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Labels

How:

  • Turn editing on →
  • Navigate to where you want to add your label →
  • Add a Resource →
  • Label →

What / why:

Labels are very versatile and help to improve the appearance of your course by adding clarity and organization to your pages.
They can be used to break up long pages with a subheading or an image. Labels can contain files as well. 

Folders

How:

Turn editing on → 
 
(*! It’s important that all the files in your folder are named what you’ll be calling them in Moodle. This decreases confusion and will help students find the files more easily when/if they download the file.)
 
1) Drag & drop a zipped folder
  • Select the files that you want to upload to Moodle (be mindful of making sure all the names match) →
  • Zip (compress) the items by right clicking →
  • Select “Compress…” →
  • Rename the folder as you want it to appear on Moodle →
  • Navigate to where you want to add your folder →
  • Drag the newly zipped (compressed) folder to the desired topic. →
  • Select “Unzip files and create folder” →
  • “Edit settings” if you want the folder to open in a separate page or inline (on the same page)
2) Create an empty folder first:
  • Navigate to where you want to add your folder →
  • Add an activity or resource →
  • Select “Folder” from resources →
  • Add →
  • Complete information (Name, Description) The name you enter will display as the link to the folder on your course page. → 
  • Add items to the folder via drag and drop (sometimes it may take a moment for them to show) →
  • “Edit settings” if you want the folder to open in a separate page or inline (on the same page)

Why / What?

  • ‚Äč More organized way to show or group related resources
  • Uses less space and reduces scrolling
  • Downsides are that you can’t add links, activities, or resources to folders and resources in the folders must be downloaded. 

Files

How:

Turn editing on →
1) Navigate to where you want to add your file →
  • Drag and drop the file(s) that you want to add (use the edit link and then select the file if you need to make changes to the file name)
2) Navigate to where you want to add your file →
  • Add an activity or resource →
  • Select “File” from resources →
  • Add →
  • Complete information (Name, Description)  The name you enter will display as the link to the file on your course page.→ 
  • Drag and drop file

What / Why

*! Remember to make sure what you call your file on Moodle matches the name of your actual file. This decreases confusion and will help students find the files more easily when/if they download the file.

URLs

How:

URLs can be added anywhere there is an HTML text editor or added as a resource
 
  • Turn editing on →
  • Navigate to where you want to add your folder →
  • Add an activity or resource →
  • Select URL →
  • Add →
  • Complete information (Name, Description) →
  • Add link under “external URL” →
  • Click the Appearance heading to view and adjust the settings. 
Note: For Display, we recommend that you choose New Window. The Web page will open in another browser tab or window.

Why / What

Provides a direct link to an online resource

Automatic Linking

How:

(Automatically creates a link in labels/forum posts/quizzes back to one of your resources/activities/glossary entries based on the title of your resource/activity)
  • Turn editing on →
  • Navigate to a label/forum where you want to add your link to a resource you already have in Moodle →
  • Type the name exactly →
  • Save
**You can disable auto-linking via the disable auto-linking button

Tips

  • If an item is hidden prior to the creation of the linking text, the text will not be auto-linked.
  • If, however, an item is visible prior to the creation of the linking text, the text is auto-linked.
  • If the item is subsequently hidden, the text remains auto-linked, but (properly) displays a message saying the item is not available.
  • Source

Interactivity

Connecting OneDrive to Moodle

Choice

How:

  • Turn editing on →
  • Navigate to where you want to add your Choice activity →
  • Add an activity →
  • Select Choice →
  • Add →
  • Complete Name information →
  • Complete Description information which will be the question you are asking →
  • To display the question on your course page, check Display description on course page. This is only recommended if the question is brief. →
  • Click on the Options heading to define answers (student response options.) →
  • Click the Allow choice to be updated drop-down menu to configure whether students can change their choice after they have picked a response and saved it. The default is No, meaning that once a student saves their response they cannot change it.→
  • Click the Allow more than one choice to be selected drop-down menu to configure whether students can select more than one answer. The default is No.→
  • Click the Limit the number of responses allowed drop-down menu if you want to limit the number of students who can pick a particular choice (use this to set up a "sign up sheet" for activities such as group projects or lab sessions):
  • No (default) sets no limit on how many students can select a response. When this option is selected, the Limit edit field is disabled under each response option.
  • Yes lets you limit the number of students who can choose a particular response. When this option is selected, the Limit field becomes editable under each response option, 
  • allowing you to enter a number to specify how many students can choose that response.
Enter the text for each possible response option in the corresponding fields: Option 1, Option 2,etc. If you enabled Limit (above) specify how many users may choose each response option in the Limit field below each option.
 
Note: There are five option slots provided by default, but options left blank will be ignored. You can add more options by clicking on the Add 3 field(s) to form button.
  • You can allow students to see results The choice activity module enables a teacher to ask a single question and offer a selection of possible responses. Choice activities are intended for gathering information only and are not gradable.
  • Choice results may be published after students have answered, after a certain date, or not at all. Results may be published with student names or anonymously.

What / Why?

A choice activity may be used
  • As a quick poll to stimulate thinking about a topic
  • To quickly test students' understanding
  • To facilitate student decision-making, for example allowing students to vote on a direction for the course

Forums

The forum activity module enables participants to have asynchronous discussions i.e. discussions that take place over an extended period of time.
 
There are several forum types to choose from, such as a standard forum where anyone can start a new discussion at any time; a forum where each student can post exactly one discussion; or a question and answer forum where students must first post before being able to view other students' posts.
 
A teacher can allow files to be attached to forum posts. Attached images are displayed in the forum post.
 
Participants can subscribe to a forum to receive notifications of new forum posts. A teacher can set the subscription mode to optional, forced or auto, or prevent subscription completely. If required, students can be blocked from posting more than a given number of posts in a given time period; this can prevent individuals from dominating discussions.
 
Forum posts can be rated by teachers or students (peer evaluation). Ratings can be aggregated to form a final grade which is recorded in the gradebook.

What / Why?

Forums have many uses, such as
  • A social space for students to get to know each other
  • For course announcements (using a news forum with forced subscription)
  • For discussing course content or reading materials
  • For continuing online an issue raised previously in a face-to-face session
  • For teacher-only discussions (using a hidden forum)
  • A help centre where tutors and students can give advice
  • A one-on-one support area for private student-teacher communications (using a forum with separate groups and with one student per group)
  • For extension activities, for example ‘brain teasers’ for students to ponder and suggest solutions o

Standard Forum (general)

How:

  • Turn editing on →
  • Navigate to where you want to add your Forum activity →
  • Add an activity →
  • Select Forum →
  • Add →
  • Complete Name & Description information →
  • Select forum type, etc →
  • Save & return to course →
Add a forum topic:
  • Select forum you just created

What / Why?

An open forum where anyone can start a new discussion at any time; allows for the “standard” usage of a discussion forum with multiple topics arranged in a threaded conversation. Students may start new topics in this format.

Q&A Forum

  • Students must first post their perspectives before viewing other students' posts; allows an instructor to pose a question to students. Students must post their response or answer before they can view other students’ responses.
  • A single discussion topic which everyone can reply to (cannot be used with separate groups); allows for only one topic started by the instructor. This is best suited for short-term, focused conversations.