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Moodle is a learning management system (LMS) that can be used for creating course websites, online quizzes, exams and forums.  Below are frequently asked questions about using Moodle.  Also see:
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{{note|'''Moodle Will Not Be Available After December for Courses''': no new Moodle sites will be created for the winter and spring terms.}}
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= General =
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== What is Moodle? ==
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Moodle is a learning management system (LMS) that can be used for creating course websites, online quizzes, exams and forums.  
  
*[[Moodle Quickstart|LIS Wiki > Moodle Quickstart]]
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== Should I use Moodle or Sites (Wordpress)?  ==
*[[Moodle|LIS Wiki > Moodle]]
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Both Moodle and Sites (WordPress) can be used for creating course websites. To help you decide which you should use, see our [http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/technology/ct/uses/course_management Course Management Overview].
  
 
== How do I log into Moodle?  ==
 
== How do I log into Moodle?  ==
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Log into [http://go.middlebury.edu/moodle Moodle] with your Middlebury username and password.
  
You can log into Moodle ([http://go.middlebury.edu/moodle http://go.middlebury.edu/moodle]) with your Middlebury username and password.
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== I am having trouble editing/grading/viewing my Moodle site, what web browser should I use?  ==
 
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Updated versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari work well.
== How do I create a site in Moodle?  ==
 
 
 
Course sites on Moodle @ Middlebury can be created via the [[CourseHub]]
 
 
 
== How do I give students access to my Moodle Course Site?  ==
 
 
 
When Moodle course sites are created through the Course Hub, students are automatically added as participants.
 
 
 
The "Assign roles" link in the administration panel of any Moodle site can be used to add additional students or staff or other instructors.
 
  
=== My student/s can't see my Moodle site. ===
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= Create Your Moodle Courses =
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== How do I create a course site in Moodle?  ==
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Create a Moodle course site through  [http://go.middlebury.edu/hub Course Hub].  
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[[Moodle#Creating_a_Site|Step by Step Instructions]]
  
By default, new Moodle sites are NOT visible to students. To make a site visible to students, go to the Administration panel (usually in the left sidebar) and chose "Settings," then follow the [http://mediawiki.middlebury.edu/wiki/LIS/Moodle#Availability Availability] instructions in the full [[Moodle|Moodle Wiki Page]].
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== How do I reuse a previous Moodle course? ==
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You can reuse a previous Moodle course by using the Import tool.
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[[Moodle#Reusing_.28importing.29_a_Moodle_site_from_a_previous_semester|Step by Step Instructions]]
  
You can also change the availability setting by editing the Moodle Resource in the Course Hub and updating the '''Available to students?''' option.
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== How do I create one Moodle site for all sections of my course?  ==
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[[CourseHub#Adding_a_Resource_to_your_Course_Hub_Site|Create a new Moodle site]] via the Course Hub for one section, then link the Moodle course to your other sections.
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[[Moodle#Sharing_a_Site_between_multiple_sections_.28aka_Connecting_Moodle_sites.29|Step by Step Instructions]]
  
=== How do I create one Moodle site for all sections of my course? ===
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= Edit Your Moodle Course =
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== How do I upload a file to Moodle? ==
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Turn editing on, then click and drag one or more files from your computer directly under the desired week in Moodle. When possible, upload PDFs. Alternatively, you can add files one at a time by turning editing on and adding a '''File''' resource. [[Moodle#Files_and_Links|Step by Step Instructions]]
  
To create one site for multiple sections of a courses, first create a Moodle site via the [http://go.middlebury.edu/hub Course Hub] for one section (see [http://mediawiki.middlebury.edu/wiki/LIS/CourseHub#Adding_a_Resource_to_your_Course_Hub_Site Adding a Resource to Your Course Hub Site] in the CourseHub wiki page). Then add a Moodle Resource to the other sections, specifying that they connect to an existing Moodle course (type in the ID of the main Moodle site).
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== How do I add a video (e.g., YouTube, MiddMedia)? ==
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For a MiddMedia video, paste the video's URL anywhere in Moodle. For a YouTube video (or other online video), copy and paste the embed code into an HTML field in Moodle. [[Moodle#Adding_Audio_and_Video_to_a_Site|Step by Step Instructions]]
  
