Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting your profile settings, part of Moodle 2.6 Essential Training.
One of the first things to configure for our new course, is our profile settings. Our profile settings are going to give our students an idea, of who we are as the instructor or teacher. Here I've logged into my Moodle version, and I'm on my home page. You'll notice on the left hand side under the navigation block, that there's a My profile drop down menu. If I click on this drop down menu, you'll notice though that, there's no place to edit my profile. I can simply view my profile The reason is, is whenever we're making changes to Moodle, we're always going to use the administrative block. The administrative block is where we can turn things like editing on and off.
I'm going to go ahead and scroll down the page, until I see the administrative block. Here, under Administration, on the left hand side, I'm going to go and click My profile settings and now, I can choose Edit profile. Now some of these options you may not have the ability to edit, if you system administrators have not granted you the rights to edit them. There's a few things I would like to draw your attention to, and a few changes I would recommend making. The first change I would recommend making, is down here in text editor. By default, it's going to select the default editor. However, one of the new features in Moodle 2.6 is an upgrade to the tiny MCE HTML editor.
This editor will give you a lot of control over the way your pages look, and make it a little easier, to lay out your pages and add things such as images. As I continue to scroll down the page, I'm also going to have the opportunity to add a description under my profile. Under the description, you could add information about yourself, but I also recommend putting things such as, when are your office hours? I have some pre-created text, and I'm just going to go ahead and paste that text in here. As we continue to scroll down the page, you'll notice that we run out of options under the basic settings. However, there's additional menus that we can choose to add, such as interests.
We can add additional names and we can even add a user picture. I'm going to go and click on User picture, and go ahead and upload a profile picture so that my students can see who I am, as their instructor. Now there's two ways that you can add images, inside of Google 2.6. One way is, if you can view your desktop, you can simply grab the item on your desktop, drag it over top of this rectangular dotted line box, and it will automatically upload that file for you. If you don't have the image on your desktop, or the ability to drag it onto your web browser, you can also simply click the box.
When you click the box, it'll bring up the file picker, here we can choose to upload an image from the server, from recent files that we've uploaded. If we have any private files that we've already uploaded to Moodle, we could select the image there, or I could choose to upload a new file. I've already selected upload a new file on the left hand side, and so now on the right hand side, I can simply click choose file. On my desktop in the exercise files, under chapter two, I have a profile picture already prepared. I'm going to go ahead and select this profile picture, and then click the open button. Now the File Picker will automatically upload the image to Moodle, using the name that was already created, such as Profile Picture.
If you want to change how this file's named inside of Moodle, you can go ahead and type Save As here. You can also select who authored this image, as well as the license that goes with it. Now, the license will not be visible next to the image, however, it's a good idea to make sure you understand which license using with which image, before you upload it. When you're ready, go ahead and click, upload this file. So now, we've made some basic changes to our Moodle profile, including adding your image. Before you navigate away from this page, it's really important you scroll all the way to the very bottom of the page, and click the update profile button. If you forget to click the update profile button, then your images will not be saved, and any changes you made will be automatically lost.
Here I can preview my profile, the exact same it way it will appear to my students when they log into the Moodle and sign into their course.
- 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