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Moodle News for the Week of Sept 22-27

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In this episode:

  • Goodbye to old Moodle.
  • Hello to course evals
  • My file is too big!

Upcoming Sessions

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

Thursday, 26 Sept Open Session + TracDat: 9:30-12
Friday, 27 Sept Open Session + TracDat: 9:30-12
 

Moodle tip of the week:

  1. Old Moodle changes. If you need to access 2014SU classes that started before 08 June, you will need to contactcourserequest@viterbo.edu, and we will send you a link. The new Moodle will be down on Friday 17 October from 8:00a-about 10:00a while we apply some changes.
  2. Hello to Course Evals. Yup, it’s that time again. Evaluations for classes that end anytime during the 1st7 week term of the semester (that’s before 11 October) will be evaluated from 28 Sept-12 Oct. Students will receive an email, and we will be emailing faculty as well.
  3. My file is too big!If you have a narrated PowerPoint that is too big to upload into Moodle, you can save it as a video and upload it to the Ensemble streaming server.Instructions for streaming PowerPoints

Need Help?

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

Moodle News for the Week of Sept. 8-12

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Hello Moodlers,

In this episode:

  • Beyond the Narrated PowerPoint.
  • I STILL can’t find my class!
  • I am trying to enrol a ….?
 

Upcoming Sessions

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

   
Wednesday, 10 Sept Lunch and Learn: Recording Presentations 12p
Thursday, 11 Sept Open Session + TracDat: 9:30a-12p
Friday, 12 Sept Open Session + TracDat: 9:30a-12p
 

Moodle tip of the week:

  1. Recording Presentations. On Wednesday, September 10th, from 12-1pm in the Learning Commons, Cari Mathwig Ramseier will facilitate a discussion and share effective practices for recording and posting presentations online.
  2. Wait, what?Yes, people are still having issues finding their classes. If you have contacted me, know that you are NOT alone, I may or may not have done the same thing on occasion ;). We are all getting tricked by handy bookmarks. We will soon be moving the web address for the old Moodle to the new. We will still be able to access Old Moodle for a few months, but it won’t be sneaking up on you anymore. Tune in here for news.
  3. How do I enrol someone in my class?On occasion there is a need to enroll people into your class or group. One of the big questions, especially for large classes or groups is that the user being searched for is not showing up on the list. If you are spelling the name correctly, then they are probably already enrolled. If a student or instructor will be enrolled via Vitnet, please don’t manually enrol them.Instructions for enrolling users
 

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 Monday!

Moodle News for the Week of Sept. 2-5

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Hello Moodlers,

We made it through the first week, and I know I was really grateful for the three day weekend. This week: something other than helping you find your classes.

In this episode:

  • Take attendance in Moodle?
  • What NOT to import.
  • TracDat?
 

Upcoming Training

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

   
Thursday, 04 Sept Open Session + TracDat: 9:30-12
Friday, 05 Sept Open Session + TracDat: 9:30-12
 

Moodle tip of the week:

  1. Using Moodle to take attendance. Moodle has a nifty activity that can be used to take attendance in your classes. Here is a link to the instructionsAttendance activity. One hint, if you are not sure if you want it to show in the gradebook, make it ungraded. It’s easier to attach something to the gradebook than detach it
  2. What not to import. When you are importing content from old classes, leave off attendance and Turnitin assignments. They both bring stuff from the previous class with them. It’s better to start new.
  3. TracDat?Yup, TracDat. Naomi and Nicole from Institutional Research will be joining the Open Sessions in Sept to help with all of your TracDat needs. Maybe even what TracDat is. (It’s the software we use for assessment)
 

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.

   

Have a great start to the semester!

Moodle News for the Week of August 18-22

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Well, it’s that time again. Can you believe summer is almost over? Didn’t spring just end?

In this episode:

  • Where did my class(es) go?
  • Need a META course?
  • Importing materials from past semesters
  • Making courses available to students

Upcoming Training

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

Thursday, 21 August

New to Moodle? Attend the Moodle Bootcamp: 5:30-8pm

Please register via http://bit.ly/140821VUMoodleBC

Thursday, 28 August

Open Session: 9:30-12am

(No RSVP needed)

Friday, 29 August Open Session: 9:30-12am (No RSVP needed)

 

Moodle tips of the week:

  1. How do I find my classes? (they aren’t there!)http://bit.ly/VUMoodleFindCourse14
  2. META courses.If you need a META course for fall, please email that request tocourserequest@viterbo.eduASAP. We need the following information:
    • Course prefix, numbers and sections
    • If there is more than one instructor, knowing those names is very helpful.

If you have complex METAs, then the sooner the better. What is a META? http://bit.ly/VUMoodleMetaDef

  1. How do I import my courses from last semester (or fall)?http://bit.ly/VUMoodleImport.
    NOTE: TURNITIN USERS: Don’t import Turnitin assigments – you will have to recreate them
  2. How do I make my courses visible to students?http://bit.ly/VUMoodleCourseAvail

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.

Have a great start to the semester!


Moodle Monday 16, June 2014

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Hello Moodlers,

You might be a Moodler if you tell people to "Keep Moodling" and that they have been “Moodlised".

 

In this episode:

  • Did you see last week’s email?
  • Where is my course at?
  • Course Evals
  • Update for old host
 

Moodle tips of the week:

1.     We have now been live on the new server to find some hiccups. I sent an email last week with more details, but the big one is in the gradebook. There is no “Turn editing on button” in the grader report. You can still enter grades via the assignment (if it was submitted to Moodle) or by importing the grades.  

2.    We are getting emails from students who can’t find their class. If you are in the new server, and have missing students, you can email them to make sure they are going to the right place. You can send them a link directly to the class or send them to: http://www.viterbo.edu/moodle 

3.    Course Evals! Yes, it is that time already. The evals for the classes that ended within the first 7 weeks of the  summer are now open. If your class is on that list, you will get an email from me soon. The “May term” classes were evaluated separately, and those results will go out to faculty next week

4.    Last, but not least, the old server will be upgraded to  version 2.6 on 09 July. There will be some down time, and you will notice a few changes in the way some features work. If you would like a sneak preview, you can go to the new server and check it 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.

 

Keep Moodling ;)

 Vic

Vicke Denniston

Instructional Support and Design Specialist

Viterbo University

vndenniston@viterbo.edu