Moodle 2 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How to migrate course content from one course to another (ie, courses since Fall 2013)
- Log into your new course on http://moodle.augustana.edu.
- Click Import.
How to migrate course content over from Moodle 2 (Fall 2011 through Summer 2013) to Moodle 2.5 (Fall 2013 and beyond)
- Log into your old Moodle course at http://moodlearchive.augustana.edu
- Inside the course, click on the Backup link on the left side.
- IMPORTANT: Uncheck the "Include Enrolled Users" choice. This will prevent old student data from being copied over.
- Click Next through two informational screens and click "Perform Backup". This may take 10-15 seconds.
- You should see a note that "The backup file was successfully created." Click Continue.
- Under the Course Backup area you should see your backup file you just created. Next to that, click Download. Make note of where your file is downloaded.
- Log into the new Moodle 2.5 site at http://moodle.augustana.edu
- Enter your new target course. On the left side, click Restore
- Under import a backup, click Choose a File... then Choose File.
- Locate the backup file you downloaded in step 6 and click Upload this file.
- Click the Restore button.
- Under "Restore into this course" note that Merge content into this course is selected; click Continue.
- Only files and activities will be restored - no user data; scroll to the bottom and click Next.
- Again, scroll to the bottom and click Next.
- Finally, click Perform Restore.
A nightly script runs to add users who have enrolled in your course via WebAdvisor. Students are added automatically, but not dropped automatically. This way, you may unenroll dropped students when you are ready to do so.
How do I remove users or students who have dropped?
Go to Settings > Course Administration > Users > Enrolled Users and click on the "Enroll Users" button on the right. Find the user, and click the "X" next to any Enrollment Methods for that user. This will unenroll the user.
In your course, go to Settings > Course Administration > Users > Enrolled Users and click on the "Enroll Users" button on the right. Be sure to assign the correct role (i.e., student or teacher)
Go to Settings > Course Administration > Users > Enrollment Methods and add either Guest or Self-enrollment as enrollment methods for your course. If you would like to require an "enrollment key" for self-enrollment, click on the edit icon and type your key in the corresponding field. This "enrollment key" is a "password" that users must know in order to gain enrollment into your course.
How do I create a course that is not associated with WebAdvisor (i.e., a departmental area or a committee)?
Send your request to the ITS Helpdesk at email@example.com with the desired name and category for the course.
Option 1: Pick and choose some resources from a previous Moodle 2.5 course (ie, courses since Fall 2013).
- Go to your new course.
- Click the Import link under Course Administration on the left.
- Select the course with the original content. You may need to search to locate the course - ie, type "BIOL-101"
- Click Next.
- Check the items from the course, and click Next.
- Verify your selections, and click "Perform Import"
Option 2: Back up and restore the entire course.
- Go to the course with the content you wish to copy or restore.
- Click on Settings > Backup
- Important - Uncheck the "Include enrolled users" check box and click Next. If you don't do this, current student data will be copied.
- Scroll to the bottom and click Next.
- Scroll to the bottom and click Perform Backup.
- Now, go to your target course. If you need to increase the number of weeks/topics to match your original course, do that first. Then, click Settings > Restore
- Next to the User Private Backup area click Restore (on the far right) next to the backup file you just created.
- You will see a summary screen. Click Continue.
- Next to Merge the backup course into this course click Continue.
- Without changing any settings, scroll to the bottom and click Next through the next two screens.
- Scroll to the bottom and click "Perform Restore"
I teach two or more sections of the same course. How can I have all students view the same content/activities?
Option 1 - *Preferred* Load content into one section and link enrollments for the other(s).
Note: The advantage of this method is enrollment will be automatic through Arches.
- Hide the 2nd, 3rd, etc. sections by going to those sections and choosing Course Administration > Edit Settings and choosing "Hide" under General > Visible, which is in the top section of the settings.
