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Moodle 2 Upgrade: Frequently Asked Questions

Will my Moodle 1.9 course work in Moodle 2?

Yes. For most courses, converting a 1.9 course to Moodle 2 will be just like copying a course from a past semester into a new course.

Will all my Moodle 1.9 courses be automatically converted to Moodle 2?

No. Conversion is "self-serve." Faculty should decide which courses they want to carry forward. But don't worry - it won't be difficult. Step-by-step instructions will be available for faculty who wish to convert an older course to Moodle 2, and hands-on support will be available in the Faculty Center. Moodle 1.9 courses will be available on a Moodle Archive server until the end of May, 2013. Faculty may also download a backup of any course to save on their own computer.

Can I just keep using Moodle 1.9 until I'm ready to use Moodle 2?

No. Effective Summer 2012 session, Moodle 2 will be SSU's production Learning Management System. SSU's Moodle 1.9 server will not be available for use with live courses. Moodle 2 is very similar to Moodle 1.9, and should not require completely re-learning how to use Moodle.

Will I still automatically have access to my courses? And will my students still be automatically enrolled?

Yes. All official University courses will automatically be created and populated in Moodle based on CMS course and enrollment data.

What improvements will faculty and students see?

There are many improvements in Moodle 2. Some of these are:

  • Improved performance
  • Updated look and feel
  • Improved navigation
  • Rubric grading option in assignments
  • Conditional Activities
  • Activity Completion options
  • Duplicate activity/resource function
  • More robust HTML editor
  • and more.

Last Minute Tasks for WebCT

Faculty access to WebCT will end during the early morning hours on February 28. Some faculty may wish to perform a few last minute tasks to archive some WebCT course content.

Can't fit this in before Feb. 28? Don't panic! This can be done by appointment in the IT Web Office between March 7 and June 15, 2011.

Including Echo360 Streams in a Moodle Course

If you're using Echo360 lecture capture system, you can easily include your Echo streams in your Moodle course.

How to Add an Echo Stream to Your Moodle Course (PDF)

How else can I learn about Moodle?

Moodle has an extensive built in help system. At the bottom of most pages there is a link to a Moodle Docs entry for that page. Next to many objects in Moodle you will find a Help Icon. Clicking on this will bring up contextual help and is very useful.

Moodle also has a large user community and extensive online documentation. Some of these links require you to sign up for a free account at moodle.org.

What Moodle technical support is available?

Moodle workshops will be scheduled throughout the semester. Please check the IT Training Schedule for workshop information. If you would like to request specialized training for your department or group please contact Martha Ezell at the Web Office.

In addition, the CSU has licensed the Lynda.com Moodle Training video tutorials for all faculty, staff and students. This training consists of approximately 8 hours of video tutorials in Moodle Essential Training for Teachers and almost 2 hours of video tutorials in Moodle Essential Training for Students. Note, these tutorials are licensed for free use from any on-campus computer.

Yes. As the instructor of your course, you are able to add a teaching assistant, who will then have the appropriate privileges.

Teaching assistants must be a current student or employee of Sonoma State University and have their own current LDAP credentials.

How and when are courses created in Moodle?

All SSU courses listed in the CMS class schedule are automatically created in Moodle approximately 30 before each term.

Yes. Built-in Moodle text editors have an easy-to-use hyperlink adding function.

Yes, for both faculty and students.

Can email be sent to students from within Moodle?

Yes. Moodle email messages will automatically be sent to students' Seawolf Gmail accounts.

Moodle tends to be much more flexible and scalable. Instructors will find the same tools and functions as WebCT, as well as additional features that will allow more flexibility as to how the course is delivered or supported online.

Is Moodle secure?

Yes, we are using Transport Layer Security (denoted by the "https" in the address). When you are logging into or using Moodle, you should see the secure connection icon in your browser (usually represented as a closed padlock in the status bar).

Which web browsers work best with Moodle?

Moodle will work with most common modern browsers.

Some Moodle features or content uploaded to Moodle may not be compatible with all browsers. For example, the WYSIWYG Rich Text editor does not work in Safari. Safari users can use other text-formatting options available in Moodle: plain text, HTML, Moodle auto-formatting or Markdown.

Yes. Moodle is browser-based and, therefore, cross-platform.

Moodle courses are created automatically for all courses approximately 30 days before each term. To see your courses, log into Moodle.

How do I log into Moodle?

Go to the SSU Online Services page. Login with your Seawolf ID (LDAP credentials) and then select the Moodle button.

How do I get a Moodle account?

You don't need to request a Moodle account. As long as you are a faculty member, student or staff member at SSU your Moodle accounts will be automatically created the first time you log into SSU's Moodle environment. After you log into Moodle you will see all the available courses.

Can I migrate my WebCT courses to Moodle?

SSU has a migration tool that will move course content from WebCT to Moodle. IT will move content from all WebCT course sites from Spring 2009 through Spring 2010 to Moodle by request. If you want WebCT content from a course taught prior to Spring 2009, please contact the Web Office at web.support@sonoma.edu to make arrangements for migration of this content.

This migration tools does a good job moving your content, but the resulting Moodle course may not be organized just as your WebCT was organized, and it won't automatically have links to activity tools like discussion forums or assignments. Think of it as a careful moving company that treats your possessions with care, but doesn't know where they belong in the new house. What you expected to be in the dining room, might end up in the bedroom or on the front lawn. Once the migration tool has done its work, you will need to review the new Moodle course and you may need to reorganize things and add any desired activities.

To help you with this we are holding special Moodle Migration Workshops. See the IT Training Calendar for the list of workshops dates and times, and to register.

What is Moodle?

Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (Moodle) is an open source Learning Management System that offers collaborative learning tools, activity-based learning, and interaction with materials that encourage critical reflection. Moodle offers standard features including gradebook, on-line quizzes, forums, and assignments.

Are other CSU campuses using Moodle?

Yes! As of July 2010, there are 9 CSU campuses either using Moodle or in transition. In addition, there are several other campuses considering Moodle instead of their current learning management system.

In addition, there is a CSU Moodle Consortium that meets weekly so that best practices and solutions can be shared across campuses.

How soon may I begin using Moodle?

Moodle will not be used for teaching at SSU until Spring semester, 2011. However, if you would like to begin building your courses in Moodle now, you can request a sandbox course through Barbara Moore. You can use this sandbox to try Moodle and actually build a course, which you may begin teaching Spring 2011. You would simply need to migrate the content from the sandbox to your official Moodle course in January 2011.

WebCT will continue to be the learning management system for all SSU faculty and students through Intersession (January) 2011. After that time, all faculty and students will be using Moodle only.

Why is SSU switching to Moodle?

The SSU contract with WebCT was expiring. WebCT is no longer being developed or supported. Therefore, we need to move to a new learning management system. After 18 months of careful research, consideration, and consultation, Moodle was selected as the new platform.

In addition, two pilot projects (Summer-Fall 2009 & Summer-Fall 2010) with SSU faculty teaching using Moodle have yielded consistent preference for Moodle by both groups.