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Moodle Monday 9 June, 2014

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Hello Moodlers,

The first classes in the new server go live today!

In this episode:

  • The new server is up and available
  • Where did that go?
  • What does this do?
  • Gradebook survey

Moodle tips of the week:

  1. Our server migration to the new host is underway. The first classes are starting today. Any classes that start today or later, will be held on the new server. Classes on the old server will stay there until completed. Make sure you are using http://www.viterbo.edu/moodle rather than moodle.viterbo.edu.
  2. The first thing you will notice when you log into the new Moodle is that it has a different appearance. We chose a new theme that has a cleaner, more open feel. Everything still works the same way, but it will just look a little different. Annie Baumann of the library has created a short tutorial highlighting some of the changes.
  3. The second thing you will notice are a few new features. We have upgraded the new Moodle to the newest version. The old Moodle will be upgraded the first week of July. I’ll have more for you on the new features in upcoming episodes.
  4. Last, but not least, Moodle HQ (the people who created Moodle) has a survey on the gradebook. If there are things you like or dislike about the gradebook, here is your chance to tell the people who make new feature and fix things. You can give them your wish list. BTW: the issue of overridden categories is there, you can go vote for that. Here is the linkhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MoodleGradebookEnhancement

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.


Moodle Monday 11 November, 2013

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Hello Moodlers,

Spring 2014 classes will be available in Moodle on November 15.

News:

  • This week the Thursday open session will be in the Reinhart lower level commons.
    

Upcoming Training

All training sessions are in the Learning Commons (2nd floor of the library MC248), except Thursday’s Open Sessions

Thursday, 14 November, 9:30a-12:00p Reinhart lower level Commons
Friday, 15 November, 9:30a-12:00p Learning Commons
 

Moodle tips of the week

  1. Sometimes entering grades in a large gradebook can be a challenge. One way to move between students in the same column faster is to use the tab key. In gradebook the tab moves down not sideways. And [shift] [tab] will move up. To avoid having to scroll all the way to the bottom of the gradebook to scroll to the right, just click somewhere in the gradebook (but not a cell you would put a grade in) then use your arrow keys to move right and left across your gradebook (this also works for up and down)

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.

Moodle Monday 28 October, 2013

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Hello Moodlers,

Spring 2014 classes will be available in Moodle in about two weeks..

News:

  • This week the Thursday open session will be in the Fine Arts Building, rm 440.
  • Please be cautious about changing the aggregation method you use for grades. We’ve had a couple of errors pop up thatmayhave occurred due to this. No one has lost any data, but it is a little scary until it comes back
    

Upcoming Training

All training sessions are in the Learning Commons (2nd floor of the library MC248), except Thursday’s Open Sessions

Thursday, 31 October, 9:30a-12:00p Fine Arts 440
Friday, 01 November, 9:30a-12:00p Learning Commons
 

Moodle tips of the week

  1. How can I view a single student’s posts/replies in a forum?There is an easy way to do this. Navigate to the discussion you want to look at. Once there, click the Search Forums Button but don’t enter any text first. The Advanced Search window will open next. There are a variety of things you can search for, but for this we are only interested in two of them. The third up from the bottom is “Choose which Forums to search”. It’s a dropdown menu, and you can choose to include all Forums or one specific one. Next we want the very last box “This name should match the author” You don’t have to enter the whole name, but you have to enter enough to be unique to the student who you are looking for. If you have 3 Jennifers in your class, you need to enter more than just Jen.
  2. 2. How can I grade students for doing a number of assignments out of the whole? If you have a situation where students are required to participate in 3 out of 5 discussion forums, or complete some percentage of assignments out the whole, there are a couple of ways to make this grading easy. First, each item needs to be separate, whether assignment activities, discussions or manually created grade items. If you are using Simple Weighted Mean of grades, just don’t put a grade in for the items the student didn’t need to do. If you have an ambitious student who does more than required, but don’t want to give extra points, you should leave the extra ones blank there as well. Don’t put in a zero or it will negatively affect the grade. If you are using Sum of grades for aggregation, then you can use the "drop the X lowest" You need to have all of the items in a category. (Remember that this means everything must be in a category, even if it's in a category of it's own), then in the Categories and items, click the Full View link at the top, and when the view expands, you will see some new columns. In the column headed by Drop the lowest, go down to the category in question and then put in the number students don't need to do. Conversely, you can use Keep the highest and put in the number they are required to complete. In Sum of grades aggregation, any empty grade is counted as a 0, so it would automatically exclude those as the lowest, or keep the others as the highest. Confused? Send an email to courserequest@viterbo.edu

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.

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