permissions for, in the Filter field, I can simply type in activity, and now my results are filtered down to only show me any parameters that have activity in the name. In this case when I look down I can see that Associate blog entries with activity modules is enabled for this user, but no other activity type of permission is set up. Go ahead and hit the Clear button, and then we are seeing the total list.
One more thing that we want to look at when it comes to User settings, and to do that go ahead and click back on the link for BIOL432 to return back to our main course page and then scroll down on the right-hand side. In an earlier movie we added a block called People, if you don't have this block simply click the Add a block, and select People from the menu. Once your page refreshes, click on the link for participants. By default, when you go into the Participants listing you can again see all the participants within your class you see their User picture, their Name, City/town, Country the Last time they Accessed the course, and then you have an option to be able Select the user.
All of this information is provided in the brief user listing. In the upper right, if you click the dropdown menu, you can select user details and now you have even more information about your particular users. If we go ahead and scroll down, in the previous movie, we just logged in as the user Al, and we completed a few activities. Now that we have the full view, go ahead and click on Activity in Al's reference, and then we can see a chart showing us the number of hits for a particular day and we can also see a detailed report showing every single action that this user completed on this day.
We can even see the date and time and the IP address from which the student accessed this course from. What action they took and related to what piece of information within our course. This can be a very helpful tool when you are trying to investigate what a particular student may be doing inside of your course where they may need additional help. Let's go ahead and scroll back to the top and return back to our course. Next, we'll look at how you can make a backup of your course.
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