Tuesday, 3 October 2023, 6:35 AM
Site: Unitec Online
Course: Guide to Moodle (Guide to Moodle)
Glossary: Guide to Moodle

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: you must have the image saved to your computer first! Best formats are PNG, JPG or GIF. 

  1. In the editing toolbar you will see a picture buttonAdd an image- click this.
  2. Click "Find or upload an image".
  3. If the middle panel doesn't already have a "Browse" button, click "Upload a file" off to the left, then click "Browse".
  4. Find the image on your computer and select it.
  5. You may want to edit the author and license information for the image. By default the author is the person who is logged in and uploading the image, and the license is "All rights reserved". (Click here for more information on licenses.)
  6. Click "Upload this file".
  7. It is important to fill out a description. If someone uses screenreading software (because they are vision impaired) then the description is what is read out to them when the software encounters an image!
  8. Under the "Appearance" tab you can choose other options like how the image is displayed with text, set a size for the image, border etc.
  9. