Moodle Faculty Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
All LBCC instructors teaching a for-credit class receive a Moodle account upon being hired, and receive a Google Apps for Education account. Instructors that wish to use Moodle for instructional purposes should refer to https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CaAo2xwrAsuACTmzMis9_O2MvlS-Mpm-ax3DlT1-Rek/edit on how to get started using Moodle for instruction.
Once logged into Moodle, here is how you can find your courses in the Moodle Dashboard.
This graphic outlines some of the key areas within a Moodle course and where to find them.
The eLearning Team can assist you in creating a proven, and well structured Moodle course. Below are some links to helpful information on creating high-quality online class environments.
5 C's of Online Course Design
Design and Build Your Moodle Course
Best practices in Moodle Course Design
Build Courses in Moodle
Activity Completion in Your Moodle Course
Moodle for Motivation Toolguide
Bloom's Taxonomy and Online Learning
Keller's ARCS Model of Motivational Design Theory
Here are some "best practices" that can save time, frustration, and basically improve your experience with EdTech.
- Duplicating Moodle Resources & Activities
- Experiencing Your Moodle Course as a Student
- Online Course Facilitation
- Moodle Announcements Forum
Use this tool to communicate with students; forced subscription will email students to their LBCC email
- Add a Google Calendar in a Moodle Block (also works with a Moodle Label or Page)
- Effective Quiz Practices
Creating an accessible course for all students is of utmost importance. The eLearning Team partners with the Center for Accessibility Resources to improve access to course materials. Below are some helpful resources on accessibility in Moodle.
Every for-credit course automatically gets a blank Moodle shell. Students and the Instructor of record via Banner will be automatically enrolled in the course shell.
First, decide if you wish to combine two or more sections (CRNs) of the same course type into one Moodle shell (e.g. two sections of WR121 into one Moodle shell). If you wish to combine two or more sections into the same Moodle shell, please complete this online "Parent/Child" form. Please note: This form can only be processed before graded activity occurs in your Moodle course, and will be closed at the end of business Friday of the first week of each term. Only the instructor of record should submit this form.
Second, getting your course ready for the start of the term is easy. Simply complete these two steps. Each item is linked to its own support guide.
If you have coordinated with the Bookstore to use their RedShelf products, follow this helpful guide. Please note: Your instructor role will need to be upgraded to one with "All the Bells & Whistles". Please contact the LMS Administrators for the upgrade at: email@example.com
Optional: Utilizing Moodle Groups
Only two short tasks are needed to close out your Moodle course at the end of the term. Perform these steps in order.
- Recommended: Export your grades to MS-Excel
- Submit grades to Banner
Textbook publishers often provide access to supplemental learning material that you may wish to take advantage of in your Moodle course. Check with your publisher representative to see what materials are available. The eLearning Team has successfully assisted faculty import test banks, lecture notes, and eBooks.
Respondus Test Bank Network - Check to see if Respondus already has your Publisher test bank available.
Below are links to often asked questions when dealing with the Moodle gradebook. For customized support, the eLearning Team is available to assist you.
- Gradebook in Moodle
- Quick Grading GuideAggregation Methods
- LBCC Moodle Default Aggregation Method (Natural)
- Gradebook Weighted Categories
Creating Your Course
Moodle calls anything that can have points assigned to it an "Activity". Using any of the following activities in Moodle and assigning points will automatically add this assignment to the Moodle gradebook.
The Assignment enables teachers to grade and give comments on uploaded files and assignments created on and off line.
The Attendance activity is designed for teachers to be able to take attendance during class, and for students to be able to view their own attendance record.
A forum allows participants to have asynchronous discussions.
Moodle uses the term "Resources" for static content that does not offer the option of assigning grades. Examples of Moodle Resources follow.
The Book is a multi-page resources with a book-like format.
Adding a File allows you to add a picture, a pdf document, a spreadsheet, a sound file, a video file.
A Label can be a few displayed words or an image used to separate resources and activities in a topic section, or can be a lengthy description or instructions.
A Page can be created so the student sees a single, scrollable screen that a teacher creates with the robust HTML editor.
Adding a URL can send the student to any place they can reach on their web browser, for example Wikipedia. We recommend linking to important course documents, such as your Course Syllabus or Schedule via a Google Document. Review these Help Guides on "How to Post a Google Doc in your Moodle Course", and "How to Embed a Google Slideshow in Your Moodle Course" (similar to PowerPoint).
Assessments in Moodle are located under the "Activities" menu and are entitled, "Quiz".
A Quiz allows the teacher to design and set quiz tests, which may be automatically marked and feedback and/or to correct answers shown.
Question banks are a great resource for organizing quiz questions within Moodle. Our support guides are organized by topic.
Adding User Overrides in Quizzes allows an instructor to extend a quiz availability, add additional time to complete, or other special circumstances.