Modify Quiz Options by Groups

If you have created a quiz in a Moodle course that contains groups, you can modify the quiz options so that it can be completed at different times by the different groups. This would be helpful in a combined Moodle course that hosts multiple sections of students. If a quiz must be completed at different times by different sections, make sure the groups are set by section, and then time constraints can be applied for these groups so that for any given student, the quiz will open and close relative to their section time. Continue reading “Modify Quiz Options by Groups”

Customizing course layout

The home page for a course is divided into course sections and blocks. The center column contains the course sections, usually organized either by week or topic. Resources (such as PDFs or other files), activities (such as forums), and assessment (such as quizzes, tests, or assignment dropboxes) can be added to the individual sections. Continue reading “Customizing course layout”

Collecting student observations using the Feedback activity

Feedback activities are the most efficient method within Moodle for collecting observations from students about the course, topics or specific assignments. This feedback can be set to have names attached or be done anonymously, and uses many of the same question methods as quizzes, allowing instructors to provide a variety of multiple-choice or open-ended responses. The results can be restricted to teacher-view only, or shown to the entire class. It differs from the Survey tool in that  it allows you to write your own questions, rather than choose from a list of pre-written questions, and unlike Moodle Quizzes, you can create non-graded questions. Continue reading “Collecting student observations using the Feedback activity”

Using the Moodle Scheduler

If your class uses Moodle regularly, the Scheduler plugin is very useful for setting up appointments with students in your class, either individually or in groups.

Start by turning on editing in Moodle, and then click on ‘Add an activity or resource.’ In the box under Activities, choose Scheduler and click ‘Add.’

A new page will appear called ‘Adding a new Scheduler’ where you enter in a name (required). This page contains numerous options for setting up the appointments, including limiting how many times a student can make an appointment, whether there will be a grade assigned, and if appointments can be made by groups. Note that if you decide to use groups, the group assignments will need to be defined under Course Administration, and this plugin requires that the teacher or teaching assistant be a member of each group.

Once you have finished with the settings, click on ‘Save and display’ located at the bottom of the page.

To set up the times for the appointments, click on ‘Add slots.’ Under the drop-down, you can choose to add a single slot or repeated slots. The repeated slots option is recommended for setting up blocks of time where students can make appointments. Choose the appropriate days of the week, start and end times of the appointment block, and then the duration of the appointment (typically 15 or 30 minutes.) You can also activate a setting where an automatic email reminder will be sent to the student before the appointment. Once you have created the appointments, then click on ‘Save changes’ at the bottom of the page.

Students will see a listing of the available times (as shown below), where they use the “Book slot’ button to make an appointment. Additional time slots can be added by the instructor at any time, and statistics summarizing the appointments can be easily viewed and exported. (It is worth mentioning, however, that the Scheduler does not sync with calendar software, such as Outlook or Google Calendar.)

If you have any questions about using the Scheduler in Moodle, please contact your Instructional Technologist.

Activities: Group self-selection

Group self-selection allows students to create and select groups to enhance collaboration and learning experience.

To add a group self-selection activity, make sure to click Turn editing on in the top right part of the screen. In the course Section where you willadd the activity, at the bottom-right of the Section, click + Add an activity or resource. The Add an activity or resource window will open. In the Add an activity or resource window select Group self-selection. A description will be displayed at right.Click Add. The Adding a Group self-selection page opens:

The features of this activity:

  1. Students are able to create groups, give them description and protect them with passwords.
  2. Students can select and join groups.
  3. Supervisors are assigned to groups (the default is a non-editing teacher, but it can be changed).
  4. Teachers are able to export group lists in a cvs-file.
  5. Group self-selection is fully compatible with Moodle groups and, hence, supports group assignment submissions.

The instructor can regulate the extent to which these features can be used by modifying general permissions in the editing mode of the activity as shown below.

Once students join a group, they cannot change group membership themselves. The instructor must remove the student from the group they joined.