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  • Matching questions provide a list of sub-questions along with a list of answers. The respondent must "match" the correct answers with each question.  Example of a matching question: Create a New Matching Question In the ?Question Bank, ?select the desired question category, then click ?Create...
  • Moodle Backup Files FAQ What is a .mbz file? A Moodle Backup FIle (.mbz) is a compressed archive of a Moodle course that can be used to restore a course within Moodle. The file preserves course contents, structure and settings, but does not include student work or grades. The contents of the ....
  • In early January 2013 UMass Amherst upgrades to Moodle 2.3. We are really excited about many of the new features and hope you will be too! Here's a snapshot of new features: Add Activities and Resources from a Single Menu The Add an Activity and Add a Resource drop-down menus have been...
  • On May 16, 2013 UMass Amherst upgraded to Moodle 2.4. We are really excited about many of the new features and hope you will be too! Here's a snapshot of new features: Changes to User Interface and Visual Design Login Changes The login box has moved to the left side of the screen. This was...
  • On July 2nd, 2014 UMass Amherst upgraded to Moodle 2.5. This upgrade focuses on making Moodle more usable and efficient. It also includes a few new features, especially for the Moodle Gradebook. Here's what to look for: Interface Improvements Simplified Settings Pages When reviewing options for...
  • On June 30, 2015, UMass Amherst upgraded to Moodle 2.8. This upgrade added many Moodle gradebook features that were requested by faculty, and includes changes to a few specific grade calculation methods along with more general improvements to the gradebook. Moodle 2.8 Gradebook Calculation...
  • On Tuesday June 30, 2015 UMass Amherst upgraded Moodle to version 2.8.  This upgrade continues to make Moodle more usable and efficient. The Moodle team at UMass Amherst is especially excited to see that many of the modifications we previously added to our Moodle Gradebook have been incorporated...
  • On Thursday, July 7 2016 Moodle at UMass Amherst upgraded from Moodle version 2.8 to version 3.0.  Even though this is a "whole number" release, most changes are behind the scenes to improve performance and backend efficiency. Still, there are several new features and improvements to the interface...
  • Announcing Moodle 3.1 On Thursday, July 13, 2017, UMass Amherst IT upgraded Moodle at UMass Amherst from version 3.0 to version 3.1. Here's what to watch for: What's New Easier Section Editing You can now edit Section titles without leaving the Course page, just as you can now do with Activity...
  • Instructors & Facilitators What is an "Ad Hoc Community Course"? Ad Hoc courses in Moodle allow non-credit courses, online trainings, collaborative groups, and other course-like activities to be hosted on moodle.umass.edu even if they are not officially listed as classes in SPIRE. Ad Hoc...
  • I am having trouble logging into Moodle.  What should I do? Anyone with an active IT Account should be able to log into Moodle. Make sure you are using the correct NetID (IT Account user name) and password. Make sure the computer you are using meets IT's Recommended and Minimum Computer...
  • About Modifying Moodle Moodle is a widely-used open source Learning Management System (LMS). "Open Source" means that the source code is available for free and anyone with appropriate programming skills is able to make changes to how it works. This ability to locally control our own LMS is one of...
  • In response to a question (that may include an image) the respondent chooses from multiple answers. There are two types of multiple choice questions - single answer and multiple answer. Example of a multiple choice question: Question set-up In the Question Bank, select the desired question...
  • From the student perspective, a numerical question looks just like a short-answer question in that they enter their answer into a short edit box. The difference is that the answer has to be numerical, and answers are allowed to have an accepted error range. This allows a continuous range of answers...
  • Offline grading in Moodle allows you to grade Assignment submissions without being logged in to Moodle or connected to the Internet. With offline grading, you enter grades into a customized grading spreadsheet and upload the spreadsheet to Moodle at a later time.Note: Offline grading is not...
  • OPEN UMass (open.umass.edu) is a pilot installation of Moodle designed for use by open courses (MOOCs), and community based projects requiring enrollment of off-campus participants. Although both OPEN UMass and Moodle at UMass Amherst (moodle.umass.edu) use Moodle for a Learning Management System,...
  • I am a UMass Amherst student.  Why can’t I access open.umass.edu Moodle courses from Moodle at UMass Amherst? Although they both use Moodle for a Learning Management System, open.umass.edu is a separate Moodle installation designed for use by MOOCs, open courses, and open communities in which...
  • 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...

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