Moodle

Moodle 2.8

What’s New in Moodle 2.8?

Moodle 2.8 brings improvements to the Gradebook tool, forums, analytics, and usability in may areas to empower teachers and improve functionality for everyone across all devices. Click here to review 2.8 highlights and other resources for this version of Moodle.

What are the system requirements for using Moodle 2.8?

Moodle – Browser Requirements

The recommended browsers for accessing Moodle are:

  • Google Chrome 30 or later
  • Firefox 25 or later
  • Apple Safari 6 or later
  • Internet Explorer 9.0 or later

    Note: Internet Explorer 8.0 is not supported for Moodle 2.8

The following browsers may be used, however they are not recommended for submitting assignments or taking tests:

  • Opera 9 or later

Settings

The following settings should be enabled in your browser:

  • Cookies
  • Pop-Ups
  • Javascrip

Where can I find more information about Moodle 2.8?

For more information regarding Moodle, please access the Moodle 2.8 documentation at: http://docs.moodle.org/28/en/Main_page.

How do I access my courses in Moodle 2.8?

Moodle – Accessing Courses

To access your courses, do the following:

Step 1. In the Navigation block, click the My courses link.

Navigation-MyCourses

Step 2. Click on the link for the course.

Navigation-MyCourses-CourseList

Moodle for Students

How do I post to a forum? (Moodle 2.8)

Moodle – Posting to Forums

To post to a forum:

Step 1. In your course, access the Topic/Week containing the forum and click on it.  Forums are always preceded by the forum

Forums_iconicon

Example:

Post_to_Forum-01

Tip:

If your instructor has enabled the Activities block, you can click on Forums to view a list of all forums in the course.

Activities_block-Forums_link

To start a new discussion topic:
Click on the Add a new discussion topic button.

Post_to_Forum-02

Enter a Subject and Message for your post.

Enter a Subject and Message for your post

Choose your Subscription option. This option determines if you will receive email notifications each time someone posts a reply to your posts.

subscription

Optionally add an attachment to your post by click the Add… icon or drag and dropping files into the drag and drop area.

Attachedment

When you are finished composing your post, click the Post to forum button.

To respond to a discussion topic:

Access the forum and click on the topic.

For example:

Respond_to_Forum

Click the Reply link in the bottom right corner of the topic.
Reply

Enter a Subject and Message for your reply.

Subject

Choose your Subscription option. This option determines if you will receive email notifications each time someone posts a reply to this topic.

Subscription option

When you are finished composing your reply, click the Post to forum button.

How do I submit an assignment? (Moodle 2.8)

Moodle – Submitting an Assignment

To submit an assignment:

Assignmentsicon

Step 1. In your course, access the Topic/Week containing the assignment and click on it.  Assignments are always preceded by the assignment  icon.

For example:

Assay

Tip: If your instructor has enabled the Activities block, you can click on Assignments to view a list of all assignments in the course.

Activities

Step 2. On the assignment screen, carefully read the assignment instructions.  When you are ready to begin your submission, click the Add submission button.

 Submit_Assignment

Step 3. Depending on how your instructor setup the assignment, you will see one of the following options for submitting the assignment:

  • Online text:
    This option provides a textbox which allows you to compose your submission for the assignment directly in your browser.
    File Submission
  • File submissions
    This option requires you to upload a file for your submission.  Click the Add… icon to select a file, or drag a file into the drag and drop area.
    Online text

Step 4. After composing/uploading your assignment, click the Save changes button.  Your submission will be saved as a draft until submitted.

Step 5. You will return to the assignment screen.  To edit your draft submission, click the Edit submission button.  When you are ready to submit the assignment for grading, click the Submit assignment button.

 Submit assignment

How do I take a Quiz or Test? (Moodle 2.8)

How do I take a Quiz or Test? (Moodle 2.8)

Moodle – Taking a Quiz

Step 1. In your course, access the Topic/Week containing the quiz and click on it.  Quizzes are always preceded by the quiz  icon.Quizzes

For example:

 quiz

Tip: If your instructor has enabled the Activities block, you can click on Quizzes to view a list of all assignments in the course.

