Join Oliver Schinkten for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding courses to MoodleCloud, part of Teacher Tech Tips Weekly.
- In this video, I want to show you how to create a course in Moodle Cloud and then show you a way which you can explore the look and layout of an already created Moodle account. Now, in order to create a course, I'll need to click on Add a new course. First though, you'll notice that there already is an available course titled Introduction to Moodle. This is one that's preloaded onto the account by Moodle and gives you some directions on how to use it. So, that's not a course I created. In order to create my own, I'll click on Add a new course. I need to fill out some information about my course.
So I'll put here 7th Grade Life Science, give it a short name. I can add a start date, here I can also add a description which the students will see. I'm going to paste one that I already have created into the box. And I can use the Rich Text Editor to make some changes. I'm going to make this bold to make it stand out a little bit. I could a link or an image. If I scroll down, I can add course summary files. If I wanted to, I could add a syllabus or something to this. I can change the course format, the course appearance, and make some other changes.
Another thing on the bottom, you can choose the role renaming. So, in other words, we can changes the names of some of the roles. If you'd rather have professor instead of teacher, or for instance, instead of non-editing teacher, you wanted it to be co-teacher, you can make those changes. Now, when I'm done, I'm going to click Save and display, and this will bring me to the page in which we'll see all Enrolled users. Now, there aren't any students in the class yet because we have not yet invited anyone. I'm going to click on Home and this will bring me back to my dashboard. And as you can see, the 7th Grade Life Science course appears right here.
I'm going to click on that and it will bring me to the course dashboard. On the course dashboard, they're listing different modules by weeks. So in other words, the first one is from September 12th to the 18th. We have September 19th to the 25th and so on. If I wanted to change the names of these to Week One, Week Two, Week Three, and so on, or if I wanted to change it to The Genetics Unit, Classification Unit, and so on, I can do that by clicking on the gear icon and then making these changes. One thing that I really like about this is that you can restrict the access for these modules.
If I click on Add restriction, I can restrict access by date. In other words, I could go ahead and create all the resources and finalize all the modules, however prevent access to students until a specified date and time. Another option I have is that I could restrict access based on a grade. In other words, students would have to attain a certain grade before they were able to access the next module. So this provides a really neat way for you to control the flow of your class.
I'm going to click Cancel. Cancel out of here. Now, if I don't want one of these modules to appear, for instance, if it's a week we don't have school, on the right hand side I can click on the eye icon and that will hide it. I can also add an activity or a resource to any of these modules. So, if i click on add an activity or resource, it will bring up the possibilities and there are a lot of them. So, I could add an Assignment. I could add a video conference through BigBlueButton, a chat and so on. If I scroll down a little, I'll see the different Resources I can add including Books, a File, Folder, etcetera.
So, I'm going to, in this case, click Cancel. I'm not going to add any resources at this time. Now, I want to bring up one final note. If you want to explore the Moodle platform from a parent, teacher, or student perspective, Moodle does offer a really neat solution. They've created a fictitious account called Mount Orange School. I can get there by navigating to school.demo.moodle.net and this is that account. Now, every sixty minutes this account will reset.
So. when I go in as a teacher, student, or parent, I'm actually able to make changes to the site. Now, don't worry about that affecting anyone else, because every sixty minutes, it will reset back to its initial state. So, it really is a playground in which you can get to know Moodle better. I can see in the bottom right corner that right now the site will reset in 54 minutes and five seconds. I'm going to click on Choose a role and I can choose from Teacher, Student, Manager, Parent, or Other user. I'm going to select Teacher and they'll give me the instructions to log in.
So if I want to log in as a fictitious teacher named Jeffrey Sanders, I do so by entering the login "teacher" and the password "moodle." I'm going to go ahead and do that. And now I'm logged in as Jefferey Sanders as you can see in the upper right corner. Now, if I want to, I can go over and click on the Dashboard, the Site home, different blogs, but first I want to take a look at the main activity stream. Here, they give you the opportunity to do some specific things within the Moodle platform. In other words, I could upload a file, a PowerPoint in your course.
I could make a folder of files available to students and so on. So this is a very neat way to be able to go in and practice some of these things before you actually create your own account, or create your own course. Now, on the left side, I will click on Dashboard and this will bring me to a teacher dashboard that's already been completed. We can see here the different courses they have. I'll click on Psychology and Cinema and we can see the different things for that course. Over on the right hand side, it shows the latest news for the course.
It also shows a Calendar, so we can see the different things that this teacher has added. I'm going to back out of this and I'm going to click on Student. So, if I want to log in as a student, I first need to log out from the teacher account. Then, I'm going to enter in student and moodle as the password. So this logs me in as Barbara Gardner who is a fictitious student. And as we can see, she is actually in the Psychology in Cinema course. So if I click here, I'll be able to see what this looks like from the student perspective.
So I do suggest taking a look at this. You know, first before you create any course or even account and then also, if you want to just take a look at what it's going to look like for your students or for your parents of the students. If you'd like to incorporate blended learning in your classroom, Moodle Cloud may be an excellent option for you. I recommend that you check it out and see if this is something that can help improve the learning experience in your classroom.
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