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Moodle 2.5 - MyCourses@Naz

Self Guided Moodle 2 Training course

Renoir PhotoshopTake a look at the self-guided, self-enrollable Building a Great Course in Moodle 2

(you will have to login to Moodle 2 to view the course)

For More Information

Contact the Technology and Media Service Desk
585-389-2111
usl@naz.edu

All Nazareth courses are now located on MyCourses@Naz (http://naz.mrooms3.net). Several self-help resources can be found once you are logged in to your Moodle account. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about constructing and managing a course in Moodle.

FAQs for MyCourses@naz Moodle - Instructors

1. How do I log in to my new MyCourses@naz Moodle 2.3 Account?

You can reach MyCourses@naz-Moodle from the Quicklinks on the Nazareth homepage. Login to the Moodle site using your Nazareth username and password (same as NazNet).

The direct link for MyCourses@naz-Moodle is http://naz.mrooms3.net

You should find all of your courses in the My Courses block to the left of the page. You will find any self-enrollable courses in a separate block.

2. Is there a complete online guide to building a course in Moodle 2.3?

When you login to Moodle, on the right side of the front page you will find the course Building a Moodle Course that is open to all. This link will take you directly to the course: Building a Moodle Course

3. How do I upload files into my course?

There are two basic ways to upload files into a course: Drag and Drop or Using the File Picker. Drag and Drop is the easiest way to add something new directly to a course page. Using the file picker requires several steps but enables you much more control of the way in which files are uploaded and can also enable the use of several repositories from which you may locate files. You can find much more on this feature at Uploading Files and in this short video: Uploading Files Video

4. How do I copy content from one of my courses to another?

To copy the entire contents from one course to another new course, do the following:

  1. Open the course that contains the content and note how many topic sections or week sections are in this original course.
  2. Open the new empty shell of the destination course.
  3. If the original course had 10 sections or less, go on. If there were more than 10, you must go into the Edit settings in the Course settings and change the "Number of weeks / topics" to match the original.
  4. Once you have enough sections, select Import in the Course Settings block of the new course.
  5. Find a course to import data from / select it / continue
  6. Follow the on-screen prompts to select the content you wish to move until the course opens displaying the moved content.

If you are attempting to copy select items from one course to another, the same steps can be followed as above, but being more selective in which items.

If what you wish to copy are resources, not activities, then you can also use the Server files repository in the File Picker. Instead of copying the files, if they are already in other courses you can Add a new resource to your course, look in the Server files in the File Picker for the course that contains the files, and when located select either Copy to your new course or Add an Alias or Shortcut, which creates a link to the original file. This option saves overall server space for us, but also enables you to modify one version of this document and have all linked versions of it updated simultaneously. More can be found on this at Using Server File Repository

5. How do I add or delete individuals from a course?

Students and teachers are automatically enrolled in Moodle courses by uploading files from the official registrar's course lists via a tool called Conduit. An instructor cannot remove from a course any name that has been entered via Conduit. At the close of the Drop/Add period, all dropped names will be automatically removed from courses lists. However, you can contact us to have individuals removed manually at any time. Send an email to pmonach3@naz.edu with the course name, number and student information.

If you would like to add additional teachers or students to your course manually, you can do so following these steps:

  1. Open the course and go to the Course Settings Block
  2. Select Users/ Enrolled Users
  3. Click the "Enroll users" button
  4. At the top select the role in which the new user(s) will be enrolled
  5. Enter the name to be enrolled in the Search window and then click the Enter or Return key on your keyboard
  6. Scroll if necessary to find the name, then select the "enroll" button next to the name
  7. Finish enrolling users

The names should now appear in the participants list.

6. What is meant by Docking Blocks in Moodle 2.3?

Docking blocks is a new feature that enables any user to customize the Moodle 2.3 pages by moving a block from its original position on a page to a location off screen. It becomes accessible by hovering over or clicking on a tab found to the far left of the page.

7. Where can I find good video tutorials to help me build a course in Moodle 2.3?

Nazareth subscribes to AtomicLearning, which provides nearly 80 video tutorials just on Moodle 2.2. The best way to access these videos is to open the Building a Great Moodle 2.3 Course and scrolling to section 10. Once there you will find the username and password to the AtomicLearning website, and direct links to all of the tutorials.

8. How do I copy and paste text from Microsoft Word without the problems experienced in Moodle 1.9?

This problem has been corrected to some extent with an improved editing tool. Now, when you have text copied from any version of Microsoft Word, first select the Paste from Word icon in the text editor of your course, and paste the text into that pop-up window before inserting. You can watch a quick demo of that here.Copy/Paste from Word

9. How do I make my course temporarily unavailable to students?

Some instructors at times choose to hide their courses from view, for example while courses are under constructions prior to the beginning of the semester. You can easily do this as follows:

  1. Open the course and go to the Course Settings Block
  2. Select Edit Settings
  3. In the Availability section, choose "This course is not available to students."
  4. Save changes. This will make it completely disappear from your students' My Courses list

This will very likely confuse students who were not aware of your action. They will think that they have not been enrolled in the course and will often call the service desk or the registrar seeking to correct the problem. If you are making a course unavailable to students, always email the students in the course letting them know what you have done and when they can expect the course to once again be available.

10. How do I save student submissions and grades from a Moodle course to my computer?

Video: Downloading student submissions and grades
To save student submissions, from within the Moodle course:

  1. Select and open an assignment that has student submissions
  2. View submitted assignments (skip this step in Moodle 1.9)
  3. Download all assignments as a zip
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for each assignment that has student submissions

To save the complete gradebook,from within the Moodle course:

  1. Open the gradebook from the Settings block
  2. Choose the Export tab
  3. Choose Excel spreadsheet (or other option of your choice) directly below the tab
  4. Select the items you wish to include and click Submit
  5. Verify in the Preview window, then click Download

To view and manage the downloaded items, on your computer:

  1. Create a folder somewhere in your computer directory where these documents will be stored and easily located
  2. Open the Download folder where they were downloaded
  3. Move the documents from the download folder to the new folder
  4. Once moved, from within the new folder unzip the zip files to reveal their contents in a unpackaged folder (process depends upon computer program)
  5. You should see each item easily identified with the file name
  6. Open the spreadsheet to verify that your gradebook downloaded accurately

Video: Downloading student submissions and grades

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