Add an activity using the Add activity or resource link
Note: To use this method the Activity chooser must be turned offScroll to the bottom of the section where you wish to add the activity and click the Add activity or resource link near the bottom.
Add an activity using the Activity chooser
Note: To use this method the Activity chooser must be turned on
Scroll to the bottom of the section where you wish to add the activity and click the Add and activity drop down menu. Click on the activity type you wish to add from the list that appears.
Activities - Assignment - Grading assignments
Students who have submitted will have a green "Submitted for grading" box under "Status".
From here you can download the file, or click the "+" button above the online text to view the full online text submission. If the student has added submission comments to their assignment, they will also show here where it says "Comments (0)".
Further down you can grade the assignment using the drop down menu (if you have chosen a custom grading scale) or if you have chosen a number grade then you will get a small box to type the grade into.
There is also a box for putting your feedback into.
If you enabled the ability to add feedback files, you will see an upload box underneath the comments section for you to upload the feedback file to the student. This can be their own assignment, sent back to them with comments all over it.
Activities - Assignment - Setting up an assignment
From the "Add an activity or resource" menu, choose "Assignment"
Display description on course page - checking this will display the assignment description directly below the assignment name on the course page. Otherwise students will see the description when they click on the assignment name to view the assignment.
Due date - This is when the assignment is due. Submissions will still be allowed after this date but any assignments submitted after this date are marked as late. To prevent submissions after a certain date - set the assignment cut off date.
Feedback files - If enabled, the teacher will be able to upload files with feedback when marking the assignments. These files may be, but are not limited to marked up student submissions, documents with comments or spoken audio feedback.
Require students click submit button - If enabled, students will have to click a Submit button to declare their submission as final. This allows students to keep a draft version of the submission on the system. If this setting is changed from "No" to "Yes" after students have already submitted those submissions will be regarded as final.
Maximum number of attempts - The maximum number of submissions attempts that can be made by a student. After this number of attempts has been made the student's submission will not be able to be reopened.
Students submit in groups - If enabled students will be divided into groups based on the default set of groups or a custom grouping. A group submission will be shared among group members and all members of the group will see each others changes to the submission.
Require all group members submit - If enabled, all members of the student group must click the submit button for this assignment before the group submission will be considered as submitted. If disabled, the group submission will be considered as submitted as soon as any member of the student group clicks the submit button.
Choose the advanced grading method that should be used for calculating grades in the given context.
To disable advanced grading and switch back to the default grading mechanism, choose 'Simple direct grading'. Other options are 'Marking guide' and 'Rubric'.
Activities - Assignment - Submitting assignments
And/or write some text directly into Moodle:
When they are done they click "Save changes".
And feedback appears underneath:
Activities - Chat
The chat activity module enables participants to have text-based, real-time synchronous discussions.
The chat may be a one-time activity or it may be repeated at the same time each day or each week. Chat sessions are saved and can be made available for everyone to view or restricted to users with the capability to view chat session logs.
Chats are especially useful when the group chatting is not able to meet face-to-face, such as
Activities - Chat - Setting up a chat room
Choose "Chat" from the "Add an activity or resource" menu.
Give your chat room a name.
If you want students to be made aware of times that you will be in the chat room, choose a session time.
NOTE - the chat room remains open at all times even outside of the published session times. If you don't want students to use the chat room outside of the published session times, please use the eye to hide the chat room from students.
Save past sessions - this determines how long Moodle keeps a record/transcript of chat sessions.
Everyone can view past sessions - If set to No, only users have mod/chat:readlog capability are able to see the chat logs (teachers, non-editing teachers). If set to Yes, students can also view past chat sessions.
Activities - Chat - Using a chat room
This will show you:
Click to enter the chat room.
This is a simple three-panel chat interface.
Top left you see any messages users have posted. Note you will only see messages from the time you enter the room until the time you leave the room. To see messages posted when you're not in the room, view the chat logs.
The right panel is the list of users in the room. It shows you how long the user has been idle, and gives you a link to "beep" the user (this will make a beeping sound on their computer if they have sound turned on).
To leave the room, simply close the chat room window.
Activities - Choice
The choice activity module enables a teacher to ask a single question and offer a selection of possible responses.
A choice activity may be used
Activities - Choice - Setting up a choice
Select "Choice" from the "Add an activity or resource" menu.
Description - This is a good place to put the question you are asking the students to answer.
Display mode for the options
Allow choice to be updated - Allows the student to change their mind/choice even after they have answered.
