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Teachers, learn how to create engaging courses with Moodle 2.4 and get your students excited about online learning. In this course, Moodle expert Mary Cooch shows you all the steps to creating classes for K–12 and college settings. Learn how to set up Moodle so it's just right for your classroom, add course materials (including videos, widgets, and web links), get your students enrolled, and start fostering collaborative learning with blogs and chats. Plus, learn to build quizzes, grade assignments, and get student feedback. Mary also shows you how to back up a copy of your course to use again the next year, or share with others.
It can be very helpful at times to know who is online at the same time as you, particularly if you need to message a student or a colleague for example. The Online Users block allows you to do this, and that's what we're going to explore in this video. So we're in our course, and we need to have the editing turned on, which we've done either by clicking the button top right, or in the settings block by clicking the link Turn Editing On. And then we scroll down to Add a Block, and we choose the block Online Users.
And when the page refreshes, blocks always appear at the bottom, but remember, we can move them to wherever location we feel is convenient. We see that our student, George Adams, is present online at the moment, at the same time as we are. And so we could click the envelope next to George's name to quickly send him a message. It shows the users who have been online in the last five minutes by default, but your administrator may change this. If we're doing face to face teaching using Moodle in a computer room, or if we've set up a virtual chat at a specific time, then the Online Users block is very useful for us to check that everyone is on task, and with the teacher inside the course.
So in this video, we added the Online Users block, to enable us to see who is online in our course at the same time as we are. We learned that we can message them from this block, too. And that it can be helpful as a quick class register if we're working in real time in a group.
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