 Activities block Quizzes

Step 2. On the quiz screen, carefully read the assignment instructions.  When you are ready to begin your attempt, click the Attempt quiz now button.

 Moodle Quiz week 1 and 2

Note: Pay close attention to Attempts allowed and Time limit.  Attempts allowed determines how many attempts you have at the quiz, while time allowed determines how much time you have to complete each attempt.

Step 3. Read the Confirmation, then click the Start attempt button to start your attempt.

Confirmation

Step 4. After beginning your attempt, you will be taken to the first page of the quiz.  Depending on how your instructor has configured the quiz, you may see a single question per page or multiple questions per page.

Example quiz page with a single question:

 Quiz-Answer

Also, your instructor may allow you to navigate freely through the quiz, or require that you complete quiz questions in a specific order. If the pages are hyperlinks in the Quiz navigation block, you may skip back and forth through the quiz.

 Quiz navigation

If the quiz has a time limit, the timer will count down in the Quiz navigation block. Depending on how your instructor has configured the quiz, it may be automatically submitted once time runs out or you may have a grace period in which you can submit the quiz.

 Quiz navigation-2

Step 5. After answering all questions on a page, click the Next button to proceed to the next page.

Step 6. After completing the last question, you will see the Summary of attempt screen.  Click Return to attempt to return to the quiz, or Submit all and finish to submit the attempt for grading.

 Summary

Note: Clicking Return to attempt on a sequential navigation quiz will only let you view the last question of the quiz.

How do I view Announcements? (Moodle 2.8)

How do I view Announcements? (Moodle 2.8)

To view your announcements in your course, do the following:

Step 1. Access your course and locate the Latest news block.  Announcements appear in this block.

For example:

View Announcements

Step 2. To read an announcement, click on the title.  The announcement displays.

 Announcement_example

Alternate Method: You can also click on News forum at the top of the main course page to view all announcements posted in the course.

 News_forum

Moodle - Viewing Grades / Feedback

Moodle – Viewing Grades / Feedback

Grades and feedback for course activities are displayed in the Gradebook. To access the Gradebook:

Step 1. Access your course and locate the Administration block.  Click the Grades link under Course Administration.

Viewing grades

Step 2. Your User report will display.  Grades are displayed in the Grade column, while feedback from your instructor is displayed in the Feedback column.

For example:

Report

Moodle - Viewing the Course Syllabus

Moodle – Viewing the Course Syllabus

To view your course Syllabus, do the following:

Step 1. Access your course and look for a “Syllabus” link.  Instructors typically post the syllabus link near the top of the course.

For example:

Syllabus

Step 2. Click on the link to view the syllabus.  Depending on how your instructor added the syllabus, you may be prompted to download the syllabus file.

Send messages, Read, and Reply? Moodle 2.8

How do I work with messages (Send messages, Read, and Reply)? (Moodle 2.8)

To send a message to an individual (From the Messages Block or from your profile) follow the steps below:

Step 1. Click “Messages” From the Messages block or from Navigation > My Profile. Type a name into the Search people and messages box. (To narrow the search, click the blue Advanced link to search for a person “only in my courses” or with keywords in the messages.)

Step 2. Type the message in the box and click the “Send a message” button.

To send a message to an individual (From the Online Users Block):

Step 1. Click the name of one of the people currently online and click the “Send message” link in their profile.

Step 2. Type the message in the box and click on the “Send a message” button.

To read and reply to a message:

Step 1. If the Messages block shows you have a message, click the envelope icon (with the number of messages)

Step 2. Type your reply into the box and click on the “Send a message” button.

Note: If you receive a popup notification of a message, click “Go to message” to read and reply to it.

For more information about “Using Messaging” in Moodle, please click here.

Why can’t I log in to Moodle?

Moodle & WebAdvisor use the same username (prefix of your email address without the @gtcc.edu part) and password. Make sure to enter letters in all lowercase.

Why is my course not listed?

  • No classes will be visible in Moodle before the first day of class at 1 am.
  • If you add an online course after classes have started, it will take up to 24 hours for the course to appear in Moodle.
  • If it’s after 9 am on the first day of class and/or 24 hours after you registered for a course and you still don’t see your course, please contact elearning@gtcc.edu with your name, student ID #, email address, course name, and description of the problem.

Why can’t I access the orientation course in Moodle?

  • All students at GTCC must complete pre-orientation AND orientation (unless they have already completed a bachelor’s degree or higher OR are enrolled at GTCC as a Special Credit student, where they are taking courses, but not completing a program).
  • Visit http://orientation.gtcc.edu to find out where you are in the orientation process.
  • If the orientation tool shows that you have not completed these class sessions, even though you have, you will need to contact orientation support at orientation@gtcc.edu or 336.334.4822 ext 52858.

Do I have to take the eLearning Information for Students Course?

The eLearning Information for Students is a course in Moodle that every student can see and is a tutorial on using the current version of Moodle, as well as other GTCC systems. This course is required for any student who is taking an online or hybrid course. Your instructor may require you to upload a certificate of completion from this course in order to stay in your course.

Why can’t I see/get the certificate in the eLearning Information for Students Course?

  • You must complete all five quizzes in the eLearning Information for Students course and score above 90% on all of them for the certificate to become available.
  • Click on the link and print your certificate if you wish; but, make sure that you save a copy to your computer and/or email to yourself for future reference, as needed. (Old certificates are not kept. Certificates are purged in August after each school year.)
  • If you still can’t access your certificate after verifying your scores on all five quizzes, please contact elearning@gtcc.edu.

How do I upload an assignment via Turnitin?

Watch this tutorial that explain how to upload assignment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j2RS4AOXz8

Do you need a written guide of Turnitin issues?

Moodle for Instructors

How do I control the frequency of emails from Moodle? (Moodle 2.8)

Moodle – Setting Email Digest Type

You can control the frequency of email notifications for forum posts by selecting an email digest type for your profile.

Step 1. In the Administration block, click the My profile settings link.

 My Profile Settings

Note: If you do not see My profile settings in the Administration block, your institution does not allow profiles to be edited.

Step 2. Click the Edit profile link.

 Edit_Profile

Step 3. The Edit profile screen appears.  Locate the the Email digest type drop down menu, and select the desired option:

Profile Email digest type 

  • No digest: You will receive an email for each individual forum post
  • Complete: You will receive one digest email per day that contains the complete forum posts
  • Subjects: You will receive one digest email per day that contains only the subject of forum posts

Step 4. Click the Update profile button at the bottom of the screen to save your changes.

How do I copy courses? (Moodle 2.8)

To copy your course content into another course, do the following:

Step 1. Access the new course shell and locate the Administration block.

 Step 2. Expand the Course Administration section and click on Import.

 Copy courses

 Step 3. On the Find a course to import data from screen, select the appropriate source course then click Continue.

Find a course

 Step 4. For Backup settings, select the type of items that should be included in the import, then click Next.

 Import Backup

Step 5. For Schema settings, select the individual items that should be included in the import, then click Next.

Import-Schem

Step 6. On the next screen, confirm that the Backup settings are correct, and that all items you wish to import are checked.  Click the Perform import button to start the import process.

Step 7. A progress bar appears indicating the status of the import.

Import-Progress_bar

Step 8. A message appears when the import process is complete.  Click Continue to return to the course.  The imported content should appear immediately in the course.

 Import Complete

How do I create a course syllabus? (Moodle 2.8)

Moodle – Creating a Syllabus

There are two methods for adding a syllabus to your course:

  • Creating a new page
  • Uploading the syllabus as a file that students can download.  Word documents and PDFs are typically used for Syllabus files.

Tip: Adding the syllabus as a page is the recommended method for adding a syllabus, as it will display directly in browser without the need for additional software.

Creating a Page

Step 1. Access the course and Turn editing on.

 Editing On

Step 2. Click the Add an activity or resource link.

 Activity_Resource

Step 3. On the Add an activity or resource screen, select the Page option then click the Add button.

