Using the Workshop Activity

The Workshop activity in Moodle allows the collection, review, and peer assessment of students’ work.

First, watch this short video introducing the workshop activity:

Then watch this video about setting up the workshop activity:

To explore how the Workshop Activity looks in a demonstration course, click on this link while logged into Moodle, and then enter the code ‘Trinity@1823’. You will then be enrolled as a teacher in a demonstration course, that includes explanatory videos, documentation and sample workshop activities.

Using Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor

Respondus remote proctoring of exams is now available for any Moodle quiz activity. There are two proctoring systems available:

  1. LockDown browser, where students take the quiz through an application on their desktop that does not allow internet activity, web browsing or the use of any other applications.
  2. Respondus Monitor, which uses a webcam to monitor the student during the exam. Recordings are saved and then can be viewed by the instructor. You must also use LockDown browser in order to use Respondus Monitor.

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Making the course available to students


You will need to access Course Settings to activate the course for students. Look in the upper-right part of the screen for the little gear icon next to ‘Turn editing on:’

When you click the little downward-facing triangle, the first choice is “Edit settings”:

Click on that, and then scroll down until you see “Course visibility.” It will be set to “Hide,” change it to “Show”:

Then, at the bottom of the page, click Save—and the course will be visible to students.

Copy materials from another course

It is very easy to import materials, including course section descriptions, files, quizzes and assignments, from a previous course rather than reloading them. During this import,  you do not have to include student submissions and grades, which would be the most commonly-used option.

First, go to the course site that you want to import materials to. Continue reading “Copy materials from another course”

Create an Assignment

First, make sure editing has been turned on in the course, as described in the “Editing a Course” post.  Go to the course section (week or topic) where you want to create an assignment.  From the “+Add an activity or resource” link, choose Assignment under Activities.  Then click the “Add” button at the bottom of the pop-up window.  You will then be working within the Adding a new Assignment window.  Continue reading “Create an Assignment”

Viewing the Gradebook

There are numerous views and screens available of the Moodle gradebook, but only a few are commonly used.

When you first access the Gradebook by clicking on “Grades” under the Navigation box, the Grader Report view is shown as the default.

This view shows all the grades for all the students in the course, with scrollbars along the right side and bottom for classes with a large number of students and/or assignments.  To sort the students by a grade column, click on the arrow symbol next to the column name.  This will allow you to toggle between ascending and descending views of the grade column. Continue reading “Viewing the Gradebook”

Adding an Activity

To add an activity or resource, first turn editing on using the button in the top right hand corner. There are numerous interactive activity modules that you can add to a course section using the “+Add an activity or resource” button, located in the bottom right of each week or topic section.  Some of these activities can be linked directly to the Gradebook for scoring and assessment. Continue reading “Adding an Activity”

Adding a Resource

A resource is a digital item, such as a file or a link, that a teacher can use to support learning and assessment.  A wide range of resource types are supported in Moodle, and are shown in the figure to the right.  Resources are added to a course section during an editing session using the “+Add an activity or resource” button.  Note that more than one resource can be added to a section. 

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