Limit the number of responses allowed - This lets you put a limit on each option. For example, you can get students to arrange themselves into groups of 4 using the choice activity, so you would limit each option to 4 users. Once 4 users have chosen that option, no more can choose it, they must choose another. If this is left on No, then the "Limit" fields remain disabled.
Options - At least one option must be given. Any fields left blank will not be included.
Restrict answering to this time period - By checking this box, you can select a time during which students can use the activity and make their choices. After the time is closed, students can still view the activity and choices they made, but can no longer make changes or new choices.
Privacy of results
Activities - Choice - Using a choice
Once you have a choice activity set up it is simple to use.
Students visit the choice activity, select the option they wish to answer, and click "Save my choice".
If they see anonymous results, they may see a bar graph like this:
You as the teacher would also see this bar graph, but you also have a link near the top right that says "View X responses" where X is the number of users/students who have answered the choice activity.
Activities - Database - Fields
In order to collect data, you need to add fields to your database.
It is best to plan out in advance exactly what information you wish to collect.
Things that are automatically collected (don't need fields added):
Adding a field:
Activities - Database - Setting up a database
Choose "Database" from the "Add an activity or resource" menu.
Name - Give your database a name
Description - Give your database a description. This will display at the top of your database.
Approval required - If enabled, entries require approving by a teacher before they are viewable by everyone.
Allow comment on entries - This allows teachers and students to comment on database entries.
Entries required for completion - The number of entries a student is required to submit before the activity can be considered complete.
Note: If entries are required before viewing, the database auto-linking filter should be disabled. This is because the database auto-linking filter can't determine whether a user has submitted the required number of entries.
Maximum number of entries - The maximum number of entries a student is allowed to submit for this activity.
Available from and to is when the database may have entries added to it.
Read only from and to is when the database can still be viewed but can no longer have any entries added to it (or edited).
If you are feeding the entries of this database out using an RSS feed (either into another course or an external site), here you can determine how many entries are included in the RSS feed.
Roles with permission to rate - To submit ratings users require the moodle/rating:rate capability and any module specific capabilities. Users assigned the following roles should be able to rate items. The list of roles may be amended via the permissions link in the administration block.
If "No ratings" is selected, then the activity will not appear in the gradebook.
Scale - If ratings are enabled, choose which scale will be used.
Restrict ratings to items with dates in this range - If enabled, only entries made between the dates specified can be rated. If entries are made outside of those times, they cannot be rated.
Activities - Database - Templates
There are three main templates you need to worry about:
All others can be left on their default settings.
This is the default view when people first arrive in the database activity. It shows multiple entries, usually stacked vertically one after the other. If there are a lot of entries in the database, and the entries are long, it may be worth making this a reduced view (with just a title and entry author) which can click through to the single entry.
Single entry view
This shows just a single database entry. It will contain all the information.
This determines what the page looks like when a student (or teacher) adds a new entry to the database. It will also contain all the possible fields for the participant to fill out, laid out in a way and order that makes sense.
Activities - External Tool
The external tool activity module enables students to interact with learning resources and activities on other web sites. For example, an external tool could provide access to a new activity type or learning materials from a publisher.
For example, to Add Echo360 activity, you can select "Echo360' from the 'External too type' drop down menu:
Activities - Feedback
The feedback activity module enables a teacher to create a custom survey for collecting feedback from participants using a variety of question types including multiple choice, yes/no or text input.
Feedback responses may be anonymous if desired, and results may be shown to all participants or restricted to teachers only. Any feedback activities on the site front page may also be completed by non-logged-in users.
Feedback activities may be used
Activities - Feedback - Adding / editing questions in a feedback form
Using the tabs along the top of the activity, choose "Edit questions"
There will be no questions there yet.
Choose a question type:
As you add questions you will see them appear in the preview section below.
As a teacher you cannot answer the questions in the feedback form.
Activities - Feedback - Setting up a feedback activity
Choose "Feedback" from the "Add an activity or resource" menu.
Give your feedback activity a name.
Write a brief description (maybe why you are gathering this feedback).
You can leave these disabled.
Otherwise, choose a date range where students can submit feedback.
Record user names
Auto number questions - Enables or disables automated numbers for each question.
Completion message - You can enter a message, maybe a quick thank you, which is displayed after a student submits feedback.
Link to next activity - After submitting the feedback, a continue button is displayed, which links to the course page. Alternatively, it may link to the next activity if the URL of the activity is entered here.
Activities - Forum
The forum activity module enables participants to have asynchronous discussions i.e. discussions that take place over an extended period of time.
