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Information Technology

Moodle 3.5 FAQs

 

How can I adjust the number of Topics and Weeks in my course?

How can I choose a different image for my course displayed in the Dashboard?

Can my course image in the Dashboard be a video?

How can I compress files and upload them to Moodle?

Will Moodle accept a submission of any version of Microsoft Word?

How can I add and configure Polling from Blocks?

Can I download my course as a file and import it at a later time?

Is the Calendar in Moodle able to sync with iCal, Outlook, or other calendar options?

Can I create groups in my course that can peer review?

What are “Group submission settings” in the Assignment activity?

In the Assignment activity, under “Submission settings,” what does it mean to select “Require that students accept the submission statement?”

In the Assignment activity, what does “Attempts reopened” mean?

I used to use the grade aggregation method of Sum of grades, but I do not see that as an option in this version of Moodle. Is it called something else now?


 

How can I adjust the number of Topics and Weeks in my course?

1.Go to the gear icon in the administration block of the course.
2.Click “Edit settings.”
3.Expand the “Course format” section.
4.Change the Number of
weeks setting from the drop-down menu accordingly
5.To adjust the number of topics, go to the main topics area of your course. Scroll to the unused topics and delete
from there.
6.To add topics to your course, scroll to the bottom of your topics area and click on the “+Add topics”
button and configure from there.
7.Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “Save and display.”

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How can I choose a different image for my course displayed in the Dashboard?

  1. Go to the Administration Block on the left.
  2. Click open Course Administration.
  3. Click edit Settings.
  4. Navigate to Course summary files in the center of the screen.
  5. Browse to the image you want from your hard drive. Choose something with the following file extensions: gif, jpeg, or png.
  6. Upload the image.
  7. Click on Save & Display at the bottom of the page.

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Can my course image in the Dashboard be a video?

No, but you can choose an animated .gif. Follow the same procedure for uploading a gif file.

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How can I compress files and upload them to Moodle?

You can upload individual files or a ZIP file containing several files on your computer to a Folder. You can update the folder to add additional files, rename files, or move them into sub-folders.

Create a Zip File

To upload multiple files at once using the Moodle File picker, compress the files on your computer into a zip file. A zip file is a file type where multiple files or folders are compressed into a single, smaller file with a “.zip” file extension. Uploading multiple files to Moodle as a ZIP file can save you time and requires less clicking.

Windows Users

In your computer’s file browser, hold down the Control key as you click to select the folders or files you wish to compress. Right click any of the selected files. In the drop-down menu that opens, scroll to the Send To option, and select Compressed (zipped) folder. A new ZIP file will appear in the same directory (folder) as the files you selected. You can rename the ZIP file for easier identification before uploading it to Moodle.

Mac Users

In your computer’s finder, right-click (control+click) on the folder or files and select Compress. A new zip file will appear on your computer in the same directory (folder) as the files you selected. You can rename the zip file for easier identification before uploading it to Moodle.

Once you have a compressed file to upload:

  1. On your course page turn editing on.
  2. + Add an Activity or Resource.
  3. Select Folder.
  4. Click Add.
  5. Give a name to your new folder.
  6. Add the compressed file either by drag-and-drop or by browsing to its location on your computer.
  7. Follow the upload prompts.
  8. To unzip your new folder, Double click on it from Files.
  9. Click unzip.
  10. From the Display folder contents drop-down menu, select how you want the folder contents to be displayed.
  11. Save and return to course.

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Will Moodle accept a submission of any version of Microsoft Word?

.docx from: Word 2007, Word 2010 and Word 2013 (on Windows); Word 2011 and Word 2016 

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How can I add and configure Polling from Blocks?

  1. With editing turned on, go to “Add a Block” on the left side of your screen.
  2. From the Drop-down menu choose Poll.
  3. Click on the Gear in the Poll block and click on “Configure Poll block.”
  4. Click on “Create/Edit Poll.”
  5. Follow the prompts and give your new poll a name, a question, choose if respondents will be anonymous, choose who is eligible to take your poll, and finally indicate the number of answer choices. Click “Save changes.”
  6. Enter all of the answers from which your class can choose and click on “Save changes.”
  7. Now choose the tab “Configure Block” at the top of the page. Next to “Poll name” choose the poll you just created. Click “Save changes.”
  8. You are now returned to your course page and your poll is active in the Poll Block.  You can direct students there to enter their answers.
  9. When you are ready to view responses to your Poll, click on “Responses” at the bottom of your Poll Block.

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Can I download my course as a file and import it at a later time?

Absolutely.

