Take a quick tour of a course on the Moodle learning management system. Learn about the layout of different tools and features before creating a course.
- [Instructor] Throughout this course, I'll be using Moodle 3.4 to create a fictitious course titled Biology 101 for Orange Valley University. Although we'll start from scratch, and build the course up step by step, I wanted to start out by showing you how to navigate a course on Moodle. In order to do this, I'll show you what a course will look like once we've customized many of the settings, and added resources and activities. So once I'm logged into my account, it brings me to the new and improved dashboard, which appears here. Notice I have access to three different courses on the left-hand side.
It's Biology 101, Biology Concepts, and Communication. A System Administrator has assigned these course to me, and has given me the role of Teacher, which is why I'm able to see them here. I'm going to enter into my Communications Course. And let's see what it looks like. Now before I get started navigating this course, I want to bring up a very important point, and something that I'll mention a lot throughout the course. That is, that your Moodle platform may look different from mine. Moodle is a platform that needs to be uploaded and installed on a server.
Your System Administrator, who set the platform up, was able to customize the look and layout, and determine which features will be enabled. No worries though. The information we go over in this course will still be relevant, although you may start with a slightly different look. The first thing you'll notice is the new Boost theme, which was launched with Moodle 3.2, and things may look quite different to those who are familiar with older versions of Moodle. Let's take a look at some of the elements on our page. First of all, the new version doesn't depend as much on blocks.
You'll notice there are not blocks here. Also, I have access to this side navigation menu. I can click the three lines icon up at the top, and open or close that menu. Also in the upper right-hand corner, I have this gear icon, which allows me to edit my settings, turn editing on or off, as well as many other things that we used to have to access through blocks. Now, up at the top you can see that I have a Search feature. I have a Notifications and Messages feature. I also have access to my Profile.
And from here I can select Dashboard, Profile, Grades, Messages and more. And at the bottom is one of my favorite features, Switch Role To, which allows you to switch to the role of a student or someone else, so you can see what your course looks like through their perspective. Now, I'm going to bring this Side Navigation thing back out. When I click on Participants, we can see the participants in the course. We have Badges, Competencies, Grades, and much more. Below this, if I go back to the main part of the screen, you'll notice that any Moodle course, we have this Introduction section up at the top.
And below that we have the Different Units or Chapters. So here, I titled mine Communication Fundamentals, Crafting a Message, The Communication Medium, and more. Now you can decide whether you want this to be units, or if you want it to be displayed in weeks, or however you'd like to customize that. Now, this may be overwhelming to show all of this to your students, so within the platform you do have the ability to hide things. In other words, if I wanted to hide this entire unit, I could do so by going to the side, and clicking Hide topic, or Show Topic.
So I currently had that hidden, but if it is hidden, you can click here to Show That Topic. You can do the same with Activities and Resources with any unit. So in other words for Communication Terminology, I could go over and hide that if I wanted to. So this is a look at a course inside of Moodle. Here I can click on some of these different activities and resources, and they will be brought up right inside of the Moodle platform. Moodle is a powerful LMS with a ton of features and functions. Hopefully this course will help you gain a better understanding of how to use it effectively for your course.
Buckle up, because it's time to get started.
- Navigating a Moodle course
- Customizing your profile
- Creating sections within a course
- Adjusting course settings
- Adding course resources
- Quizzing students
- Managing course participants
- Customizing the Moodle gradebook