There are several forum types to choose from, such as a standard forum where anyone can start a new discussion at any time; a forum where each student can post exactly one discussion; or a question and answer forum where students must first post before being able to view other students' posts. A teacher can allow files to be attached to forum posts. Attached images are displayed in the forum post.
Participants can subscribe to a forum to receive notifications of new forum posts. A teacher can set the subscription mode to optional, forced or auto, or prevent subscription completely. If required, students can be blocked from posting more than a given number of posts in a given time period; this can prevent individuals from dominating discussions.
Forums have many uses, such as
Activities - Glossary
A teacher can allow files to be attached to glossary entries. Attached images are displayed in the entry. Entries can be searched or browsed alphabetically or by category, date or author. Entries can be approved by default or require approval by a teacher before they are viewable by everyone.
Glossaries have many uses, such as
Activities - HotPot
A single HotPot activity consists of an optional entry page, a single elearning exercise, and an optional exit page. The elearning exercise may be a static web page or an interactive web page which offers students text, audio and visual prompts and records their responses. The elearning exercise is created on the teacher's computer using authoring software and then uploaded to Moodle.
A HotPot activity can handle exercises created with the following authoring software:
Hot Potatoes (version 6)
Activities - Lesson
The lesson activity module enables a teacher to deliver content and/or practice activities in interesting and flexible ways. A teacher can use the lesson to create a linear set of content pages or instructional activities that offer a variety of paths or options for the learner. In either case, teachers can choose to increase engagement and ensure understanding by including a variety of questions, such as multiple choice, matching and short answer. Depending on the student's choice of answer and how the teacher develops the lesson, students may progress to the next page, be taken back to a previous page or redirected down a different path entirely.
Lessons may be used
Activities - Quiz
The teacher can choose when and if hints, feedback and correct answers are shown to students.
Quizzes may be used
Activities - SCORM package
A SCORM package is a collection of files which are packaged according to an agreed standard for learning objects. The SCORM activity module enables SCORM or AICC packages to be uploaded as a zip file and added to a course.
Content is usually displayed over several pages, with navigation between the pages. There are various options for displaying content in a pop-up window, with a table of contents, with navigation buttons etc. SCORM activities generally include questions, with grades being recorded in the gradebook.
SCORM activities may be used
Activities - Turnitin Assignment
Creates a Turnitin Moodle Direct assignment which links an activity in Moodle to an assignment / assignments on Turnitin. Once linked, the activity allows instructors to access and provide feedback for student's written work using the assessment tools available within Turnitin's Document Viewer.
Walkthrough video: https://vimeo.com/203368521
Once you have selected all of the required options click 'Save and Display' to be directed to the Summary screen where you will see options to configure each assignment part in more detail.
After completion of the assignment settings the 'Summary' page gives you the opportunity update the assignment parts and balance the grades awarded for each part as a proportion of the overall grade. The edit the dates and grades awarded for each part click the pencil icon. The default dates for each assignment part are initially set to be one week from the date the assignment was created.
Activities - Turnitin Marking
Activities - Wiki
The wiki activity module enables participants to add and edit a collection of web pages. A wiki can be collaborative, with everyone being able to edit it, or individual, where everyone has their own wiki which only they can edit.
Wikis have many uses, such as
How to edit a wiki:
2. Click the wiki
3. Click the edit tab
4, Delete or Add the text you want to change.
6. Click save
Activities - Workshop
Submissions are assessed using a multi-criteria assessment form defined by the teacher. The process of peer assessment and understanding the assessment form can be practised in advance with example submissions provided by the teacher, together with a reference assessment. Students are given the opportunity to assess one or more of their peers' submissions. Submissions and reviewers may be anonymous if required.
Add a YouTube video
If you want to embed a Youtube video on Moodle, you can do that by letting Youtube itself provide you with the code you need:
Adding a link to a resource in a page
Block - Calendar
Block - Course completion status
The course completion status block shows what has been done towards completing the course. The student and teacher will both see this block. The "More information" link will lead to a more detailed report. This report can have some interactive elements in the form of check boxes for the student and teacher.
Block - HTML block
Add a HTML block
To link to a document:
Blocks - Add a block
On the left, under any existing blocks, is the "Add a block" menu.
Once the block has been added it will appear on the left at the bottom. From here you can move (drag and drop) the block to a new location, and configure the block (using the cog icon).
Calendar - Add a new event
To add a new event to a calendar, navigate to the month required in the calendar block.
Click detailed instructions for step by step guidance, or follow the infographic below.
