• Getting started in Moodle

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  • The assignment tool allows staff to collect work from students, review it and provide feedback including marks, all online.

    Guidelines for setting up assignments

    1) When setting up assignments in Moodle please choose the Advanced uploading of files option.
    2) Set the Maximum number of uploaded files option to include an allowance for the blue electronic marking card.  (e.g. If you only want your students to submit one piece of work you will need to choose two in case they need to attach the blue card.)
    3) If you are adamant that you only want to allow students to attach one piece of work to their submission you need to instruct the students to copy and paste the electronic marking card into their assignment document.

    Please note that this does not apply to Turnitin assignments as students can only submit one piece of work anyway.

    The chat activity module allows participants to have a real-time synchronous discussion in a Moodle course.

    The database activity module enables participants to create, maintain and search a collection of entries (i.e. records). The structure of the entries is defined by the teacher as a number of fields. Field types include checkbox, radio buttons, dropdown menu, text area, URL, picture and uploaded file.

    The visual layout of information when listing, viewing or editing database entries may be controlled by database templates. Database activities may be shared between courses as presets and a tutor may also import and export database entries.

    If the database auto-linking filter is enabled, any entries in a database will be automatically linked where the words or phrases appear within the course.

    A tutor can allow comments on entries. Entries can also be rated by tutors or students (peer evaluation). Ratings can be aggregated to form a final grade which is recorded in the gradebook.

    Database activities have many uses, such as

    • A collaborative collection of web links, books, book reviews, journal references etc
    • For displaying student-created photos, posters, websites or poems for peer comment and review

    The feedback activity module enables a tutor to create a custom survey for collecting feedback from participants using a variety of question types including multiple choice, yes/no or text input.

    Feedback responses may be anonymous if desired, and results may be shown to all participants or restricted to teachers only. Any feedback activities on the site front page may also be completed by non-logged-in users.

    Feedback activities may be used

    • For course evaluations, helping improve the content for later participants
    • To enable participants to sign up for course modules, events etc.
    • For guest surveys of course choices, school policies etc.
    • For anti-bullying surveys in which students can report incidents anonymously

    The file module enables a tutor to provide a file as a course resource. Where possible, the file will be displayed within the course interface; otherwise
    students will be prompted to download it. The file may include supporting files, for example an HTML page may have embedded images or Flash objects.

    Note that students need to have the appropriate software on their computers in order to open the file.

    A file may be used

    • To share presentations given in group situation
    • To include a mini website as a course resource
    • To provide draft files of certain software programs (eg Photoshop .psd) so students can edit and submit them for assessment

    Moodle books are a series of linked web pages displayed in an easy to use book like format. Website content (HTML pages) can be imported directly into a book. Books can be printed in their entirety or chapter by chapter. Books are not interactive but you can link to discussion forums or quizzes from within them. Flash movies and other multimedia content can be added to a book.


    Moodle enables staff to create quizzes using a wide range of question types (e.g. multiple choice, true-false and short answer questions). The questions are stored in the module question bank for future use.  Questions can be imported and exported between courses that staff are the module leader for.

    Guidelines for setting up assessments
    We are recommending that staff activate the Browser security field in the Extra Restrictions on Attempts section of the Moodle quiz settings.  The field should be set to display 'Full screen pop up with some JavaScript security'.  This forces the quiz to be displayed in a new browser window without any back buttons.  Moodle does not save quiz questions in the same way that Blackboard did and we have had some reports of students using the back button in the middle of a quiz and losing their work.

    Staff do need to be aware though that it will restrict the use of the quiz on non JavaScript enabled PCs and that some users with disabilities might struggle with not being able to use both mouse keys or the short cut keys on the keyboard during a quiz.

    Please make sure that your students do not use Internet Explorer as their browser when completing online quizzes in Moodle.  Some students have experienced problems such as incorrectly saved questions and loss of work in Internet Explorer.  We are recommending that students use Firefox as their browser when completing quizzes in Moodle.