Today we were honored to be part of Fall Faculty Development Day, sponsored by CELT and Academic Affairs, to deliver an update on what IITS has been up to this summer. It’s a little busy and hectic, so the best deliverable form we can provide for those who couldn’t attend (possibly home with Eclipse Fever) is the PowerPoint we presented. Access the presentation here and reach out if you have any questions.
When we switched to Office 365 authentication in August 2016, the Moodle didn’t have the capability to allow logins through their mobile app, but now… IT’S BACK!
Built for mobile, the Moodle Mobile app allows you to have a streamlined experience interacting with courses on your smartphone or tablet (Apple & Android only). Access files, upload assignments, download files, and much more. (You can take quizzes, too, but you might want to take them on a more stable device than your phone, depending on your preferences.) While our mobile theme has been useful for the duration of our app-less environment, we’re happy to see the app back. So get to it… download today:
When prompted for a site URL, enter kings.mrooms2.net
Once you download the app, edit your Messaging settings and enable mobile notifications to get the most out of Moodle communication in your course!
Today we met all the new faculty who’ve come aboard at King’s! It was a great group of receptive professors who had interesting questions and ideas. We hope they look forward to working with as as we do with them.
As a bonus for all Moodle instructors, we put together a guide for today’s session that covers the Moodle Gradebook. It’s broad strokes, but a great conceptual start to understanding one of the most valuable parts of Moodle.
Beginning August 18 at noon, users will log in to Moodle using Office 365 as our authentication method. When logging in from this point forward, users will click the “Sign in with Office 365” button and follow the screen prompts, now using their King’s email address and password to log in.
Once you log in, your information should all be preserved– enrollments in courses, files, etc. If you see an issue after the change, let us know– the sooner the better!
How do you get to the login page?
Follow links provided on all the old means you used to access Moodle before. Those with bookmarks will discover some changed pages. Those who have also discovered Moodle’s full integration as an app in Office 365 may want to find out how to add an app to your launcher in Office 365.
One of the most time-consuming parts of Moodle is making questions for a quiz. It’s worthwhile in the end, but it can just feel so long a process with so many fields to fill out. But don’t worry– we have you covered with two ways to easily upload your questions into Moodle.
Do it with our help
Respondus format has some considerations that are important, and every keystroke counts in getting your file formatted correctly. Pros include Respondus building a whole quiz and questions for you, though the con includes getting your file to firstname.lastname@example.org with enough time to have us post it in your course.
1) What day is New Year’s Eve?
a. November 31
b. December 12
*c. December 31
d. January 2
- Note the 1) for each question text number.
- Note the asterisk * for each correct answer.
What’s great about Respondus formatting is you can include pictures, make essay questions, provide feedback, and much more with certain codes. Click here for complete information on this format (PDF). You may also want to turn off auto-formatting in Word, if you choose this path.
Do it yourself (multiple choice only)
Aiken format is not named after the former American Idol star, though it shines bright if you’re strapped for time and have objective questions. First, open your simplest text editor, like Notepad. Enter questions and answer choices like this:
What is the correct answer to this question?
A. Is it this one?
B. Maybe this answer?
C. Possibly this one?
D. Must be this one!
Take careful note of these rules:
- You have to save the file in a text format (.TXT). Don’t save it as a Word document or anything else.
- Non-ASCII characters like ‘quotes’ can cause import errors. To avoid this always save your text file in UTF-8 format (most text editors, even Word, will ask you).
- The answer letters (A,B,C etc.) and the word “ANSWER” must be capitalized as shown below, otherwise the import will fail.
After you import your questions into the question database, you can add them to your quiz!
Turnitin recently dropped a line to tell us that they’re improving their already-awesome Originality Reporting. If you’ve ever used the “Exclude bibliographic material” feature, then you’ll love this improvement, as it ignores properly cited materials and generates a more accurate score when determining originality.
What does this mean for us? Well faculty and students will now see more accurate results, which is always good. For past assignments (from this semester), faculty wishing to see more accurate reports can re-run past reports to get updated results. This comprehensive report update will take place in March, so stay tuned for the latest updates on Turnitin availability at the Moodle login page.
Today we’re hosting a CELT co-sponsored session about using Rubrics for assessment in Moodle! Through our recent assessment push, faculty all around have discovered the value in rubrics for administrative reporting, feedback communication, and consistent evaluation. As a teacher myself, it’s most important for me to effectively communicate to students why they’re getting the score they earned. Many students will see a number/letter they like (or don’t like) and react. Since implementing rubrics, students have gained a better understanding of the reasoning behind their grade, which has sparked better, more honest conversations about performance. Now you don’t have to use Moodle to use a rubric, but it is a nice, paperless way to deliver timely feedback in a form that’s accessible to students. It creates one more valuable step in the Moodle work flow– the student checking back to see how he/she did! We hope these instructions help you implement rubrics (PDF). If you have any questions or concerns, or if you’d like to use shared rubrics among multiple courses in a program, let us know!
Many users don’t realize that they have a lot of control over their Moodle experience. For example, we sometimes get questions from instructors about how to easily find their courses on the MyMoodle page listing. Since Moodle has become so popular for committees and groups on campus, in addition to active courses and some archives, there can be a lot to sort through.
When we adopted Moodle 2, we thought the My Courses block would be the easiest way to find courses fast, because it was an alphabetical list, but some users would prefer a personalized method– a customization, if you will. And that’s step number one: click the Customize this page button on the MyMoodle page.
It’s midterm grade time, and you may find a surprise in your Moodle Gradebook– that being that it’s changed since last semester. If you missed our warning over the summer, you may be scrambling to get your math straight now. Let’s give you a quick run-through on the traditional methods used for calculating grades.
Moodle’s easiest grading strategy for most is Weighted Mean of Grades. This enables instructors to assign percentage values (weights) to categories or items. Those values add up to 100, and then all the math is taken care of. Tests 50%, Papers 30%, Quizzes 10%, Participation 10%. In text form, it’s simple enough, right? So check out this graphic where 3 papers have a weight of 10% each.
The 100 you see is the total score for the assignment, but that score is scaled back to 10% of the overall grade (times 3 papers equals 30%!). This is a great and easy way to calculate grades. If your class is always changing, making a category called “Papers” with a 30% weight would allow you to have as many/few papers as you want!
We’ve talked about flipping the classroom, but maybe you were wondering how exactly to do something like that with Panopto? We have some answers on Atomic Learning!
Here’s the question, though: do you record or do your students record? Why not both! Social Learning is what they’re calling it. Record a quick video about something that lights you up in class (even with apps). What really speaks to you about the topic? Simply exhibiting a passion for the idea and material helps make it that much more interesting. It’s unreasonable to expect a human professor to keep all that passion every single day, so why not chip in as a student with this learning/teaching approach?
Faculty can build a course repository on Panopto to collect and share all the videos, talks, presentations, etc. Students can check out that space and contribute to it in a variety of ways. Further, loop it into Moodle with our Panopto block, and you’re on your way to really collaborative exploration of ideas. It will knock down walls that you may want kept up to focus students, but it’s a small price to pay to have them actively engaging in the learning and teaching process. Give students a voice outside of the classroom– contact us today to talk about Social Learning in your course!