 Add_Activity_Resource-Page_option

Step 4. On the Adding a new Page screen, enter a Name for the syllabus, then add the content to the Page content area.

 Syllabus

Step 5. Click Save and return to course to save the syllabus page.


Uploading a File

Step 1. Access the course and turn Editing On.

Step 2. Click the Add an activity or resource link.

Step 3. On the Add an activity or resource screen, select the File option then click the Add button.

Step 4. On the Adding a new Page screen, enter a Name for the syllabus. In the Content area, click the Add icon to select your syllabus file, or drag and drop the file into the drag and drop area.

 upload content

Step 5. Click Save and return to course to upload the file.

How do I create a new forum? (Moodle 2.8)

Moodle – Creating Forums

To create a new forum, do the following:

Step 1. Access your course and Turn editing on.

Editing On

Step 2. Click the Add an activity or resource link in the Topic / Week where the forum should be located.

Step 3. On the Add an activity or resource screen, select the Forum option then click the Add button.

Turn editing on

Step 4. The Adding a new Forum screen appears.

Add-Forum

General options

Option

Description

Forum name

Enter a title for the forum.

Description

Enter a description for the forum.  It is recommended that you include instructions for the forum in the description.

Display description on course page

If this option is checked, the description will appear below the forum title on the course page.

Forum type

Select from five different forum types:

  • A single simple discussion: A single topic discussion on one page.
      • Each person posts one discussion: Each student can post one discussion topic.  This option is useful if you want each student to post a discussion about a week’s topic.
      • Q and A forum: A question is posed in the initial post of the forum.  Students may reply to the post, but they will not see other student’s replies until they have made a post.
      • Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format: An open forum where anyone can start a new topic at anytime.  Displayed in a blog format where each topic is displayed on it’s own page.
    • Standard forum for general use: An open forum where anyone can start a new topic at anytime.

Attachments and word count

Attachments

Option

Description

Maximum attachment size

Select the maximum file size allowed for for forum attachments.  The maximum file size cannot exceed the course upload limit.

Maximum number of attachments

Select the maximum number of files that may be attached to a forum post.

Display word count

If enabled, the number of words in a post will display below the post.

Subscription and tracking

Subscription and tracking

Option

Description

Subscription mode

When students are subscribed to a forum, they will receive forum post notifications.  There are four different subscription modes:

  • Optional subscription: Students can choose to subscribe to the forum.
  • Forced subscription: Everyone enrolled in the course is subscribed and cannot unsubscribe.
  • Auto subscription: Everyone enrolled in the course is subscribed initially, but will have the option to unsubscribe at any time.
  • Subscription disabled: Subscriptions are not allowed for the forum.

Read tracking

This option allows students to track read and unread forum posts.   There are three options for read tracking:

  • Optional:  Students can turn tracking on or off for the forum via their profile.
  • Off: Read tracking is disabled for the forum.
  • Forced: Tracking is always on in the forum, regardless of user preference.

    Note
    : This option is only available if Allow forced read tracking is enable by the Administrator.

Post threshold for blocking

Post threshold for blocking

Option

Description

Time period for blocking

Students can be blocked from posting more than a set number of posts in a given timeframe.  Choose a timeframe, such as several days or a whole week for the post threshold.

Post threshold for blocking

This setting specifies the maximum number of posts a user can make within the timeframe selected in Time period for blocking.

Post threshold for warning

When students approach the maximum allowed number of posts in the timeframe, a warning can be issued.  This setting specifies how many posts a user can make before receiving a warning.  The number should be lower than the number set in Post threshold for blocking.

Grade

Grade

Option

Description

Grade category

If custom grade categories have been created in your course, or by the system administrator, you can select them here.  This will add the forum as an item in the category.

Ratings

Rantings

Option

Description

Aggregate type

The aggregate type determines how ratings are combined to form the final grade for the forum. There are six aggregate types:

      • No ratings: No aggregation will occur and the forum will not appear in the gradebook.
      • Average ratings: The mean of all ratings in the forum.
      • Count of ratings: The number of rated items becomes the final grade. When this option is selected, the final grade cannot exceed the maximum grade for the forum.
      • Maximum rating: The highest rating becomes the final grade for the forum.
      • Minimum rating: The lowest rating becomes the final grade for the forum.
      • Sum of ratings: All ratings are added together to create the final grade. When this option is selected, the final grade cannot exceed the maximum grade for the forum.Note: This aggregate type will not work for the Separate or Connected Ways of Knowing scale or custom scales.

Scale

Select a scale or numeric value to use for evaluating the forum ratings.

Restrict ratings to items with dates in this range:

Check this option to select timeframes for the ratings which will apply towards the final grade.

Step 5. When you are done configuring the forum, click Save and return to course to return to the course screen, or Save and display to view the forum.

How do I create an assignment? (Moodle 2.8)

How do I create an assignment? (Moodle 2.8)Moodle – Creating an AssignmentTo add an Assignment activity to your course, do the following:Step 1. Access the course and Turn editing on.Editing OnStep 2. Click the Add an activity or resource link in the Topic / Week where the assignment should be located.

Step 3. On the Add an activity or resource screen, select the Assignment option then click the Add button. Resource-AssignmenStep 4. The Adding a new Assignment screen appears._Assignment_screen

General options

Option Description
Assignment name Enter a title for the assignment.
Description Enter a description for the assignment.  It is recommended that you include instructions for completing the assignment in the description.
Display description on course page If this option is checked, the description will appear below the assignment title on the course page.

Availability optionsAdd_new_Assignment_screen-Availability_options

Option Description
Allow submissions from Select a date and time from which students can begin to submit the assignment.Note: This setting does not hide the assignment from students.  Instead, students will see the assignment but will not be able to submit it until the Allow submissions from date.
Due date Enter a due date for the assignment.  Submissions will be allowed after the due date, however submissions after this date will be marked as late.
Cut-off date The Cut-off date is the last date that a student may submit an assignment after the Due date.  If enabled, the options for submitting the assignment will no longer appear on the Cut-off date.
Always show description This option controls when the assignment Description is displayed. If checked, the Description will be available before the will be available on the Allow submissions from date.  If not checked, the Description will be available on the Allow submissions from date

Submission typesSubmission types

Option Description
Online text Select this option to allow students to submit their assignment using a text editor.
File submissions Select this option to allow students to upload their submission as a file.
Maximum number of uploaded files If File submissions are enabled, select the maximum number of files each student may upload.
Maximum submission size If File submissions are enabled, select the maximum file size allowed for student submissions.  The maximum file size cannot exceed the course upload limit.

Feedback types Feedback types

Option Description
Feedback comments Select this option to enable feedback comments and add the Feedback Comments column in the grading table.
Offline grading worksheet Select this option to enable offline grading.  You may then download the grading list as a spreadsheet, edit the grades, then upload the spreadsheet back into the system to finalize the grades.
Feedback files Select this option to allow files to be uploaded as feedback. These files may include: annotated student submissions, documents with comments, or audio feedback.  If enabled, the Feedback Files column is added to the grading table.

Submission settings

Submission settings

Option Description
Require students click submit button Select this option to require students to click Submit in order to mark their submission as final.  This allows the student to add draft versions of the assignment until they are ready to submit a final version.
Require that students accept the submission statement If your institution has enabled a “submission statement”, select this option to require students to read and agree to the submission statement before they can submit their assignment.
Attempts reopened This setting determines how submissions are reopened.

    • Never: The student may only submit once.
    • Manually: The teacher and reopen the assignment manually as needed.
    • Automatically until pass: The student must submit the assignment until they receive a passing grade.
Maximum attempts If Attempts reopened is set to Manually or Automatically until pass, select the maximum number of attempts a student has on the assignment.

Group submission settings
Group submission settings

Option Description

Students submit in groups

If enabled, the assignment is handled as a collaborative effort amongst group members.  Teachers may choose to give a common grade and feedback to the entire group, or give individual grades and feedback to each member of the group.

Require all group members submit

If enabled, the assignment will not be shown as submitted until each member of the group has made a contribution.

This option only appears if Require students click submit button is enabled in the Submission settings.

Grouping for student groups

If a grouping is selected, the assignment will use the grouping to display student groups in the grouping.  If None is select, the default set of student groups will be used.

Notifications
screen-Notifications

Option

Description

Notify graders about submissions

If enabled, graders (typically teachers and teacher assistants) will receive a message whenever a student submits the assignment.

Notify graders about late submissions

If enabled, graders (typically teachers and teacher assistants) will receive a message whenever a student submits the assignment after the Due date.

Grade options
Grade options

Option

Description

Grade

Specify the maximum grade possible or select a Scale to be applied to the assignment. You can also choose No grade if the assignment will not be graded.

Grading method

There are three options for grading method:

  • Simple direct grading: Enter grades directly into the grading table
  • Marking guide: If you have created a Marking guide, select this option to use the guide for the assignment.
  • Rubric: If you have created a rubric, select this option to use rubric criteria for the assignment.

Grade category

If custom grade categories have been created in your course, or by the system administrator, you can select them here.  This will add the assignment as an item in the category.

Blind marking

If enabled, graders will not see the names of students when grading.  Instead, they will see participant numbers, which are randomly generated.  It is possible to see student identities after grading by clicking Reveal student identities in the assignment settings.

Use marking workflow

This option allows graders to use a marking workflow, which hides grades from students until the workflow is completed and the grades are released.

Use marking allocation

If Use marking workflow is enabled, you can choose to enable marking allocation, which allows graders to be selected to grade the work of specific students.

Step 5. When you are done configuring the assignment, click Save and return to course to return to the course screen, or Save and display to view the assignment.

How do I create announcements? (Moodle 2.8)

How do I create announcements? (Moodle 2.8)

Moodle – Creating Course Announcements

Course announcements are posted in the News forum.   The News forum is designed for general announcements, and is automatically created in each course.  By default, everyone enrolled in the course is subscribed to the News forum.

Step 1. Access your course and click on News forum.

Announcement

Step 2. On the News forum screen, click the Add a new topic button.

 TOPIC

Step 3. Enter a Subject and Message for the announcement.

 Subject and message

Step 4. Optionally attach a file by click the Add… icon, or drag and drop files into the drag and drop area.

 Drop file

Step 5. When you are finished composing the announcement, click the Post to forum button.  Announcements will appear in the Latest news block.

How do I edit items or sections in my course? (Moodle 2.8)

Moodle – Editing Course Items or Sections
To edit items in your course, do the following:
Step 1. Access your course and Turn editing on.
Editing_On_example

To edit sections (topics / weeks):

Icon Function Description
Move Click and hold this icon to drag and drop the section into a different location.

Note: If Ajax is disabled, you will not see this icon.  Instead you will see up and down arrows which can be used to move the section.

Edit Click this icon to edit the Section name and Summary.
Highlight Click this icon to highlight the section as the active section.  The icon will change to and the section will have colored bars indicating to students that it is the current section.
For example:
Visibility This icon indicates that the section is visible to students.  To hide a section from students, click this icon.   The icon will change to indicating the section is hidden.
Add / Remove The add / remove icons appear below the last section of the course.  They allow you to add a new section, or delete the last section of the course.

To edit items (activities / resources):

Icon Function Description
Move Click and hold this icon to drag and drop the item into a different location.
Edit title Click this icon to edit the title of the item.
Edit Click the Edit link to reveal a menu of editing options.

These options are discussed in further detail below.
Groups This icon allows you to change between groups.

  •  No groups
  •  Separate groups
  •  Visible groups
Edit settings  Click this icon to edit settings for the item.
Indent Click this icon to increase the margin to the left of the item.  If an item is indented, you will see the  icon allowing you to decrease the left margin.
Visibility Click this icon to hide the item from students.  If an item is hidden, you will see the  icon which allows you to show the item to students.
Duplicate Click this icon to make an exact copy the item.  The copy will appear will below the original item.
Assign roles Click this icon to assign roles locally in the item.
Delete Click this icon to delete the item.  You will then be asked to confirm the deletion.  Click OK to confirm that you want to remove the item.