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.
- [Instructor] Now that we've customized our Moodle profile and settings, we're ready to begin 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, 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 site dashboard, and I'm going to select the Concepts of Biology course. This is a course in which I've been assigned the roll of teacher by my system administrator. And here is the Concepts of Biology course page. It's an empty shell.
Eventually, this will be the course dashboard that students will see when they join the course. So we want to make sure that we get it set up the way we'd like it to look. Now I want to mention, again, that your site administrator has likely created a default course shell that looks different than this one. If that's the case, the things we do in this course will still apply but you might start out with a slightly 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 this course, you should be able to turn the editing on. The location of this feature has changed in the new Moodle 3.2 Boost Theme.
It's located in the upper-right corner under the gear icon. If I click here, a drop-down menu appears, and I have the ability to turn editing off, and turn editing on. So I'm going to turn it on. Now if for some reason you're not able to edit the course, you'll need to talk to your site administrator. If you're a previous user of Moodle, and you're now using the new Moodle 3.2 Boost Theme, the first thing you'll notice that's different is that there are not any blocks that appear. We'll look at this more throughout the course, but let's take a look at a quick example.
You actually still have the ability to add blocks to your page, but they're not as necessary, and they won't appear on the mobile version of your Moodle course. So you may want to avoid them altogether. First I'm going to click on the three lines icon in the upper left. This will extend the menu. Now if my editing is turned on, I should have the ability to add a block. We're going to head to the bottom, and you'll notice down here that I can add a block. I'll click add a block. And as you can see, there are a ton of different blocks that we can add. So this is still part of Moodle. Now, I'll select the calendar block.
And as you can see, on the right hand side, it now squeezes in this central part, and adds the calendar block to my page. This is a great example of a block that's no longer necessary, however. Because I can simply access the calendar in this menu on the left-hand side. If I go over to that menu, that remember I can extend with the three lines icon, there is a tab for calendar. I'll scroll down, select calendar, and my calendar appears right here. I'm really excited about this new theme, as I think it gives a more professional look to the site, and allows for a smoother user experience.
For this reason, I'm going to get rid of that calendar block. So I'm going to back up, and because editing's on, I'll click on this gear icon, and then click delete calendar block. It'll ask me if I'm sure, and yes I'm sure. Now, in the center of this screen are the different sections or units that your course has been divided up into. Currently we can see that it's been divided up into weeks. The first is December 13th through the 19th. Then 20th through the 26th, and so on. In this section of the course page, you can choose to organize your class into weeks, chapters, units, quarters, or some other structure.
For instance, in this course, I want to break mine up into different topics or units that the class will 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.
- Downloading and installing Moodle
- New features in Moodle 3.2
- Navigating a Moodle course
- Customizing your profile and notification settings
- Using inline help
- Creating a course
- Adding resources to course sections
- Using labels
- Customizing the look and layout of your course
- Adding assignments, quizzes, forums, and surveys
- Managing course participants
- Setting up the Moodle gradebook
- Saving a backup of your course