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Building your Moodle course

If you're setting up a course in Moodle for the first time, these are the steps to create a cohesive, engaging online environment.

For information and resources on specific tools, like Zoom, or Moodle functions, like Gradebook, search the knowledgebase to find everything you need. For support integrating these elements into your course, submit a Support Request so our Instructional Support Team can begin to assist you.

1. Locate your Moodle course shell.

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All courses have Moodle course shells already set up, with you and your students enrolled. You can access Moodle and your course shell(s) by logging into ULink and clicking on the Moodle icon at the top right corner of the screen. 

2. Post your contact information.

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Let students know the best way to reach you by making your information available prominately in a label. 

3. Upload course materials.

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Add your syllabus, reading materials, lectures, presentations, and any other primary or supplemental resources at the outset of the course. 

4. Record lectures as video.

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There are two main options for recording lectures. Review our Let's Talk Video: Choosing the Right EduTool webinar to consider which is right for your content. 


Option #1: Record and share with VoiceThread

VoiceThread is tool that allows you to present a variety of media content (e.g. video, audio, presentation slides, images, documents, etc.) to your VoiceThread logostudents and record video and/or audio commentary on the content. In the case of presentation slides, such as PowerPoint, you can record voiceover or video lecture for each slide.

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Option #2: Record and share with Panopto

Panopto is a tool that allows you to record video of lecture slides and screencasts. Panopto has the added ability for you to insert quizzes directly Panopto logointo your video to check for student learning.


5. Host virtual sessions with Zoom.

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Through Zoom, you can share slides, take student questions by audio or in a discussion format, see your students’ faces, and record your class session for repeat viewing or for those not able to attend at the appointed time.Click here for information about Zoom.

You can also use Zoom to host virtual office hours using your Zoom Personal Meeting Room.

Note: Zoom is not sufficient to stand in as an online proctoring service. Faculty should plan to use Examity, ProctorU, or alternative assessment strategies.  

6. Link to external learning resources.

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Adding external links to YouTube demonstations or explainers, articles, and other materials can help students explore different perspectives on course content. 

7. Make your course available to your students.

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In order for students to see a course in their Moodle dashboard and access course material, you must make it available. Courses can be opened up to a week before the start of classes.


8. Communicate frequently.

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Let your class know about course changes or provide general feedback using the Announcement Forum, which is automatically available in each course. 

To check-in or provide individual feedback, use Moodle's QuickMail function.

9. Hold virtual office hours.

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Provide students with a window when they can expect the fastest response through University email or connect with you directly through Moodle Chat or Zoom. 

10. Create assessment plan.

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Online assessments can include assignments, quizzes, and discussions. Once complete, you can add grades to the Moodle Gradebook.

For information about proctoring, visit our EduTool information page

11. Moodle Gradebook.

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Using Moodle Gradebook helps students track their progress within the course.

12. Monitor Student Activity and Engagement.

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Make sure students aren't falling behind by monitoring their activity and progress.