With the start of another Covid-19 restricted semester, Moodle will be an important part of most courses. This message is long and covers the following important Moodle topics:

Moodle news, tips, and reminders for spring 2021

IITS made a few changes to Moodle for the spring semester. The most notable change is that students shopping your class can now self enroll. This replaces the previous guest access default we had at the start of each semester. By self enrolling, students will be able to complete any Moodle assignments—such as posting to a discussion board or taking a quiz. After 14 days, self enrolled students will be automatically dropped from your course if they have not formally enrolled.

The enrollment change, along with several new features, are summarized below.

  • Drop/add guest access replaced with a self enrollment option, allowing students to more fully participate in your course before formally enrolling.
  • Updated VoiceThread Assignments. Voicethread was updated during winter break. The new version has a variety of new options that you may find helpful.
  • Collect video assignments via Moodle (using Panopto). Panopto was updated over winter break. The new version, Panopto 9, has improved video editing options and allows you to tag videos. This new version also gives you an easy way to let students create or upload large videos to Moodle assignment activities.
  • Facilitate collaborative annotations via Perusall. Perusall is a powerful tool with lots of features. Students can work individually, in groups, or as a class to study, annotate and discuss docs and other media. You can also use Perusall to create assignments around annotations. While you can evaluate those assignments yourself, you can also have Perusall provide students with automatic, AI-enhanced feedback.

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.

  1. Click on the course administration gear icon (course administration gear) dropdown
  2. Select edit settings.
  3. Change visible to show.
  4. Scroll to the bottom and click save changes.
NOTE: If a Bryn Mawr or Swarthmore student does not see your course, make sure the student is looking on moodle.haverford.edu.
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, on your Moodle course site. Click on the Announcements link at the top of your course to create an announcement with this tool.

Moodle announcements link

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.

Moodle Quickmail block
You can let students know about your course by uploading a document to Moodle with key information. However, a video is more welcoming to students. A video may seem daunting at first, but you can do it! Learn how on our blog post, “Are you ready for shopping week” or see our video showing how you can easily record on Zoom and share the video on Moodle.

Moodle has a number of features that can help you assess students and privately share grades or other types of feedback. See our blog posts to learn about the following options on Moodle:

If you want to share videos with your students, please DO NOT upload videos directly to Moodle. Instead, follow these instructions for sharing videos on Moodle.

Each course shell has a link where you and your students can record your names and listen to those recorded pronunciations. The tool also lets course participants share their preferred gender pronouns with the rest of the class. Look for the purple microphone icon next to the link named Record your name/Learn other names.

Record your name/Learn other names Moodle link

You can see a photo roster that helps you match names and faces. It’s hard to find, but worth looking! Photos for returning students are in Moodle now; new students' photos will be added during the first or second week of classes.

  1. From the course administration gear icon (course administration gear) select More...
    Course administration/More
  2. That brings up a new window. Find the Reports tab. If you do not see a separate tab, look for the Reports section under the Course administration tab. Either way, select the Roster report from the Reports section.
    Roster report
Academic courses are typically named COURSEID – CourseName.  However, if you teach a course with multiple sections, you should see all your sections, plus a course named something like COURSEID – CourseName (A01+A02 Combined). If you teach a course with multiple sections, you have the option of using the individual sections, the combined course, or both. Students will only see the course(s) that you make visible. See our website for more information about combined courses.

Courses taught in previous semesters are still available on our archive servers—linked from the menu bar on the top of your Moodle window.

moodlegroups and Moodle archives dropdown menu

Moodle – Backup, Restore, and Import explains how to copy materials from previous semester courses into your current course shells. If you would like us to copy course materials for you, just ask.

NOTE: Contact IITS for help restoring courses overs over 250 MB or for courses taught before Fall 2017.

By default, self enrollment is on at the start of the semester. Bryn Mawr and Haverford students will be able to self enroll in your course, even if they are not yet enrolled through Bionic. Swarthmore students can also self enroll, but they may need to contact IITS to request Moodle access (via a form button on the moodle home page) before they can log onto Moodle.

These self enrollments will expire after 14 days. At that time, students that are not formally enrolled after drop/add will lose access to your course.

See our Moodle web page for tutorials and additional information. It has a Quick Start Guide as well as a longer Moodle tutorial and a video showing you how to build courses. We also have a lot of useful information on the its.sites.haverford.edu instructional technology blog. Look in the Moodle category.
The IITS Instructional Technology Services staff, as well as the Research & Instruction Librarians, are happy to meet with you. Email hc-techlearn@haverford.edu or use the more detailed contact information on our website. We also welcome you to drop in for our February 2nd Roundtable or any of our office hours in February.

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