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Procedures for instructors using the Moodle courseware system, version 2.2, at New Mexico Tech.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: What is Moodle?
2. How to request Moodle courses and training
3. Connecting to the Moodle site
4. Settings: Configuring your course
4.1. Structuring your course
4.2. The Edit course settings page
4.3. Special procedures for cross-listed courses
4.4. Cross-listing with different content for different sections
5. Using the course calendar
5.1. Adding a calendar event
5.2. Editing a calendar event
5.3. Deleting a calendar event
6. Adding content to your course
6.1. Presenting blocks in reverse chronological order
7. Resources
7.1. Adding a page
7.2. Adding a link to a file or URL
7.3. Drag-and-drop uploading of files
7.4. Adding a label
7.5. Moving a resource or activity
8. Moodle's file manager (My private files)
8.1. Uploading a file into your private files area
8.2. Managing your private files area
9. Roles and access control
9.1. Managing role assignments
10. Activities
11. Assignment activities
11.1. Posting an assignment
11.2. Grading an assignment
12. Grades
12.1. Viewing the gradebook
12.2. Configuring the gradebook
12.3. Setting up gradebook categories
12.4. Manually adding a gradebook item
12.5. Setting up your grade book to use Moodle's Weighted feature
12.6. Setting up a letter grade scale
12.7. Hiding and revealing gradebook columns
12.8. Always show a meaningful overall course grade
13. How to make a course backup

1. Introduction: What is Moodle?

The purpose of a courseware system is to help instructors teach courses by providing a flexible, easy-to-use Web site for course-related materials and communication.

Martin Dougiamas, an educator in Perth, Australia, invented Moodle because he was frustrated by the inflexibility of the WebCT courseware system. First released in 2002, the open-source Moodle product currently serves over 60,000,000 users worldwide.

It's entirely up to you whether you use Moodle for your courses. Moodle has a modular structure so you can choose only the parts that fit your teaching style.

We recommend the gradebook, calendar, and assignment tools, in particular, to save you and your students time and pain. The gradebook, in particular, has these virtues:

  • Because it is vital to make it easy for students to track their own progress, as soon as you or a grader posts a grade, the student can see it without any more work on your part. The student can always see their overall course average and the individual grades that are used to compute it.

  • Moodle works with the Starfish site to help advisors track student progress, especially in critical early courses like Math 103 and 104. You may, at your discretion, opt in to the Starfish program, and specify what grade average you consider a danger level, and when you have reached the point in your course where grades are significant; Starfish can then look at your gradebook without further action on your part, and flag students with grades below that level.

In this document we describe only the most commonly used features, but you will find abundant online documentation, and lively support resources, at the Moodle community site. In particular, see the Moodle 2.2 documentation page.