- Back in your main section with the content, modify the course full name slightly to remove the course section number from the full name under Course Administration > Edit Settings. Leave the short name as-is, as it is used for Arches enrollment.
- Go to Course Administration > Users > Enrollment Methods
- Under Add Method choose Course Meta Link as a method. Course Meta link allows you to import the enrollments from other course sections.
- Choose the course sections you have hidden. This links your hidden section's enrollments into your main section so that all students will be able to see the same content.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 for any additional sections of the course that you wish to link.
Option 2 Load content into one section, and then use the restore function to copy it into the other(s).
Note: the disadvantage of this method is that while courses will start out the same, and sections will be separate, any changes or updates will need be made in all sections.
(see above - "How do I copy or restore a course?")
This changed with Moodle 2. Look under the Administration block for a section called Quiz Administration and a link named "Edit Quiz". If you have trouble locating editing, grading, or other functions contact the ITS Helpdesk and we will be happy to guide you through the steps.
A resource is a document or file that you as the professor are providing for the students in the course. These are course materials that are intended to help the students learn and complete assignments. Since they are not student work, they do not have a place in the gradebook. Examples of resources would be class readings, videos for students to watch, etc.
Like an assignment, test, or quiz outside of Moodle, Moodle Assignments are assigned work that the students complete and (usually) earn a grade for. Most Moodle assignments include an option to upload files or participate in the class conversation online, however there is an option for an "offline activity" which allows the professor to upload an assignment prompt and add a grade in the Moodle gradebook while requiring that the student turn in a physical copy of their assignment.
Files added to a course by the instructor are called resources (explained in greater detail above).
If you are using Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer 10 or newer, you can use drag-and-drop:
- Go into your course and turn editing on.
- Drag files from your desktop, H: drive, or removable media into the desired week or topic. Look for the green "+" sign to indicate Moodle is ready to receive the file(s).
- Release the files and they will be uploaded. You may wish to use the "Edit" icon (fat pencil) to change the name of the file.
If you are using Internet Explorer 9 or before, or can't get drag-and-drop uploading to work:
- Go to your course
- Click the Turn Editing On button at the top right of the page
- Go to the section in which you would like to place the resource
- Click on the Add a resource... dropdown and choose File
- Name and description are required
- Click Add > Upload a file > Choose your file > Click OK
- If you would like, you can change the name in the Save as field
- Click Upload this file
First, make sure that editing is on by clicking on the Turn editing on button at the top right of the page. Then click on the image next to the resource/assignment that looks like a gear. That will open up the settings for that item so that you can change and save them.
I can't see all of my students or activities in my gradebook. Help?
You may need to scroll to the right or scroll down to see all of the contents of your gradebook. You may wish to maximize your window and/or increase the resolution of your display.
I'd like to set up my gradebook so that students can see their actual course grade.
Moodle automatically adds any activities completed via Moodle to the gradebook. Other items can be added as grade items under the "Categories and Items" tab in your gradebook.
Moodle uses the word "aggregation" to describe different grading methods. If you are using straight points in your course (no weighting) Moodle should already be set up, since this is the default. In general if you are using weighted categories (quizzes, homework, exams, attendance, etc) you can set up your weighted categories by doing the following:
- Create your course categories under the Categories and Items tab in the gradebook. You can leave the categories as Simple Weighted Mean of Grades, as this will just create a mean for the category with all points in the category having equal value.
- Set your overall course aggregation to Weighted Mean of Grades.
- Next to each category you created, set the weight.
- As you add items or activities, move them into the correct category. Alternatively, you can move items with the double arrow icon.
Moodle is not updating a student's average as new grades are entered. What's up?
The most common reason for this is that the grade value may have been edited inadvertantly. Moodle will show values like this with a tan background as a visual cue. Click the gear icon and turn off "Grade Override" in the settings for that grade value. If that is not the issue, contact the ITS Helpdesk and we'll help figure out what is going on.