Moodle Learners and Builders (LAB) is our key space for sharing training and support as we transition throughout 2013 to our new learning platform. This space is hosted by the Learning Design Unit at the Centre for Educational Development, Innovation and Recognition (CEDIR), who will be working with you to develop your Moodle site and help you through the transition process.
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As of the 28th of November, the Moodle platform at UOW has been upgraded from version 2.3 to version 2.5. While you may notice minor improvements to navigation and settings, these will not affect the way your site functions.
Some of the more significant changes from this upgrade are:
The Settings block has been renamed to become the Administration block. Also, the Reports link has been moved from the Navigation block to the Administration block.
The Updating (editing) screen for activities and resources are now much easier to navigate, as all the options are now collapsible. Click on the arrow to expand them. No more ‘scroll of death’!
Some of the icons used to represent the various activities and resources have also changed. This change is cosmetic and will not affect how these activities function.
Activities and resources can be moved using drag and drop.
Make sure to subscribe to this blog as you can expect more videos and updates about this upgrade in the coming weeks.
If you have any questions about this upgrade then you can contact the Learning Platform Transition Support Team on (02) 4252 8500 (ext: 8500), or by submitting a ticket on our Support portal.
An inaugural free conference aimed at building a core of technology educators throughout the Illawarra region will be conducted at the University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus on Thursday 12 December.
The joint TAFE Illawarra and the University of Wollongong conference aims to bring together a range of technology educators from the University, Vocational Education and Training (VET) and schools’ sectors.
It will feature two keynote speakers – the Moodleman, Julian Ridden, who was involved in the organisation of the global iMoot run in January this year and Dr Sarah O’Shea from UOW’s Faculty of Social Sciences.
The conference will encourage networking between educational technology users and address such themes as:
Developing students’ digital literacy skills
Preparing students to transition between educational sectors and/or employment
Social inclusion and equity
UOW Educational Designer Wendy Meyers said educators could all learn from each other’s experiences with learning technologies in their teaching and would include all sectors through to the Early Years level.
“The Early Years sector is an important inclusion as research has shown the importance of learning experiences in this sector in laying the foundation for success and resilience across their future learning journey. Technology is being used in interesting ways in all sectors – for example, Skype is being used in pre-school for students to chat with children in other countries,” Ms Meyers said.
TAFE Illawarra’s head of Teaching and Learning Initiatives, Jayne Bachelor, said: “From primary schools to further education, we’re all looking to provide our students and teachers with the skills and knowledge in how to use technology for the best possible educational experience. This conference provides an exciting opportunity for collaboration between the sectors.”
Panel discussions will also be conducted including a student-based panel. A poster display will showcase examples of educational technology from the region.
When: 8.30am to 6pm, Thursday 12 December
Where: City Room and Ocean Room at UOW’s Innovation Campus at North Wollongong (off Squires Way)
Over the summer session at UOW (from 9 December 2013 – 17 January 2014), I will be running a series of workshops at each of the UOW Australian-based campuses for UOW students interested in developing their digital skills. Called Manage, Use, Create! the workshops are free for students and will be offered both face-to-face at each campus as well as online through Moodle.
The workshops are designed to be flexible to allow students to pursue their interests and help them develop digital literacies and skills in their discipline area. Students can also complete as much or as little of the workshops as they like, and will get a badge for each module they complete and a certificate for completing the entire program. As part of the workshops students can:
Design a professional portfolio or digital CV
Create content for digital environments (including videos, blogs, or apps)
Manage your online identity and privacy in different social networks
Find, evaluate, and visualise reliable online information
Share and market your work effectively online and use copyrighted and copyright-free material
Learn new software and tools that are relevant to your study
Solve problems and be confident using digital technology
Collaborate on a large-scale project in an area that interests you. Click here for some example projects!
If you are teaching in summer session or have students which might benefit from a project like this, please invite them to participate! As a SSAF-funded project, Manage, Use, Create! is open to all currently enrolled UOW students.
If you would like students to submit assignments to a dropbox in your Moodle site, you’ll need to create an assignment activity. From this activity, you can download assignments and enter grades and feedback for the students. This video will walk you through the process of creating an assignment dropbox, and recommend some settings which will make your life a lot easier at marking time.
You can also use Turnitin to check student work against web sites and database. For more information on how to set up a Turnitin assignment dropbox, check out this video.
If your students are completing group assignments and submitting them through Moodle, the team submission settings can help make submitting, grading, and giving feedback to your groups much faster. Only one member of each group needs to submit the file, and it will appear as submitted by all group members. The instructor can also select whether they want to give feedback to each student individually, or if they want the same feedback to be copied to each member of the group.
This video will walk you through the steps of creating a team assignment in your Moodle site.
Using groups & groupings, you can create sections which are hidden from some of the users in your site. For example, you can create a staff-only section or sections targeted for different campuses or student groups. This video explains how to limit a section to a particular group.
This video explains how to set an activity so that it is limited to a particular group of users. You can use this feature to create separate sections in a forum for each tutorial group, or to allow students to submit assignments by tutorial group so they can be easily sorted for marking by a large teaching team.
To use this feature you will already need to have groups and groupings set up, so make sure you have seen the related video: http://youtu.be/BueQJeZ7PLI
Using groups and groupings is a helpful way to organise the users of your Moodle site. If you have a large class, you can use groups and groupings to sort assessments and the grade book by tutorial or tutor to assist in marking. Another practical use of groups and groupings is to allow groups of students working together to have their own forums spaces to discuss their assignments. You can also use them to limit sections or activities to particular users, such as creating a staff-only section that is invisible to students.
This video explains how to set up groups and include them in groupings, which is the first step in this process.
Keep an eye out for an upcoming video which explains how to turn on group settings for activities and sections!
This video explains how to find student results for a quiz in Moodle, and demonstrates some of the different views and ways to access the data. It also shows how to download the results into a spreadsheet or other formats if you need to manipulate the data. If you have any short answer questions that will require manual grading, this video will also show how find the questions and enter your grades.
This week we’re expanding the hours for phone support to Moodlers at UOW. Out of hours calls to 4252 8500 (before 8.30am or after 4.30pm) will now route to NetSpot in Adelaide, who host our Moodle service. This will be especially useful for users with basic Moodle questions.
NetSpot can’t help with internal UOW problems like student enrollment, but otherwise this is a significant expansion of phone service for eLearning users at UOW.
Phone support will now be offered:
Monday to Friday: 8am – 10pm EST/EDT
Weekends: 9am – 5pm EST/EDT
National Public Holidays: 9am – 5pm EST/EDT
If you have any feedback on the phone service, we’d love to hear it! You can send your comments to Crystal McLaughlin (firstname.lastname@example.org), who leads our internal phone support team.