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  • 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...
  • Echo360 is an online learning platform that many instructors use to post recordings of in-person lectures, or to share course content for flipped or team-based learning classes. You can use Echo360 to review past lectures in preparation for an exam, view presentation slides at your own pace, or ask...
  • About StudyMate StudyMate is Windows-based software for creating Flash-based activities and games. Respondus Quizzing & StudyMate desktop applications will no longer be available for download and will no longer connect directly to Moodle (Respondus will still be available for Blackboard users...
  • 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...
  • 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. Summary of Reporting Tools Tools for editing Moodle allows instructors to quickly edit...

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