New Ways to Use Moodle
Organizing your Course
- Use labels and pages to organize your course and avoid the "Moodle Scroll"
- Take advantage of the HTML block to bring in outside tools
Creating Rubrics to work with Assignments in Moodle
Rubrics are available as a grading option for assignments. They can be copied within a course from another assignment. Once you have selected Rubric in the Assignment settings, under Assignment administration you can select Advanced Grading and Define Rubric. Rubrics can have as many criterions and levels that you need and can have varying point values as well.
Completion Tracking needs to be enabled at the course level first and then can enables for each item in Moodle (not just Assignments). This allows for students to keep track of what items that have completed on the front page of the course. Some items require a self-check, or can be automatically checked when assignments are turned in or forums are posted to.
Due Date Management
This new report in Moodle allows you to set all of the important due dates for your course from a single page. This is particularly helpful when rolling over your course from a previous semester. You can access this functionality from the administration block of your course by going to “Reports” > “Dates.” Click on “Expand all” to display every activity in the course on a single page.
Groups & Groupings
You can create separate Groups for your students that can be used for any activity in Moodle, including forums and assignments. Each set of separate groups are called Groupings. You can set these up during the time of activity creation or ahead of time. The newest feature of Groups & Groupings is that when used with an assignment, one grade can be given to a group and copied to all group members.
The NCSU Grader report was created internally by NCSU to fix some of the issues with scrolling and columns that exist in the built-in grader report. It also helps if you have turn editing off on your home course page, when navigating to the Grader report you will not have an opportunity to add side blocks, and therefore make better use of your screen realestate.