Moodle Pro Tips

Use Moodle like a pro by following some of these tips!

Auto-linking

Moodle Auto-linking is a feature that will automatically link text on your Moodle page back to a resource or activity that is named the same way.  For example, if you have an assignment named "Week 1 Essay", any place on Moodle that you type that exact title will be automatically turned into a hyperlink to that assignment.  The links will even appear embedded into the emails that are sent out through the Announcements forum (formerly News Forum).

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Course Page Format

Try Topics or Flexible Sections formats to help the structure of your page match the structure of your course.

       Moodle Topics Layout
Topics Format
Moodle Flexible Sections layout
Flexible Sections Format

Collect documents into Folders, text content onto Pages.

       Pages & Folders (Moodle)

Pages can hold any type of media, including images, audio, video or text.  So they are a great way to share some longer assignments or comments.

Folders hold only documents, and are an easy way to collect together multiple files for students to access.  You can set folders to show on the page closed (as shown to the left) or to be expanded showing the contents of the folder with an icon for the student to collapse the list of documents.

Make good use of blocks, remove blocks you don't use.

       Better Blocks in Moodle

The default set of blocks on each course page are customizable.  The HTML block is great for listing office hours, or the contact info for graders, TAs or academic support staff.

The Calendar block shows a visual look at the current month, with assignment due dates highlighted in pink.  Students can mouse over the highlighted days to see the assignments and click straight through to them.

Assignment Grading

Offline grading

       Moodle Offline Grading

Download all student submissions

  1. Download all submissions
  2. Annotate each file in place without renaming it
  3. Select all files within the folder and create a ZIP file
  4. Choose "Upload multiple feedback files in a zip" to upload to Moodle

Use grading worksheet

  1. Download grading worksheet
  2. Enter grades and general feedback
  3. Save file in place as CSV
  4. Choose "Upload grading worksheet"

Use rubrics for grading Moodle Assignments

       Moodle Assignment Rubric

The Assignment module allows you to create a custom rubric to use for grading, which you can choose to reuse for multiple assignments in the course. 

While they are a bit time-consuming to create, they are very quick to use.  So the are great for grading assignments in larger classes.

Marking Guides are quick, flexible and give you customizable feedback buttons!

       Moodle Marking Guide 

While not as quick to use as a rubric, the marking guide is more flexible.  It allows you to set criteria without having to define each of the levels of achievement.  

The killer feature of the Marking Guide are the customizable 'Frequently used comments' area.  You can enter your most commonly used phrases when you create the marking guide and then just click the buttons to use them! 

Gradebook

Show the gradebook to students to ensure they know how well they are doing all along.

      

Grades link for students

Students see the Grades link in the Administration block only when enabled.

Enable the gradebook for students
  1. From the main course page, find the Administration block
  2. Click on Edit Settings
  3. Click the Appearance heading to expand
  4. Set "Show gradebook to students" to Yes

Single View make grade entry easier and error-free!

       Moodle Gradebook Single View

Single View gives you a screen to focus on entering only the grades you need to enter at that time.  It also allows you to easily add feedback, exclude a grade item for a specific student, or to bulk insert a grade for empty cells.

Click the pencil icon to the right of the assignment name to enter Single View for the assignment, or the pencil icon to the right of the student name to see Single View for a specific student.

Don't forget to see our Moodle FAQs for more help.  Contact Academic Technology by visiting us in Weitz 027, calling x5513 or emailing us at AT@carleton.edu.  For one-on-one help, schedule an appointment with one of our Academic Technology Student Assistants!