  1. In the Administration Block, Click the gear menu and then select “Backup.”
  2. Use the check boxes to decide what you would like to bring over with your copy of the course. For example, if you want to include blocks but not filters deselect the filter checkbox and leave the blocks checkbox ticked. Click “Next.”
  3. You will be taken to the confirmation and review page. Here, you can change the filename and check that the settings are correct. If you spot a mistake you can simply return to the first stage by clicking the “previous” button.
  4. Once you have confirmed your backup settings are correct, click the “perform backup” button.
  5. You will then be taken to a page which confirms that your backup was successful. Here you can click the “continue” button to be taken to where you can get a copy of the backup file to download it and save it offline on your own computer.
  6. In the user private backup area, click the “download” button and save it. You can then open your course later using course “Restore” from your Administration Block.

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Is the Calendar in Moodle able to sync with iCal, Outlook, or other calendar options?

There is not an automated feature to do this in Moodle. You can export calendar events to your personal calendar manually. If you want to use another calendar service to keep track of your personal calendar, it is possible to export calendar events from Moodle then import them into your personal calendar program. Moodle exports the calendar in iCal format (.ics), which is compatible with Apple’s iCalendar, and can also be imported into Microsoft Outlook and Google Calendar.
Note: Because Moodle requires authentication, it is not possible to subscribe to a Moodle Calendar from an outside calendaring tool such as Outlook, Apple Calendar or Google Calendar. When exporting from a Moodle calendar, only current events will be exported. The calendar will need to be exported again to update new events.

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Can I create groups in my course that can peer review?

First, Configure Group Settings

  1. On the left of your Course page in the Administration Block, click on the “gear” icon to open the course settings.
  2. Click on “Groups.”
  3. Choose Visible (Visible groups - Each group member works in their own group, but can also see other groups) or Separate Groups (Separate groups - Each group member can only see their own group, others are invisible).
  4. Click “Save and display.”
  5. From the Administration Block, click on “Users,” then click on “Groups.”

Create the groups

  1. In the lower left corner of the screen (you may need to scroll down), click on the “Create group” button.
  2. In the Group name field, enter the name of the first peer group and click on the “Save changes” button.
  3. For additional groups, click on the “Create group” button, type a name, save, etc.

Populate the groups

  1. In the list of groups on the left side of the screen, click on the name of the first group into which you would like to add students.
  2. With the group name highlighted on the left side, click on the “Add/remove users” button on the right side of the screen.
  3. In the “Potential members” list on the right side of the screen, select/highlight all of the students to add to the group.
  4. When all the students have been selected, click on the “< Add” button in the middle of the screen. Note: Students can be added one by one as well.
  5. When all students have been added to the group, click on the “Back to groups” button in the lower left corner of the screen.
  6. To populate additional groups, select the group name on the left, click the “Add/remove users” button, select potential members on the right, click on the “< Add” button, etc.
  7. When all groups have been populated, return to the main course page.

Set up your peer review forum

  1. Make sure editing is turned on. On the left of your Course page in the Administration Block, click on the “gear” icon to open the course settings.
  2. In the appropriate location in your course, click on the +Add an activity or resource link.
  3. On the +Add an activity or resource dialog box, select the “Forum” radio button in the left column, then click the “Add” button in the lower right.
  4. In the forum settings:
    • In the Forum name field, type in a name for your forum. This forum will be used by all of your students regardless of the group in which they reside.
    • In the Forum type drop-down list box, select “Standard forum for general use.”
      (Note: “Single simple discussions” do not support groups)
    • Scroll down and expand the “Common modules” section of the settings. In this section, set Group mode = “Separate groups.”
    • Scroll down and click on the “Save and return to course” button.

Add discussion topics to your forum

  1. Click on your forum to open it.
  2. In the Separate groups drop-down list box, select the first group and then click on the “Add a new discussion topic” button.
  3. Enter a Subject (required) and a Message (required). If you would like to attach a file, you can do that as well (optional). Click on the “Post to forum” button.

    Important
    You must add a separate discussion topic for each group. Even if they will be identical, the discussion topics must be added separately. As such, a “tip” you might consider is to add the group name as a part of the Subject description. This won’t help the students but will make it easier for you!

  4. In the Separate groups drop-down list box, select the second (or third, or fourth) group and then click on the “Add a new discussion topic” button.
  5. Enter a Subject (required) and a Message (required). If you would like to attach a file, you can do that as well (optional). Click on the “Post to forum” button.
  6. When all of the discussion topics have been added, you can close the forum.

Instructions for the students

Steps to upload the document to be reviewed within your group

  1. Launch Moodle and open your course.
  2. Click on the forum in which you will be uploading your document.
  3. In the list of discussions, click on the appropriate discussion topic.
  4. Click on the “Reply” link in the lower right corner
  5. In the “Message” field, type a brief description of your upload.
  6. To upload your document, you have two options:
    • “Drag” your file from your hard drive and “drop” it into the Attachment field.
    • Click in the Attachment field, click on the “Choose file” button, find the file on your hard drive and click on the “Open” button, click on the “Upload this file” button.
  7. Click on the “Post to forum” button.