=== My student is registered for my course in Banner, but her name was not added to my Moodle site  ===
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== What is the News Forum? ==
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The News Forum is a forum where the teacher can post general class announcements. Students will receive email notifications whenever a new item is posted. Only teachers can post to the News Forum; if you'd like students to contribute to online discussions, add another Forum to your Moodle course. [[Moodle#Forums|Step by Step Instructions]]
  
Updates to Moodle and the course hub occur less frequently than updates to Banner. So, it might take a day for an “add” to appear in Moodle and the course hub, even though the change has appeared in Banner already.
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== How do I customize the weeks/sections of my course? ==
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Go to your course's '''Edit Settings''' link to change the number of weeks/sections in your course or the course start date. [[Moodle#Customize_Your_Moodle_Course|Step by Step Instructions]]
  
=== I'd like to add someone to my Moodle site but their name isn't in the Moodle directory  ===
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Edit the summary of an individual week/section to customize that section's name and summary. [[Moodle#Customize_Your_Moodle_Course|Step by Step Instructions]]
  
Currently, the Moodle user directory does NOT have all Midd users listed yet. If a Midd user is not listed, it is because they have not yet logged into Moodle. Once they log into Moodle for the first time, their name will be added.
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== How do I add/remove blocks from the sidebar? ==
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After turning editing on, you will see options to add, remove, or reorganize the order of your course blocks. [[Moodle#Customize_Your_Moodle_Course|Step by Step Instructions]]
  
=== I have a student who is auditing my course, but s/he cannot access the Moodle course site.  ===
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== How do I add the Midd Library block to my course? ==
 
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Bring the Library to your course with an interactive Middlebury Library block. Contact your [http://go.middlebury.edu/liaisons library liaison] or add it yourself following these [http://guides.middlebury.edu/coursetools instructions].
'''Auditing a course and having access to the course site are not the same thing.'''  Students who audit a course, must register as auditors before they can get access to the course site.   Complete rules on auditing a course can be found in the '''''College Handbook''''' under '''Academics, Course Registration and Conduct of Courses [http://go.middlebury.edu/audit | Section D. Audits]'''.  If the auditor is not a currently enrolled Middlebury student, they must get permission from both the instructor of the course and the Registrar's Office before they can be added to the auditor's list.
 
 
 
Once the official auditor is enrolled in Banner, the course site will be available to him/her shortly thereafter.  Usually, the next day.  No further action is necessary on the part of the instructor.
 
 
 
'''Manually adding participants to a Moodle site is a different thing.  The technical instructions for manually adding participants to a Moodle course site can be found [[Moodle#Adding_Participants_to_a_Site|here]].'''  There are reasons to add non-registered participants to your course.  They may be tutors, librarians or others to whom an instructor needs to provide access.  However, auditors are not one of the cases.  Be aware that by manually adding an auditor, you may be circumventing registration procedures as set forth in the '''''[http://go.middlebury.edu/audit College Handbook]''''' .
 
 
 
=== I would like to grant a guest access to view my course site, but he/she is not a Middlebury or MIIS student/faculty or staff member  ===
 
 
 
At this time Moodle site access to non-Middlebury or MIIS participants (e.g. people outside of the faculty, staff, student communities of Middlebury or MIIS) must be requested by contacting the Helpdesk (helpdesk@middlebury.edu, 802.443.2200).
 
 
 
Class auditors should go through [[Guests_and_Visitors_to_the_College#Auditors_of_classes_AND.2FOR_high_school_students_taking_a_class_at_Middlebury|the normal procedure]] to have Banner/AD accounts created. Guest lecturers can be added directly to Moodle with assistance from a Moodle Administrator.
 
