FAQ Overview

Teacher FAQs

How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2015-12-03 08:47


Student FAQs

Why can't I log into Moodle with my username and password?

There are many reasons this could happen. Try this list and then contact your Moodle administrator if you still cannot login.

  • Make sure you do not have CAPS lock selected
  • Click the "Forgotten your username or password?" link and try resetting your password. Warning: you must have a valid email you can access for this to work.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-06 20:03


I can only see one section/week in my course - what has happened?

You have probably clicked on the small rectangular box in the top right-hand corner of the section box - this hides all but the selected section.  To see all of the sections again click on the two rectangles to the right side of the central column.

 

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-07 15:33


What is 'guest' access?

Many courses are available for 'guest' access - as a guest you can look at the course content but may not take part in any activities.

If a Moodle course is part of your program of study then you must make sure that you enroll in it rather than access it as a guest, otherwise you will miss out on discussion forums and will not be able to participate in any assessments or submit assignments.

If you do not have access to the course, then please contact your course instructor.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-07 15:34


What software is required to use Moodle?

We recommend that you use one of the following Internet Browsers:

  • Firefox version 3 or above (PC, Mac or Linux)
  • Internet Explorer 7 or above (PC) (Note that Moodle is not supported in Internet Explorer 6)

Some courses may also require you to use the following players or browser players.

Name

Description

Adobe Acrobat Reader

To view PDF files
[ http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html ]

Adobe Flash Player

To view Flash content on websites
[ http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/ ]

Quicktime Player

To play Quicktime files
[ http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download ]

Real Media Player

To play Real audio and video files
[ http://www.real.com/playerplus ]

Windows Media Player

To play a variety of media files, including Windows Media.
[ www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia ]

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-07 17:04


Moodle 3.1

What are the new features in Moodle 3.1

Moodle 3.1 is the 2nd Long-Term support release version of Moodle. This means that Moodle headquarters will supply security fixes for this version until May of 2019.

Among the other new features one major addition to Moodle 3.1 is the competency-based education framework that now allows tracking of competency or standard mastery in a learning plan. Complete standards or competency framworks can be manually built or imported with an additional plugin. The learning plan can then contain the competencies that students must master. These learning plans can be monitored by a manger and the student themselves. Moodle activites can be linked to competencies and then attached as evidence for completing a cometency in a learning plan.

Competency Learning Plan Screenshot

Other great new features include:

  • New grading assignment interface with tools to "draw" feedback on the submitted assignment.
    screenshot of the new Moodle assignment grading interface
  • Along with the new grading interface you can now dowlad selected assignments.
    screenshot of downloading selected assignments
  • Recycle Bin - Have you ever accidently deleted something you needed. With the new recycle bin you can get it back. Settings control how long deleted items stay in the recycle bin (default is 7 days).
    screenshot of a recycle bin recovery
  • Pin a Forum Post to the top
    screenshot of pinning a forum post ot the top
  • Share Activities on your site using the Publich as LTI tool.
    screenshot of using the LTI tool publisher
  • Tag course activities using the expanded tagging system
    screenshot of tag settings in an activity
  • Easier section editing without leaving the page.
    screenshot of editing a section title
  • Global search is now available.
  • Assignment file conversion for adding feedback (now you can add feedback to all uploads not just PDFs).
  • Bulk download of files in a folder with a Download button.
  • Messaging other is made easier with a message button near the persons picture.
  • Permalinks for Forum posts for linking.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2016-08-26 13:52


Where can I see demonstrations of the new Moodle 3.1 features?

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2016-08-26 13:55


Teacher FAQs » Activities

What Activities are available in Moodle 2?

There are 14 different types of activities in the standard Moodle that can be found on the "add an activity" drop down menu.

Assignments Enable teachers to grade and give comments on uploaded files and assignments created on and off line

Chat Allows participants to have a real-time synchronous discussion

Choice A teacher asks a question and specifies a choice of multiple responses

Database Enables participants to create, maintain and search a bank of record entries

External tool Allows participants to interact with LTI compliant learning resources and activities on other web sites.

Feedback For creating and conducting surveys to collect feedback

Forum Allows participants to have asynchronous discussions

Glossary Enables participants to create and maintain a list of definitions, like a dictionary

Lesson For delivering content in flexible ways

Quiz Allows the teacher to design and set quiz tests, which may be automatically marked and feedback and/or to correct answers shown

S.C.O.R.M. Enables SCORM packages to be included as course content

Survey For gathering data from students to help teachers learn about their class and reflect on their own teaching

Wiki A collection of web pages that anyone can add to or edit

Workshop Enables peer assessment

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2015-02-10 15:22


How can I add an activity to my Moodle course?

  • Go into your Moodle course.
  • Click on Turn editing on in the top right corner or in the Settings  block.
  • Click on the  +Add an activity or resource link menu in whichever topic area you wish to add the activity.
  • Select the activity you wish to add.
  • Fill in the required fields e.g. activity name and description, and edit settings as appropriate. Use the help icons embedded in the page to find out more about individual options. 
  • You can go back and edit activity settings later at any time if necessary.
  • At the bottom of the page click on Save and display to view the activity.
  • When viewing the activity, if you wish to edit any settings, go to the Settings block and select any of the available options for editing your assignment.

How can I add an activity to my Moodle 1.9 course?

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-06 16:49


How can I add an activity to my Moodle 1.9 course?


  • Go into your Moodle course.
  • Click on Turn editing on in the top right corner.
  • Click on the Add an activity menu in whichever topic area you wish to add the activity.
  • Select the activity you wish to add.
  • Fill in the required fields e.g. activity name and description, and edit settings as appropriate. Use the help icons embedded in the page to find out more about individual options. 
  • You can go back and edit activity settings later at any time if necessary.
  • At the bottom of the page click on Save and display to view the activity.
  • When viewing the activity, if you wish to edit any settings, click on Update in the top right corner.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-16 15:32


How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2015-12-03 08:47


Teacher FAQs » Blocks

How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2015-12-03 08:47


Teacher FAQs » Course Administration

How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2015-12-03 08:47


Teacher FAQs » Pedagogy

What tools does Moodle offer for collaborative work?

 

The Glossary activity allows participants to create and maintain a list of terms and definitions. It can be used to build an annotated list of useful websites or FAQs.

 

A Wiki enables documents to be authored collectively. A history of all contributions and changes is stored and the wiki can be rolled back to a previous version at any time.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-16 15:34


Is Moodle Pedagogically sound?

Moodle was built with the constructivist theory of learning in mind. It is research based and has many tools that will help teachers build this type of learning environment for their students. Here is a Moodle Pedagogy Chart for your reference.



Click here for a downloadable copy: Moodle Pedagogy Chart

Moodle Pedagogy Tool


Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-19 21:01


What are Best Practices in Designing and Online Course?

 From Moodle News, Wednesday Sept. 19, 2012, #iMoot Recap: Best Practices in Course Design @michelledmoore

 

 

Michelle Moore (@michelledmoore), Chief Evangelist for Moodle at Remote-Learner.net had one of the best presentations that I saw at the iMoot last week. Her presentation focused on the best practices of Moodle course design and usage including the list of tips and tricks you’ll see below. If you ever get a chance to attend one of her presentations definitely take advantage of her 8 years of Moodle experience in course design and helping other teachers build better courses.

If you’re a iMoot attendee (or want to register for access to all of the great sessions) here’s a direct link to the presentation page: http://2011.imoot.org/course/view.php?id=25.

Below are just a handful of the tips I picked up from her presentation. I’ve included her slideshow embedded below (but you’ll miss out on all of the great anecdotes and tips that she gave during the presentation).

Note that the presentation also includes some tips for Moodle 2.0 specifically which I have not included here.

  • Don’t use more than three font styles
  • Don’t use the course page for content (use it as a launch page)
  • Don’t do all the work yourself (let students build content in glossaries, databases, discussion forums, etc.)
  • Eliminate horizontal scrolling
  • If you create links in labels, note that they will not be tracked in user activity reports (if you’re going to put them on the main page create them as a resource for better course tracking/management)
  • Don’t overdo Activity/Resource names (keep them short/descriptive). If you need to add additional information add context in a label below/above
  • Don’t be afraid of white space
  • Beware the scroll of death!
  • Align pictures: left/right alignment will wrap text/resources/activities around the images
  • Simplify delivery
  • Don’t be afraid to branch out to other activities. Moodle has so many activities to offer experiment with them and put them to use

 

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-19 21:08


How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2015-12-03 08:47


Getting Started in Moodle

Why can't I log into Moodle with my username and password?

There are many reasons this could happen. Try this list and then contact your Moodle administrator if you still cannot login.

  • Make sure you do not have CAPS lock selected
  • Click the "Forgotten your username or password?" link and try resetting your password. Warning: you must have a valid email you can access for this to work.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-06 20:03


How do I change my password?

If you would just like to change your password and know your existing password, loginto your Moodle account as usual.

Change Password link in the administration block

Go to the administration block, under My profile, click change password. (Note: some institutions use an authentication method that does not store your passwords in Moodle. If you do not see the change password link, you will need to contact the IT department for your Moodle site)

On the change password page, fill in your old password, the fill in your new password and retype it. Click Save Canges when done.

Change Password form page

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2015-11-13 13:20


How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2015-12-03 08:47


Student FAQs » How-to Articles

How do I log in?

You must have a username and password to log into moodle. You can obtain this in 2 ways:

  • Ask you Moodle Administrator or teacher for you Moodle username and password. Many times schools will use the same username and password that you have with other school software programs.
  • If it is allowed by your institution, you can self register using a valid email address. This can be done by:
    • Clicking the "Login" link in the upper right side of the home Moodle page
    • On the right side, if it is allowed, there should be instructions on how to register by email.

Once your have a user name and password:

  • Locate the login block on the Home page and enter your username and password where indicated. Click Login.
  • Or, look at the upper right hand corner for a "Login" link. Click it and enter your information.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-16 14:56


How do I find my course?

When you log into moodle, under the navigation block, there is a link called "My home." On this page you can access all your personal information. You should also see a list of courses your are enrolled in under courses in the same block.

If you are not enrolled in a course, generally you can see a list of available course on the home page. Sometimes you are able to self-enroll in a course if the teacher has allowed it. You may need an enrollment key to do so.

New in Moodle 2.9

A new interface was created in Moodle 2.9. The My Home page is now called the Dashboard page and is by default the first page you are redirected to when you log in. The dashboard page contains a list of all your courses you are currently enrolled in along with any upcoming events in those courses listed below the name.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2016-05-02 14:27


How do I update my profile in Moodle?

You Moodle profile displays information about you to other Moodle users. You can also add a photo to your profile (can be useful for tutors and for other course members).

 

Moodle 1.9 version

Moodle 2.x version

If you wish to edit your profile:

  • Log into Moodle
  • Click on the Settings button and expand the My profile settings menu
  • Click the Edit profile
  • Edit the fields you wish to change
  • Click the Update profile bottom

If you wish to edit your profile:

  • Log into Moodle
  • In the Navigation block under Home, Click My Profile -> View Profile
  • In the Settings Block, choose edit profile
  • Edit the fields you wish
  • Click Update profile

 

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-16 14:57


How can I enroll in my course using the enrolment key I was given by my instructor?

To enrol with the help of an enrolment key, you will need to:

  • Log into Moodle
  • Search for the course using the Search Courses box
  • Click on the name of the course from the list of search results
  • On the screen that appears enter the enrolment key given by your instructor
  • Click OK to confirm that you want to self-enrol

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-16 14:58


How do I unenroll from a course I no longer need access to?

  • Navigate to the Moodle course homepage that you wish to unenroll from
  • Click the [Settings] button on the left side and choose 'Unenrol me from this course'. You will then need to confirm that you really wish to unenroll.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-16 15:11


How do I get my Moodle account to sync with Google Apps?

New Moodle Account Sync with Google Procedure

 

How do I get my Moodle account to sync with Google Apps?

 

These two criteria must be in place before the following procedure can be done:

 

  1. Student must have a valid student Moodle account with username and password.
  2. You Moodle administrator must place the student in the Users Being Synced category in the Google sync block.

 

Note: This is the procedure for Moodle 2.x, Moodle 1.9 has different instructions

Procedure

User

Obtain the student’s login information to log into Moodle

Teacher

Enter username and password into the login box or by pressing the login link.

Student

 

Student

 

Student

Click My profile -> view profile in the navigation block.

 

Student

From your profile page, located the settings block and click edit profile.

 

Student

Make any changes that are necessary and scroll to the bottom and click Update Profile

 

Student

Click on Home in the navigation breadcrumb trail at the top.

 

Student

On the left side scroll to the Google Apps block and click one of the three options: email, calendar, docs depending on what you have access to.

 

Student

 

You will receive a welcome message with an I Accept button to activate your account. Push the I Accept button.

 

Student

 

Your Account has been synced!

Student

 

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-16 15:12


Teacher FAQs » Resources

How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2015-12-03 08:47


Teacher FAQs » Activities » Assignments

Can I mark assignments online?

 Yes. There are a variety of ways in which assignments can be marked online in Moodle.

For example, if you create an Assignment activity in your Moodle course, students can submit files e.g. Word documents. These can then be downloaded by the lecturer, marked and feedback provided to the students in Moodle. To add an assignment to your course simply turn editing on and then choose an assignment type from the drop down Add an activity menu.

 

The Advanced uploading of files option is useful if you wish students to be able to upload more than one file. This also allows lecturers to upload a response file, for example an annotated version of the student's work, following use of the 'Track Changes' functionality in Microsoft Word (or similar).

If the assignment type Online Text is selected, assignments can be marked within Moodle without having to download any files to your computer.

 

In Moodle 2, the advanced grading option allows further grading options through the use of rubrics and marking guides.

For further information on submission of assignments in Moodle 2 see Moodle Docs .

For grading information in Moodle 2 see Grades.

For grading information in Moodle 1.9 see Grades FAQ

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-16 15:40


Can students submit multiple files for an assignment?

Yes, it is possible to do this. 

 

Create a new assignment activity: Advanced uploading of files. The settings for this activity include an option titled Maximum number of uploaded files. It is possible here to specify the maximum number of file you would like a student to upload.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-16 15:40


How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2015-12-03 08:47


Teacher FAQs » Activities » Book

How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2015-12-03 08:47


Teacher FAQs » Activities » Database

What is the Database activity?

The Database activity allows building of a searchable bank of record entries about a topic, using images, files, URLs, numbers and text.

 

Some additional information on the Database activity is available on the Moodle Docs for Moodle 2 website or for Moodle 1.9.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-16 15:37


How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2015-12-03 08:47


Teacher FAQs » Activities » Forums

How can I add a discussion forum to my course?

 First Turn Editing On in your Moodle course.

 

In the topic section where you would like to add a forum, from the + Add an activity or resource select Forum under Activities. This will take you to the Adding a new forum page.

Forum types

There are five forum types to choose from:

Forumtypes.png

  • A single simple discussion - A single topic discussion developed on one page, which is useful for short focused discussions
  • Standard forum for general use - An open forum where anyone can start a new topic at any time; this is the best general-purpose forum
  • Each person posts one discussion - Each person can post exactly one new discussion topic (everyone can reply to them though); this is useful when you want each student to start a discussion about, say, their reflections on the week's topic, and everyone else responds to these
  • Q and A Forum - Instead of initiating discussions participants pose a question in the initial post of a discussion. Students may reply with an answer, but they will not see the replies of other Students to the question in that discussion until they have themselves replied to the same discussion.
  • Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format

 Work through the options and complete any fields. Use the blue buttons with question marks to access help if you do not understand any of the options.

 

Click on Save changes at the bottom of the page when you have completed all of the options. You can then add a first discussion/post.

It is a good idea to embed the discussion in other work and provide a clear, well written prompt to get students contributing.

 

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-16 15:39


How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2015-12-03 08:47


Teacher FAQs » Activities » Glossary

What is the glossary activity?

The glossary activity could be used to create a list of definitions, annotated  resources or FAQs. A glossary can be collaborative or entries only made by the teacher. Entries can be put in categories. The autolinking feature highlights any word in the course which is located in the glossary.

 

Further information is available in Moodle Docs.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-16 15:38


How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2015-12-03 08:47


Teacher FAQs » Activities » Quizzes

What is a Moodle quiz and how might I use it?

Assessment and feedback on performance are critical elements of a learning environment. A well-designed test can give you and your students important information about their performance.

 

Moodle's quiz activity is an e-assessment tool which offers a range of question types. It gives immediate feedback, so students can quickly see how they have done. Meaningful feedback straight after an assessment can motivate students. It can inform them of their strengths and weaknesses and offer further study suggestions.

 

Lecturers, through the quiz reporting tools, can see how many students have not understood a particular subject and find out which aspects require reinforcement.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-16 15:42


How do I create a Moodle quiz?

Adding a quiz is like adding any activity or resource in Moodle:

  • Go into your course and turn editing on.
  • Choose the topic or week you want to add the quiz to.
  • From the +Add an activity or resource link choose Quiz. Next you will see the quiz settings.

 

How do I create a Moodle quiz in Moodle 1.9?

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-16 15:43


What Quiz settings are available?

From Moodle Docs 2.3

Creating a new quiz is a two-step process. In the first step you create the quiz activity and set its options which specify the rules for interacting with the quiz. In a second step you will then edit the quiz to add questions to it. This page describes the options you can set for the quiz activity, the page Building Quiz describes how to set up the questions for the quiz.

Quiz options There are a large number of options and your administrator should already have chosen the default values for most of them so that you will not have to modify them for the type of quiz that you use most often. The administrator may also have classified some of the settings as 'advanced' which means that they will be hidden from the set-up screen by default. This can help to keep the screen simpler. You can turn on the display of these advanced options by clicking on the Show advanced settings button. They will then remain visible until you click on Hide advanced settings.

 

Timing section

Open the quiz
You can specify times when the quiz is accessible for people to make attempts. Before the opening time the quiz will be unavailable to students. They will be able to view the quiz introduction but will not be able to view the questions.
Close the quiz
After the closing time, the students will not be able to start new attempts. Answers that the student submits after the quiz closing date will be saved but they will not be marked.
Even after the quiz has closed students will still be able to see the quiz description and review their attempts. What exactly they will see depends on the settings you choose under Students may review.
Time limit
By default, quizzes do not have a time limit, which allows students as much time as they need to complete the quiz. If you do specify a time limit, several things are done to try and ensure that quizzes are completed within that time:
  1. Javascript support in the browser becomes mandatory - this allows the timer to work correctly.
  2. A floating timer window is shown with a countdown
  3. When the timer has run out, the quiz is submitted automatically with whatever answers have been filled in so far
  4. If a student manages to cheat and goes over the allotted time, no marks are awarded for any answers entered after the time ran out

Note: Particular students may be given unlimited time to attempt a quiz which has a time limit set by allowing the capability mod/quiz:ignoretimelimits.

