Moodle Activities and Resources

Table of Contents

  1. Adding Content
    • Add activities or resources to your Moodle course (URL, File, Book, Labels, Page, Lesson, Choice, Assignment, Quiz, H5P Interactive Content, Turnitin)
  2. Adding Blog Entries
    • A blog is a discussion or informational website within Moodle
  3. Forums
    • Students and teachers can exchange ideas by posting comments as part of a "thread"
  4. Reports and Statistics
    • Detailed information about all activities that happen in a course, in a report format.
  5. Setting Up and Managing Workshops
    • Create and set up a powerful peer assessment activity
  6. Workshops
    • Workshop is a powerful peer assessment activity

Adding Content

To add content or make any changes to the course, first click the Gear Icon in the top right corner and then clicking Turn editing on.

Instructor Adding Content1

Once this is done, the layout of the course will change. Select Add an activity or resource in the section where you want your content:

Now, choose the kind of content you want. As a general rule, activities require student interaction while resources are just information. Some common types of activities and resources are as follows:

  • Assignments: The assignment activity module enables a teacher to communicate tasks, collect work and provide grades and feedback.
  • Attendance: The attendance activity module enables a teacher to take attendance during class and students to view their own attendance record.
  • Blackboard Collaborate: The Blackboard Collaborate module enables teachers and students to meet in a virtual classroom by using Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing. 
  • Forums: The forum activity module enables participants to have asynchronous discussions i.e. discussions that take place over an extended period of time.
  • Interactive Content: The H5P activity module enables you to create interactive content such as Interactive Videos, Question Sets, Drag and Drop Questions, Multi-Choice Questions, Presentations and much more.
  • Lesson: The lesson activity module enables a teacher to deliver content and/or practice activities in interesting and flexible ways. A teacher can use the lesson to create a linear set of content pages or instructional activities that offer a variety of paths or options for the learner. In either case, teachers can choose to increase engagement and ensure understanding by including a variety of questions, such as multiple choice, matching and short answer. Depending on the student's choice of answer and how the teacher develops the lesson, students may progress to the next page, be taken back to a previous page or redirected down a different path entirely.
  • Quiz: The quiz activity enables a teacher to create quizzes comprising questions of various types, including multiple choice, matching, short-answer and numerical.
  • SCORM Package: A SCORM package is a collection of files which are packaged according to an agreed standard for learning objects. The SCORM activity module enables SCORM or AICC packages to be uploaded as a zip file and added to a course.
  • TurnItIn Assignment: The TurnItIn assignment links an activity in Moodle to an assignment / assignments on Turnitin. Once linked, the activity allows instructors to assess and provide feedback for student's written work using the assessment tools available within Turnitin's Document Viewer.
  • Workshop: The workshop activity module enables the collection, review and peer assessment of students' work. Students can submit any digital content (files), such as word-processed documents or spreadsheets and can also type text directly into a field using the text editor.
  • Book: The book module enables a teacher to create a multi-page resource in a book-like format, with chapters and sub chapters. Books can contain media files as well as text and are useful for displaying lengthy passages of information which can be broken down into sections.
  • File: The file module enables a teacher to provide a file as a course resource. Where possible, the file will be displayed within the course interface; otherwise students will be prompted to download it. The file may include supporting files, for example an HTML page may have embedded images.
  • Page: The page module enables a teacher to create a web page resource using the text editor. A page can display text, images, sound, video, web links and embedded code, such as Google maps.
  • URL: The URL module enables a teacher to provide a web link as a course resource. Anything that is freely available online, such as documents or images, can be linked to; the URL doesn’t have to be the home page of a website. The URL of a particular web page may be copied and pasted or a teacher can use the file picker and choose a link from a repository such as Flickr, YouTube or Wikimedia (depending upon which repositories are enabled for the site).

After you have selected the type of content, add any additional details like name, description, file uploads, etc.

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Adding Blog Entries

  1. Click on your name in the top right of your screen.
  2. Click on Profile on this menu.
  3. Click on Blog entries.
  4. Enter a title and content for the entry.
  5. If you want to attach a file, click the Add button under the attachment section to access the file picker.
  6. Choose who you wish to public the entry to.
  7. Select appropriate official tags for your entry and/or add one or more defining tags. If you add more than one, they should be separated with a comma.
  8. Click on Save Changes.

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Forums

Whether having students pre-discuss a reading for your next class or participate in discussions as part of a fully online course, asynchronous forums provide opportunities for extended reflection on topics and engagement in community building exchanges.

Discussion Forums have five sub-types:

Standard Forum for General Use - All participants in the course can create an unlimited number of discussion topic threads.

Standard forum displayed in a Blog-type format - All participants can create an unlimited number of discussion topic threads.

Q & A forum - Students must submit a reply to the initial discussion post before viewing the replies of other participants.

Each person posts one discussion - Every participant in the course is allowed to create only one discussion topic thread. Replying to other posts is unlimited.

A single simple post - The text in the Forum Introduction becomes the initial discussion topic post. Replies are unlimited, but no additional discussion topics can be added.

 

Different types of subscriptions:

When a participant is subscribed to a forum it means they will receive forum post notifications. In the settings of the forum under "Subscription and tracking", you can change the type of subscription for your forum. Click on "Subscription mode" and select the type of subscription you want: 

Optional subscription - Participants can choose whether to be subscribed

Forced subscription - Everyone is subscribed and cannot unsubscribe

Auto subscription - Everyone is subscribed initially but can choose to unsubscribe at any time

Subscription disabled - Subscriptions are not allowed

Note: Any subscription mode changes (after the forum has been created) will only affect users who enroll in the course in the future, and not exiting uses.

 

To create a new discussion topic:

  1. Log in to your Moodle course.
  2. Click on the forum you want to add a new discussion topic to. 
  3. Choose "Add a new discussion topic".
  4. Fill in the "Subject" and "Message" boxes.
  5. Post to the forum once your new discussion topic is complete.

 

To respond to a discussion:

  1. Click on the discussion name that you would like to respond to: 
  2. Click on "Reply" on the bottom right of the discussion post:  Once you have your response typed out click "Submit": 
  3. Your reply will appear below the discussion: 

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Reports and Statistics

To access the reports section of the Course Administration click the droop down menu in the top right and select "more."  

Scroll down to the reports section.

Reports

 

The Dashboard is a great way to view the recent activity of your students. From here, you can take a quick look at activity that took place over the past week.

Recent Activity is the number of hits that your course received during that day, while the rest of the information displayed relates to specific activities. You can see how many quizzes, assignments, and posts were submitted over the past 7 days.

Logs-

Logs allow you to view specific details about the activity of anyone who accesses the course; this includes students, teachers, TA’s, and administrators.

When you first open the Logs report, you will be presented with quite a few options.

The top row of options, from left to right, are as follows.

The first option is used to select the course that you would like to pull logs from. At first, it will be restricted to only the course that you are currently in. If you click the “more” link to the right of this option, it will unlock the rest of your courses.

The second option is used to filter participants. If you want to see logs created by a specific individual, select their name in the drop down list.

The third option is used to filter dates. If you select Wednesday, June 8, 2016, you will only receive logs for that day.

The second row of options, from left to right, are as follows.

The fourth option is used to filter your activities. From here you are able to select a specific quiz or assignment. You are also able to see who looked at and downloaded documents.

The fifth option (shown above) allows you to filter actions. The Create/Update/Delete actions are usually limited to teachers and TA’s. View, on the other hand, can be performed by students.

The sixth option (shown above) allows you to filter users by group. Teaching refers to instructors and TA’s, while Participating refers to students. Other refers to administrators and Virtual Mentors.

The seventh and final option (shown above) allow you to view Standard logs or Legacy logs. It is recommended that you always use Standard logs, as they are more detailed and easier to understand.

Live Logs

Live logs allow you to view activities as they happen in real time. As soon as someone views your course or an activity, the log will appear instantly.

Activity Report

The Activity Report allows you to view statistics about all of the activities that you added to your course. You can see information like views and last access.

