Dear Faculty Moodle Users,
Here are some reminders on how to activate and use your course shells that are available for the Summer 2011 semesters.
Using Information in Your Previous Courses in Future Courses
There are two different methods for moving information you created in previous courses into your new course shells. These methods are explained in three brief videos on the front page of Moodle under the “Main Menu” block in the top left hand corner inside of the “Teacher Information Page and Video Link.”
Backing Up Information from a Course in Old Moodle and Restoring It. Two flash movies on backing up your course in Old Moodle and restoring your courses in Moodle NG proceed a link to Old Moodle inside the “Teacher Information Page and Video Link.” Access to Old Moodle, the Moodle installation used through Summer 2010, will be taken offline permanently on June 30, 2011.
Importing Previous Course Information Inside Moodle NG. Many faculty members have asked how to move information from a course taught this fall semester, winter intersession, and/or spring semester into a course shell(s) for the summer semester. Please watch the video on “New Course Set Up including Import and Course Settings.” This video introduces the “import” feature which speeds up time in copying course information, but does not create a back up file on your computer as is done when you use “back up and restore,” a feature still available to you in Moodle NG.
Special thanks to Nola Navarre who produced these videos from concept to completion.
Course Availability to Students
When course shells for future semesters are created, the availability setting for students is automatically set to "not available." This setting makes the course appear a lighter color to you in your list of courses. Faculty have the option of when to make the course available to students.
In order to make your course available to students, please follow these steps:
- Log onto your course,
- Click on the Settings link in the Administration block,
- Scroll down to the Availability section,
- Change the settings to "this course is available to students," and
- Save your changes by clicking the button at the bottom.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance with these items or other Moodle questions.
Luke Dowden, Ed.D.