Display section

Questions per page
For longer quizzes it makes sense to stretch the quiz over several pages by limiting the number of questions per page. When adding questions to the quiz, page breaks will automatically be inserted according to the setting you choose here. However, you will also be able to move page breaks around by hand later on the editing page.
Note that changing this setting has no effect on questions you have already added to the quiz. The setting will only apply to questions you add subsequently. To change the page breaks in an existing quiz, you need to go to the quiz editing screen, tick the 'Show page breaks' checkbox, then use the repaginate control.
Shuffle questions
If you enable this option, then the order of questions in the quiz will be randomly shuffled each time a student starts a new attempt at the quiz. This is not related to the use of Random Questions, this is only about the displayed order of questions. The intention is to make it a little harder for students to copy from each other.
Shuffle answers
If you enable this option, then the order of answers within each question will be randomly shuffled each time a student attempts this quiz. Of course, this only applies to questions that have multiple answers displayed, such as Multiple Choice or Matching Questions. The intention is simply to make it a little harder for students to copy from each other. This option is not related to the use of Random Questions.
Note: Any matching and multiple choice questions in your quiz also have their own 'shuffle' setting. The options for these questions will shuffle only if the shuffle options for the quiz and the question are both turned on.

Attempts section

Attempts allowed
Students may be allowed to have multiple attempts at a quiz. This can help make the process of taking the quiz more of an educational activity rather than simply an assessment. If the quiz is randomized then the student will get a new version for each attempt. This is useful for practice purposes.
Each attempt builds on the last
If multiple attempts are allowed and this setting is set to Yes, then each new attempt contains the results of the previous attempt. This allows the student on the new attempt to concentrate on just those questions that were answered incorrectly on the previous attempt. If this option is chosen then each attempt by a particular student uses the same questions in the same order, independent of randomization settings. To show a fresh quiz on every attempt, select No for this setting.
Adaptive mode
Adaptive questions allow students to have multiple attempts at the question before moving on to the next question. The adaptive question can adapt itself to the student's answer, for example by giving some hints before asking the student to try again.
If you choose Yes for this option then the student will be allowed multiple responses to a question even within the same attempt at the quiz. So for example if the student's response is marked as incorrect the student will be allowed to try again immediately. However, depending on the Apply penalties setting, a penalty will usually be subtracted from the student's score for each wrong response.
In adaptive mode an additional Submit button is shown for each question. If the student presses this button then the response to that particular question is submitted to be scored and the mark achieved is displayed to the student. If the question is an adaptive question then it is displayed in its new state that takes the student's answer into account and will in many cases ask the student for another input. In the simplest adaptive questions this new state may differ only in the feedback text and will prompt the student to try again; in a more sophisticated adaptive question also the question text and even the interaction elements can change.

Grades section

Grading method
When multiple attempts are allowed, there are different ways you can use the grades to calculate the student's final grade for the quiz.
  • Highest grade - the final grade is the highest (best) grade in any attempt
  • Average grade - the final grade is the average (simple mean) grade of all attempts
  • First grade - the final grade is the grade earned on the first attempt (other attempts are ignored)
  • Last grade - the final grade is the grade earned on the most recent attempt only
Apply penalties
If a quiz is run in adaptive mode then a student is allowed to try again after a wrong response. In this case you may want to impose a penalty for each wrong response to be subtracted from the final mark for the question. The amount of penalty is chosen individually for each question when setting up or editing the question.
This setting has no effect unless the quiz is run in adaptive mode.
Decimal points
This option determines how many digits will be shown after the decimal point when the grade is displayed. A setting of 0 for example means that the grades are displayed as integers. This setting is only used for the display of grades, not for the display or marking of answers.

Review options section

This section controls what information students will be shown when they review their past attempts at the quiz, and during the attempt in adaptive mode. It is a maxtrix with check boxes.

The various pieces of information that can be controlled are:

Responses 
What the student entered in response to each question.
Answers 
The correct answer to each question is shown. (See note below)
Feedback 
The pieces of feedback that are specific to the student's response to each question.
General feedback 
The general feedback for the question, which does not depend on the student's response.
Scores 
Numerical information about the score the student received on each question.
Overall feedback 
The #Overall feedback for the whole attempt, which is set up further down the settings form.

For each of the above items, you can determine the timeframe when the students will see them:

Immediately after the attempt 
means within 2 minutes of the student clicking "submit all and finish".
Later, while the quiz is still open 
means after 2 minutes, but before the close date (if the quiz does not have a close date, this phase never ends).
After the quiz is closed 
means what it says (you never get here for quizzes without a close date).
Tip: Checking any of the boxes in the timeframe row, will reveal the test to the student. For example, to allow students to see their quiz immediately after taking it but not later, make sure none of the boxes in "Later" or "After" rows are checked. The student will be able to see their grade but not get into the quiz.

Note: Currently, the Answers display is a bit inconsistent between different question types. For example, the matching question type shows students which of their responses are correct, but does not tell them the right answer for the ones they got wrong. The short answer and multiple choices question types do tell the student what the correct answer is.

Users with the capability 'View hidden grades' moodle/grade:viewhidden (typically teachers and administrators) are not affected by these settings and will always by able to review all information about a student's attempt at any time.

Security section

Browser security
The options in this section offer various ways to try to restrict how students may try to 'cheat' while attempting a quiz. However, this is not a simple issue, and what in one situation is considered 'cheating' may, in another situation, just be effective use of information technology. (For example, the ability to quickly find answers using a search engine.)
Note also that this is not just at problem of technology with a technical solution. Cheating has been going on since long before computers, and while computers make certain actions, like copy and paste, easier, they also make it easier for teachers to detect cheating - for example using the quiz reports. The options provided here are not fool-proof, and while they do make some forms of cheating harder for students, they also make it more inconvenient for students to attempt the quizzes, and they are not fool-proof.
Full screen pop-up with some JavaScript security
There is a limit to what the quiz, with runs on a web server, can do to restrict what the student sitting at their computer can do while attempting the quiz. However, this option does what is possible:
  • The quiz will only start if the student has a JavaScript-enabled web-browser.
  • The quiz appears in a fullscreen popup window that covers all the other windows and has no navigation controls.
  • The students are prevented, as far as is possible, from using facilities like copy and paste.
Require the use of Safe Exam Browser
This option will only appear if your administrator has enabled it in Administration > Miscellaneous > Experimental.
Safe Exam Browser is a customised web browser that must be downloaded and installed on the computer that the student uses to attempt the quiz. It restricts student use more effectively than a pop up window option. Features include full screen, without web navigation options, shortcut keys including copy and paste are disabled and of course surfing the web during an exam.
Require password
This field is optional.
If you specify a password in here then participants must enter the same password before they are allowed to make an attempt on the quiz. This is useful to give only a selected group of students access to the quiz.
Require network address
This field is optional.
You can restrict access for a quiz to particular subnets on the LAN or Internet by specifying a comma-separated list of partial or full IP address numbers. This is especially useful for a proctored (invigilated) quiz, where you want to be sure that only people in a certain room are able to access the quiz. For example: 192.168. , 231.54.211.0/20, 231.3.56.211
There are three types of numbers you can use (you can not use text based domain names like example.com):
  1. Full IP addresses, such as 192.168.10.1 which will match a single computer (or proxy).
  2. Partial addresses, such as 192.168 which will match anything starting with those numbers.
  3. CIDR notation, such as 231.54.211.0/20 which allows you to specify more detailed subnets.
Spaces are ignored.

Common Module settings

Group mode
Here you can choose whether the quiz should be organized by group. This only has an effect on the review screens of the teachers where it determines which groups of students they see.
Visible to students
Determines whether the quiz will be visible to students. If you are still in the process of setting up the quiz then it is highly advisable to leave this set to 'Hide'. Otherwise students might view or even attempt the quiz before it is tested and ready. This setting is common to all activities and can also be toggled by clicking on the eye icon behind the activity's name on the course page.

Overall feedback

Overall feedback is shown to a student after they have completed an attempt at the quiz. The text that is shown can depend on the grade the student got.

For example, if you entered:

Grade boundary: 100%
Feedback: "Well done"
Grade boundary: 40%
Feedback: "Please study this week's work again"
Grade boundary: 0%

Then students who score between 100% and 40% will see the "Well done" message, and those who score between 39.99% and 0% will see "Please study this week's work again". That is, the grade boundaries define ranges of grades, and each feedback string is displayed to scores within the appropriate range.

Grade boundaries can be specified either as a percentage, for example "31.41%", or as a number, for example "7". If your quiz is out of 10 marks, a grade boundary of 7 means 7/10 or better.

Note that the maximum and minimum grade boundaries (100% and 0%) are set automatically.

You can set as many or as few grade boundaries as you wish. The form allows you up to 5 ranges at first, but you can add more by clicking the "Add 3 fields to form" button underneath.

If you're getting confusing error messages about a boundary being out of sequence (when it's obviously *in* sequence), or "boundaries must be between 0% and 100%" (and they are) -- check that the Maximum Grade for this quiz is set to something greater than zero.

 

What quiz settings are available in Moodle 1.9?

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How do I grade all responces to a quiz essay at once?

In Moodle 2.3...

 

To grade all submissions to a quiz essay question at once.

  1. Click on the quiz in the course you want to grade.
  2. In the navigation block, locate the quiz by going through the category, course, topic, quiz.
  3. Click on the arrow next to ‘Result’ to expand 
  4. Click on ‘grade manually’ 
  5. Select grade all at once

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How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

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Teacher FAQs » Blocks » Calendar

How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

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Teacher FAQs » Blocks » HTML Block

How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

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Teacher FAQs » Blocks » Rss Feeds

How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

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Teacher FAQs » Course Administration » Course Maintenance

How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

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Teacher FAQs » Course Administration » Student Maintenance

How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

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Teacher FAQs » Course Administration » Staff Related

How do I share questions bank quetions with other teachers?

Sharing and Managing Question banks

Be default, teachers can manage only the questions in the context of the courses they are in. You can set up a role to allow teachers to share and manage questions on a larger scale.