  
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= Student Access =
 
== How will my students find my Moodle Course Site?  ==
 
== How will my students find my Moodle Course Site?  ==
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Students can get to your Moodle site from the [[CourseHub]].
  
Students can find a link to your Moodle site in the [[CourseHub]].
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== How do I give students access to my Moodle Course Site?  ==
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1-2 days after students register for your course in Banner, they will be automatically added to your Moodle course. Once you are ready for your students to view your Moodle course, change its visibility settings from [[Moodle#Availability|Hide to Show]].
  
== How do I know if I should use Moodle or Wordpress for my course website? ==
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== Why can't my students see my Moodle course? ==
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By default, new Moodle course sites are not visible to students. Once you are ready for your students to view your Moodle course, change its visibility settings from [http://mediawiki.middlebury.edu/wiki/LIS/Moodle#Availability Hide to Show].
  
Both Moodle and WordPress can be used for creating course websites. To help you decide which you should use, see: [http://blogs.middlebury.edu/segue/workshops/curricular-platforms-overview/ Segue from Segue > Curricular Platforms Overview]
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== My student is registered for my course in Banner, but her name was not added to my Moodle site. Why?  ==
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Students will be added to your Moodle course automatically 1-2 days after they register for the course in Banner. If the student is unable to access the course after 1-2 days, contact the Help Desk.
  
== What is the difference between Measure and Moodle?  ==
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== How do I add an auditor to Moodle?  ==
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Students must register in the course as auditors in Banner. 1-2 days after they register, they will have access to Moodle. If the auditor is not a currently enrolled Middlebury student, they must get permission from both the instructor of the course and the Registrar's Office before they can be added to the auditors list. Complete rules on auditing a course can be found in the '''''College Handbook''''' under '''Academics, Course Registration and Conduct of Courses [http://go.middlebury.edu/audit Section D. Audits]'''. 
  
Measure is an instance of Moodle that has been in use at Middlebury since 2007 primary for Language School placement and exit exams. Measure can also be used for creating sites that need to be accessed by people who do not have Middlebury user accounts
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== How can another instructor or guest view my Moodle course site? ==
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Please send a request to the Helpdesk (helpdesk@middlebury.edu, 802.443.2200) with the individual's name and email address, and a link to your Moodle course.
  
Another instance of Moodle (referred to as Moodle @ Middlebury) has been set up for creating sites for courses at Middlebury. This instance is only accessible to people with Middlebury user accounts.
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== How do I give a faculty member access to Moodle placement exams? ==
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Access to placement exams are managed by the faculty and Academic Coordinators in the department. Follow these [[Moodle_Grant_Access_to_Placement_Exam |steps to grant access]] to placement test attempts.
  
To create a Measure site, you must make a site request. You can do this by clicking on the [https://measure.middlebury.edu/course/request.php? Request a Site] at the Measure site.
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= Your Moodle Experience =
 
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== How do I manage my email notifications? ==
== I am having trouble editing/grading/viewing my Moodle site, what web browser should I use?  ==
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Customize your Messaging settings in your Moodle Profile. [[Moodle#Email_Notifications|Step by Step Instructions]]
 
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= Help =
Updated versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari work well.
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*[[Moodle Quickstart|LIS Wiki > Moodle Quickstart]]
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*[[Moodle|LIS Wiki > Moodle]]
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*[http://go.middlebury.edu/helpdesk The Help Desk]: Troubleshooting, course access, and password questions.
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*[http://go.middlebury.edu/liaison Library liaison]: Individual consultations.
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*[http://sites.middlebury.edu/ct/ Curricular Innovations @ Midd]: Sign up for Moodle Users Email Group (right-hand side)<br>
  
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Revision as of 17:56, 14 November 2016

Moodle Will Not Be Available After December for Courses: no new Moodle sites will be created for the winter and spring terms.

