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Moodle Teacher Guide: Set up a Course

This guide offers information, advice and resources on how to create an effective online course.

Set Up a Course

To help students successfully navigate your online course, give clear, simple explanations of what you want them to do.  A good rule of thumb is tell students what you want them to do, how you want them to do it, and when you want it done.  

Use the resources on this page to help build an effective Moodle course. 


Online Course Design Checklist

The following link contains a rubric with course design elements. 

Online Course Design Rubric

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Moodle Course Layout

Moodle Course Shells contain various blocks of information that can be added, changed, and deleted according to your preferences. The Moodle course template you receive as a new course looks like this (with your Moodle course title at the top):

 

These are some of the features along with a key below to help you navigate the Moodle course page.

Moodle page features

 

Login Information Left Sidebar Blocks 7  Turn Editing On/Off button     
2 UNC Asheville Logo        5 Course Sections 8 Actvity Chooser
3 Navigation bar 6 Right Sidebar Blocks       9 Docked block

 

Topics

Topics are automatically numbered in a new course shell. You can change the name to anything you want. If your course is divided up into units or modules, the topic heading can be changed by turning the editing on and clicking on and changing the name. You can type in a short description as well that will show up on the main Moodle course page. This is helpful if you are introducing a module or unit.

Be sure to unclick Use default section name in order to type in a new section title.

  Now the space to rename the section can be changed. Be sure to click SAVE CHANGES!

You can also set up your course in a weekly format that reflects the actual weeks in the semester. To do this, click here.

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Customize the look of your Moodle course

 

Hide entire course from your students

  • Administration block > Course administration
  • Click Edit settings
  • Under General > Visible
  • Select Hide from the drop down list

 

Change course sections to weekly format

  • Administration block > Course administration
  • Click Edit settings
  • Under Course format > Format
  • Select Weekly format from drop down list
  • Enter the number of sections or weeks the course will last.
    • The first week starts on the Course start date

 

Display one section per page

  • Administration block > Course administration
  • Click Edit settings
  • Under Course format > Course layout
  • Select Show one section per page

 The following actions must be done with course editing turned on:


 

Move sections

  • Position mouse cursor over section move icon
  • Mouse becomes a four-headed arrow
  • Drag and drop section to new location

 

Hiding & unhiding sections from students

  • Click Section eyeball icon to hide a section
  • Click unhide icon to unhide a section

 

Highlight a section for your students

  • Click highlight section icon to highlight a section

 

Add or remove sections

  • Click the plus or minus buttons  add and remove section buttons at the bottom of the page

 

Add sidebar blocks

  • Click the drop down list under the Add a block sidebar block

 

Move blocks

  • Place mouse cursor over block move button Move block button
  • Mouse becomes a four-headed arrow
  • Drag and drop the block to a new location within the same column or the opposite column

 

Dock blocks

  • Click dock block button to dock block

 

Undock blocks

  • Position mouse cursor over docked block
  • From the pop up window, click undock block button

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Edit a Moodle Course Header Section

The header section is located at the top of your Moodle course. Typically, the course name is displayed in this section.  

Course Name in header section

 

 

 

 

Edit the course name:

  • Turn editing on
  • In the top (header) section, click edit summary icon
  • Under General section > Change the course name in the Summary window

Edit Section Summary Window

  • Click Save changes

 

 

 

Add a picture to your header section:

  • Turn editing on
  • In the top (header) section, click edit summary icon
  • Click after the course name in the Summary window
  • Add a Return so that your cursor is on the line below the course name
  • Click the Toolbar toggle button Toolbar toggle button
  • Center the cursor by clicking on Centering button
  • Open your computer's Finder (Mac) or My Documents (PC) folder
  • Drag and drop an image from your computer to the Summary window

drag&drop image

 

  • Click Save changes

summary Save changes button

 

 

 

Add a syllabus to your header section

  • Turn editing on
  • Drag and drop the syllabus file from your computer to the header section

OR

  • In the top header section, click Add an activity or resource
  • Scroll down to the Resources section
  • Select File
  • Click Add

file resource selection

 

  • Add a name and a description

edit file resource name and description

  • Drag & drop your syllabus file from your computer to the Content window

content window in file settings

  • Click Save

 

 

 

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Using Course Announcements

Course Announcements is a special type of forum in which only the instructor can post messages and all students enrolled in the course are automatically subscribed.  Students cannot unsubscribe from this forum.

 

course announcements link

 

Use Course Announcements to post messages to your students. Students will see the most recently posted messages in the Latest news block on the Moodle page sidebar and receive an email containing the message.

 

 

 


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