You can also use this role to create a special system-wide "Question bank Manager" instead of giving admin level or site-wide Manager access to a person managing the Questions.

Moodle Administrators See:

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How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

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Teacher FAQs » Course Administration » Groups & Cohorts

How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

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Teacher FAQs » Course Administration » Gradebook

Can I mark assignments online?

 Yes. There are a variety of ways in which assignments can be marked online in Moodle.

For example, if you create an Assignment activity in your Moodle course, students can submit files e.g. Word documents. These can then be downloaded by the lecturer, marked and feedback provided to the students in Moodle. To add an assignment to your course simply turn editing on and then choose an assignment type from the drop down Add an activity menu.

 

The Advanced uploading of files option is useful if you wish students to be able to upload more than one file. This also allows lecturers to upload a response file, for example an annotated version of the student's work, following use of the 'Track Changes' functionality in Microsoft Word (or similar).

If the assignment type Online Text is selected, assignments can be marked within Moodle without having to download any files to your computer.

 

In Moodle 2, the advanced grading option allows further grading options through the use of rubrics and marking guides.

For further information on submission of assignments in Moodle 2 see Moodle Docs .

For grading information in Moodle 2 see Grades.

For grading information in Moodle 1.9 see Grades FAQ

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Can I export grades to other programs?

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How do I set-up categories in my gradebook?

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How do I configure my gradebook?

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Why can't I change a grade within an assignment after changing it in the gradebook?

In Moodle 2.3 Assignments...

When you edit a grade directly in the gradebook, an "overridden" flag is set, meaning that the grade can no longer be changed from within the assignment.

However, the flag can be removed by turning editing on in the grader report, then clicking the edit grade icon, unchecking the overridden box and saving the changes.

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Last update: 2012-09-18 20:21


What are Gradebook Views/Reports?

Gradebook Views/Reports

      • Choose An Action - Open this drop-down menu to choose the gradebook view or action you want.

Dropdown menu

      • Grader Report – Administration > Grades > Choose an Action > View- Grader Report: Default view is a table of all grades by student. Used for checking grades and for entering grades for Gradebook Items.

grader report

      • User Report – Administration > Grades > Choose an Action > View- User Report: Shows all grades for one student at a time. This is how the student’s view their own grades.

user report

      • Categories and Items – Administration > Grades > Choose an Action > Categories and Items > Simple View or Full View: Outline view used for adding categories and items and and organizing gradebook. Simple View includes only Extra Credit; Full View includes all grade options.
      • Simple View

simple view

      • Full View

full view

    • Course Settings - Administration > Grades > Choose an Action > Settings > Course: You may choose to HIDE percentages in gradebooks that don't show a RUNNING grade.

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What do the settings in Gradebook mean?

Gradebook Key Concepts:

      • Naming Graded Activities - Remember that the name of the activity determines the width of the corresponding column in your gradebook. The shorter your activity names, the less scrolling you will have to do! We recommend using abbreviated or numerical names (HW1), and putting a more descriptive title in the activity Description.

Naming graded activities

      • Activity Items: The grade column and all student grades automatically appear in gradebook from graded Moodle activities. Grade the activity, don’t post grades in gradebook.
      • Gradebook Items: Not associated with a Moodle activity (e.g. in-class test). Grade is entered directly in Gradebook.
    • Extra Credit – Added to student scores, but not to category or course totals.
    • Aggregate Only Non-Empty – Ignores empty grade items. Calculates running grade based on work graded so far. You must put 0 in gradebook for work not turned in.
    • Drop the Lowest - Within a category, you can drop the lowest n scores. Be sure all items in the category have the same point value, or this is not mathematically valid.
    • Override – If you enter a grade in the gradebook for a Moodle Activity grade item, the grade from the activity is OVERRIDDEN, and will not update or show the grade given on the activity. The cell is highlighted amber to show that an override is in effect. Deleting the grade WILL NOT remove the override: To remove the override, edit the item and uncheck the override box.
    • Hidden Activities or Grade Items - WARNING: These may cause the grade total you see and the grade total the student sees to be different, because hidden items may be included in one and not the other.

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How do I set-up my Gradebook?

Gradebook Setup

    • Default Gradebook
      • If you add graded activities to your course and never do anything to the gradebook, you will have an accurate Running Grade gradebook (Simple Weighted Mean of Grades with Aggregate only Non-empty).
    • Basic Workflow
      • Define course grading rubrick
      • Identify desired parameters (running grades, extra credit, etc.)
      • Determine aggregation strategy
      • Course gradebook settings
      • Main category gradebook settings
        • Aggregation Strategy
        • Total Points
      • Identify & create categories (optional)
        • Aggregation Strategy
        • Total Points
      • Create all Moodle graded activities and set points. These will show up in gradebook.
      • Add any Gradebook items and set points.
      • Category Weighting (optional)
      • Testing

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How can I test the settings in my Gradebook?

Designing and Testing Grade Books:

    • Think carefully about the math involved in combining aggregation strategies. For example, if you combine SUM based and MEAN based categories, the midterm grades will be meaningless.
    • Use Joe Test to proof your gradebook.
      • Assign Roles > Student > Search for Joe Test > Select Joe Test > Click [Add to course]
      • Put grades in Joe’s gradebook (overriding is okay here).
      • Make sure grades add up as desired.
      • Change grades and verify again.
      • You can leave Joe in your course for future testing, or unenroll him when you are done
    • Manually calculate several grades at beginning of term and again before submitting final grades to check gradebook accuracy.

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Last update: 2012-09-19 20:40


How do I grade my students?

Grading

    • Grading Assignments
      • In your course go to Activities -> Assignments
      • Choose your assignment in Submitted column
      • Edit the student grade by clicking on the link in Status column
      • Depending on your assignment you can grade and leave your feedback
    • Grading Quizzes
      • Most questions are graded automatically by Moodle. Essay questions are graded manually.
    • Revising and Regrading Quizzes
      • You can update the results of your quiz. It is very helpful if you’ve changed some mistakes in your answers and the grade should be re-graded.
    • Grading Gradebook Items
      • Open Grader Report
      • Turn Editing On
      • Enter Grades in upper, solid box
      • Enter Fdbk or notes in lower, dashed box
      Overriding grades
      • You can override the results of any grade items or categories.
      • In your course go to Administration -> Grades
      • Turn editing on
      • Enter desired grade
      • You have to be careful when you are overriding grades, because in this case automatic grading is turned off.

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Last update: 2012-09-19 20:41


Are there examples that show different gradebook set-ups?

Gradebook Setup Examples

    • Simple Weighted Mean of Grades: Total Pts with Running Grade
      • Aggregation Strategy – Main: Simple Weighted Mean / SubCategories: Simple Weighted Mean
      • Aggregate only non-empty is checked in all categories
      • Important: In Main category, Aggregate Including Subcategories MUST be checked
      • Grade shown during term is based on (student total/points collected)
      • Extra Credit assignments are not possible
      Sum of Grades: Total Pts with Extra Credit
      • Aggregation Strategy – Main: Sum of Grades / SubCategories: Sum of Grades
      • Grade shown during term is based on (student total/course total)
      • Extra Credit assignments are possible
      • Weighting is not possible
      • Aggregate only Non-Empty is not possible
      • Drop the Lowest is not possible
    • Weighted Mean of Grades: Weighted Categories with Running Grade
      • Aggregation Strategy – Main: Weighted Mean of Grades / SubCategories: Simple Weighted Mean
      • Aggregate only non-empty is checked in all categories
      • Grade shown during term is based on (student total/points collectedXcategory weight)
      • Extra Credit assignments are not possible
      • Set weight for each subcategory or item in Main category

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-19 20:42


How do I grade all responces to a quiz essay at once?

In Moodle 2.3...

 

To grade all submissions to a quiz essay question at once.

  1. Click on the quiz in the course you want to grade.
  2. In the navigation block, locate the quiz by going through the category, course, topic, quiz.
  3. Click on the arrow next to ‘Result’ to expand 
  4. Click on ‘grade manually’ 
  5. Select grade all at once

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Last update: 2012-10-12 13:23


How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

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Teacher FAQs » Course Administration » User Access

How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

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Teacher FAQs » Course Administration » Back-ups, Restoring, and Maintenance

Can I Import activites from other courses?

 Importing Course Content (Moodle 2)

If you need to import your course materials from a previous, you may complete the import process any time in a new course using items from an old course.

 

1. Enter the new, blank course.

2. From the Settings block, click the Import link.

 

3. Select the course you’d like to import materials from.

 

4. Click the “continue” button.

5. Leave all three boxes checked on the next screen and click the “Next” button.

 

6. The next screen defaults to selecting every item in the “old” course. You may choose to remove the check from any content you do not wish to bring over into the “new” course.

Note: if you select any test or quiz, the questions for all quizzes/tests will automatically be imported.

7. Click the Next button at the bottom of the screen.

8. Click the Perform Import button at the bottom of the next screen. This process could take some time depending on the amount of items you are importing.

Note: NEVER run the import twice for one course unless you’re sure the content is not there. Even if the import appeared to fail the first time DO NOT import right away. This may cause duplication of data that there is no easy way to remove. Wait several hours if you think there was a problem to see if the content appears in your course before trying the import again.

9. When the “Import Complete” message is displayed (as shown below), click the Continue button

 

Your course materials are now in your new course. You will now need to modify due dates and make any necessary updates.

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How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

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Teacher FAQs » Activities » Wiki

What is a wiki?

A wiki is a website that allows visitors themselves to easily add, remove, and otherwise edit and change available content, typically without the need for registration. This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for mass collaborative authoring. [Wikipedia.org] Moodle offers a wiki activity which can be used by students within a course.