Steps to download the document of another student in your group

  1. Launch Moodle and open your course.
  2. Click on the forum from which you will be downloading one or more documents to review.
  3. In the list of discussions, click on the appropriate discussion topic.
  4. Click on the document you would like to download.

Steps to post feedback about the document of another student in your group

  1. Launch Moodle and open your course.
  2. Click on the forum in which you will be posting feedback to another group member.
  3. In the list of discussions, click on the appropriate discussion topic.
  4. Find the post/upload for which you would like to post a comment. Click on the “Reply” button in the lower right corner of that post.
  5. Type in a “Subject” (optional) and a “Message” (required) with your feedback. If you are attaching a file, add it to the Attachments field.
  6. Click on the “Post to forum” button.

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What are “Group submission settings” in the Assignment activity?

In Moodle you can create assignments where students work in groups and each group makes an assignment submission. For example, students in a group can submit one file that represents their joint work. Any group member can download, modify, and re-upload a file, or edit a text entry.

Enable Group Submission

  1. On your course page, click “Turn editing on” (top right).
  2. +Add a new assignment activity, or “Edit settings” for an existing AssignmentThe New/Update Assignment page will open.
  3. Configure the General, Availability, Assignment type, etc., for the assignment.
  4. Click “Group submission settings” to view the Group submission options, and from the Students submit in groups drop-down menu, select “Yes.”
  5. (Optional) Require all group members submit.
  6. From the Grouping for student groups drop-down menu, select the “Grouping” you created for your student groups.
  7. Under “Common module settings”, from the Group mode drop-down menu, select Separate groups or Visible groups, and from the Grouping drop-down menu, select the Grouping used in the previous step.
    Note: This step is especially important if you are assigning different Assignment activities to different groups in your course. But even if everyone in the course is assigned the same activity, choosing Common Module settings here will make grading the assignment easier.
  8. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Save and return to course.”

Configure Group Submission Options

The following additional options in the assignment’s settings allow you to configure the process by which students submit their group work:

  • In Submission settings, “Require students click submit button:” (Default is No.)
    If set to Yes, students in the group must click a “Submit” button to formally indicate that their work is ready for grading, after which they can no longer modify their submission. The default (No) accepts their submission as soon as anyone submits it. They can change their submission at any time.
  • In Group submission settings, “Require all group members submit:” (Default is No.)
    This option is enabled only when Require students click submit button is set to Yes.
    The default setting (No) allows any member of the group to submit on behalf of the group. Changing this to Yes means that all students in the group must click the “Submit” button to indicate that they all have signed off on the submission.

Grade Student Submissions

  1. On your course page, click the link to the assignment activity you want to grade. The Assignment page will open, showing the Grading summary and Submission status.
  2. Click “View/grade all submissions.” The Assignment submissions page will open.
  3. From the Separate groups or Visible groups drop-down menu, select a Group to grade. The page will reload to show only the students from that Group.
    Note: The groups drop-down will not appear unless you have completed step 7, above (Common module settings).
  4. Click the Grade icon () next to a specific student’s submission from the Group. The submission Grading page will open.
  5. Provide a grade and feedback comments as you would normally.
  6. If you would like your grade and feedback to only be provided for an individual student, under Group submission settings, set the “Apply grades and feedback to entire group” setting to No. If set to Yes, the same grade and feedback will to be applied to all students in the group.
  7. Scroll down to the bottom and click “Save changes.”

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In the Assignment activity, under “Submission settings,” what does it mean to select “Require that students accept the submission statement?

An administrator can define a “Submission statement”, ie, a statement where students promise the work is their own and which they must agree to before submitting their work. This may be done via Site administration>Plugins>Activity modules>Assignment. (A default statement is also available.) If the administrator has given teachers the option of using a submission statement or not, then it will be available in the assignment settings screen. If the administrator has forced the statement throughout the site, a teacher will not have this option in the settings but a student will see the statement when accessing their assignment.

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In the Assignment activity, what does “Attempts reopened” mean?

If “require students to click submit” is enabled, then students may only submit once. You can change this here to ‘Manually’ and reopen it for students to resubmit, or you can change it to ‘Automatically until pass’, for the students to keep resubmitting until they get a pass grade.

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I used to use the grade aggregation method of Sum of grades, but I do not see that as an option in this version of Moodle. Is it called something else now?

Natural  has replaced Sum of grades. Natural aggregation functions as a sum of grades when the weight boxes are left alone. 

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