Learn that when you create 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, add content, and more. Before we do any of that though, we'll start out with a blank course shell. Right now, I'm on my site dashboard, and I'm going to select my Biology 101 course. On the left hand side, you can see here, Biology 101. I'm going to click on that, and this is a course which I've been assigned the role of teacher by my IT administrator, and this is the Biology 101 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're going to want to make sure to get this set up the way that we'd like it to look. 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 the course will still apply, but you might start out with a different look and layout. Let's first check to make sure that you have the ability to edit your course. If you have teacher, manager permissions, you should be able to turn editing on.
Now the location of this feature has changed in a recent Moodle update. In order to access it, I'm going to go to the gear icon in the upper right corner. I'll click here and click on turn editing on, so I do have this ability. If for some reason you're not able to edit the course, you'll need to talk to your site administrator. If you used a previous version of Moodle before version 3.2, you'll notice here that there is a different look. This is the Boost theme, and right away you can see that there aren't any blocks that appear.
Another big change is that there is a navigation menu on the left hand side. If we click the three lines icon up at the top, we can hide or bring out that navigation menu. Once nice thing is that when we close it, we can see our course full screen. We'll take a look at how this changes things throughout the course, but let's check out a quick example. In newer versions of Moodle, you still have the ability to add blocks. Remember that they won't appear on the mobile version of your Moodle course, so you may decide to avoid them altogether.
I'm going to add a block. I'll click on the three lines icon up at the top just to make sure that this menu is out, and then I'll scroll down to the bottom, and notice I still have the ability here to add a block. I'm going to go ahead and click on that, and it brings up the different blocks. You can see there are a bunch of them here. I'll go ahead and click on calendar, and as you can see on the right hand side, it now adds that calendar block. This is a great example of a block that's no longer necessary, however, because I can simply access the calender in the menu on the left hand side.
Notice here in this navigation menu that if I scroll down, I can click on calendar, and bring that up directly from there. I'm really excited about this new theme as I think it gives it a more professional look, and allows for a smoother user experience, but for this reason, I'm going to get rid of my calender block. So over here, I'm going to go back and click on the gear icon within this block, and then put delete calendar block. It asks if I'm sure and yes, I am sure.
Now in the center of my screen, there are different sections or units that your course has been divided up into. Currently we can see the dates, the 16th of May to the 22nd. The next week is the 23rd of May to the 29th, 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 it 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.
- 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