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  • There are a number of ways to add structure and visual interest to your Moodle course page. The less cluttered and better organized you make your course page the easier it will be for your students to use. To help your students find their way around your course page: Avoid unnecessary content on...
  • The Chat activity allows course members to hold real-time, text-based conversations with other course members. An instructor can add more than one Chat activity to a Moodle course, so be certain you enter the correct chat if there is more than one. Join a Chat Session To participate in a Chat...
  • A forum is one of the places in Moodle where your class can hold online discussions. Forums can be set up in different ways for different purposes. Types of Forums Forums can be set to work differently by your instructor: You may be asked to participate in an ongoing discussion where anyone can...
  • Moodle displays a Course total (or final grade) to students. The Course total can be based on calculated or aggregated grade items from the Moodle gradebook or instructors can manually enter numeric grades to the Course total column. For more see Grade Calculation in Moodle. At the end of the...
  • The Respondus Quizzing & StudyMate desktop Windows applications will no longer be available for download and will no longer connect directly to Moodle (Respondus will still be available for Blackboard users). To import questions use the Import Quiz Questions to Moodle Using the Aiken Format....
  • The following are brief descriptions of the quiz question types used in Moodle at UMass Amherst. For more specific help with each question type, please see the linked pages or contact the Instructional Media Lab (545-2823 or instruct@umass.edu).   Calculated and Calculated SimpleCalculated...
  • Instructors and teaching assistants can use the Attendance activity to record student attendance. Each mark (e.g., Present, Late, Excused, Absent) is assigned a point value, and the aggregate score for each student appears in a single column in the Moodle gradebook. Students can also view their own...
  • Moodle provides several ways for instructors to record grades in the gradebook. When grading from within a Moodle activity, grades will automatically appear in a corresponding column (grade item) in the gradebook. Additionally, instructors can manually enter and override grades in the gradebook,...
  • RSS feeds are an easy way to automatically bring new content into your course from outside websites such as blogs and newspapers.  Feeds are especially useful if you want your students to be up-to-date on news or events that are relevant to your course.  The Remote RSS Feeds block can be configured...
  • Moodle makes it easy to reorder and move Resources, Activities, Sections and Blocks within your course. If JavaScript is enabled in your browser (recommended), you can drag-and-drop the items to a new location on the page. If JavaScript is not enabled, you will be able to click to move items up or...
  • Moodle is a widely-used open source learning management system (LMS) used to deliver course content and host online learning activities. This page covers how to request Moodle for UMass Amherst for-credit courses. To use Moodle at UMass Amherst for on-campus activities not officially listed as...
  • The Respondus Quizzing & StudyMate desktop Windows applications are no longer be available for download and will no longer connect directly to Moodle  To import questions see: Import Quiz Questions to Moodle Using the Aiken Format. To export questions see: Export Quiz Questions from Moodle....
  • Every semester you teach a course in Moodle, even for classes you've taught before, your newly created Moodle course will initially be empty. Use the Import function to quickly copy content from a previous Moodle course and reuse the content for the current term. Reusing a Moodle course is a...
  • This matrix provides an overview of role capabilities. For detailed descriptions of roles, see Roles in Moodle.   Access Course  Grade Student Work Add Activities & Resources View Forums Access Quickmail Post to Announcements...
  • There are several distinct roles individuals can have in a Moodle course. Each role provides access to a specific set of capabilities. Your status in a class in SPIRE determines the role you are initially given in a Moodle course: Student, Non-editing teacher (Teaching Assistant), or Teacher (...
  • Moodle allows you to choose between seven variations on a custom UMass Amherst theme. Select a color suitable to the content of your course. To learn how to change the theme for your course, see Important Settings for Your Moodle Course. You can’t add images to the top banner, but to enliven your...
  • Select missing words questions allow instructors to create questions that require students to select words or phrases from a drop down menu embedded into a question text.  Create a New Select Missing Words Question On your course page, in the Administration block, under Course Administration,...
  • The Assignment activity lets you communicate tasks, collect work, set due dates, and provide feedback and grades. For more information on how to Add a Moodle Assignment as well as basic Assignment settings, please see: Add an Assignment Activity in Moodle Students often benefit from getting...
  • The Respondus Quizzing & StudyMate desktop Windows applications will no longer be available for download and will no longer connect directly to Moodle (Respondus will still be available for Blackboard users). To import questions, see: Import Quiz Questions to Moodle Using the Aiken Format. To...
  • Moodle does not come with a pre-configured activity for individual student journals, but you can set up journals using a Forum. You can make journaling spaces private so that only the instructor and TAs can read students' posts, or you can allow students to read but not edit or comment on each...

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