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  • Moodle Lesson 1 – Homepage 1 Version: Moodle 1.9.5+

    Revised: Aug 20, 2011

    Introduction to Moodle: Lesson 1

    Setting Up a Course Homepage

    Browser Choice:

     PC: Firefox or Internet Explorer

     Mac: Firefox. Do not use Safari, because some screens do not display correctly

    You will have access to Moodle through myWofford. Click on the link in

    the Systems Links channel under the Terriers tab.

    You also can reach the Moodle site directly with the URL .

    You will see an overview of the courses you are

    teaching. Only one is listed in the example here,

    but you probably will see more. Initially, the

    text will be in a light gray font.

    Click on the name of a course you want to set

    up in Moodle.

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    The Course Homepage

    At the beginning, your course Homepage

    will look something like this.

    The Homepage has three columns:

     Left: Menus

     Center: Course Information

     Right: Miscellaneous

    In the first part of this lesson, we will

    concentrate on adding course information in

    the center section.

    Setting Up Your Course

    The first thing you need to do is set up your course. Click on Settings in the

    Administration menu.

    This will bring you to an “Edit Course

    Settings” page.

    Most of the course already will be set

    up. Here are some things you might

    want to change.

    You may want to change from a

    Topics format to a Weekly format.

    (see the next page)

    The Course start date probably will

    have been set to the first day of the

    term. You can change the start date if

    you like.

    You may want to set the course up so

    that the students do not see the

    gradebook at first.

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    One of your choices will be to arrange your Moodle course Homepage with a weekly or topics

    format. The default setting is topics.

    If you choose “Topics,” the blocks in the center section will correspond to the number of topics

    you specify (15 by default). If you choose “Weekly,” the center section of the Homepage will be

    divided into blocks, each corresponding to one week of the course.

    We will use the “Weekly” format in these lessons. You can use either a

    topics or weekly format for your courses. You also can specify the

    number of topics or weeks.

    If you plan on using the gradebook, you may want to leave “Show

    gradebook to students” set to Yes. You can change this to No if you do

    not want to show the gradebook until later in the term.

    Finally, all courses are initially set

    up so they will be unavailable to

    students. I generally leave the

    Moodle page for a course as

    unavailable until I have the page set

    up. To make your course available

    in Moodle, change Availability to This course is available to students.

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    When a course has been made available to students, the font for the course description in your

    overview of courses will change from light gray to black.

    Click on Save Changes when

    you are finished.

    In these lessons, the Homepage

    shows a weekly outline

    beginning on June 1 because I

    used a Weekly Format and June

    1 as the starting date


    If you teach only one section of a course, you may skip this part. If you teach two sections of

    the same course, you should read the below. A metacourse is the way to go for multiple


    A metacourse is a combined course page to be used when you have more than one section of the

    same course. Instead of duplicating information on separate Moodle pages for the two sections,

    you can use the metacourse page as a combined course page for both sections. All information

    that is shared by the two sections can be entered once on the combined course page.

    An example might be the Bio 150 sections. Suppose there are three

    Bio 150 sections in Moodle (150A, 150B, and 150C). Jason

    Womick can set up a metacourse named Bio 150 Meta, with the

    three sections as children. All students in the three Bio 150

    sections automatically become students in the Bio 150 Meta

    course. Almost all of the information for the course then can be

    entered once on the Bio 150 Meta page.

    When I teach two sections, I use the metacourse Moodle page for

    all information except the gradebook. It simplifies transferring

    grades at mid-term and the end of the term if the gradebooks for the

    two sections are separate.

    Jason Womick will be glad to set up a metacourse for you.

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    Adding Information to the Course Homepage

    At the beginning, the Miscellaneous column on the right probably shows the

    latest news, upcoming events, and a log of recent activity. Let’s make some

    changes in this column.

    Click on the Turn editing on button in the upper right of the Moodle


    Adding General Information

    Now, let’s move to the center column that contains specific information about your

    course. First we will put in the course’s title and brief description.

    With editing on, click on the text edit icon under “Weekly outline”.

    In the text editing workspace, enter

    the name of the course. Designate it

    as the largest heading, Heading 1,

    and Center the text.

    Click on Save changes when you are


    The name of the course

    will be surrounded by a

    gray rectangle. Text that

    has been set up with

    “Heading 1” size will be

    surrounded by this

    rectangle for emphasis.

    If you don’t want the

    rectangle, you can specify the size of the text without specifying that it is Heading 1.

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    You also can add some descriptive text

    below the tile, if you so desire.

    This text would have Normal size.

    Adding an Image

    Suppose you would like to add an image. You

    want the picture to be placed to the left of the

    descriptive text.

    Position the cursor to the left of the word “This.”

    Click on the insert image icon above the text

    editing workspace.

    In the “Insert Image” window that appears, click on

    Browse to find the image.

    When you have found the image, click on Upload.

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    At this point, you should see

    the name of the image in the

    File Browser window, in this

    particular case,


    (#1 in the picture on the right).

    You can specify various

    properties of the image: border

    thickness, alignment, and white

    space around the image, if you


    1. Double-click on the name of the image 2. This will add its URL to the Image URL text box. 3. Enter alternate text for the image in the Alternate text box. 4. Choose a number for the Border thickness (in pixels). I usually choose 1. 5. Specify the Alignment of the image. I have selected Left to align the image to the left of

    the text.

    6. Specify the Spacing. This is the blank space that will be left around the picture, so that the text will not be placed right next to the picture. I usually choose 5 to 10 for both the

    horizontal and vertical spacing.

    7. The Size of the picture is given in pixels. You can change this if you want.

    Click OK when you are finished.

    You should see the picture

    displayed below the text. You

    may need to move the text

    down a row to position it below

    the top of the picture.

    Save your changes.

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    Posting a Document

    You probably will want to post documents such as a syllabus or course schedule to the Course


    In the Add a resource

    menu, select Link to a file

    or web site.

    In the next screen do two things:

    Enter the name you want to give

    the document, for example

    “Syllabus,” in the text box.

    Click on Choose or upload a file

    Click on Upload a file in the next window.

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    In the following window, browse to the file you want and click on Upload this file. Finally,

    choose th

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