Just a quick summary of the basics.
|Date:||Friday, 20 October 2017, 9:35 PM|
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Welcome to Moodle, the tool used in iLearn
Moodle is an online place to support you in your coursework.
Moodle is divided into courses.
Each course has members, and in most courses, you ned to become a member to see what is there.
Finding your course
In the navigation on the left, there is a list of all the courses you are currently a member of. There is a list of all the courses divided into categories.
Your course home page
Inside a course you have navigation on the left with links and page content in the middle.
All modern browsers will work with iLearn/Moodle.
Here are two links to check if you are in doubt. They do a basic browser check:
Just ignore the popup blocker which is specific to these sites, not iLearn.
Think of your profile as being a little bit about you in the context of this site here. It is only visible to others who are logged in. It helps others who are in the same courses to know who they are online with. You may write a sentence about who you are, what you do and maybe why you are here.
You can also upload a picture.
Text based communication can be a very limited form of expression. Some things are simply better said face to face. Though text will never be a replacement for face to face interaction, you can do a better job of getting your message across by using text formatting. For example, you can use bold or italic for emphasis, colour changes to show clear difference,
- bullet points
- to communicate
- order and hierarchy.
The Moodle editor provides text formatting and many more features that help you form clear and concise messages.
The various features of the editor are best learned through experimentation. Try adding a post to your favourite forum and see what you can do.
Navigation is about finding your way around.
iLearn (Moodle) is build around courses which are found in categories. Click on the links to find your way around - the courses YOU are a member of will appear in a list in the main menu.
Some course have online forums, which are an important place for interaction.
You go to the forum to read and post messages.
Inside a forum: overview of discussions/threads
Inside a forum, messages are arranged in threads that are grouped according to topic. These are sometimes called discussions. The thread/discussion with the most recent post floats to the top.
Reading posts: viewing a thread
Click on the subject to open up a thread. You will see all the posts listed in several ways depending on the choice (select from list).
Writing a post or a reply
Click on Add a new discussion topic to start a whole new topic. Click on Reply to write a reply to a post. After posting, you have 30 minutes to edit your post.
About interaction, posting, commenting
Many formal policies amount to these four things:
[From: http://www.corporateblogging.info/2005/06/policies-compared-todays-corporate.asp ]
- Be nice, don't tell lies, respect confidences, attribute sources ...
- There is one exception. If you are giving feedback, there is more to it than just 'being nice'. Sometimes nice feedback is often of no use at all. Sometimes genuine constructive feedback in a learning setting can have a little bit of an edge to it.
- When posting in an online discussion, you should seek to stay on topic and add something to the discussion.
- Writing a post using the text editor.
- Use the on screen text editor that looks something like this. Mouse over the buttons to see what they do; they are a pretty standard selection: bold, italic, indent, bullets etc.
- You may like to type longer posts into a small text editor like Notepad or TextEdit.
- Note particularly the Paste from Word option. If you are pasting from Word, click on this button first as it removes unnecessary formatting.
- You can change the subject line of the post in your reply if you wish it to better reflect the content.
- Being online, making posts and responding to the posts of others is a bit of an art and a skill to be learnt. It may feel strange at first, but stick at it!!
Millions of people make posts in email lists, Facebook and online groups. Here, in iLearn/Moodle, this interaction is for supporting and encouraging your personal learning journey. It can greatly assist in your learning, collaboration, network building and can be fun.
Subscribing and unsubscribing to forums
Want to keep up with forum postings without visiting the forum? Subscribe to the forum. In the forum you will see a subscribe link.
If you are subscribed to a forum, this means that when people post, a notification is sent to your email inbox. You may choose to receive notifications of every post or a daily digest of all the posts from a day in one email. Set these in your profile.
Sharing files (attaching files to a post in a forum)
At the bottom of the screen, you can attach a file to add a post. This could be a Word document, a PDF, an image etc.
Note: If you attach an image, it will appear in your post when it is viewed.
Adding an attachment
Attaching a file to a post is a useful way of distributing data. When attached to a post, a file can be seen by any member of the course who is viewing the forum you posted it to.
Once you've been in Moodle for a while, it may seem a chore to stay up to date with all the forums you need to keep up with. The solution to this problem is subscriptions. You can 'subscribe' to a forum and all new posts to that forum will be emailed to you. In your profile settings, you can choose to have new posts sent to your email address individually or altogether in one email (once per day) as a 'digest'.