Compression PDF File
Using Online Tools: SmallPDF (http://smallpdf.com)
Once the compression is complete, the website will send you the new file.
Using Macintosh Preview
Using the Adobe Acrobat “PDF Optimizer” Command
PDF Optimizer provides finer control for reducing the size of PDF files. For most users, the default settings will provide the best reduction in file size. Optimizer saves space by removing embedded and duplicate fonts, compressing images, and removing items from the file that are no longer needed.
Click the “Audit space usage” button to see a breakdown of what is taking up space in your PDF file. This will allow you to see if your images are making the file too big, or if your embedded fonts are inflating the size. Each aspect of your PDF will be rated by bytes and percentage of total size.
Adjust your settings. Leave as default, or fine-tune your settings as needed. You can switch to different aspects of your PDF (Images, Font, Transparency, etc.) by using the menu on the left side of the window. You can choose to not optimize specific aspects by unchecking the boxes next to each menu item. This can be useful if you want to optimize the text but leave the images unaltered.
When optimizing images, you can change color images to grayscale, compress, downsample, and lower the quality. Compression of images can result in poor quality that is not suitable for printed materials. Always check the quality of your optimization before committing to saving the changes.
When optimizing fonts, unembed fonts that you know all of your readers will have. For example, if you are sending the PDF to people at your school, they most likely will all be using the same system to read it, so those fonts do not need to be embedded.
Use the “Save as” in Adobe Acrobat and in Microsoft Word
Course - Topic headings
Make sure you have editing turned on.
Under each topic heading section you'll see this icon:
Untick "Use default section name" (this is "Topic 1", "Topic 2" etc) and then you can type in your own section name.
Click "Save changes"
Course settings - Appearance
Force theme - If set to "Do not force" then the default theme (which you see on the front page of Moodle) will be used. Otherwise you can choose from a list of themes.
Force language - we recommend leaving this to "Do not force". This way students can choose their own language from the language drop-down menu in the menu bar.
News items to show - if you are using the "recent news" block, then this determines how many items it will display.
Course settings - Completion tracking
Course settings - Course format
Course settings - Description
Course settings - Files and uploads
Course settings - General
eg ETEC3821 - Electrical Fundamentals A
Course start date - ignore this, it doesn't affect anything.
Course settings - Groups
To create Groups, first go to the Administration Block>Edit Settings>Groups. Then fill in fields. Then you can go back to Users>Groups>Create groups. After that click add/remove users to add students to your Groups.
We generally recommend leaving these settings as you see above.
The group mode defined at course level is the default mode for all activities within the course. Each activity that supports groups can also define its own group mode, though if the group mode is forced at course level, the group mode setting for each activity is ignored.
Force group mode
Delete manually enrolled users
Download/Archive/Backing up students' submissions and grades
It is important to note that student assignments will disappear from Moodle 16 days after the enrolment end date.
If you should need to retrieve a student's data, you can manually re-enrol the student into the Moodle course and download their assignment(s). Please remember to un-enrol this student when you have downloaded what you need. If you need assignments from a whole class, you will need to manually re-enrol every student in the cohort.
up Moodle Assignment
up Moodle Gradebook
Download/Backing up Moodle Assignments and grades
It is important to note that student assignments will disappear from Moodle 16 days after the enrolment end date.
If you should need to retrieve a student's data, you can manually re-enrol the student into the Moodle course and download their assignment(s). Please remember to un-enrol this student when you have downloaded what you need. If you need assignments from a whole class, you will need to manually re-enrol every student in the cohort.To download the original student submissions:
In the ‘Assignment administration’ block, click the 'Download all submissions' link and save the file.
Download/Backing up Moodle Gradebook
You should ensure you have downloaded and saved them before that deadline.
If you should need to retrieve a student's data/grades, you can manually re-enrol the student into the Moodle course. Please remember to un-enrol this student when you have downloaded what you need. If you need to download grades for the whole class, you will need to manually re-enrol every student in the cohort. After that, please go to each Quiz and click the "Regrade all" button.1. In the ‘Course administration’ block, click the ‘Gradebook setup’ link:
2. In the ‘Export’ dropdown menu, click the ‘Excel spreadsheet’ link:
Download/Backing up Quiz and grades
You should ensure you have downloaded and saved them before that deadline.
If you should need to retrieve a student's data, you can manually re-enrol the student into the Moodle course. Please remember to un-enrol this student when you have downloaded what you need. If you need to download for the whole class, you will need to manually re-enrol every student in the cohort. And then, click the "Regrade all" button.
1. In the ‘Quiz administration’ block, click the ‘Results’ dropdown menu, then click the ‘Responses’ link:
2. Tick the ‘Show the’ options, then click the ‘Show report’ button:
Download/Backing up Turnitin assignments and grades
An inactive Turnitin activity (link) is problematic for you because if anyone clicks on the Turnitin activity, it will incorrectly enrol all the previous years students into your current Moodle course, user list and gradebook. If you want to keep your students work from this Turnitin activity, you can download their submissions (with your grades) to your computer by following these easy steps below:
3. Click "Download".
5. Click on "Turnitin Messages Inbox" to check if students' assignments have been downloaded. If so click on "bulk download" to save it onto your computer. Then delete the online copy by clicking on the red recycle bin icon beside it.
Move to the right (or left for a left arrow) resources
Move things by clicking and dragging this icon
When you are done, click "Save"
Enable Java on your computer
Find the Java Control Panel on Windows
Use search to find the Control Panel
Press Windows logo key + W to open the Search charm to search settings
In the search box enter Java Control Panel
Click on the Java icon to open the Java Control Panel.
Click on the Start button and then click on the Control Panel option.
Double click on the Java icon to open the Java Control Panel.
Find the Java Control Panel on Mac
Launch the Java Control Panel on Mac OS X (10.7.3 and above)
Click on Apple icon on upper left of screen.
Go to System Preferences
Click on the Java icon to access the Java Control Panel.
Change Security settings:
Security tab: Allows you to configure various settings related to security such as grant permissions to content, alert users about site certificates, enable trusted publishers and blacklist revocation checks.
How to Enable Java on your browser
Enrolment - Automatic enrolment
By using the PeopleSoft code, you can let PeopleSoft automatically enrol your students into your Moodle course. They will be enrolled one week before the PeopleSoft course start date, and unenrolled two weeks after the PeopleSoft course end date.
NB: Only one course on Moodle can use the same PeopleSoft ID.
Enrolment - Enrol your students into Moodle
Follow the steps below to enter your PeoplesoftID into Moodle:
Now your students should be enrolled in your Moodle course in next server cron job runs, you can check it out the next day!
Enrolment - Guest access
Guest access allows people who are not enrolled in your course, or even people who don't have Moodle accounts at all, to access your course page. This is not a way of enrolling students or teachers into your course.
Courses with guest access enabled are required to have a password set, with the possible exception of some programme or pathway "homepages". If you believe your programme or pathway requires a homepage with open access, you must get permission from Te Puna Ako and measures must be put in place to ensure sensitive data for students and staff are not made available to visitors from outside Unitec.
NB: enabling guest access (but without a password) gives Google access to your course. If you have sensitive or copyrighted material in your course, do not enable guest access. If you do want to enable guest access, make sure you have set a guest password.
The instructions below are for historical purposes.
1. Course administration > Users > Enrolment methods:
Make sure the the eye is open, so guests can access to your course.
3. Click "Save changes"
Enrolment - Guest access info for students
Click on the button: “Log in as a guest”
Enter the password which your tutor gave to you.
Click on the button: “Submit”
Enrolment - Manual enrolment
Manually enrolling staff into your Moodle course means that you as a teacher/course administrator search for and add each teacher, and have to then remove them later when they no longer need access. Please don't manually enrol any student. Students are enrolled automatically by PeopleSoft.
Enrolment - Meta enrolment (meta link)
NB: You must be a 'teacher' or higher level in both courses to set this up.
Enrolment - Programme codes
Here is a list of Unitec programmes with their ID codes and school codes that provide these programmes:
Enrolment - Removing people from your course (unenrolling users)
Staff (or sometimes students) who are enrolled by "category enrolment" cannot be removed by you, as they have been assigned to their role at the category level to all courses in that category. If you feel that there are staff there by mistake, please contact your programme administrator or email@example.com to clarify.
Enrolment - Self-enrolment
NB: students who have self-enrolled must either unenrol themselves from the course when they are done, or the teacher must unenrol them manually. They will not be removed automatically when the course finishes.
Free images - stock, creators, editors
NB: If photos have people on them, there may be a model-release involved. Please check for these.
Royalty free or creative commons images ready to use
Other useful resources
Grade Me block
Grades - Grader report (analytics)
There can be quite a bit of sideways scroll on this page, so be prepared to scroll to the bottom, then scroll to the right.
Grades - Manual grade override
Grades - Marking workflow
Marking workflow allows for results of assignment type activities to sit in a number of different states prior to being released to students. This is only available for assignment type activities not quiz.
On a basic level this allows results to be hidden from students until you're ready, but also allows for assessors to keep track of the state of individual student's assignment through a mark->review->release workflow.
Enable marking workflow
Using marking workflow
In the grading page is where you can start to see marking workflow options appear, the default marking workflow state is Not marked, you can see this under the status column of the assignment grading page.
Changing the marking workflow state of multiple submissions
Now down the bottom you have an option to act on the selected participants
Grades - moodle Gradebook setup / Weighted mean of grades
It is important to differentiate between the moodle gradebook found on your moodle course and the Unitec gradebook accessed through The Nest. These two systems are not the same and are not linked together.
It is however possible to make the moodle gradebook in your moodle course correctly align with the weightings for the various assessment activities. This will provide better feedback for your students about their current progress and make your final input of grades into the Unitec gradebook much simpler.
Grades - User report (analytics)
Teachers, to see individual user reports:
Groups - Adding/removing groups from groupings
Groups - Adding/removing users from groups
Groups - Creating groups
Auto create groups
Select members from cohort - Only site administrators should see this setting.
Group/member count - this field is required and is linked to the previous setting. i.e. If you want your students split into 3 groups, put 3 in here and have "number of groups" for the previous setting.
Prevent last small group - If there are not the right numbers to make even groups, often one group will be created that is smaller than the rest. Checking this will distribute those students amongst the existing groups instead, even if it pushes the numbers above the ones you specified for maximum members in a group.
Allocate members - your options are randomly, alphabetically by first name last name, alphabetically by last name first name, alphabetically by ID number.
Groups - Restricting Access to Specific Groups
4. Then click on the Group button.
7. Save changes.
Groups - Teaching in a shared course
Has to be done by the team leader:
Has to be done by teachers:
Hide my email from other students
3. Select the "Hide my email address from non-privileged users" option from the "Email display" drop-down menu. (non-privileged users means students, guests, visitors. Privileged users, such as teachers and managers, will always be able to see your email address.)
It is possible to make a beautiful horizontal rule in Moodle.
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How to Clear the Cache?
Your internet browser's cache stores certain information (snapshots) of webpages you visit on your computer or mobile device so that they'll load more quickly upon future visits and while navigating through websites that use the same images on multiple pages so that you do not download the same image multiple times.
Occasionally, however your cache can prevent you from seeing updated content, or cause functional problems when stored content conflicts with live content.
You can fix many browser problems simply by clearing your cache.
An easy way to reload a page and bypass the cache (force-reload page) involves using keyboard shortcuts. Generally, the keyboard shortcut [Ctrl] + [F5] will work. But ultimately, this depends on what browser you are using.
How to copy a Quickmarks
How to import content from one course to another
Once a programme template has been decided on, you can import it over the top of your own course. It will not affect any of your existing content, and you may find that you need to move things around once the template is in place to make the content fit.
If you would like a new course (your old course will be left as it is), please fill out this form. One of the eLearn team will process this request and you will be emailed when your new course is ready for you to use.
Note: You must have editing teacher access to both the template course and your own course. If you do not have editing teacher access to the template course, please speak with another teacher in your programme, they can assign you access.
1. Go to your own course
4. Find the template course in the list, or search for it using the search box
5. Select that course and click "Continue"
7. Scroll to the bottom of the Schema Settings page and click "Next"
8. Scroll to the bottom of the Confirmation and Review page and click "Perform Import"
9. Depending on how much is in the template, you may need to wait a few seconds. You will receive a confirmation screen saying that the import has been successful. Click "Continue" to return to your course, where you should see the new template applied.
If I change a question in the Question Bank, will it be changed in all the quizzes it appears in?
Yes, If you changed a question in the Question Bank, it will change in all the quizzes it appears in.
If you want to change any question, you have to:
Always check whether you are allowed to use images. Images that you find on Google Search are not all just free for use. Always go to the source of the image and check whether the person who posted it is happy for you to use it! Then make sure you mention the actual source (Google Images is not a source!).
Ways to attribute images:
For example, this image here says "No attribution required". This means you don't have to attribute the original source, however, you should still state under which licence this image is used so that people know that it is public domain, no attribution.
Image licence: CC0 Public Domain, no attribution required.
We have put the licence information in the image description, though the hover text (also called alt text) doesn't seem to work in a glossary. If you find that is the case where you have placed your image, it is best to also put the information in a caption (as above), or a side-block.
Put licence in image description like this:
HOVER TEXT - Add the image, go to the "advanced" tab and put the hover text required in the "title" field
Images or pictures
Adding images or pictures to your course page can sometimes be done by dragging the picture into the editing window. This doesn't really add the picture properly, though, and it is recommended that you use the picture uploader tool instead.
NB: To edit any of these things after you've uploaded an image, simply select the image (so that it is highlighted) and click the insert/edit image icon again. You will be taken back to the same window, and the button will say "Update" instead of "Insert".
A Moodle page is a separate web page which can be filled with text, media and links.
Adding a new page to your course:
Reduce image file sizes
The best and easiest from Google: https://squoosh.app/
Reduce Microsoft Word and PowerPoint Document File Size
If you created a Microsoft Word or PowerPoint documents but have realized that it is too large to be shared by email; or you’re low on disk space; or even can’t upload it to Moodle, don't fret! Follow this guide to get your document file size compressed.
People like to use copy and paste to add graphics into a document. The feature is effortless, but it’s not efficient as the pasted image is a bitmap file. The differences in file sizes can be astounding especially if you’re using a file format such as JPG as your source.
Choose E-mail (96 ppi) output
Inside your document, click one of your picture, you will see a tab “Format Picture” appears at the toolbar area. Click the “Compress” button on the “Format Picture” tab; select the “Best for sending in e-mail (96 ppi) from the “Picture Quality” dropdown menu; tick the “Remove cropped picture regions” checkbox; and select the “(Apply to) All picture in this file” radio button. Then, click “OK”. This would change all the pictures used in your document to an optimal size.
When you insert an image or a media file, you have the option to insert it either as an embedded object or as a linked file. Insert > Photo/Audio/Movie > Photo/Audio/Movie from File.. > Select the file you want to insert; tick the “Link to File” checkbox.
By inserting it as a linked file means it will not become a part of the final document file. But you should always make sure that the linked file is with you and in the computer where you will open the document. Otherwise, the hyperlink won’t work.
Turn off Preview Picture
The preview picture is the thumbnail of the document’s first page. This thumbnail shows in the Details section of Windows Explorer when you highlight the file. Usually, this isn’t an issue unless your first page displays a graphic.
Save your document a second time
Open your document, go to File > Save As… and give it another name. Then click “Save”.
Doing this you will have a second document that often is smaller than the original copy. This is because Microsoft Document usually stores lots of redundant information such as earlier drafts and previous used images. Once you save it as another file, the unnecessary redundant information would be purged.
Remove manually enrolled students
As an Editing Teacher role, you can manually enrol a user, it looks fine from your teacher’s view. But, it only works for Staff. Even a student's name appears in your participant list, they still can’t access your course, because their account is not activated yet. Even worse, the inactivated manually enrolled account will cause unpredict issues which will incur complaints to Unitec.
Request a new course
This is for teachers only.
You can get to "Request a course" in 2 ways:
You can then fill out the form.
Reset a course
Resetting your course can be useful between lots of students to purge out old user data so that the course is fresh. Of course there are times when you wish to keep old user data (like previous forum posts for students to build on) so be careful using this feature.
If you're using weekly format (rather than topics format) this can be a good place to change the course start date so that the weeks display properly for the new semester. Be careful deleting anything else in this section unless you're really sure.
Reset Turnitin assignment
Option 1: (Copy) says Create Duplicates, New Turnitin Class....
Resizing images before uploading to Moodle
It is now ready to upload to Moodle!
Resizing images in Moodle
NB: Super hint! If you wish an image to resize automatically to the size available on the screen, then remove the height property in the image dimensions, and add 100% (or whatever percentage) to the width property! The image will then scale / resize automatically!
These are items containing information/knowledge that a teacher offers to support learning.
Add an resource using the Add activity or resource link
Note: To use this method the Activity chooser must be turned offScroll to the bottom of the section where you wish to add the resource and click the Add activity or resource link near the bottom.
The Add an activity or resource window will appear. Scroll past the list of activities to select the type of resource you wish to add and click the Add button, otherwise click Cancel to return to your course page.
Add a resource using the Activity chooser
Note: To use this method the Activity chooser must be turned on
Scroll to the bottom of the section where you wish to add the resource and click the Add a resource drop-down menu. Click on the resource type you wish to add from the list that appears.
Resources - Book
Setting up a book:
Choose "Book" from the "Add an activity or resource" menu.
Give the book a name.
You can give it a description, though this is not necessary.
Normally the chapter title is displayed in the table of contents (TOC) AND as a heading above the content.
If the custom titles checkbox is ticked, the chapter title is NOT displayed as a heading above the content. A different title (perhaps longer than the chapter title) may be entered as part of the content.
Adding pages (chapters and subchapters):
Make sure you have editing on when you are viewing your book to edit and add chapters. You will know if you do, because the table of contents will have editing icons after each chapter/page like this:
Resources - File
Adding a file:
Choose "File" from the "Add an activity or resource" menu.
Give it a name.
Description is optional.
Displays the type of the file, such as 'Word document', beside links to the file. If there are multiple files in this resource, the start file type is displayed. If the file type is not known to the system, it will not display.
Resources - File - Linking to Office365 documents for students
This may be in the form of Microsoft Office documents such as Word, Powerpoint or Excel.
Traditionally a teacher might upload these documents as File resources, either as the original file type (eg. doc, ppt, xls) or exported to PDF first. This method works fine, but these resources need to be carefully maintained should the content of the file need changes in future.
An alternative solution may be to create read-only links for students to view live documents directly in their browser, while also allowing the teacher to edit the content without any need to update or otherwise maintain links in Moodle.
Step 1: Get a link for your office document
This requires your document to be stored in OneDrive or SharePoint and the document open in your web browser.
This will bring up the sharing popup, click on Get a link on the left hand side, then click on the drop down list to select appropriate security options.
If you wish to restrict access to Unitec students only; select View link - account in your organization required, otherwise if you want anyone to be able to view the document; select View link - no sign in required.
Warning: Do not leave the drop down list in the default Edit link - no sign in required state; this will mean anyone will be able to edit your document! Select one of the View link - options instead.
Once you have selected the appropriate View link - option you are ready to select and copy the URL link provided.
You are now ready to move onto the next step.
Step 2: Create a URL resource in moodle and link to your document
Give your link a meaningful name, and an optional description if you wish.
Paste your URL into the External URL box
It's a good idea to check that your URL resource is setup to open in a new window so that students don't lose their place in Moodle by following your link. This is done under appearance.
Finally, click Save and Return to Course and you are done.
Tame your Google Gmail filter
Why I didn't receive any email from Moodle?
Below is how to "teach" a gmail account to treat your emails as primary.
This can be done by clicking on the email (without opening it) & dragging it to the "primary tab". You will then see a message that says:
If you click yes, all future emails from that address will go to the primary tab.
This will certainly work for each individual who does it, I.e.. Each person who does it, their gmail account will always send your emails to the primary tab.
Tidy up your course
This entry contains suggestions for how to tidy up your moodle course.
1. If you’re not using it, delete it, or drag it to a hidden section
3. Put files e.g PDF, Word or PPT into Folders (or Glossary) or do 5. below
4. Videos and images
6. Contact Te Puna Ako staff for help with how to do any of these steps (or search in the Guide to Moodle for the relevant word e.g. page/glossary)
enjoy your tidy course!!
Turn editing on
Turnitin file formats
To submit a paper to Turnitin, your paper must meet our requirements.
The paper being submitted must contain more than 20 words, must be under 20MB (or approximately one million characters), must not exceed 200 pages in length, and must not contain spaces in between every letter (l i k e t h i s).
Please note that we do not support:
If a file format issue is occurring, please re-open the file in a word processor, and save the file again using the "save as" function and choosing a different format from the file type pull down menu (try RTF or TXT as they are the most "safe"). Occasionally content in document headers and footers can prevent a file from being accepted by the Turnitin service. If you encounter issues uploading a document that contains headers and footers, editing or removing the content may resolve the issue.
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If you are using Mac
If you are using Windows
Update profile (my profile)
1. From the drop-down menu at the top-right corner, click on 'Profile':
3. Click the ? next to some fields to see what these settings do
5. Click the "Update profile" button at the very bottom
Upload a big file
We cannot recommend moodle for submissions of files of this size, file submission data is stored in the moodle database which is both very expensive and limited. This is in addition to potentially causing problems for the server when uploading and downloading files of this size.
Why am I not getting emails from Moodle?
If you are a student, our Moodle updates your profile every day according to your Unitec Student Portal data. you should NOT change your email in Moodle, because of the change will be overwritten by PeopleSoft overnight. So please change your email here:
If it is the right email but you didn’t get any email from Moodle, they might land into your Junk mails or Spam folder. Follow the link below to the guide of how to tame Gmail. Hotmail and other Email Apps should be similar.https://moodle.unitec.ac.nz/mod/glossary/showentry.php?eid=595
Another possibility (unlikely) is that you had turned off the Moodle notification at some stage. Follow the link below to the guide of how to turn it back on: