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Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Started

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.

Moodle Videos

This YouTube video playlist is produced by Moodle and is a great place to learn about our system (v. 3.8).

Moodle v. 3.8 Overview.

Finding your Courses

Once logged into Moodle, here is how you can find your courses in the Moodle Dashboard.

Navigation within your course

This graphic outlines some of the key areas within a Moodle course and where to find them.

Best Practices

Here are some "best practices" that can save time, frustration, and basically improve your experience with EdTech.

Accessibility

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.

Ally for LMS Help for Instructors
Accessibility in Moodle
User Overrides in Moodle Quizzes

Start of Term

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.

  1. Importing Content Between Moodle Courses
  2. Make your course available to students

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: lms-admins-lb@linnbenton.edu

  1. Implement RedShelf in your Moodle course

Optional: Utilizing Moodle Groups

End of Term

Only two short tasks are needed to close out your Moodle course at the end of the term.  Perform these steps in order.

  1. Recommended: Export your grades to MS-Excel
  2. Submit grades to Banner

Managing Publisher Content

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. 

How to implement RedShelf in your Moodle course

 

 

 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.

Assignment

The Assignment enables teachers to grade and give comments on uploaded files and assignments created on and off line.

Attendance

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.

Forums

 A forum allows participants to have asynchronous discussions.

Quiz

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

Effective Quiz Practices

TurnItIn Assignment 2

The TurnItIn Assignment 2 is a Moodle plugin provided from Turnitin.com that provides originality reporting, as well as grammar and spelling reporting.

Moodle uses the term "Resources" for static content that does not offer the option of assigning grades.  Examples of Moodle Resources follow. 

Book

The Book is a multi-page resources with a book-like format.

File

Adding a File allows you to add a picture, a pdf document, a spreadsheet, a sound file, a video file.

Label

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.

Page

Page can be created so the student sees a single, scrollable screen that a teacher creates with the robust HTML editor.

URL

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".

Quiz

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

Quiz Question Bank

Question banks are a great resource for organizing quiz questions within Moodle.  Our support guides are organized by topic.

Importing Questions into Moodle

User Overrides

Adding User Overrides in Quizzes allows an instructor to extend a quiz availability, add additional time to complete, or other special circumstances.

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