The old Moodle help documentation stored as site pages on Moodle have been retired. New documentation is available on the IT website, in the main site menu on the left under Moodle. You can also find it here: http://wp.stolaf.edu/it/moodle-documentation/. There is a new Moodle Documentation block, just below Moodle Help on the right.
Welcome to Moodle 2.8!
Moodle this year has been updated and looks different! This year the 2015-16 Moodle server is running Moodle 2.8.6+ which features numerous enhancements, and a new theme! Moodle is now fully responsive. It will look just as good on your mobile device as it does on your desktop. While the look is different, most of the functionality is the same. We're working to transition our documentation to the new theme and from older Moodle servers over the summer. In the meantime, if you think you're going to need a metacourse, or have other questions, email the Moodle Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great summer!
Moodle Information for Students
Welcome back to campus! Please note that you may not have any courses listed under "My home" or "My courses" yet. This semester, all the course sites are unavailable to students by default, so you will only see them when your professors finish their updates and make the sites visible. If you want to check your course registration, please log in to the Student Information System (SIS).
Migrating Courses to the 2015-16 Server
If you have courses on the previous Moodle servers, you can view them via the links below. Please keep in mind that IT retains Moodle servers for 4 years, and that the URL moodle.stolaf.edu always points to the current-year Moodle server.
To migrate content from an old Moodle course site to a new one, you will first create a backup of the old site and download it to your computer. Then, you will navigate to your new course site on the 2015-16 server, upload the backup, and restore it into your course site.
Moodle is used for course sites at St. Olaf as well as for community sites for departments, committees, and other organizations.Here's how to set up your course and adjust the basic settings for your site:
Moodle sites are built by creating an introductory section at the top, followed by a number of weekly or topical course sections in the center of the site. In the left and right sidebars, there are standard Moodle blocks that you can choose to keep or delete, as well as Moodle blocks that you can create yourself to add navigation and links to your department and other online resources.
Once you have decided on the basic structure of the site, it is easy to add content by just dragging and dropping files from your desktop to the center section of Moodle.
Adding activities to your course will engage your students and give them more opportunities to apply the course material and to interact with other students and with the professor. The most common activities are forums, assignments, chats, and choice.
Quizzes are one of the most useful types of activities because they are for the most part self-correcting, providing the students with immediate feedback on their attempts. Some professors use quizzes for homework practice, while others give online quizzes that replace standard written exams.
One of the most important factors in improving student learning is providing students with timely feedback. The Moodle gradebook is one way of giving the students this sort of regular feedback on their work. Because the gradebook is online and accessible at any time, students can view their grades and faculty comments as soon as the teacher has evaluated an assignment. As a result, students have time to change their strategy in a course if they discover that they aren't doing as well as they would like. They can come to office hours, go to help sessions, or get a tutor if they need more assistance with learning course material.
The most common type of gradebook setup in Moodle is one that is weighted by categories. The overall aggregation for the gradebook is set at "weighted means of grades," and within each category, it is set at "simple weighted means of grades."