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  • 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...
  • About Respondus Respondus is a Windows desktop application for creating and managing quizzes available for use by UMass Amherst faculty, teaching assistants, and students. Quizzes can be printed to paper or published directly to Moodle. Respondus allows the bulk import of questions from a...
  • In Moodle, you do not reset a course to reuse it. You must request a new empty course each semester you teach a class, into which you can import content from a previous course. For details on requesting a Moodle course, see Request Your Moodle Course - Overview. You can import from a course you...
  • 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 News Forum...
  • There are several distinct roles individuals can have in a Moodle course. Each role provides access to a specific set of abilities in a course. 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...
  • 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...
  • Before you can publish from Respondus to Moodle or retrieve a Quizzes and questions from Moodle, you need to configure the server settings in Respondus. Re-configure Settings for Connecting to Moodle If you are a Respondus user who set up your server connection to Moodle at UMass Amherst before...
  • 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...
  • Short answer questions require respondents to type a word or phrase in response to a question (that may include an image). Answers may or may not be case sensitive and can include more than one correct answer. Acceptable answers can be a word or a phrase, but must match one of your correct answers...
  • Simple calculated questions are individual numerical questions based on a formula using variables or "wildcards" (i.e {x} , {y}). These wildcards are based on a set of pre-generated values making it possible for respondents to see different values for the same question. Example of a Simple...
  • When teaching a course with multiple sections, especially when a course has a large number of students, using groups in conjunction with the gradebook makes it much easier to filter student data. Multi-section courses automatically have groups created for each section, which you can use in addition...
  • An alternative to giving numerical grades on an assignment is to use Grading scales. For example, you could use a custom scale when you want students to see Excellent, Good, or Fair as a grade on an assignment as opposed to a numerical score. Grading scales are best for record keeping purposes and...
  • About StudyMate StudyMate is Windows-based software available to UMass Amherst faculty and staff that allows instructors to create Flash-based activities and games. These Flash activities can be published directly to your Moodle courses. For information on publishing StudyMate files in Moodle,...
  • Turnitin helps instructors assess the originality of student work and ensure the proper citation of references by comparing students' electronic documents to a variety of online sources and to the Turnitin database. The software then creates an “originality report” that rates submitted assignments...

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