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Moodle News for the Week of Jan. 12-16

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Hello Moodlers,

Well, the semester is here, I hope you are all ready.

In this issue:

  • Getting things started, and finished.
  • Change what you see.
  • But “I” can’t see it.

Upcoming Training

All training sessions are in the Learning Commons (2nd floor of the library MC248)

 
Thursday, 15 January, Open Session: 9:30-12
Friday, 16 January Open Session: 9:30-12
 

Moodle tip of the week:

  1. Getting started …and finished. Don’t forget that for your students to see your classes, you have to make them visible. When you are ready for students to see your classes, make sure you go into the Administration block, click on Edit Settings, then in the top section, make sure that the Visible option is set toShow. That’s the #2 complaint Chad and the Helpdesk get this time of year: “Why can’t I find my classes?” What’s #1 on the list, you ask? It’s “Why are my Fall classes still on my page?” I turned off all of Fall 2014 last semester, but if you’ve needed to make it visible again, don’t forget to hide it as soon as you can.
  2. Do you want to hide your Fall classes and view only the Spring classes on your Moodle home page? Check this out:How to rearrange your classes
  3. But can the students see it? If your students are telling you that they cannot see activities or resources in your class, you can always take a look from their point of view. In the Administration block, under the course administration settings, is the “Switch role to” menu. To see your class as it would look to a student, open this menu and select Student. Then you can tell what may be hidden, and unhide it. Remember that Moodle is fairly literal here, if you are viewing as a student, and don’t return to your normal role before leaving the class, you can lock yourself out of a hidden class until you log out and log back in again. Not that I did that when testing. ;) If you need help making hidden things visible, just askcourserequest@viterbo.edu

Need Help?

Remember you can get awesome tutorials online 24/7 at http://viterbo.libguides.com/moodle.

You can also get help by emailing courserequest@viterbo.edu this works better than emailing Chad or I directly or leaving voicemail for us.

Moodle News for the Week of Jan. 5-9

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Hello Moodlers,

Happy New Year and welcome back! We have successfully made the transition to Moodle 2.7.3. I’ve outlined some of the highlights below, and have attached a handout from Cari with more details.

In this episode:

  • Grading changes
  • Gradebook
  • Turnitin update
  • And even more goodies
  • Upcoming workshop opportunities

Upcoming Training

All training sessions are in the Learning Commons (2nd floor of the library MC248) unless otherwise noted. Online Sessions will be via Lync

 
Tuesday, 06 Jan Intro to Moodle: 5:30-7p Online (please register)
Wednesday, 07 Jan - Faculty In-Service Gradebook: 11-11:50a NRC 285
Wednesday, 07 Jan - Faculty In-Service Gradebook: 2-2:50p NRC 285
Wednesday, 07 Jan Intro to Moodle: 5:30-7 Online (please register)
Wednesday, 08 Jan Open Session: 4-7p + Online via Lync
Thursday, 09 Jan Open Session: 9:30-Noon
Thursday, 09 Jan Bootcamp: 5:30-8p (please register)
Friday, 09 Jan Open Session: 9:30-Noon
 

Moodle goodies from the update:

  1. Grades up to 500: Graded items can be assigned point values up to 500 (without creating a scale). Now when you grade an item with points, you only need to type in the max points (up to 500) then type in the points earned when grading, no more drop-down menus for points.
  2. Scrollbar! Finally, the long awaited scrollbar at the top of the gradebook. No more scrolling to the bottom, scrolling to the right, and then scrolling back up. Unless you enjoy that kind of stuff.
  3. Turnitin update: The most visible changes in the update are probably in Turnitin. The interface is much cleaner, all of the setup is on the same page, so no more going back and forth between the Turnitin page and the Moodle page.
  4. And we’re not done yet: What else? You can now delete a student’s submission or submit for them in regular assignments, set a word limit for online text assignments, and make it easier for students to upload documents for essay questions in quizzes.
  5. Workshop Opportunities for In-service: In-service week workshop opportunities:
    • In-service schedule: We have sessions the Gradebook and a couple of cool things we get with the new version of Moodle.
    • Moodle Learning Sessions: More in-depth workshops for those new to Moodle or those wanting more help. These will be online sessions, check out thescheduleand register. Registration needed for online sessions and thebootcamp
 

Need Help?