Course Participation

The course participation report allows instructors to see which students are participating in their class, and find those who aren’t. When you first open the report, you are presented with several options.

The options, from left to right, are below.

The “Activity module” option filters different activities that you have in your course. From here you can select a specific quiz or assignment.

The “Look back” option allows you to constrain the search to a certain time period.

The Show only option allows you to choose a role to show. Teacher will show participation of teachers and TA’s. Students will show participation of students. Guests will show the participation of administrators.

The Show actions option filters certain actions. You can choose view for everything, submit for quizzes and assignments, or post for forums.

Statistics

Moodle Statistics is a tool that allows all instructors to view information about their courses. Statistics will allow instructors to view the activity of the students, virtual mentors, and teachers.

To access Moodle Statistics, Navigate to the Reports section of the course administration.

Choose “statistics” from the menu. Please be patient, it will take a few moments to load this page.

You will now be presented with this screen. From here, you can change several options to customize your results.

The course option will show you a list of courses that you are currently teaching. You can pull data on every course you teach.

The report type option lets you choose the type of data you want to see. Each option will show different data sets. All activity will show you both views of the course and posts in forums. You can choose to view “All activity” from Teacher, Student, Guest, and Virtual Mentor. All rolls will provide a report with all of the roles on the same graph.

The “Time period – last:” option allows you to adjust the scope of the data you are accessing. For example, if you want to pull activity data for the past 4 months, just choose 4 months from the drop down menu.

Once you are done setting your options, click view on the right hand side. Please note that this will take quite a while to complete. Moodle must process all of the data that you requested.

After Moodle finishes processing the data, you will see a graph similar to the below on the top of the page. This graph will show you the dates of activity on the bottom and the frequency on the left. The lines will all be color coded according to the legend on the bottom right corner.

Below the graph, you will find a textual version of the data. You will see a row for each day within the sample set that you selected. By clicking “Course Logs” in the rightmost column, you are able to view the logs for that specific date.

Finally, the logs provide reasoning behind the statistics. From here, you are able to view all of the data used in the calculation. You can see the time, action taken, and the user who performed the action.

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Setting Up and Managing Workshops

Here we will begin to set up the new Workshop for your course. This section will go over the basic settings you wish to set to this Workshop.

  1. Turn editing on and select the Workshop activity. If you need assistance click here.

    a. A new window displays called “Adding a new Workshop”. Fill in the name of the workshop you desire. Determine what “Workshop features” you would like to enable. Determine the “Grading settings”. This is where you can weight the grades of “Submissions” and “Assessments”.

    Workshop Tutorial

    b. There are a couple options under the Workshop features. These include “Use examples”, “Use peer assessment”, and “Use self-assessment”.

    Workshop Tutorial

    c. On the same page, scroll down a little to find the “Submission settings” and the “Assessment settings”.Here you can dictate your instructions to the course for this Workshop. You can specify the number of max submissions they may upload and how large of a file this will be allowed to be.

    d. Scrolling down a little further you find the “Access control”, “Common module settings”, “Restrict access”, and “Activity completion”. Using the “Common module settings” you can determine group settings.

    Workshop tutorial

    e. Once you are finished editing these settings, press the “Save and display” button. Selecting this button will take you to the “home page” of the Workshop you just created.

  2. We are now going to start editing what criteria a student will be graded on.

    a. Select the “Edit assessment form” link inside the highlighted green box to the left-hand side of the Workshop.

    Workshop Tutorial

    b. Here you can dictate the grading Criterion of the submissions. Each aspect can be individually created for several layers of directions.

    Criterion are set for what should be graded.

    c. Select the “Save and close” button to return to the “home page” of the Workshop. Selecting the “Save and continue editing” button will save your page and keep you inside the Aspect Editing page.

    • Selecting the “Save and preview” button will take you to an example space to what the grading form will look like. Select “Cancel” if you wish to discontinue this editing.
  3. Here we are going to upload a sample Submission to be looked at by the students.

    a. Select the “Prepare example submissions” link in the green box on the left-hand side of the Workshop. This link will take you to where you can upload a sample submission. We are going to use the “Drag and Drop” method to upload.

