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  • There are several basic steps to setting up a new Moodle course. Use this page as a guide and follow the links to our support articles that explain your options in greater detail. Before you start building your first Moodle course, it may be helpful to review A Quick Tour of Moodle for Instructors...
  • The Navigation Block and the Navigation Bar The Navigation Block The Navigation block is a reliable way to find your way around Moodle. Home is the entry page for all of Moodle. My Home lists the courses in which you are currently enrolled.  Anyone can customize their My Home page by...
  • This page provides a quick introduction to Moodle, a learning management system (LMS) at UMass Amherst used to deliver course content and host online learning activities. Log in, and Log Out of Moodle To log into Moodle, visit http://moodle.umass.edu. Click/tap the Log in with OIT Net ID...
  • Activities are interactive tools used to engage students in learning and asses their progress. Moodle includes the standard tools you'd expect from any learning management system including Forums, Assignments, and Quizzes, along with collaborative activities such as Wiki, Glossary and Database...
  • A Resource is an item that a teacher can use to support learning, such as a file or link. Each Resource appears as a link proceeded by an icon that represents the file type (PDF, Word document, PowerPoint, etc.)., or other resource type (Folder, Page, URL, etc.)  Most Resources  allow settings such...
  • Depending on your instructional goals and preferred work process, Moodle provides you with a variety of options for managing grades during the semester and entering final grades into SPIRE. For help with grading from knowledgeable and patient consultants, contact the OIT Academic Computing...
  • Moodle is a widely-used open source learning management system (LMS), that can be used to deliver course content and host online learning activities.  For each term you teach an on-campus class, you must request a Moodle course in SPIRE. You can request your Moodle course for an upcoming class when...
  • Access to Moodle is handled primarily through SPIRE. Students, instructors and teaching assistants, or others who are associated with a class in SPIRE, will automatically be enrolled in the Moodle course for that class. Instructors can also request or allow different types of access to a Moodle...
  • Find out how to obtain access to Moodle for co-instructors or instructional staff, or for colleagues or assistants helping out with your Moodle course. About Co-instructor and Instructional Staff Roles Once they are associated with your class in SPIRE, co-instructors and other instructional staff...
  • This page reviews how students gain access to a course in Moodle. Student Enrollment in Moodle Courses Once the instructor for a class requests a Moodle course, students who are enrolled in the class in SPIRE will automatically be added to the roster in Moodle. Moodle course rosters are updated...
  • This page reviews basic information on getting access to a Moodle course for Teaching Assistants. About Teaching Assistants (TAs) in Moodle Your TA must be listed in SPIRE as a Teaching Assistant in order to have access to your Moodle course. By default, TAs automatically receive access to...
  • There are many types of activities available in Moodle at UMass Amherst: several types of assignments; activities for communication and collaboration between you and your students;  quizzes, polls and surveys; tools to aid in managing students; and formats for delivering interactive content....
  • The columns on each side of a Moodle page contain Blocks. The Navigation and Settings blocks are required, but others are optional. New Moodle courses start out with a set of default blocks. You can add additional blocks, remove blocks, or rearrange the blocks in the sidebars. How Blocks Work...
  • The Chat activity allows course members to hold real-time, text-based conversations with other course members. Different chat rooms can be set up for the same course. For example, a course may some chats where meeting times are scheduled, and others that are always available. Chat sessions can also...
  • The Moodle Checklist module allows teachers to create a "to do" list for students to work through and provides an easy visual representation of what has been accomplished so far. With a Checklist, teachers can monitor progress as students complete items on the list, and students can see a...
  • A Choice activity allows you to present a single question to students with multiple responses as possible answers. Each student can then pick one of the given choices. Choice activities are intended for gathering information only and are not gradable. This activity can be useful as a quick survey...
  • The Database activity allows students and/or instructors to populate, display, search, and comment on a bank of record entries. The format and structure of these entries is highly customizable, including images, files, URLs, numbers, checkboxes, and text. The Database activity also has a number of...
  • One of the ways to share a file with your students on Moodle is to add it to your course page as a Resource. File types you can add to Moodle include PDFs, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, spreadsheets, zip files, and media such as image, video, and audio files. Note: OIT recommends that...
  • Moodle allows you to post multiple files at once in a Folder. Folders can only contain Files such as PDFs, Word documents, or image files. Folders can't contain Moodle Activities such as Quizzes, Assignments, Forums, or Resources such as URLs or Pages. You can upload files to a Moodle Folder one at...
  • Instructors and students can communicate and collaborate using Moodle Forums. Instructors can create discussion topics or, depending on the forum type, allow students to originate topics. Course members can then "post" replies, and "subscribe" if they want to receive an email copy of each post made...

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