Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring the layout, part of Moodle 2.6 Essential Training.
Now that we've logged in to Moodle, let's go ahead and become familiar with the layout inside of the Moodle interface. Once again, the screen looks very similar to the login page. We have a center area for content, as well as areas on the left and the right for boxes. Again, your version might look slightly different, depending on how your administrators have configured it. For example, all of the boxes might be on either the left or the right and not both sides. These boxes are important and contain all the information we need in order to continue setting up our Moodle account. Let's go ahead and find the navigation box.
In my version, it's on the left-hand side, and it's the second box down. RIght now, I'm at my Home Page. My Home Page is defaulting to the University's setup. I can also click on my home. My home is going to bring me to an overview of the courses that I'm currently teaching. Now you notice that next of my home there is a small square, that's because this is simply a link. If I click on My home it takes me to the my Home Page. Next to my profile however, I can see that there's this toggle arrow. If I click on My profile, instead of going to the My profile page, it'll automatically open up a drop down menu.
Here I can see View profile has a square next to it, so this is a link. If I click on View profile, it'll take me to the profile page. Once again though, I can see that there is different items that have arrows next to them. Every single time, you click an item with an arrow, it's simply going to open up a drop-down menu. The last section in this navigation is my courses. I can go ahead and open up the drop-down menus until I actually see the courses that I am teaching. Here, if I click on this link, next to the square, it'll take me to the Art, History and Critique course.
The next box I'd like to look at is the Administration box. Most levels of Moodle above the student settings will give you the ability to edit your page. Those edits all start by using settings here inside of the administration block. On the right-hand side I have another block that says my private files. In a later video we'll take a look at adding files to Moodle and using Moodle to create online storage of documents you use all the time. Once again, please keep in mind that your version might be different based on the administrative settings that your administrators choose to turn on or off during the setup process.
Now that we have an overview of Moodle, let's go ahead and take a look at setting our profile inside of Moodle.
- Customizing your profile
- Adding media and Google Maps
- Adding assignments
- Creating quiz questions
- Embedding YouTube videos on a new page
- Enrolling students
- Sending messages
- Conducting class surveys
- Grading assignments