Join Chris Mattia for an in-depth discussion in this video Moodle course overview, part of Moodle 2.1 Essential Training for Students.
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Now that we have looked at a bunch of the different features of the Moodle's system overall, let's go into our class and see how a class is set up. To do this, most systems have a My Courses block either on one of the sidebars or oftentimes, it's listed right here in the middle of your homepage. Go ahead and click on the link for your course to go into the course. Now, I should know right away that every single Moodle installation is set up differently and no two teachers teach their course exactly the same way. So as we're looking at this course, you should get a good overview as to the types of information that you're going to find and generally how it's going to be organized.
It's certainly not going to look exactly the same way that I am showing you on screen. But in general, you will find that most courses are set up so that the main content of the course is here in the center section and you have the blocks along either side as we've seen. The general layout of the center section is such that you usually have a header block here at the top that is general information about the course. You may find resources such as the course syllabi. You will usually find a news forum that will have access to news postings that have been posted there by your instructor.
You may find information about office hours or common resources that can be accessed throughout the entire course. As you scroll down, most courses are arranged so that all of the content is either arranged week by week so that all of your material is organized in that fashion or it could be arranged by topics. So you could have unit 1, then another block below that for unit 2, and unit 3 and so forth. The course that you're seeing on screen right now is one that's set up in a week-by-week setting.
You will notice that the current week is highlighted on either side of the block, indicating that this is the content to focus on. In the upper right hand corner of each block, there is a small little box icon and if you click on that box, what it will do is it will hide all of the other weeks throughout your course. So if I scroll down to the bottom now, I no longer see any of the other weeks for my course. I can only see this one week. That helps me focus on just the content for this particular week. If I scroll back up, I can of course hit now the double box and then when I scroll down, I see all of my other content is still there.
It was just hidden away from me. So as I go through the rest of this title, I will oftentimes just highlight the week that I am working with. If I scroll back up, here we can see a few other items. Over on the left-hand side, you usually have a Settings option where you have a link to your grade book. When you click on Grades, you will find a grading report that has all of the different assignments that your instructor has set up and so you can always get a good, quick snapshot of how you're doing in your class. You can navigate back to your course at anytime by clicking on the name of your course here in the breadcrumbs.
On the right-hand side, you will have a variety of different blocks and what blocks that you have here will be different depending on your particular course. In this course, we've got a latest news section or any new postings that our instructor has posted for us will appear right here for us. We've also got a listing of upcoming events that will constantly be changing to let us know of upcoming events on our calendar. Already, we can see we've got our study session with Al coming up on Tuesday the 9th. We also have our lab session and another study session in the following week.
If you scroll down a little bit further, this course has a block set up for activities so we can quickly see all of the assignments that we have by simply clicking on a single link. Now, we can see all the assignments that we have to complete, what type of assignment, if a due date has been set up, whether or not we've submitted them, and what grade we've gotten on that assignment. It's a very handy way to see our information. Let me go ahead and go back to my main course page. I will scroll down and look at a few of the other blocks. There is also a block for recent activity in this course.
That means anytime my instructor post new content into the course. It will appear here in this Recent Activity. One of the challenges that a lot of students find they have when they go into a Moodle course is knowing what stuff is a new thing that they need to look at. A Recent Activity block can often times let you know of new changes that an instructor has made. The next section down here is My Private Files. This is a very important block for us to look at and we're going to be looking at this one in detail in an upcoming movie. The People block allows us to get access to all of the students that are currently taking our course.
Here we can see a quick list of all the students and instructor that's in our course. Go ahead and use the Back button to go back to my main course page and the last block that I have here is my Course Completion Status. Here I can get a quick overview to see how I am doing inside of the course as far as completing different portions of my course. I can click on the More Details link at the bottom of that block and I can see all of the different items that I need to do and what the requirement is. Some items I just have to view a resource. Other items I have to do something like take a quiz or hand in a paper.
As I go through completing different assignments, I will see the status of those change from Complete No to Complete Yes and it will also have a completion date. This way, I always have a good idea as to how many things I still have left to do in my class. This Completion items, if it's being used inside of your course, also shows up right on the main page of your course and we'll look at how to access that information in the next movie.
- Customizing a student profile
- Maintaining a personal blog
- Messaging inside Moodle
- Managing personal calendars
- Viewing documents
- Using Moodle's built-in discussion boards
- Collaborating with other students using wikis
- Contributing online glossaries
- Taking an online quiz