Moodle Information

Courses and enrollments for the Spring semester were loaded 12/4/19.  

If you do not see your course, see "Dealing with discrepancies" below.

Login (at the right) using the new Login via SAML2 option which is Wooster's Single Sign-on method. You will not be asked to log in to other services on campus that also use SAML (email, Scotweb).

If you connect Moodle with Office 365, you can sync your Moodle course calendars with your Outlook calendar. 

Dealing with discrepancies

If you notice that there is a discrepancy in enrollments or you don't see your courses, you should:

  1. Check Colleague Self-Service to verify the course or student is listed there
    • If so, wait 24 hours for Moodle to reflect this
    • If not, contact the Registrar at X2366 or registrar@wooster.edu
  2. If Colleague Self-Service is correct and it has been longer than 24 hours, contact the Help Desk at X4357 or helpdesk@wooster.edu 
  3. Students: All courses are hidden by default. Check with your faculty member to see if they are planning on using Moodle and have made the course visible.

Giving students access

As in the past, courses are hidden by default and not visible to students until the instructor makes the course visible. When you have your course setup and ready for students to view, make your course visible and check your course start date by:

  1. From your course, click the gear for course administration (upper right corner) and click Edit settings.course edit settings
  2. In the General block, beside Course start date, please check the course start date to make sure it is the Monday of the first week of the semester. (This should already be correct, but it doesn't hurt to check.)
  3. In the General block, change the Visible setting to Show.
  4. Under the Course format block, you can change the format from "Show one section per page" to "Show all sections on one page"
  5. Click Save and display at the bottom of the page after making any changes to the settings.

Mobile App

To access Moodle on a mobile device, download Moodle Mobile from the App Store or Google Play.

Setting up your course

The default course format is Weekly. Your course does not have weeks listed as it did in the past. Follow these steps to customize your course.

To Change Your Course Format

  1. Click on the cog in the upper right hand corner of your course
  2. Select Edit settings
  3.  Under Course format > Format > select Topics (or other) format

To Add Content Areas

  1. Click on the cog in the upper right hand corner of your course
  2. Select Turn editing on  
  3. Navigate to the bottom of the course and select Add topics or Add weeks depending on your course format.

This video walks through on how to set up your course and much more. 

For more quick videos on adding TAs, creating assignments, and more you can view our YouTube playlist.

Using a previous version of the course

If you wish, you may use content from a prior course in your current course. Please refer to the IT documentation wiki for both text instructions and an instructional video.

https://wiki.wooster.edu/x/wIBUAg

If, after reviewing the instructions, you are uncomfortable moving materials, the educational technology staff is happy to import archived materials into your current course for you.  This will require completing a form and will take a day or two to complete.

http://goo.gl/oO3ox

Combining sections of the same course

If you are teaching multiple sections of the same course or you and your colleagues teaching the same course want to share resources, you can request to have multiple sections combined into a metacourse by contacting Jon Breitenbucher (jbreitenbucher@wooster.edu)

Features to explore

With each new Moodle server we try to accommodate feature requests from faculty. Below you will find the list of plugins we have added to try and add functionality that seems to address faculty needs.

Feedback
  • 360 Feedback (Gather feedback from a variety of point of views)
  • My feedback (Allows students to see an overview of all their grades and feedback for assessment activities)
  • Manual grading by student (Grade one student one at a time instead of one question at a time)
  • Solution Sheet (Allows teachers to upload files with solutions to their assignment, which can be released to students manually or at a scheduled time)
  • Structured Feedback (Enables teachers to provide individual feedback comments for criteria that can be configured)
Analytics
Quizzes, Tests, Assessments 
  • Drag and drop matching (Similar to the matching question type but with a drag and drop interface instead)
  • Music Theory  (Questions that allow for supporting music theory evaluation and instruction)
  • Ordering (Ordering question type displays several short sentences in a random order which are to be dragged into the correct sequential order)
  • Safe Exam Browser (Carry out e-assessments safely by turning the computer into a secure workstation)
  • Student Quiz (Enables students to collaboratively create their own question pools)
Recording, Scheduling, Planning 
  • Attendance (Maintain student attendance in the classroom via Moodle)
  • Participation credit (Give credit to peer-reviewers just for their participation without comparing their assessment to others)
  • Scheduler (An appointment scheduler for planning face-to-face meetings between teachers and students)
  • Reservation (Schedule an event in Moodle for a specific reservation time)
Course Page Engagement
  • GeoGebra (Integrate GeoGebra activities in Moodle. GeoGebra is a free and multi-platform dynamic mathematics software)
  • H5P (Create interactive content in your Moodle course such as videos, quizzes, and timelines)
  • Journal (Allows a teacher to ask students to reflect on a particular topic)
  • Lightbox Gallery (Create image galleries in your Moodle course)
  • Poll (Create custom polls for your course)
Miscellaneous 
All descriptions are taken from the Moodle Plugin pages