Further information is available in Moodle Docs at: http://docs.moodle.org/en/Wiki

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How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

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Teacher FAQs » Activities » Workshop

How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

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Teacher FAQs » Activities » Quizzes » Quiz Bank

What question types are available in the quiz?

In Moodle 2 - follow the links to Moodle Docs for explaination of each.

In Moodle 1.9 - follow the link to Moodle Docs for a description of each

Question types

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Last update: 2012-09-16 15:49


What is a Quiz Bank?

This feature allows a teacher to create, preview, and edit questions in a database of question categories. The categories can be limited to being used on the site, course or quiz level. The questions in a category can be added to a Quiz or to a lesson activity via an export process.

 

Moodle 2.x: The teacher enters the question bank by creating or editing a quiz activity or via Settings > Course administration > Question bank.

 

Moodle 1.9: The teacher enters the question bank by creating or editing a quiz activity or through the Administration block Question Icon Administration Block.JPG

The initial Question Bank page has tabs that allow you (as teacher) to edit questions, categories, import questions and export questions.

Question bank tabs.gif

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How do I add a question to the Question Bank?

Add a new question

  1. Click the Questions tab to access the Question Bank page, if not there already.
  2. From the Category drop-down menu, select a category you want to add a question to.
  3. The page will change to show the questions already in that category
  4. Select the question type you want to create from the Create new question drop-down menu.
  5. Fill in the form for the question type you are creating. Each question type has its own form and has its own options.
  6. Click Save Changes at the bottom of the form.

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Last update: 2012-09-16 15:53


How do I share questions bank quetions with other teachers?

Sharing and Managing Question banks

Be default, teachers can manage only the questions in the context of the courses they are in. You can set up a role to allow teachers to share and manage questions on a larger scale.

You can also use this role to create a special system-wide "Question bank Manager" instead of giving admin level or site-wide Manager access to a person managing the Questions.

Moodle Administrators See:

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How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

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Teacher FAQs » Course Administration » Messaging

How can I send a message to all the students on my course?

To send a message to all students in a Moodle course use a forum. The News forum is provided in all Moodle courses by default, and could be used for this. Make sure that in the forum settings, the option "Force everyone to be subscribed?" is set at "Yes, Forever". This means that students will receive an e-mail copy of any posts in the forum.

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Last update: 2012-09-16 16:00


How do I send a message to an individual?

 Moodle has a messaging tool which allows participants to communicate with each other. This can be accessed through an individual profile.

Individual Profile

  • Go into your Moodle course.
  • Click on Users -> Enrolled Users inthe settings block.
  • Click on a student's name. You will come to the student's profile page.
  • Click on Send a message and a messaging window will open.
  • Type your message and click on Send message.

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How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

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Teacher FAQs » Resources » External Content

How do I link to an external website?

To add a link to an external website...

  • Click on Turn editing on in the Settings block.
  • Click on the + Add an activity or resource link.
  • Select URL under resources and click Add.
  • Fill in the name of the website and a summary (this can be the same as the name).
  • Under Content, click in the Location box and type in or paste the address of the website you wish to link to (pasting is preferable as it avoids typing errors).
  • The Display options determine if the website you are linking to will open, either in the same (Moodle) window, or in a new one. Select your preferred option.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Save and return to course.

How do I link to an external website in Moodle 1.9?

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How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

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Teacher FAQs » Resources » Files

How can I upload and display a file in my Moodle course?

Displaying a file in a Course.

  • Click on Turn editing on in the Settings Block.
  • Click on the drop-down arrow next to + Add an activity or resource.
  • Select File under the resource list.

Fill in Name for the resource and a summary (this can be the same as the name).

 

In the Content Section you have 3 options:

  • Click on Add to open the file picker to locate your file.
  • Click on Create Folder to add a folder for storing your file.
  • Drag and Drop your file from your desktop or open window on your computer to the box.

If you choose the Add option the file picker will appear. You can...

  • Select the file from the options listed on the side if it resides in your Moodle site or other repository
  • Click on Upload a file. To upload from your computer.
  • Click on the file you wantand push Select
  • The file should appear in the box below.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Save and return to course.

How can I upload and display a file in my Moodle 1.9 course?

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How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

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Teacher FAQs » Resources » Labels

How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

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Teacher FAQs » Resources » Video & Audio

Can I add video clips to my Moodle course?


Yes, video can be a very useful resource to add. You can upload and link to video clips in the same way as other file types - see How can I upload and display a file in my Moodle course? for further details.

 

However, there is a limit of 100mb for a single file. If you have larger files, you can upload them into your institution’s repository, and link to them from Moodle.

 

There are also add-on services that can store and embed video into Moodle. We currently offer Kaltura as a solution for your video needs.

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Last update: 2012-09-16 16:14


How can I embed a YouTube video in my course page?

  • Go to YouTube and find the video you wish to embed.
  • Copy the code which is in the Embed field to the right of the video window in Youtube. The easiest way to do this is to right click in the field and click on select all, then right click again and select copy.
  • Now go into your Moodle course.
  • Turn editing on.
  • From an +Add an activity or resource drop down menu choose Label under Resources
  • Enter a name for the video at the top.
  • Then click on Toggle HTML source button on the toolbar Moodle 2 or in Moodle 1.9
  • This will take you into HTML mode.
  • Paste the code you have previously copied from Youtube into this box, then click on save and return to course.

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Last update: 2012-09-16 16:15


How can I add an audio clip to my Moodle course?

To add an audio clip to a Moodle 2 course:

  • Turn editing on.
  • From an +Add an activity or resource link choose Label under Resources
  • Enter a name and description for the audio at the top.
  • Click on Add.
  • Click on Upload a File.
  • You will see a File upload window where you can locate the file you wish to upload or your can drag and drop the file into the file box.
  • Select the file and click on Open.
  • Click on Upload this file.
  • Click on OK
  • Click on Save and return to course.

How can I add an audio clip to my Moodle 1.9 course?

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Last update: 2012-09-16 16:13


How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

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Teacher FAQs » Moodle 1.9 FAQs » Activities

What activities are available in Moodle 1.9?


  • Assignments allow students to submit work online, including uploading any file type (Word document, PowerPoint, video clip etc.). Lecturers can grade and give feedback.
  • The Chat module allows participants to have a real-time synchronous discussion.
  • A Choice activity is very simple - the lecturer asks a question and specifies a choice of multiple responses. It can be useful as a quick poll or voting activity.
  • The Database module allows the lecturer and/or students to build, display and search a bank of record entries about a topic. The format and structure of these entries can include images, files, URLs, numbers and text amongst other things.
  • Forums are used for asynchronous online discussion. By subscribing to a forum, participants receive copies of each new post by email. Teachers can impose subscription on everyone if they want to, and in this way can use a forum to contact all students on a course.
  • The Glossary activity allows participants to create and maintain a list of terms and definitions. It can be used to build an annotated list of useful websites or FAQs.
  • The Hot Potatoes module, allows teachers to administer Hot Potatoes quizzes via Moodle.
  • A Lesson allows a lecturer to create conditional pathways through material.  It consists of a number of pages, each page normally ending with a question and a number of possible answers. Depending on the student's choice of answer they either progress to the next page or are taken back to a previous page.
  • The Journal is a personal reflective tool.  Student contributions are private and can only be seen by the teacher, who can offer feedback and a grade on entries if required.
  • The Quiz module allows the lecturer to design and set quiz tests, and includes a range of question types and reporting options.
  • A Wiki enables documents to be authored collectively. A history of all contributions and changes is stored and the wiki can be rolled back to a previous version at any time.
  • A Workshop is a peer assessment activity. It allows participants to assess each other's projects, as well as exemplar projects, in a number of ways.

 

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Last update: 2012-09-17 18:55


Teacher FAQs » Moodle 1.9 FAQs » Activities » Quizzes and Questions

How do I create a Moodle quiz in Moodle 1.9?

Adding a quiz is like adding any activity or resource in Moodle:

  • Go into your course and turn editing on.
  • Choose the topic or week you want to add the quiz to.
  • From the "Add an Activity" drop down menu choose Quiz. Next you will see the quiz settings.

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Last update: 2012-09-17 18:57


What quiz settings are available in Moodle 1.9?

In addition to the "Common module settings" available in all Moodle activities, there are a range of quiz settings which you can change depending on your requirements. These include:

  • Timing e.g. when the quiz will open and close, time limits for completion
  • Display e.g. how many questions on each page. Should question order be shuffled?
  • Attempts e.g. How many attempts can students make? Should each attempt build on the last?
  • Grades e.g. what grading method will be used? (highest grade, average grade of all attempts etc)
  • Review options e.g. when should students be able to se feedback
  • Security e.g. Should the quiz be shown in a "secure" window?
  • Overall feedback

 

After editing quiz settings you can start to add questions to your quiz . You can go back and change settings later if you wish.

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Last update: 2012-09-17 18:57


How do I create a new question in the Moodle quiz in Moodle 1.9?

  • Click on the relevant quiz.
  • Select the category in which you want to create the question (or leave as "Default")
  • From the Create new question dropdown menu select the question type.
  • Write/Edit the question as appropriate, ensuring you also fill in feedback as required.
  • Click on Save changes.
  • The question is now added to the Question bank.
  • To add the question to a quiz select it in the question bank and click on the Add to quiz button.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-17 18:58


How do I add a question to a quiz in Moodle 1.9?

To add a question to a quiz select it in the question bank and click on the Add to quiz button.

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Last update: 2012-09-17 18:58


How can I organize my quiz questions in Moodle 1.9?

 Quiz questions are stored in a Question bank made up of categories. You can use questions from any categories for which you have permission in any of your Moodle quizzes. You can access your Question bank by clicking on Questions in the Administration block.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-17 18:59


How can I include an image in a Moodle 1.9 quiz question?

