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Access to Courses in Moodle 2

We are now encouraging staff at Glyndŵr to log in to our new Moodle 2 site, if you haven’t already done so. From September 4th the link ‘Log in to Moodle’ on the university home page will point to the new Moodle site, but until then staff need to use the URL: http://moodle.glyndwr.ac.uk. There will be a link on the front page of Moodle 2 pointing back to the old Moodle site, which will be available until at least December 2012.

Once you have logged in for the first time, then you will be assigned the appropriate access. The diagram below explains what you should see under the My Courses area, and also how your access will be assigned:

  • For the programme sites, staff support sites and student support sites, you will be given editing rights manually, by Alicia Owen or Dave Mosford in Web Services; if you cannot access the sites you need to, please contact us.
  • Access to module sites will be dependent on the data held in SITS by Student Data Services. If you are listed as a module leader, you will be given the ‘course leader’ role, which means you will be able to assign teacher access to other users, but you will not see this until 24 hours after logging in for the first time.
  • Students will have access to modules and programmes that they are enrolled on in SITS. If they cannot see your modules (24 hours after logging in for the first time) then they need to contact Student Data Services.

The video below demonstrates what you should expect to see:

Hands on and thumbs up!

This week we ran two hands-on training sessions using Moodle 2.2, outlining to staff some of the changes they’ll see in the new site, and letting them try out some of the new features. Overall, staff gave a thumbs up to the new features and tools available.

Everybody seemed impressed with the Navigation block and the way you can now manage your blocks. They also liked how Glyndŵr plan to have links to useful tools and staff and support services across the top of the site:

This means that, as well as being able to move more easily between the courses you have access to (using the Navigation block), it will be possible to access the useful links from wherever you are in our Moodle site.

Attendees also liked the new editing options:

  • The Move icon (now more like a cross than a arrow) means you can drag and drop your activities and resources (and your topic areas) around the site.
  • The Duplicate icon (x2) means you can easily copy activities. This will be useful, for example, for those tutors using groups in their courses, who want to set the same assignments but with different deadlines. (You can see Mary Cooch explaining how to use this option by watching this video Using Moodle: Quickly Copy Activities)
  • The Assign roles icon (a face and mask) allows you to assign student or tutor roles for individual resources and activities, so you could, for example, allow students to moderate forum discussions. (This icon also appears now for blocks).

One of the new features that everybody particularly liked is the fact that now, for most resources and activities, you can ask Moodle to display the description on the course page. Previously you would have to click into the resource or activity to see this description, and if you wanted something to appear on the course page you would have to use  a label. Now, when editing your resource/activity, you can tick the box:

And you will see the description you have typed in, just below the link on the course page:

This improvement was developed in conjunction with the Open University, and you can watch their developer Sam Marshall giving a demonstration of how this might work in practice: Display descriptions demo from Sam Marshall, Open University

The sessions were meant as an introduction to our new Moodle site, and in the time available we only had the opportunity to try out some of the basics, such as navigating around the site and uploading files. There were some new features that we only really had chance to flag up, without being able to explain in detail. This included the Book module (for displaying multiple pages with a table of contents) and the Workshop activity (for integrating self and peer assessment), and attendees expressed an interest in learning more about how to use these tools.  They were also  very enthusiastic about activity completioncourse completion, restricting access and conditional activities, which will allow for easier tracking and planning of student progress. We’ll therefore be running training sessions on all these new features and blogging about them here in the near future.

The Navigation block in Moodle 2

One of the nice new features in Moodle 2 is the Navigation block. This appears on every Moodle page and  is personalised, providing links to view other areas of the course, other courses you have access to, and to your profile. The items in the menu can be expanded or collapsed by clicking on the ‘arrow heads’ to the left of them. It is a good idea to use this menu to navigate around your Moodle site, rather than using the ‘forward’ and ‘back’ buttons on your browser, so that you see the latest version of any page.

There is a useful YouTube video of how navigation works in Moodle 2 from Gavin Henrick:

Gavin Henrick: Moodle 2 Navigation Demonstration

The screenshot below explains some of the features of the Navigation block: