Tag Archives: Moodle

What’s New in Moodle 2 – Time Savers

Time is precious for everyone.  And when you can save a bit of it here or there, that’s a good thing!  I have found a couple of Moodle 2 features that will be time savers for our faculty and I share them in this linked video.

DCCC faculty:  Please remember that we will be moving from Moodle 1.9 to Moodle 2.3 starting in Fall 2013.  In preparation for the move, I am offering training starting March 18th.  I have divided the training up into two days.

Day One:  New Course Interface and Course Files Structure
Day Two:  New Quiz and Assignment Features plus Joule Grader

To sign up for training, please fill out the web form at http://tiny.cc/moodle2train.

What’s New in Moodle 2 – Quiz Features

DCCC’s move to Moodle 2.3 in Fall 2013 will allow us to take advantage of some new features in the Quiz activity.  This post highlights one of those features.  Instructors at DCCC have students with accommodation plans that might allow the student to have different time constraints on a test.  Or, perhaps you are combining multiple sections of a course into one Moodle shell and need for the test to have different available dates for each section.  This was not easily achieved in earlier versions of Moodle.  Now, in Moodle 2.3, instructors can use the user overrides or group overrides option to create new settings on a test for either one individual or a subset of students.  The following video illustrates this.

The Move to Moodle 2

In Fall 2013 Davidson County Community College will be on the Moodle 2 platform.  Opportunities to participate in training will be held after Spring Break.  Until then, I would like to preview the new features that DCCC instructors can look forward to in a video series known as “What’s New in Moodle 2.”

Click on the following link to view the video.

End of Semester Moodle Course Tips

Online Testing for Final Exams
DCCC’s Moodle is set to time-out a user when there has been 4 hours of inactivity.  When creating your final exam, it is good practice to have Moodle display your test with a few questions per page, as opposed to unlimited questions.  This is good for two reasons:  One, when the student navigates to the next page, the page is refreshed and the computer counts that as activity.  Second, navigating to the next page also forces the computer to save the student’s work up until that point.  This can be beneficial if there are technical issues.  It increases the likelihood that the student’s work will be saved.

Exporting Your Gradebook
When closing out a course for a semester, there are some data that every instructor should be pulling from Moodle.  After your gradebook is complete, it is good practice for an instructor to export it for record keeping.  To do this, navigate to your Grades link and click on the Export tab.  For a more detailed look at how to do this, click on the following link titled: help document.

Saving Online Entry Assignment Data
Distance courses were required to include an online entry assignment to denote when the student “Entered” the course.  As an instructor, it is a best practice to keep the Moodle record that shows when the student submitted the designated assignment.  For a detailed look at how to do this, click on the following link titled:  help document.

Help with Moodle Gradebook
Now that the semester is coming to a close, the attention of faculty and students is focused on the gradebook.  You’ll want to make sure your Moodle gradebook is setup appropriately.  To see some examples of how to set up your gradebook, click on the following link titled:  help document.