There are 2 steps to inserting an image into a Moodle quiz question:

  • Upload the image into Moodle (the image must be either .gif or .jpeg format)
  • Create a link to it in the question

 

Uploading the image

  1. In your Moodle course administration block click on Files.
  2. You may wish to create a folder where you store images. If so click on Make a folder, give it a name and click on Create. Then click on the folder you have created.
  3. Click on Upload a file. A file upload window will open which allows you to browse for the file.
  4. Select the image from your computer and click on Open.
  5. Click on Upload this file.
  6. You should see File uploaded successfully.

 

Creating a link to an image

  1. Go into your quiz question.
  2. On the Moodle editor toolbar click on the Insert image button.
  3. The insert image window will appear.
  4. Click on the image in the file browser and enter some Alternate text. Click on OK.
  5. The image will appear in the question. Click on Save changes.

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Last update: 2012-09-17 18:59


How do I add a question to the Question Bank in Moodle 1.9?

  1. From your Course Administration block, click Question Bank
  2. From the Category drop-down menu, select a category you want to add a question to.
  3. The page will change to show the questions already in that category
  4. Select the question type you want to create from the Create new question drop-down menu.
  5. Fill in the form for the question type you are creating. Each question type has its own form and has its own options.
  6. Click Save Changes at the bottom of the form.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-17 18:59


Teacher FAQs » Moodle 1.9 FAQs » Resources » External Content

How do I link to an external website in Moodle 1.9?


  • Click on Turn editing on in the Administration block.
  • Click on the drop-down arrow next to Add a resource.
  • Select Link to a file or web site.
  • Fill in the name of the website and a summary (this can be the same as the name).
  • Click in the Location box and type in or paste the address of the website you wish to link to (pasting is preferable as it avoids typing errors).
  • The Window options determine if the website you are linking to will open, either in the same (Moodle) window, or in a new one. Select your preferred option.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Save and return to course.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-17 18:56


Teacher FAQs » Moodle 1.9 FAQs » Course Administration » Gradebook

Can I export grades and then open them in Microsoft Excel in Moodle 1.9?

How to save grades from a Moodle course as a plain text file

  • Go into your Moodle course.
  • Click on Grades in the Administration menu.
  • In the Choose an action drop down menu in the top left click on export to plain text file.
  • In options ensure comma separator is selected, choose grade items to be included and then click on submit at the bottom.
  • Click on Download
  • Choose to save the file

 

This can be opened in Microsoft Excel as follows:

  • Open Excel and find the text file to open.
  • Click on open.
  • In the "Text import wizard" select "delimited" and click on next.
  • In delimiters select comma (and deselect tab and any others).
  • Click on Finish.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-17 18:57


How do I set-up my Moodle 1.9 grade book?

To set-up your Moodle 1.9 grade book, see this great tutorial on Moodle Docs.

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Last update: 2012-09-17 19:00


Teacher FAQs » Moodle 1.9 FAQs » Resources » Files

How can I upload and display a file in my Moodle 1.9 course?

 

  • Click on Turn editing on in the Administration menu.
  • Click on the drop-down arrow next to Add a resource.
  • Select Link to a file or web site.

Fill in Name for the resource and a summary (this can be the same as the name).

  • Click on Choose or upload a file.
  • Click on Upload a file.
  • Click on Browse.

You will see a File upload window where you can locate the file you wish to upload.

  • Select the file and click on Open.
  • Click on Upload this file.
  • Click on Choose next to the file you have uploaded.
  • The file should appear in the Location box.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Save and return to course.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-17 18:55


Teacher FAQs » Moodle 1.9 FAQs » Resources » Video and Audio

How can I add an audio clip to my Moodle 1.9 course?


Firstly upload your audio file into Moodle as follows:

  • Go into your Moodle course
  • Click on Files in the Administration menu
  • Click on Upload a file.
  • Click on Browse.
  • You will see a File upload window where you can locate the file you wish to upload.
  • Select the file and click on Open.
  • Click on Upload this file.
  • Once the file has been uploaded into Moodle right click on the file name, and copy the link.

 

Now create a link to this file on your course page:

  • Turn editing on.
  • From an Add a resource drop down menu choose Insert a Label
  • Enter a name for the audio at the top.
  • Highlight the name and then click on the insert web link buttonon the toolbar .
  • Paste the link you have copied into the URL field.
  • Click on OK
  • Click on Save and return to course.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-17 18:56


New in Moodle 2 » Activities

How do I grade all responces to a quiz essay at once?

In Moodle 2.3...

 

To grade all submissions to a quiz essay question at once.

  1. Click on the quiz in the course you want to grade.
  2. In the navigation block, locate the quiz by going through the category, course, topic, quiz.
  3. Click on the arrow next to ‘Result’ to expand 
  4. Click on ‘grade manually’ 
  5. Select grade all at once

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-10-12 13:23


How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2015-12-03 08:47


New in Moodle 2 » Resources

How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2015-12-03 08:47


New in Moodle 2 » Course Administration » Gradebook

Why can't I change a grade within an assignment after changing it in the gradebook?

In Moodle 2.3 Assignments...

When you edit a grade directly in the gradebook, an "overridden" flag is set, meaning that the grade can no longer be changed from within the assignment.

However, the flag can be removed by turning editing on in the grader report, then clicking the edit grade icon, unchecking the overridden box and saving the changes.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-18 20:21


Administrating Moodle » Users » Permissions

How do I allow teachers to share questions in a question bank?

1. Create a new role Question sharer

As usual, you create a new role by going to Administration -> Users -> Permissions -> Define roles. Then click 'Add a new role'.

You can use whatever Name and Short name you like for the role. Set the 'Legacy role type' to None.

In Moodle 2.0 and later, set the role to be assignable in the System and Category contexts.

Set the following capabilities to Allow:

moodle/question:add

moodle/question:editall

moodle/question:managecategory

moodle/question:moveall

moodle/question:viewall

moodle/question:useall

Now click the 'Add a new role' button at the bottom of the page.

N.B. Teachers have similar permissions, but it is not a good idea simply to assign the role of teacher in the System context to members since those teachers will show up as teachers for every single course in the entire system (as noted in Moodle when you're changing the settings above).

2. Assign the new role in the System context

Any user who you wish to be able to access the shared areas of the question bank must have the new role assigned in the System context. (Administration -> Users -> Permissions -> Assign system roles)

Or, for more control, you can assign this role in a course category. That lets the user share questions only between the courses in that category.

What teachers need to do

Once you have done the above steps. Teachers who have the Question sharer role will be able to see the shared areas of the question bank when they are editing quizzes, or when they click on the 'Questions' link in the course administration block.

Any questions they store in the shared areas of the question bank will be visible in all their courses.

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Last update: 2012-10-12 14:43


Administrating Moodle » Plugins » Assignments

How do I upgrade Moodle 1.9 assignments to Moodle 2.x?

The Assignment upgrade tool is an administrator tool for upgrading old assignment types to the new assignment module for 2.3.

Note: It is recommended that admins upgrade all existing assignments to use the new assignment module as soon as possible, then disable the old assignment module, to avoid the confusion of having two assignment modules.

 

Upgrading assignments

To upgrade existing assignments to use the new assignment module

  1. Go to Settings > Site Administration > Assignment Upgrade Helper.
  2. Click List assignments that have not been upgraded to display a list of assignments created in a previous version of Moodle. This page lists the assignments created with an older version of Moodle that have not been upgraded to the new assignment module in Moodle 2.3. Not all assignments can be upgraded - if they were created with a custom assignment subtype, then that subtype will need to be upgraded to the new assignment plugin format in order to complete the upgrade.
  3. Select the assignment(s) you wish to upgrade and click the Upgrade selected assignments button in the Batch operations box at the bottom of the screen. Or click the Upgrade all assignments button in the Batch operations box.
  4. Confirm by clicking Continue.

A confirmation screen will appear. From here you can view the courses with the converted assignments.

 

New grading options

Versions of Moodle older than 2.2 did not contain Advanced Grading Methods. Likewise all versions of Moodle older than 2.3 did not contain the Marking Guide type of grading method included in Advanced Grading Methods. Owners of any upgraded assignments may wish to investigate the use of the Advanced Grading Methods feature.

 

Disabling the old assignment module

Once all existing assignments have been upgraded, the old assignment module can be disabled.

  1. Go to Settings > Site administration > Plugins > Activity modules > Manage activities
  2. Hide the Assignments 2.2 module by clicking on the eye in the hide/show column

Teachers will then have only the new assignment module available for selection in the activity chooser.

 

Restoring Assignments (2.2) into a 2.3 site

Currently, if a course with an old (2.2) type assignment is restored into a 2.3 site which has the old assignment module disabled, it will appear in the restore process but not then appear for the users, causing potential confusion. See the tracker issue here MDL-33952

One temporary workaround if you are going to be restoring courses with old-type assignments is to NOT disable the old assignment module but instead to revoke the capability mod/assignment:addinstance from all users. In this way, the assignment will appear in its original form and may be used, but teachers will not be able to create any new Assignment 2.2 instances.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-10-12 14:44


Administrating Moodle » Plugins » Portfolios

What is a good ePortfolio System to use with Moodle?

Mahara is an open source software that creates the perfect reflective environment for an eportfolio for learners and teachers alike. Users can even build their resumes in this software.
It even links seamlessly with Moodle. When an account is created in Moodle one is created in Mahara and vise versa. Users can login once and be connected with both. You can also grab files from Mahara to use in Moodle and vise versa.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-11-28 14:52


How do I set up a Google Docs Portfolio for my site?

