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  • 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...
  • Moodle lets instructors set up an Assignment with a variety of settings. For example: Your instructor can control whether you can make only one submission or can re-submit files, and whether you can upload files after deadlines have passed. Some assignment types let your instructor return a...
  • Why Use a Wiki? A wiki is a simple, flexible tool for collaboration. Wikis can be used for everything from simple lists of web links to building entire encyclopedias. As an example, Wikipedia is the largest wiki in the world. At the most basic level, wikis allow students to make sets of inter-...
  • Your instructor can deliver quizzes in Moodle using a variety of question types, including multiple choice, true-false, short answer, numeric questions and more. Quizzes may be configured in very different ways, so don't expect to always see the same thing when you take a quiz. For example, you may...
  • The Activities block lists the various content by the types currently available to students in your course, such as Forums, Assignments, Quizzes, Resources, etc.  Links Are Automatically Added to the Block The list of types of Activities displayed in the Activities block will grow as you add...
  • The Mass Actions block allows instructors to perform an action on multiple resources or activities, rather than having to perform repeated actions on individual items. Once items are selected, choose to delete, hide/show, indent/outdent, or move or duplicate them to another section. Note: The Mass...
  • The Quickmail block allows instructors and TAs (and students, if the instructor allows) to send emails to course members from Moodle. Instructors who use Moodle may find Quickmail a convenient alternative to setting up a Class Email List in SPIRE. Note: Emails sent from Quickmail are always sent...
  • The Upcoming events and Calendar blocks help your students keep track of upcoming due dates and events in your course. Both blocks are linked to the Calendar which is automatically updated when activities with due dates (e.g., assignments or quizzes) are added to a course. The calendar is...
  • In response to a question (the text for which may include an image), the student selects either True or False. Example of a True/False question: Question set-up In the ?Question Bank, ?select the desired question category, then click ?Create a new question... and choose True/False. The ?...
  • About Turnitin Turnitin helps instructors evaluate the originality of students’ work by comparing electronic documents to online sources and the Turnitin database. The software returns an Originality Report which rates submitted assignments and highlights text that appears elsewhere. Faculty...
  • Screencasting software such as TechSmith Camtasia or Adobe Captivate gives you the option to publish your production as a Web page, resulting in a folder of files rather than a single video file. The advantage of producing your video recording this way is that it allows you to employ features such...
  • Students can copy files from Google Drive when submitting or attaching files to Moodle activities such as Assignments, Turnitin Assignments, Forums, or Databases. Instructors can copy files from Google Drive to Moodle when adding Files or Folders, posting Assignment feedback files, attaching files...
  • This article covers uploading a copy of a file into Moodle. To share a document on Box for collaborative editing, make a link to the file's URL on Box (see Link to a Web Page from a Moodle Course). Students can copy files from UMass Box when submitting or attaching files to Moodle activities...
  • To import groups already populated with students into Moodle, use the Upload / download groups block. This block will also let you download group roster information as a CSV file. Upload Groups to Moodle Add the Upload / download groups block. See Add & Remove Blocks in Moodle. Prepare the...
  • The Reports section of the Administration block gives instructors access to tools that can be used to edit dates and groups for activities or resources, or run reports on course activity at different levels. Tools for editing Moodle allows instructors to quickly edit dates and group modes of...
  • The News forum is a special forum that acts as an announcements tool for your Moodle course. Only instructors and TAs can post to the News forum, and by default, posts made to the News forum are emailed to class members. Students cannot leave replies to the posts; it's a one-way tool. Unique...
  • Questions in Moodle are organized into categories. A new course starts out with one category named "Default for [course name]." To make it easier to find questions, and to facilitate the use of random questions, organize your questions into additional categories. You can create a hierarchy of...
  • The Student activity tool is a utility developed by IT at UMass Amherst to provide easier access to report types frequently used by our instructors. It collects several different types of reports on one page so that an instructor can track overall student contributions more easily. See below for a...
  • The Grader Report is the primary page in Moodle's gradebook to view and edit student grades for the entire class. When you add a graded activity to your course, a column is added to the report. Scores automatically appear in the Grader report when students complete activities such as a quiz, or...
  • If your instructor has enabled the gradebook in your course, Moodle makes it easy to see your grades through a customized report that will show you all currently graded assignments. Your instructor may also use additional tools such as checklists or progress check boxes to help you keep track of...

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