Teaching With Moodle

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Moodle, SSU's official Learning Management System (LMS), is used by over fifty percent of faculty. Moodle is available to all faculty teaching SSU courses, regardless if the course is taught face-to-face or fully online. Moodle’s responsive-interface allows users to log on with a computer or mobile device from: campus, at a home office, a library or any other location with high-speed internet access.

Faculty provide students with flexible ways of learning when they use Moodle to:

  • Share accessible syllabi, lecture recordings, affordable learning materials, library resources, and online multimedia.
  • Engage students with collaborative learning activities including forums, wikis, glossaries, and assignments.
  • Assess student learning and provide them timely feedback with interactive quizzes, annotated comments, peer-review activities, integrated rubrics, academic integrity checks, and an online gradebook.
  • Communicate with the class and individual students with quickmail, forums, chat, and web conferencing (Collaborate web conferencing).
  • Collect student work with Moodle activities such as assignments, forums, and Turnitin.
  • Web conference to deliver online presentations in real-time, meet remote guest speakers, and participate in online learning activities with Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing.

Quick Facts

  • Over 50% of SSU Faculty Use Moodle.
  • Most SSU students use the internet browser Safari to access Moodle.
  • More than 70,000 activities and resources were added to SSU Moodle courses Summer 2013- Spring 2014.

 

Number of resources and activities, AY 2016-1017
Type Total
File 47994
URL 16006
Label 12289
Assignment  11385
Forum 8123
Page 4101
Quiz 3574
Folder 2713
Turnitin Assignment 1958
Questionnaire 599
Attendance 469
Choice 271
Book 249
Wiki 179
Glossary 177
Chat 136
Zoom (non-LTI) 117
External Tool 102
Lightbox Gallery 71
Checklist 60
Group choice 46
Workshop 30
Database 21
Lesson 18
Survey 12
SCORM package 10
Certificate 6
IMS content package 6
Total 110722

How Do I Get a Moodle Course?

All official University courses have a Moodle shell course. Moodle shell courses are created about 1 month before the semester starts. Faculty who are listed as the instructor of record in Peoplesoft will automatically gain access to the Moodle shell course.

How Do I Access My Moodle Courses?

  1. Login to Online Services (Notice the Login link at the top of this page, and many other University pages).
  2. Click the Moodle link. When you get to the Moodle front page, click on Dashboard on the top-navigation bar.
  3. Click any of those links to access the Moodle course.

How Do I Add Students to My Moodle Course?

In most cases, faculty will not need to add students to a course. Student enrollment in Moodle courses is automatic - IT updates nightly student and faculty Moodle course enrollment based on Peoplesoft data. However, Faculty can manually add students to a Moodle course (eg, a student making up an incomplete) if needed.

How Do I Request a Metacourse for Moodle?

Faculty who teach multiple sections of the same course may wish to combine them with a Moodle Metacourse. Metacourses are linked to one or more child Moodle courses. Students and Teachers enrolled in a child course are automatically enrolled in the associated Metacourse.  

Teachers can use the Metacourse for all the course content and activitities, and leave the child sections closed (unavailable to students).  Many faculty find this easier to manage than building and maintaining several courses with identical (or nearly identical) content.

Use the Course Request Form (Seawolf ID required) to request a Metacourse.

Is There Moodle Training for Faculty?

The Faculty Center offers several Moodle workshops each semester.  See the Faculty Center calendar for information about upcoming workshops.

Where Do I Get Moodle Support? Where Can I Learn More?

  • The Faculty Center, Schulz 1112 - Get Moodle support in person, by phone, and email.
  • Get Moodle Help! - submit the Faculty Moodle Support Request to generate a support ticket.
  • Moodle Community - this Moodle course is an SSU online community for SSU's Moodle "Teachers." All SSU faculty are automatically enrolled.
  • Moodle.org - the home of Moodle software, documentation and a large, active developer and faculty community.
  • Faculty around the world post tons of helpful how-to and demo videos on YouTube.

What Are the Technical Requirements For Moodle?

  • Recommended Minimum browser:
    • recent Google Chrome
    • recent Mozilla Firefox
    • Safari 6
    • Internet Explorer 10
  • You will need to have Javascript enabled.
  • You should have common plugins installed. See SSU's Download Plugins page for download links.
    • Quicktime Player
    • Acrobat Reader
    • Flash Player
    • Java
    • If you use other types of rich media, you and your students may need other plugins. Please provide a link to any necessary plugins that are not on SSU's Download Plugins page.
  • Microsoft Office, Google Docs, or other word processing and spreadsheet applications.

Some features in Moodle may work better with some browsers than with others. It's not a bad idea to have more than one browser installed on your computer, and you should become familiar with using both (though not necessarily simultaneously).