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      Introduction to Moodle  Preparing for a Moodle Staff Development Session ........................................................................... 2 

    Logging in to Moodle ..................................................................................................................................... 2 

    Adding an image to your profile .................................................................................................................... 4 

    Navigate to and within a course .................................................................................................................... 6 

    Content of the basic template (Including specification of ‘Minimum Content’) ........................................... 6 

    Checking your browser .................................................................................................................................. 9 

    Moodle Staff Development Introductory session ............................................................................. 12 

    Navigating within and across Moodle courses ............................................................................................ 12 

    Structuring Your Work ................................................................................................................................. 12 

    Adding Content ............................................................................................................................................ 14 

    Switching roles ............................................................................................................................................. 15 

    Adding Topic headings ................................................................................................................................. 15 

    Navigation Block .......................................................................................................................................... 16 

    Adding Labels and pages .............................................................................................................................. 16 

    News forum (Announcements) .................................................................................................................... 18 

    Adding a file (method 1) .............................................................................................................................. 19 

    Adding a file (method 2) .............................................................................................................................. 20 

    Adding a folder of files ................................................................................................................................. 21 

    Adding a Turnitin link ................................................................................................................................... 22 

    Importing content ........................................................................................................................................ 23 

    Adding a web link (URL) ............................................................................................................................... 24 

    Adding and removing blocks (beware docking) ........................................................................................... 25 

    Communications in Moodle ......................................................................................................................... 26 

    Messages...................................................................................................................................................... 27 

    Enrolling other staff on your module .......................................................................................................... 28 

    Further help ................................................................................................................................................. 29 

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    Preparing for a Moodle Staff Development  Session:  Pre‐sessional Information   

    Before any Moodle workshop, can you please check that you:

    1. Can log in to Moodle. 2. Can access your profile and have an image in place that people can recognize you

    by on posts and messages etc. 3. Have a basic understanding of how to navigate to courses from the Home page and

    between courses via the ‘Navigation Block’ on the sidebar. 4. Know what a simple Moodle module site (based on the basic template) looks like

    when students access it and the minimum content you need to upload to a module course in order to satisfy QAE requirements.

    5. Know which browser to choose to suit yourself and Moodle, and how to update the browser if necessary.

    You can do this through the linked ‘teach yourself’ materials below or you may prefer to do this with a tutor. If you would like to do this, please contact [email protected] with the request as we may be able to do an individual session or arrange to meet half an hour before the main workshop that you have booked for starts.

    Logging in to Moodle

    1. To launch Moodle, open your web browser (e.g. Mozilla Firefox or Safari) and go to the UEL Home page:- http://www.uel.ac.uk

    2. Click the link to UEL Direct and enter your UEL network ID and Password. Then click Login and enter your UEL Network ID and password. (IMPORTANT: If you are new staff who do not have a UEL ID, you need to speak to your Module or Subject leader as soon as possible in order to obtain this from IT Services as you cannot log on to Moodle without this UEL Network ID).

    3. Click the link to Moodle.

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    The Home page appears listing all the courses you are enrolled on as well as various blocks on the left and right.

    IMPORTANT: If you have problems logging on or do not see the following in your courses in your Home page, please contact the E-Learning Mailbox at [email protected] and briefly tell them the problem. The courses you should see on your Home page are:

    Welcome to Moodle Everyone at UEL gets the Welcome module with ‘student’ access.

    (Your Name) Module This gives you full access to create a new module. You can either (a) use it just as an area to experiment or (b) create a real module and then ask the E-Learning Mailbox to change the name from ‘(Your Name’ Module’ to the real module number and name.

    Simple Moodle Course You have student access to an example course.

    Moodle Features You have student access to a Moodle resources which provide information on using a wide variety of tools and features so if you don’t find what you need in the UEL Moodle support materials at http://www.uel.ac.uk/aple/staffsupport/moodle then look in Moodle Features.

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    Adding an image to your profile

    It’s a very good idea to add an image to a profile as then when you post a message it is personalized with your image and so it’s easy to see who it has come from – and looks better too than the default silhouette.

    For example:

    To edit your profile and add a photo/avatar of yourself

    1. Click My Profile settings in the Settings block to your left.

    2. Expand this (by clicking the dropdown arrow) and select Edit Profile.

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    3. You will see a page with a lot of different options. Scroll down to User Picture and select Add… Then attach your chosen image by browsing to where it is on your computer (just like an email attachment) and follow the prompts to upload a photo/avatar of yourself. The photo will appear when it is uploaded.

    4. Click Update Profile at the bottom of the window to save it. Your picture should now appear in the top right corner. If it doesn’t, refresh the browser window to update the page (the F5 key is a shortcut for this).

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    Navigate to and within a course

    Click Home to return to the Moodle Home page and course list. The Home button appears in the top left under the UEL Logo or also as a link in the Navigation block.

    To enter a course from the Home page, click on the title under My courses. In this case, click on Simple Moodle Module– an example Moodle course containing typical module materials on which you have student access to show you how Moodle looks to the student.

    Content of the basic template (Including specification of ‘Minimum Content’)

    Every new module is based on a basic template. This includes:

    Within the ‘General Topic’ at the top:

     ‘News and Announcements’. This is similar to ‘Announcements’ in UEL Plus and is ‘read only’ for students.

     ‘General Discussions’ which you can use how you want and which students can post to.

    A topic called ‘Module and Assessment Information’ which contains:

     A ‘hidden’ link to the content online which the QAE requires (you can see its hidden because its greyed out).

     ‘Hidden’ links to the mid and end-of-semester evaluations.  A link to the student guide for using Turnitin.

    12 Topics for you to edit or delete.

    The wide column in the middle of the course contains the main course content and activities. This column is usually divided into a number of to

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