To set up any portfolio for student use you must first enable portfolios.

  • Go to Site Administration -> Advanced Features
    • Enable Portfolios and click save.

Next you must select the types of porfolios you want to allow access to:

  • Go to Site Administration -> Plugins -> Porfolios -> Manage Portfolios
    • Select Enable and visible on all types of portfolios you want to use.
    • Next you might have to set-up access to outside portfolio systems like Google docs

How to set-up Google Portfolios

  • Go to Site Administration -> Plugins -> Portfolio -> Manage Portfolio
    • In the Google row, select Settings
  • Now you must go and set-up a Google client id and secret (Please note that if you already did this for your Google repository you can use the same ID and secret)
    • Full directions are here: http://docs.moodle.org/23/en/Google_OAuth_2.0_setup
      1. Visit the Google APIs Console and sign into your google account. You will be asked to create a project if this is your first time using this form.
      2. Click the link on the left "API Access"
      3. Click the button 'Create an OAuth 2.0 client ID'
      4. Enter the branding information 'Product name' (i.e. the name of your Moodle site) and 'Product logo' (i.e. the URL of your site logo). By providing a descriptive name and link to distinct image then your users will know they are signing into the correct place.
      5. Click the Next button
      6. In 'Client ID Settings' select 'Web application' as application type.
      7. Click the '(more options)' link next to 'Your site or hostname' then in 'Authorized Redirect URIs' enter the URL (something like http://yourmoodlesite.org/admin/oauth2callback.php) from the plugin configuration page in Moodle, and leave the 'Authorized JavaScript Origins' field blank
      8. Click the button 'Create client ID'
  • Return to the settings of your Google Portfolio and fill in the client ID and secret and save.
  • Your students, teachers and autheniticated users can now manage and export assignments, forum posts, chat sessions, and glossary entries to their portfolios.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2014-06-26 15:45


Administrating Moodle » Plugins » Questions- behaviors/types

How do I upgrade Moodle 1.9 questions to Moodle 2.x?

The question engine upgrade helper is an admin tool for sites which have been upgraded from a pre-Moodle 2.1 version. Moodle 2.1 onwards uses a new question engine.

A site administrator can run the question engine upgrade helper in Settings > Site administration > question engine upgrade helper.

Note: You can reset any quiz that has been converted and then re-do it, but you should only do that if you have a good reason to do so and you don't have to.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-10-12 14:45


Teacher FAQs » Course Administration » Course Design

How do I design a course for all devices?

This resource is intended to guide you through a few responsive web design techniques to improve
viewability of your Moodle course on any device.

Table of contents
1 Responsive Course Design in Moodle
2 What Moodle Offers
3 Adding Custom Responsive Techniques
3.1 Adding a Responsive Image
3.2 Moodle Settings for the Responsive Images
3.3 Using Responsive Tables
3.4 Making a Responsive Table with Images

 

Chapter 1: Responsive Course Design in Moodle
This resource is intended to guide you through designing your course using responsive design for any
device. To start we must understand what responsive design is in general, and how it may apply to an
online learning environment.
Responsive design simply means adjusting the layout according to the environment viewing it. Simply
put the smaller the screen, the more rearranging that needs to be done.
In web design this typically means using a combination of HTML and CSS to adjust containers,
images, and locations so that it adjusts to a pleasing, easy to use page. In an online learning
environment there is more to consider. Things such as resource types (i.e. flash movie on and iPad)
may not work at all on the device viewing it. Navigation is also a big consideration. Some of those
fancy pull down menus do not always work correctly on a mobile phone, causing user frustration.
When designing for an online learning environment, one must consider:

  • navigation,
  • resources used, and
  • view-ability.

We will keep these items in mind as we discuss laying out your course using Moodle.

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How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

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Last update: 2015-12-03 08:47


New in Moodle 2

What Activities are available in Moodle 2?

There are 14 different types of activities in the standard Moodle that can be found on the "add an activity" drop down menu.

Assignments Enable teachers to grade and give comments on uploaded files and assignments created on and off line

Chat Allows participants to have a real-time synchronous discussion

Choice A teacher asks a question and specifies a choice of multiple responses

Database Enables participants to create, maintain and search a bank of record entries

External tool Allows participants to interact with LTI compliant learning resources and activities on other web sites.

Feedback For creating and conducting surveys to collect feedback

Forum Allows participants to have asynchronous discussions

Glossary Enables participants to create and maintain a list of definitions, like a dictionary

Lesson For delivering content in flexible ways

Quiz Allows the teacher to design and set quiz tests, which may be automatically marked and feedback and/or to correct answers shown

S.C.O.R.M. Enables SCORM packages to be included as course content

Survey For gathering data from students to help teachers learn about their class and reflect on their own teaching

Wiki A collection of web pages that anyone can add to or edit

Workshop Enables peer assessment

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Last update: 2015-02-10 15:22


How can I add an activity to my Moodle course?

  • Go into your Moodle course.
  • Click on Turn editing on in the top right corner or in the Settings  block.
  • Click on the  +Add an activity or resource link menu in whichever topic area you wish to add the activity.
  • Select the activity you wish to add.
  • Fill in the required fields e.g. activity name and description, and edit settings as appropriate. Use the help icons embedded in the page to find out more about individual options. 
  • You can go back and edit activity settings later at any time if necessary.
  • At the bottom of the page click on Save and display to view the activity.
  • When viewing the activity, if you wish to edit any settings, go to the Settings block and select any of the available options for editing your assignment.

How can I add an activity to my Moodle 1.9 course?

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2012-09-06 16:49


Teacher FAQs » Activities » Lessons

How do I use question bank questions in a lesson?

Question Bank Category Menu

You can use question bank question in a Moodle lesson. The first step is to organize any questions you would like to use in the lesson into a category in the question bank for exporting. If you need to keep the questions in their current category, just duplicate the question and move in into an export category for the lesson.

Question Bank add category page

Question Bank Export on menu

Next you will export the category that contains the questions in your lesson. Make sure to choose Moodle XML format or a format that will work with the Lesson import. Remember the format you chose.

Export questions page

Next go to the lesson you would like to add the questions. This can be a new lesson or an existing lesson. If it is a new lesson, on the Edit->Expanded view you will see an option to Import questions in the main window. If it is an existing lesson you will see an option before each page to Import questions in a menu. Choose the location where you would like the question to show and choose that Import question link.

 Import question in new lesson Import question in existing lesson 
 Import question link in new lesson  Import question link in existing lesson

 

Next you will be directed to a file upload page. Choose the format that you selected when exporting and find the file by either dragging and dropping it or using the file picker window.

Import question file upload page

Click Import

You should see a success page that lists the questions you imported.

Successful import page

 Click continue.

Don't forget to look at and edit your questions. Make sure the correct answers have the point value you would like to assign. Offer feedback in the response section for correct and incorrect answers. And most importantly, don't forget to set your jumps for correct and incorrect responses.

Edit question icon for editing question

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Last update: 2015-11-13 12:04


How do I use Moodle's activities and resources in my Moodle course?

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2015-12-03 08:47


Moodle 2.7

How is the new text editor Atto different than the TinyMCE editor?

Atto Text Editor

What's new in Moodle 2.7: Atto, default editor

The text editor (sometimes referred to as the 'HTML editor' has many icons to assist the user in entering content. Many of these icons and functions should be familiar to anyone who uses a word processor. However, writing for the web on the web is different, and especially with accessibility and design considerations Atto sometimes may not do what you expect with a normal editor, or even the old default editor in Moodle.

For some comment on this, please see this post

Some examples of where you will see the text editor include: Editing Section headings, description of an activity, writing an answer to a quiz question or editing the content of many blocks.

The default text editor in Moodle is the Atto editor, built specifically for Moodle. There is also a version of the TinyMCE editor and a plain text editor.

Text editors can be enabled, disabled or a different one set to default from Administration > Site administration > Plugins > Text editors > Manage editors. The order of priority may also be specified here.

An individual user can select an editor in their profile from Administration > My Profile settings > Edit profile.

The default view of the Atto editor:

Atto default icons

Row 1 Icons

 

1:Expand 2.Style 3.Bold 4.Italic
5.Bulleted list 6.Numbered list 7.Add link 8.Unlink
9.Add image 10.Add media 11.Manage embedded files

 

Atto Row 2 Icons

 

Row 2 Icons

 

1. Underline 2. Strikethrough 3. Subscript 4. Superscript
5. Align left 6. Align centre 7. Align right 8. Increase indent
9. Decrease indent 10. Equation editor 11. Special character 12. Table
13. Clear formatting 14. Undo/redo 15. Undo/redo 16. Accessibility checker
17. Screenreader helper 18. HTML/code view

Equations Editor

If either the MathJax or the TeX notation filters are enabled (in Administration > Site administration > Plugins > Filters > Manage filters) then an equation editor button is provided in the toolbar for launching the equation editor.

Equation Editor Icons

Moodle Administration of Atto

"Missing" features from Atto

Those new to Atto will notice some of the buttons and functionality appear to missing from the Atto editor. For the most part this is "on purpose." The "missing" features generally have to do with accessibility. Font color, font size, and other editor icons are missing as they tend to be over used and lead to accessibility issue. Some of them can be replaced by using Atto plugins (see  below).

You will also find that you cannot edit the same way you did with the TinyMCE editor. Some of the "Right-click" editing tools no longer appear. See this Moodle Bug tracker entry about editing Tables.

If you need these features, the text editor can be changed for the whole site by visiting Site Administration ->Plugins->Text editors->Manage editors, and move your site's preferred text editor to the top of the list. Alternatively, single users can change their text editor by editing their profile and selecting preferred editor under Preferences->Text editor.

Toolbar settings

The administrator can specify which plugins to display and in which order from Administration > Site administration > Plugins > Text editors > Atto HTML editor > Atto toolbar settings.

Atto Plugin Settings

Extra plugins from the list (for example 'Font color' or 'Emoticon') may be added by typing the toolbarconfig term into the toolbar config table.

Extra Atto Toolbar settings

Here for example are the available colors when 'fontcolor' is added:

Added font color in toolbar

The icons are displayed in related groups and the administrator can decide how many groups to display in the default collapsed state of the toolbar (that is, how many groups to display on Row 1).

Non default Atto plugins

Not all plugins are enabled by default and the administrator of each site should give careful thought as to which plugins they choose to enable for their users. Here are some things to consider before enabling the non-default plugins:

Background color / Font color

While these are very popular plugins, there are downsides to enabling their use on a site. Firstly - user specified colors may conflict visually with the site colors chosen by the theme designer. Even if the colors of the content does not conflict with the colors of the current theme, if the theme is changed in future, or the content is reused on a different site conflicts may be introduced. There are 2 possible types of conflicts, the first is just a visually unappealing combination of colors, the second is a combination of colors that may produce text that is hard to read for some people. It is preferable if the theme designer uses some interesting colors that meet the accessibility standards required for the site in the theme for the site, and the person creating the content simply uses the proper heading levels (for example) to make use of those styles.

Emoticons

The emoticon plugin inserts text representations of the emoticons in the content. The emoticon filter is responsible for converting these text sequences into proper smiley images. The emoticon filter is not enabled by default, which is why the emoticon plugin for Atto is not enabled by default.

No-auto link

In general, the more plugins are added to the Atto toolbar, the harder it becomes to find specific plugins. Because the no-auto link plugin is not felt to be widely used it is not enabled by default.

Right to left

Because this plugin is only useful for courses where text needs to be written in a mixture of both "left to right" and "right to left" languages, it is not enabled by default.

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2015-04-27 08:17


Where did all the themes go in version 2.7?

Modern appearance with improved responsiveness

Moodle now uses Bootstrap themes by default for improved responsive design and usability. Many small improvements have been made all through the interface. You can find more themes in the Moodle Plugins database.

It is recommended that you consider one of the two standard themes as your base to improve the functionality of your site across all devices.

Clean Theme

More Theme

Clean Theme image More theme image

Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2015-04-27 08:22


What mathematical equation support is available in Moodle?

MathJax

The MathJax filter parses Moodle texts and will fully render TeX expressions that it finds appearing within specific tokens.

The Mathjax filter also improves the look of buttons and preview within the equation editor that is part of the Atto text editor.

MathJax Editor Image

Site administration settings

The MathJax filter is enabled by default in Administration > Site administration > Plugins > Filters > Manage filters. Normally, the MathJax filter should be at the top of the list of filters.

The MathJax filter works without any additional configuration (using the MathJax Content Delivery Network). However, MathJax may also be installed locally if desired, to save on bandwidth or because of local proxy restrictions. See Administration > Site administration > Plugins > Filters > MathJax for further details and configuration settings.

MathJax has a setting for "TeX filter compatibility" that changes the behavior to match as closely as possible, the "Tex filter". This means it will support all the different delimiters of the Tex filter, and display all equations as "inline". It is only recommended to enable this setting if you have existing equations written manually using a variety of delimiters supported by the old filter. It may be hard to determine if this is the case except by searching the database for equations of the form:

 $$ equation $$, [tex] equation [/tex], <tex> equation </tex> or \( equation \)

The MathJax project is large and detailed with many options, which a Moodle admin can make use of with the MathJax filter.

Note: If the MathJax filter is used instead of the Tex filter for rendering equations, the drag math (plugin for the TinyMCE text editor) setting "require tex" should be set to "off". If this is not done, TinyMCE users will not be able to use any equation editor.

 

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Last update: 2015-04-27 08:26


What are the changes in Conditional Activities in version 2.7?

Create better customized learning paths with enhanced Conditional Activities

Enhancements to this widely used teaching feature in Moodle include an improved editing screen, as well as added support to enable restricted access with "or" conditions and use nested restrictions for complex access criteria.

Video - http://www.youtube.com/v/jqO_96E9iBk

If you haven't been using the conditional activities in your Moodle courses, now is a great time to start. This feature needs to be enabled at the site level before it is available at the course level.

Enabling the use of conditional activities

To use conditional activities, the feature must be enabled by an administrator by checking the "Enable conditional access" box in Administration > Site administration > Advanced features. A restrict access section will then appear for teachers on the Activity settings screen, with an 'Add restriction' button.

Restricting access

New feature
in Moodle 2.7!


After clicking the 'Add restriction' button, a choice of conditions appears:

Restrict Access settings image

Restriction can be based upon Activity completion, date, grade, the group the students are in or user profile fields. The 'Restriction set' button also allows for more complex criteria requiring nested conditions.

Activity completion

See Activity completion Note that this button only appears if you have Activity completion enabled in your course.

Date

Access can be restricted from or until a certain date and time.

Grade

You can specify a condition on any grade in the course: the full course grade, the grade for any activity, or a custom grade that you create manually. You can enter either a minimum value (at least percentage), a maximum value (less than percentage), both, or neither. The activity will only appear if the student has a value for the specified grade, and if it falls within any specified number range. You can add more than one grade condition. All conditions must be met in order for the activity to appear.

  • The range numbers can be fractional (with up to five decimal places) if necessary.
  • Be careful with the maximum value; if the maximum is 7, a student who scores exactly 7 will not see the activity. You could set it to 7.01 if you really wanted to include 7.
  • If creating several different activities that appear according to grade ranges, use the same number for the maximum of one activity, and the minimum of the next. For example, you might create one activity with a maximum of 7 and another with a minimum of 7. The first would appear to everyone scoring between 0 and 6.99999, and the second would appear to everyone scoring 7.00000 to 10. This guarantees that everyone with a grade will see one or other.To remove a grade condition, set the assessment name to 'none' and remove the range number values

Group

If groups are used in the course, it is possible to restrict the activity to a certain group.

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NOTE: This button only appears if you have groups enabled in your course and enablegroupmembersonly disabled in Site administration>Development>Experimental>Experimental settings.

User profile

Instructions
  • Conditional access must be enabled (see Conditional activities for instructions on how to enable this for your site).
  • When adding or editing an activity, resource or course section scroll to the the 'Restrict Access' section and click the button Add restriction.

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  • Click the button User profile
  • Choose the settings and profile fields you want to add restrictions for:

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  • Save the settings.
  • Note that clicking the eye icon will hide the condition completely, whereas leaving it as "open" will give a greyed out message about the restriction:

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User fields

You can restrict by using one of the user fields that are located in the Moodle user table. Not all the user fields are included, as not all of them would make sense in this context. The ones included are listed below.

  • AIM ID - This is the value in the 'aim' column
  • Address - This is the value in the 'address' column
  • City/town - This is the value in the 'city' column
  • Country - This is the value in the 'country' column
  • Department - This is the value in the 'department' column
  • Email Address - This is the value in the 'email' column
  • First name - This is the value in the 'firstname' column
  • ICQ number - This is the value in the 'icq' column
  • ID number - This is the value in the 'idnumber' column
  • Institution - This is the value in the 'institution' column
  • Interests - This is the value in the 'interests' column
  • MSN ID - This is the value in the 'msn' column
  • Mobile phone - This is the value in the 'phone2' column
  • Phone - This is the value in the 'phone1' column
  • Skype ID - This is the value in the 'skype' column
  • Surname - This is the value in the 'lastname' column
  • Web page - This is the value in the 'url' column
  • Yahoo ID - This is the value in the 'yahoo' column
Custom profile fields

These are all the custom profile fields that have been created on the Moodle site. See User profile fields.

Operators

The operators define the relationship between the field chosen and the value entered. For example, when the user's email must contain @school.com, the field chosen is 'Email address', the operator is 'contains' and the value is '@school.com'.

Contains
This operator restricts access to those whose chosen field contains the value provided.
Does not contain
This operator restricts access to those whose chosen field does not contain the value provided.
Is Equal To
This operator restricts access to those whos chosen field equals the value provided.
Starts With
This operator restricts access to the activity to those whos chosen field starts with the value provided.
Ends With
This operator restricts access to the activity to those whos chosen field ends with the value provided.
Is Empty
This operator restricts access to the activity to those whos chosen field is empty. Note, if any value is provided in this case, it is ignored.

Restriction set

This allows you to add a set of complex restrictions to apply complex logic.

Hiding the conditions

  • If the eye is SHUT then students who do not meet that part of the condition will not see the activity at all.
  • If the eye is OPEN the students who do not meet that part of the condition will see the activity but it will be greyed out and have information about why they can't access it yet.

The shut eye takes precedence. For example, you could have 2 conditions, one based on date (with eye shut) and one based on completing a previous activity (with eye open). That way, the activity will not appear at all until the date; then it will appear, but tell you that you need to complete the other activity; then when you complete the other activity you can access it.

For OR and NOT AND type conditions, you only get a single eye icon instead of one for each condition


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ALL or ANY Conditions

Further restrictions may be added by clicking the 'Add restriction' button again, and it is possible to specify that ALL the conditions or ANY of the conditions are required before the activity is made available. Thus, it is possible to use 'Or' as well as 'And' conditions. See Using Conditional activities for an example.

 

 

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Condition 'AND' Condition 'OR'

 

Restricting access to course sections

It is possible to restrict access to activities within a whole course section by specifying the conditions in the settings for that particular section.

Site administration settings

Administrators can disable selected restriction settings if desired from Site administration>Plugins>Availability restrictions>Manage restrictions.

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Author: Sheilla Norton
Last update: 2015-04-27 08:33