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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 look at another one of the administrative functions for our course and that is how to reset our course. At many institutions you may reuse the same Moodle course term after term or year after year. In which case, you want to purge out all of the old user data, and reset, so that just the course is left back to be the original shell. We're still logged in as our administrator user and if you need additional help with this, you may need to contact the IT department at your institution. The default settings to reset a Moodle course in the installations that we have, have a few issues with them.
So we're going to go ahead and do this as the administrative user. To verify that this is going to work, let's first start off by clicking on Grades in our Settings for ImportM2 course that we created in the last exercise. Here we can see all of our students are still in our course, we don't have any grades or anything in them. When we go through resetting our course, at the end, we should be able to check the screen and there shouldn't be any students in our course. Okay, let's go ahead and click back on the ImportM2 course in our breadcrumbs, and then click on Reset from our Settings block.
The Reset course page has a whole lot of settings available to us, but if we scroll all the way down to the very bottom of the page, there is a button for Select default. The page should refresh and bring us back up to the top where we can go ahead and can review these settings now. If we want to Reset the Course start date to be a new date we can check that box here and then set up the new date. We can also choose to Delete the events, the logs and all notes, these are good things to go ahead and make sure that you delete. I also like to delete all comments that have been made by other students.
That way when the new course starts all of that information has been just purged out. I generally don't like to Delete the completion data. That way students that have completed this course and are carried forward would still have that data recorded in the database. And I also don't like to Delete the blog associations, that way anything that students have blogged about or others have blogged about in this course, will remain linked to the course. In the Roles section though, I want to make sure that I Unenrol all of my students and Delete all local role settings.
Next, we'll scroll down and make sure that I Delete all grades out of my Gradebook, but I definitely do not want to Delete any items or categories out of my Gradebook. That would just mean that I have to go in and re-create those myself. I didn't use any Groups in this course, so I don't have to worry about that section. The Assignment section, I want to make sure I delete all submissions, same thing with Chats, Choices and Feedback. For the forums, I like to go ahead and keep the default settings of Delete all posts. Let me scroll down a little further, I don't want to Delete all entries from the glossary, because that would Delete any of the entries that I created for the students to follow, but I do like to go ahead and Delete entries from users that are not enrolled.
That means any of the work that the students added into the glossary would get deleted. Now if I want to carry that information forward and build upon it in the next course, I could go ahead and leave this box unchecked, but for now, I'm going to go ahead and leave that checked. I do also like to Delete any ratings and all comments from the glossaries as well. I want to make sure I Delete all of my quiz attempts and all of my survey responses. To the Wikis, I like to delete all comments and all wiki tags as well. We'll go ahead and hit the Reset course button at the bottom and the Reset course function runs.
So we scroll down to see that we're get an OK, and all of the items on the right-hand column, we can then click the Continue button and now we're taken back into our course. To check and see that all of this went smoothly, let's go ahead and click back on our Gradebook and our Gradebook is still set up the way that we had it before, but we don't have any students listed in here. The course has been properly purged and is ready for the next term, let's go ahead and return back to our homepage of our site by clicking on the Home link, and then you can go ahead and logout as the administrator user, and log back in as yourself, If you're following along, my password set to 12345, I'll go ahead and click the Login button and now I have all the courses that I've been working with.
The primary Coral Reef Ecology course that we've been building all along, the Import from Moodle 1.9 that we did, and the Import from Moodle 2 course. Let's go ahead and go back into our Coral Reef Ecology course. Many of the functions that you're going to need to manage your course properly are all going to be over here in the Settings block,, or they're going to be embedded directly inside of your course when you have Editing turned on, or you can explore all of the blocks that are available to you within your course.
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