When creating a course on the Moodle platform, you must first begin with a blank course shell. The appearance of your initial course shell will depend on the default settings that your system administrator has set. The system administrator who has installed Moodle on the server has the ability to customize the look and layout, as well as many of the different functions available to users.
- Now that we've customized our Moodle profile and settings, we're ready to being building our first course. In this chapter, we're going to take a look at how to create a course, including how to customize the layout, adjust the settings, add content, and more. Before we do any of that, however, we'll start out with a blank course shell. Right now, I'm on my Dashboard, and I'm going to select the 21st Century Communication course that I've been given the role of Teacher by my Site Administrator. Now, I can select that here from the center or on the left hand side, under Navigation, I can click on my courses.
And click on 21st Century Communication. And here it is, an empty shell. This is the course Dashboard that students will see when they join the course, so we want to make sure that we get this setup the way that we would like it. Now, I need to mention again that your Site Administrator may have set up a default course shell that looks different from this one. If that's the case, the things we do in this video will still apply, but you might start out with a different layout. Let's first check to make sure that you have the ability to edit the course. If you have Teacher Manager permissions in the course, you should be able to turn Editing on.
If you looking in the upper right corner, you can see a Turn Editing On button. This means that I have Editing permissions in this course. In the Administrative block, you'll also see a link for turning Editing on. If for some reason, you're not able to edit the course, you'll need to talk to your Site Administrator. On the left and right of the screen, I can see what are called Blocks. These blocks will add functionality to your site and allow you to customize your course. We'll take a look at setting up blocks in this chapter. In the center of the screen are the different sections or Units, that the course has been divided up into.
Currently, we see the 25th of November to December 1st. The next one is December 2nd to December 8th. So this course is currently broken up into weeks. This section allows you to organize your class into weeks, chapters, units, quarters, or whatever you want to organize it in. For this 21st Century Communications course, I'm going to break it up into different topics or units that we'll be learning about, and we'll do this in the video on creating sections. So now that we've taken a look at a blank course shell, it's time to start customizing it.
- Navigating a Moodle course
- Starting with a blank course shell
- Using Moodle blocks to add different features and functionality
- Creating course sections
- Adding resources as file downloads and links
- Incorporating assignments, quizzes, and forums
- Enrolling students
- Creating groups
- Setting up the gradebook