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Moodle provides students with a rich environment of information, resources, and activities to enhance what is being taught in the classroom. In Moodle Essential Training for Students, Chris Mattia walks step by step through a typical Moodle course and shows students how to be successful. Chris shows how to post materials to a custom database, participate in a live chat with other students, and even access and complete assignments online.
Let's go ahead and take a look at a typical course inside of Moodle. To do this, find the listing of courses that you have available to you inside of your main Moodle page. I'm going to click on a course called Introduction to Coral Reef Ecology. When you enter into a typical course inside of Moodle, you'll notice that the content is arranged in three major columns. The left-hand column and the right- hand column are usually much narrower columns of information, both of which consist of a series of content blocks. Each content block has a heading on it letting you know the type of content that's inside of that block.
The top right corner of each of these content blocks has a small Hide button that you are able to click on to hide away the content that's inside of that block. Clicking on that button second time reveals the information again. The center section of your Moodle course is where all the main content for your course has been created by your instructor. If we scroll down just a little bit further, you can see that in this layout, every single week of the semester has its own separate content block associated with it. If you want to focus on just one week's worth of content, in the upper right corner of each of these content blocks is a small box icon. If you go ahead and click on that box icon, all the other content blocks for your semester are hidden out of the way except for the main header section at the top of the page.
This way you are able to just focus on the content that you need to focus on for that particular week in your semester. The center section of content may also be arranged as a series of topics or units. In the course that we are looking at on screen though, all of this content is arranged as a series of weeks. If we move back over to the left-hand side, let's go ahead and look at some of the other content blocks that are available to us. The top left-hand block is called people. Here we can see a listing of all the participants or students inside of your course. You can see their User picture, their name, the city or town that they are from, the country they are from and the last time that they accessed the course. You also have the ability to go in and search for a particular user.
So for instance, if we want to search for User name Al Uminium, we can click on for the first name A that will automatically limit our list to just users whose first name starts with A. I'm going to go ahead and return back to my course by clicking on the Biology432 link in the upper left-hand corner. You'll notice that this series of links allows you to quickly navigate back up and down, the course structure inside of Moodle. The next block down on left-hand side is called Activities, here you'll see all of the different activity types inside of your course and they are grouped by the type of activity that they are. So for instance, throughout the course of your semester, you may have a series of assignments that are located within each week of your course in the main content area.
But if you want to locate all of the assignments that are due in your course, you can click on the link for Assignments inside of the Activities block. And now they are all grouped together. This grouping will also show you the week that that assignment is due, the Name of the project and the Assignment type, the Due date, whether or not you have submitted any content towards that assignment and the Grade if it's been assigned by your instructor. Clicking on the link for any of these assignments will take you directly to that assignment and allow you to begin completing the assignment. I'm going to go ahead and return back to my course now by clicking on the Biology432 link in the upper left-hand corner.
Let's also take a quick look at Resources. This is under the Activities block and this block is going to again, show you all the different resources or materials that are available inside of your course for the particular week. With links directly to them and with a summary for what that resource is. We'll go into these in more detail in later movie. Let's go ahead and go back to our course by clicking on the Biology432 link again. Other block to take note of is the Administration block. This is usually located on the left-hand side and this is where you have access to your Grades.
If your instructor is using the Grade book that's built into Moodle, here you'll find all of the different assignments that are being graded inside of your course. The Categories that they are being graded for, the Grade that's been assigned to you, any Percentages that have been assigned to you for that Grade and any Feedback that your instructor has given. You can also click directly on the link for Grade items and it will take you directly to that assignment and where you can go in and complete it. I'm going to go ahead and return back to my course. Now let's have a look at some of the blocks on the right-hand side. On the right-hand side, the top block on my course is listed as Latest News. Here your faculty member is able to post updates and announcements that are going to be relevant information about your course, any content that's posted inside of the latest news should also be sent to you as an email to the email account that we noted earlier when we were editing our user profiles.
The next section is called Upcoming Events. In the Upcoming Events block is pulling information directly from your Moodle calendar. It's going to show you all the events that are related to this particular course and any campus wide or personal events that may also be related. Upcoming events for other courses would not be displayed inside of here. You can also get links directly to your calendar or create new events from within your course from within the Upcoming Events block. So scroll down a little bit further, we'll notice that there is a dropdown menu at the very bottom of the page, this allows us to jump to a particular week of our course and jump directly to that content area. Let's go ahead and scroll back up to the top of our course.
Now you have a pretty good idea as to the general layout of a typical course inside of Moodle. Just remember that the content blocks that you are looking for are usually located here in the center section and the Activities block is going to have groupings for all the different types of assignments, resources and so forth for your course.
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