Moodle for teachers

These instructions are intended for the teachers that administer Moodle spaces and want to build a space (for example a course) on Omnia's Moodle. Instructions for students are here (coming soon). Students' instructions also deal with Moodle profile and messaging issues, so its recommended for a teacher to go through this tutorial when starting to use Moodle.

Note! The self-registration change and the correction instructions of 5.11.2018 can be found under Defining the course key for the course.

PICTURE 1. The Omnia Moodle template and its components. To the left you can see the breadcrumb trail and two blocks – Navigation and Administration. The top right hand side shows user profile which contains a lot of basic profile settings. Below you will see the "Turn Editing on" button which enables you to edit the page to your liking. Below that are a few other blocks.

Requesting a Moodle space

You can request a course platform by either (a) filling this form (www.bit.ly/usiimoodletila) or (b) contacting the assistants if you work in the Espoo Adult Education Centre. Make sure to provide all the required information in the form. You will receive an email with links to your new space and instructions on how to build your space.

The default space is usually a copy of Omnia's Moodle template (see image 1). You can customize the space by clicking Edit Settings in the Administration section. There you can make a clear description of your course, which is displayed when others apply for a course within Moodle. You can check other courses in Moodle for examples.

After this, you can start editing the space to your own needs. You can read the instructions on these links: Course homepageCourse settingsAccessing to the course, and Adding content and activities. You can also read suggestions on what activity you should choose for each teaching purpose.

Setting the space settings

The space settings can be set up and updated at any time. For example, you can switch the space layout into a grid or topic view or enable performance tracking. In the space settings, you can enter a course name, course description, start and end dates. You can also adjust, for example, news settings, performance tracking, and groups.

Setting an enrolment key for your space

If you allow self-registration on your course, it is very important that you set an enrolment key to ensure that you student's data is safe! If you're unsure, please contact digituki@omnia.fi.

Users

You can manage the course users, ie participants, by clicking Users > Enrolled users. You can add or remove participants and if desired, you can also define the role of the user. Click open Users > Enrollment methods if you want to enable self registration.

Moodle space editing – the text editor

The text editor is any large textbox in your moodle space. In Moodle you can change the type of text editor but the "Atto" editor is usually sufficient. You can find out more about the text editor here.

Moodle's text editor is one of the most important tools. You can use the text editor to add more than text, for example, images and videos and turning text into hyperlinks.

Pedagogical planning of the space

Your Moodle space can be much more than a material bank. You can use your Moodle space as a material bank if you wish to, for example to support for classroom teaching. In this case, you could share exercises, printouts and information on homework assignments for students. This way you can also reduce unnecessary printing.

If you are building a multifaceted or online course, consider in particular: What you want to teach; What kind of tasks are required; and how these support learning. Support for the pedagogical planning of the course is available from your colleagues and from the digital support channel (digituki@omnia.fi).

There are countless sources in the web for course design. You can start, for example, these Moodle best practices.

Selecting the right activity

Moodle has a wide range of different activity types. You should check them carefully. For example, you can find multiple choice exercises from the Quiz and H5P tools.

Transferring materials to Moodle

You can easily transfer materials to Moodle. Remember to take note of copyrights, try to use materials that are made by you or for which you have authority to use. You can search online for freely available materials, also called OER (open education resources).

Interacting on Moodle

Moodle can enable interaction through various means. It is important to guide your students well in the beginning. In particular, tasks descriptions are important. You can also guide students through a chat or forum activity. You should be very sure to tell students how to communication will happen (eg. can they get in touch with you by email, phone (and when), Whatsapp, etc).

Completion tracking

Completion tracking allows you to determine which tasks are  necessary parts of an online course. If  you enable completion  tracking in the course settings, remember that each activity or resource must be added to the completion tracking list.

There are three main levels of tracking: 1) Do not indicate activity completion; 2) Students can manually mark the activity as completed; or 3) Show activity as complete when conditions are met. The conditions in step 3 may be eg. opening a resource, completing an activity or obtaining an approved grade.Completion tracking is visualized through the Completion Progress block.

Course evaluation

The course can be evaluated in different ways. Use these tutorials to choose how you want to perform the assessment on the course. A Moodle course does not have to have evaluation methods if your course is a material bank.

Hiding course sections

Sections of the course can be hidden from students. This works well, for example, when you want to reveal a new section each week or when you are still building the remainder of the course after beginning of the course.

Ending the course

Once the course has ended, there a few options available to you. You can disable access by changing the course visibility from Show to Hide, you can reset the course to remove all previous activity and use the course again, you can copy the course materials and activities on to a new course, you can backup your course or ask IT to delete your course.

Question bank

The question bank is a versatile feature of the Quiz tool that lets you dynamically create a different test every it's used. In practice, a question bank could contain 100 questions on the same subject, and the exam would give each participant ten random questions from the bank. By categorizing questions, you can also build tests with different difficult levels.

Groups and grouping

You can create groups and groupings within your Moodle course. Groups are smaller groups of students, for which you can assign separate tasks. You can automate grouping at the registration process or do it manually, for example, if students need to be provided different paths inside the course.

Backups

It is possible to make a backup of your course. This is worthwhile, for example, when the course is intended to be held in other  schools or for a course that has accumulated a lot of valuable material. Generally, the course does not have to be backed up. Courses disappearing is extremely rare.

Embedding Video, Thinglink etc. content

Adding a videoThinglink or other material to your Moodle course is possible. You can even embed Office documents and forms into Moodle. To embed, you need the embed code (usually available where the material can be found) and the HTML editor in the text editor. In practice, copy the embed code, open the text editor where you want to add the material, press the HTML "<>" button, add the embed code to the text editor and click save.

Managing blocks

The teacher can determine what information is displayed on the left and right edges of the course. These sections are called blocks. By default you can see are Navigation and Administration on the left, Completion Tracking, Upcoming Events and Latest News on the right.

You can add or remove blocks to your own course as you like. After turning editing on, look for the Add A Block box below the left blocks and add what you want. You can drag these blocks to different locations mouse. If you want to get rid of a block, click that block's cog. Here you can configure, hide and delete the block.