We hope you had a relaxing summer. It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost time to start the fall semester with good old face-to-face teaching!
Moodle is a great tool for sharing syllabi and readings, as well as sharing videos and providing asynchronous activities and assessments. This message is long and covers the following important Moodle topics:
Important tips and reminders about Moodle for Fall 2021
IITS launched our 2021/2022 Moodle server on June 8. This new server, running Moodle 3.10, has a number of usability improvements and new features. We have also changed the login process for Swarthmore students.
Most notable among the changes:
- Log on has changed. After you click the button to log on from Haverford, you will be redirected to a page where you will enter your userid and password. Note that “@quaker.haverford.edu” will be appended to your userid as you authenticate.
- Swarthmore students no longer log in via their Swarthmore username and password. Instead, they will be assigned a userid for Haverford and receive an email with further instructions. If you have Swarthmore students unable to log in or find your course, please refer them to ProDesk.
- “Turn editing on” button is now front and center (as it was several years ago).
- New activity chooser makes it easier to find and select commonly used resources and Moodle activities.
- Search course participants by multiple selection criteria.
- Back to top arrow helps you navigate quickly through long course pages.
- Expanded support for H5P lets you create and use interactive activities in your course.
- Better mobile support, including updated apps for iOS and Android.
Students’ Bionic enrollments are populated in Moodle. However, students will not see your course until you want them to see it. Once you have your course set up to your liking, MAKE THE COURSE VISIBLE to students.
- Click on the course administration gear icon () dropdown
- Select edit settings.
- Change visible to show.
- Scroll to the bottom and click save changes.
Moodle lets you email enrolled students easily. There are two ways to do this.
Option 1: Use a special type of Moodle discussion forum, Announcements, to email all students. Students can also see these messages, at any time, in your Moodle course site. Click on the Announcements link at the top of your course to create an announcement with this tool.
Option 2: Send mail to some or all of your students with the Quickmail tool on the side of your course. Although you can see a history of the messages that you sent from Quickmail, students only see the messages via their email.
You can see a photo roster that helps you match names and faces. It’s hard to find, but worth looking for! Photos for returning students are in Moodle now; new students' photos will be added the first or second week of classes.
The last two sessions of the Moodle and its friends workshop series is this week. This series familiarizes you with Moodle and it’s most popular features. This week we look at quizzes, group work, and the Moodle gradebook.
- August 24, 10 – 11 AM: Moodle Quizzes and automatic grading
- August 25, 10 – 11 AM: Group work and grading
Have a great semester!