    1. Input the Title of the submission and any content you wish to display with the submission.

      Workshop Tutorial

    2. If you wish to attach a file to your submission you can either drag and drop the file in the dotted box or click on the paper icon with the fold: Then select "Upload a file" and then click "Browse..."Once you select the file from your computer click "Upload this file".

    3. Select “Save changes”. You have now completed creating a Workshop. At any time, you can access the Workshop from your Gradebook, your activities list just like any other Assignment or Quiz.

    4. Press “Continue” to continue forward.

      Workshop Tutorial

    5. Here, fill in how you would Grade this example submission by entering information into Aspects 1, 2, and 3. When finished, select the “Save and close" button at the bottom of the page. This will return you to the ‘home page” of the Workshop.

      Workshop Tutorial

Workshop is a very powerful tool for grading writing assignments and peer review. It is very flexible and easy to navigate. For any reason, you can open the Workshop up again to edit Submissions or Assessments. In each section you just need to select the light bulb up at the top of the section you wish to activate and Workshop will lead you through the steps to modify your Workshop activity.

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Workshops

  1. Here we will begin to setup the new Workshop for your course. This section will go over the basic settings you wish to set to this Workshop.

    a. A new window displays called “Adding a new Workshop”. Fill in the name of the workshop you desire. Determine what “Workshop features” you would like to enable. Determine the “Grading settings”. This is where you can weight the grades of “Submissions” and “Assessments”.

    Workshop Tutorial

    b. There are a couple options under the Workshop features. These include “Use examples”, “Use peer assessment”, and “Use self-assessment”.

    Workshop Tutorial

    c. On the same page, scroll down a little to find the “Submission settings” and the “Assessment settings”.Here you can dictate your instructions to the course for this Workshop. You can specify the number of max submissions they may upload and how large of a file this will be allowed to be.

    d. Scrolling down a little further you find the “Access control”, “Common module settings”, “Restrict access”, and “Activity completion”. Using the “Common module settings” you can determine group settings.

    Workshop tutorial

    e. Once you are finished editing these settings, press the “Save and display” button. Selecting this button will take you to the “home page” of the Workshop you just created.

  2. We are now going to start editing what criteria a student will be graded on.

    a. Select the “Edit assessment form” link inside the highlighted green box to the left-hand side of the Workshop.

    Workshop Tutorial

    b. Here you can dictate the grading Criterion of the submissions. Each aspect can be individually created for several layers of directions.

    Criterion are set for what should be graded.

    c. Select the “Save and close” button to return to the “home page” of the Workshop. Selecting the “Save and continue editing” button will save your page and keep you inside the Aspect Editing page.

    • Selecting the “Save and preview” button will take you to an example space to what the grading form will look like. Select “Cancel” if you wish to discontinue this editing.
  3. Here we are going to upload a sample Submission to be looked at by the students.

    a. Select the “Prepare example submissions” link in the green box on the left-hand side of the Workshop. This link will take you to where you can upload a sample submission. We are going to use the “Drag and Drop” method to upload.

    1. Input the Title of the submission and any content you wish to display with the submission.

      Workshop Tutorial

    2. Next, locate the file on your computer that you wish to upload. You can either drag and drop the file in the dotted box or click on the folded paper icon:  Then click "Upload a file" and select "Browse..." Once the file has been chosen select "Upload this file"

    3. Select “Save changes”. You have now completed creating a Workshop. At any time, you can access the Workshop from your Gradebook, your activities list just like any other Assignment or Quiz.

    4. Press “Continue” to continue forward.

      Workshop Tutorial

    5. Here, fill in how you would Grade this example submission by entering information into Aspects 1, 2, and 3. When finished, select the “Save and close" button at the bottom of the page. This will return you to the ‘home page” of the Workshop.

      Workshop TutorialWorkshop is a very powerful tool for grading writing assignments and peer review. It is very flexible and easy to navigate. For any reason, you can open the Workshop up again to edit Submissions or Assessments. In each section you just need to select the light bulb up at the top of the section you wish to activate and Workshop will lead you through the steps to modify your Workshop activity.

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