Teaching With Moodle
Need Moodle Help?
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If you don't find an answer to your question, fill out this form to get Moodle help. Seawolf ID required.
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Moodle, SSU's official Learning Management System (LMS), is used by over fifty percent of faculty. Moodle is available to all faculty teaching SSU courses, regardless if the course is taught face-to-face or fully online. Moodle’s responsive-interface allows users to log on with a computer or mobile device from: campus, at a home office, a library or any other location with high-speed internet access.
Faculty provide students with flexible ways of learning when they use Moodle to:
- Share accessible syllabi, lecture recordings, affordable learning materials, library resources, and online multimedia.
- Engage students with collaborative learning activities including forums, wikis, glossaries, and assignments.
- Assess student learning and provide them timely feedback with interactive quizzes, annotated comments, peer-review activities, integrated rubrics, academic integrity checks, and an online gradebook.
- Communicate with the class and individual students with quickmail, forums, chat, and web conferencing (Collaborate web conferencing).
- Collect student work with Moodle activities such as assignments, forums, and Turnitin.
- Web conference to deliver online presentations in real-time, meet remote guest speakers, and participate in online learning activities with Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing.
- Over 50% of SSU Faculty Use Moodle.
- Most SSU students use the internet browser Safari to access Moodle.
- More than 70,000 activities and resources were added to SSU Moodle courses Summer 2013- Spring 2014.
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How Do I Get a Moodle Course?
All official University courses have a Moodle shell course. Moodle shell courses are created about 1 month before the semester starts. Faculty who are listed as the instructor of record in Peoplesoft will automatically gain access to the Moodle shell course.
How Do I Access My Moodle Courses?
- Login to Online Services (Notice the Login link at the top of this page, and many other University pages).
- Click the Moodle link. When you get to the Moodle front page, click on My Home on the top-navigation bar.
- Click any of those links to access the Moodle course.
How Do I Add Students to My Moodle Course?
In most cases, faculty will not need to add students to a course. Student enrollment in Moodle courses is automatic - IT updates nightly student and faculty Moodle course enrollment based on Peoplesoft data. However, Faculty can manually add students to a Moodle course (eg, a student making up an incomplete) if needed.
How Do I Request a Metacourse for Moodle?
Faculty who teach multiple sections of the same course may wish to combine them with a Moodle Metacourse. Metacourses are linked to one or more child Moodle courses. Students and Teachers enrolled in a child course are automatically enrolled in the associated Metacourse.
Teachers can use the Metacourse for all the course content and activitities, and leave the child sections closed (unavailable to students). Many faculty find this easier to manage than building and maintaining several courses with identical (or nearly identical) content.
Use the Course Request Form (Seawolf ID required) to request a Metacourse.
Is There Moodle Training for Faculty?
Yes. SSU faculty have a variety of training options to choose from.
- The Faculty Center offers several Moodle workshops each semester. See the Faculty Center calendar for information about upcoming workshops.
- Open Moodle Labs (Schulz 1112) - get hands-on help with building your course from Faculty Center Moodle experts.
- SSU has subscribed to Atomic Learning online video training series, "Moodle 2.6 - Instructor Training." To access the training videos, login to Online Services and click on the Atomic Learning link. Enter “Moodle 2.6 Instructor Training” in the Search field and then click on the Search button. Click on the Moodle 2.6 - Instructor Training link that appears under the “Series Title” heading. Quicktime or Flash is required to view the videos. See Atomic Learning Supported Operating Systems & Browsers.
Where Do I Get Moodle Support? Where Can I Learn More?
- The Faculty Center, Schulz 1112 - Get Moodle support in person, by phone, and email.
- Get Moodle Help! - submit the Faculty Moodle Support Request to generate a support ticket.
- Moodle Community - this Moodle course is an SSU online community for SSU's Moodle "Teachers." All SSU faculty are automatically enrolled.
- Library Resources: 10+ ways to use them in Moodle - this Moodle course by Librarian Paula Hammett shows SSU faculty how to include Library content and resources in a Moodle course. All SSU faculty are automatically enrolled.
- Moodle.org - the home of Moodle software, documentation and a large, active developer and faculty community.
- Faculty around the world post tons of helpful how-to and demo videos on YouTube.
What Are the Technical Requirements For Moodle?
- Recommended Minimum browser:
- recent Google Chrome
- recent Mozilla Firefox
- Safari 6
- Internet Explorer 10
- You should have common plugins installed. See SSU's Download Plugins page for download links.
- Quicktime Player
- Acrobat Reader
- Flash Player
- If you use other types of rich media, you and your students may need other plugins. Please provide a link to any necessary plugins that are not on SSU's Download Plugins page.
- Microsoft Office, Google Docs, or other word processing and spreadsheet applications.
Some features in Moodle may work better with some browsers than with others. It's not a bad idea to have more than one browser installed on your computer, and you should become familiar with using both (though not necessarily simultaneously).