What is Moodle?

Moodle is a Learning Management System (LMS) that allows instructors to expand the boundaries of their classroom outside the traditional face-to-face classroom.  It is a web-based system where course materials (such as documents, assignments, audio and video files) can be posted online, making them more convenient for students at all times of the day.  This reduces the use of paper and other resources, and allows for development of activities that incorporate a wide variety of delivery modes. In addition, Moodle easily allows forums and discussion boards, which can expand conversations outside of class into a more in-depth and dynamic interaction.

(FYI for geeks: The word Moodle is an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment!)

How many schools are using Moodle?

There are thousands of Moodle sites worldwide located in over 250 countries.  Since Moodle is open-source software, it is highly customizable and is used in a wide variety of education and training environments.  For liberal arts colleges, the Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project (CLAMP) was organized to support a collaborative effort on development, training and technical support.

When and how are courses created in Moodle?

Approximately 90 days before the start of each semester, a script is run using data from the Registrar’s office that creates the Moodle courses and enrollments.

Approximately 90 days before the start of each semester, a script is run using data from the Registrar’s office that creates the Moodle courses and enrollments.  Once that has been completed, a similar process is run each night during the semester to maintain the courses and keep the enrollments up-to-date (see next post). To make sure the created course is visible to your students, check out this post.

How are students added to my Moodle course?

Student enrollment in Moodle courses is an automated process.  Each night a script is run pulling data from the Registrar’s office and students are placed in their corresponding classes (see graphic below).  During the add/drop period it is important to be patient as this process only runs every 24 hours and it may take some time for the system to catch up with current class enrollments.  In the event a student needs to be placed into a class immediately, you can add them following these instructionsAlso, make sure the course is visible to your students by checking out this postContinue reading “How are students added to my Moodle course?”

How do I backup my Moodle courses?

To backup or archive your Moodle course, go into the editing mode of your course. Then click on the gear in the top right corner of your screen and choose “Backup” in the dropdown menu.

 

 

 

Alternatively, once you click on the gear, you can also choose “More”. Then you will be taken to the Course  Administration block. Here, you can also select “Backup” as shown .

With check boxes, select the initial areas of the course that you wish to save, then click “Next” in the bottom right corner.  Now choose the specific activities and resources that you want to backup, and click “Next” in the bottom right.

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How can I locate additional resources about Moodle?

Moodle is an open-source learning platform, and their website contains extensive documentation of the functionality and features.

Moodle is an open-source learning platform, and their website contains extensive documentation of the functionality and features. Follow the link below to explore Moodle documentation on how to manage a Moodle course. However, note that not all of the features listed are available in the Trinity College Moodle site.

https://docs.moodle.org/36/en/Managing_a_Moodle_course