Remember you can get awesome tutorials online 24/7 at http://viterbo.libguides.com/moodle.

Moodle News for the Week of Dec. 22-26

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Hello Moodlers,

We have successfully made the transition to Moodle 2.7.3. We are still making some minor changes, but the big stuff is all done. I’ve outlined some of the highlights below, and have attached a handout from Cari with more details.

In this episode:

  • Grading changes
  • Gradebook
  • Turnitin update
  • And even more goodies
  • Upcoming workshop opportunities

Upcoming Training

All training sessions are in the Learning Commons (2nd floor of the library MC248) unless otherwise noted. Online Sessions will be via Lync

 
Tuesday, 06 Jan Intro to Moodle: 5:30-7p Online (please register)
Wednesday, 07 Jan - Faculty In-Service Gradebook: 11-11:50a NRC 285
Wednesday, 07 Jan - Faculty In-Service Gradebook: 2-2:50p NRC 285
Wednesday, 07 Jan Intro to Moodle: 5:30-7 Online (please register)
Wednesday, 08 Jan Open Session: 4-7p + Online via Lync
Thursday, 09 Jan Open Session: 9:30-Noon
Thursday, 09 Jan Bootcamp: 5:30-8p (please register)
Friday, 09 Jan Open Session: 9:30-Noon
 

Moodle goodies from the update:

  1. Grades up to 500: Graded items can be assigned point values up to 500 (without creating a scale). Now when you grade an item with points, you only need to type in the max points (up to 500) then type in the points earned when grading, no more drop-down menus for points.
  2. Scrollbar! Finally, the long awaited scrollbar at the top of the gradebook. No more scrolling to the bottom, scrolling to the right, and then scrolling back up. Unless you enjoy that kind of stuff.
  3. Turnitin update: The most visible changes in the update are probably in Turnitin. The interface is much cleaner, all of the setup is on the same page, so no more going back and forth between the Turnitin page and the Moodle page.
  4. And we’re not done yet: What else? You can now delete a student’s submission or submit for them in regular assignments, set a word limit for online text assignments, and make it easier for students to upload documents for essay questions in quizzes.
  5. Workshop Opportunities for January: January workshop opportunities. Yes, the semester is barely over, and we are talking about the next one.
    • In-service schedule: We have sessions the Gradebook and a couple of cool things we get with the new version of Moodle.
    • Moodle Learning Sessions: More in-depth workshops for those new to Moodle or those wanting more help. These will be online sessions, check out thescheduleand register. Registration only needed for online sessions and thebootcamp
 

Need Help?

Remember you can get awesome tutorials online 24/7 at http://viterbo.libguides.com/moodle.

You can also get help by emailing courserequest@viterbo.edu this works better than emailing Chad or I directly or leaving voicemail for us.

   

Happy Moodlemas to all, oh and Happy Christmas too!

Moodle News for the Week of Dec. 15-19

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Hello Moodlers,

Whew, it’s all over but the shouting! Well, that and the grades. If you need help with your gradebook, contact us. I thought this would be short today, but there is a lot happening. Moodle upgrade time, gradebook hints, and workshop opportunities.

In this episode:

  • Moodle downtime
  • Grades, grades, and then grading for a change.
  • Workshop opportunities for January

Upcoming Training

All training sessions are in the Learning Commons (2nd floor of the library MC248)

 
Thursday 08 Jan Open Session: 9:30-Noon
Thursday 08 Jan Open Session: 4-7p
Friday 09 Jan Open Session: 9:30-Noon
 

Moodle tip of the week:

  1. Moodle downtime. We are getting an upgrade to Moodle over the break. It is scheduled to begin at about 8am on Monday 22 December, and should take until early afternoon. It will be unavailable during the upgrade. Some of the things we are getting: a scroll bar at the top of the gradebook, grades for activities over 100 without having to create a new scale, and some behind the scenes fixes. If you are in Moodle when the upgrade starts, you will get kicked out, so take a morning Moodle break to avoid losing work.
  2. Grades! It’s that time again. I wanted to remind you of the big Moodle grading “gotchas”.
    • Overridden Categories:If your category or course totals are highlighted, it means they are overridden. There are a few ways this can happen. 1. You accidentally enter the score for an item into the category. 2. The Moodle override bug. There is an odd random bug in the gradebook that will cause a category or course total to become overridden. The main reason given is multiple people working in the gradebook at the same time, but sometimes it is just random. The fix for either reason is the same: you have to turn editing on in the gradebook, then for each overridden item, you click on the Edit gear, and uncheck the Overridden box. Don’t worry about the number, Moodle takes care of that. If it’s a Category total, I can fix the whole category at one time. For the Course total, that fix does not work. Contact me and I will help you out.
    • Using Categories as Items:If you are using Categories, then you must have items in that category. If you enter the grade directly into the category column it will not correctly add the grades, even if it seems to make sense that it should from the math standpoint. There are a couple of ways to correct this one, you can export the grades, rename the categories with the appropriate name (they all come down as “Category Total”), then import them as new items. Usually after that, you can just delete the old categories once you’ve made sure the numbers are correct. The other option is to create items, put them into the categories, then move the scores one at a time. You can then delete the categories. If you are using weighted grades and/or you just want to keep the categories, you will need to un-override them, for that see #1. As for the other, emailcourserequest@viterbo.eduand we will help you out. If your grades are completely snarled, then contact me. I can duplicate the course, fix the gradebook, then import it to the “real” class.
  3. January workshop opportunities. Yes, the semester is not even over, and we are talking about the next one.
    • Inservice schedule: We have sessions on going beyond the PowerPoint as well the Gradebook and a couple of cool things we get with the new version of Moodle.
    • Moodle Learning Sessions: More in-depth workshops for those new to Moodle or those wanting more help. There will also be an evening Open Session on Thursday, so if you have adjuncts who can’t be here during the day, let them know, I will also be available online, and I will send out that link on the Monday before. There will be other online sessions as well. Check out thescheduleand register. Registration only needed for online sessions
 

Need Help?

Remember you can get awesome tutorials online 24/7 at http://viterbo.libguides.com/moodle.

You can also get help by emailing courserequest@viterbo.edu this works better than emailing Chad or I directly or leaving voicemail for us.

Moodle News for the Week of Dec. 1-5

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Hello Moodlers,

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. We have two weeks left. This is the last week of course evals, so make sure and keep reminding your students. I will re-send the email with the instructions on how to check your response rates later today.

In this episode:

  • Free gradebook tune-ups
  • Last week for course evals
  • Webinar on Quizzes
  • META courses

Upcoming Training

All training sessions are in the Learning Commons (2nd floor of the library MC248)

This Thursday’s open session will be in the Hospitality Suite

 
Thursday, 04 December, Open Session: 9:30a-12a
Friday, 05 December Open Session: 9:30a-12a
Tuesday, 09 December Webinar- Moodle Quizzes 10-11a
 

Moodle tip of the week:

  1. Free gradebook tune-ups. Remember, the trainers are ready and willing to take a look at your gradebook if things just don’t seem to be adding up, or even if they are and you just want a second pair of eyes. Emailcourserequest@viterbo.eduor come to one of the Open Sessions on Thursday or Friday morning in the Learning Commons.
  2. Last week for course evaluations. Course evals will close on Sunday, Dec 07 at 11:59p. I will re-send the email with the instructions on checking your response rates. The students get reminded via email, but your reminders really are helpful.
  3. Webinar on Quizzes. Next week, on 09 Dec, Cari will be hosting a webinar from Remote Learner on using Moodle Quizzes. You can learn how to get questions into your quizzes without having to create them one at a time.
  4. META courses. It’s not too early to ask for META courses. If you have a cross-listed course, or multiple sections of a course that can share content, emailcourserequest@viterbo.edu. I need to know the prefixes, course numbers, and section numbers of the courses you want combined and if there is more than one instructor, I need those names too. If you aren’t sure if a META will help you, email, and we can help you figure that out.
 

Need Help?

Remember you can get awesome tutorials online 24/7 at http://viterbo.libguides.com/moodle.

You can also get help by emailing courserequest@viterbo.edu this works better than emailing Chad or I directly or leaving voicemail for us.

 
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