General

What is Moodle?

Moodle is a learning management system (LMS) that can be used for creating course websites, online quizzes, exams and forums.

Should I use Moodle or Sites (Wordpress)?

Both Moodle and Sites (WordPress) can be used for creating course websites. To help you decide which you should use, see our Course Management Overview.

How do I log into Moodle?

Log into Moodle with your Middlebury username and password.

I am having trouble editing/grading/viewing my Moodle site, what web browser should I use?

Updated versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari work well.

Create Your Moodle Courses

How do I create a course site in Moodle?

Create a Moodle course site through Course Hub. Step by Step Instructions

How do I reuse a previous Moodle course?

You can reuse a previous Moodle course by using the Import tool. Step by Step Instructions

How do I create one Moodle site for all sections of my course?

Create a new Moodle site via the Course Hub for one section, then link the Moodle course to your other sections. Step by Step Instructions

Edit Your Moodle Course

How do I upload a file to Moodle?

Turn editing on, then click and drag one or more files from your computer directly under the desired week in Moodle. When possible, upload PDFs. Alternatively, you can add files one at a time by turning editing on and adding a File resource. Step by Step Instructions

How do I add a video (e.g., YouTube, MiddMedia)?

For a MiddMedia video, paste the video's URL anywhere in Moodle. For a YouTube video (or other online video), copy and paste the embed code into an HTML field in Moodle. Step by Step Instructions

What is the News Forum?

The News Forum is a forum where the teacher can post general class announcements. Students will receive email notifications whenever a new item is posted. Only teachers can post to the News Forum; if you'd like students to contribute to online discussions, add another Forum to your Moodle course. Step by Step Instructions

How do I customize the weeks/sections of my course?

Go to your course's Edit Settings link to change the number of weeks/sections in your course or the course start date. Step by Step Instructions

Edit the summary of an individual week/section to customize that section's name and summary. Step by Step Instructions

How do I add/remove blocks from the sidebar?

After turning editing on, you will see options to add, remove, or reorganize the order of your course blocks. Step by Step Instructions

How do I add the Midd Library block to my course?

Bring the Library to your course with an interactive Middlebury Library block. Contact your library liaison or add it yourself following these instructions.

Student Access

How will my students find my Moodle Course Site?

Students can get to your Moodle site from the CourseHub.

How do I give students access to my Moodle Course Site?

1-2 days after students register for your course in Banner, they will be automatically added to your Moodle course. Once you are ready for your students to view your Moodle course, change its visibility settings from Hide to Show.

Why can't my students see my Moodle course?

By default, new Moodle course sites are not visible to students. Once you are ready for your students to view your Moodle course, change its visibility settings from Hide to Show.

My student is registered for my course in Banner, but her name was not added to my Moodle site. Why?

Students will be added to your Moodle course automatically 1-2 days after they register for the course in Banner. If the student is unable to access the course after 1-2 days, contact the Help Desk.

How do I add an auditor to Moodle?

Students must register in the course as auditors in Banner. 1-2 days after they register, they will have access to Moodle. If the auditor is not a currently enrolled Middlebury student, they must get permission from both the instructor of the course and the Registrar's Office before they can be added to the auditors list. Complete rules on auditing a course can be found in the College Handbook under Academics, Course Registration and Conduct of Courses Section D. Audits.

How can another instructor or guest view my Moodle course site?

Please send a request to the Helpdesk (helpdesk@middlebury.edu, 802.443.2200) with the individual's name and email address, and a link to your Moodle course.

How do I give a faculty member access to Moodle placement exams?

Access to placement exams are managed by the faculty and Academic Coordinators in the department. Follow these steps to grant access to placement test attempts.

Your Moodle Experience

How do I manage my email notifications?

Customize your Messaging settings in your Moodle Profile. Step by Step Instructions

Help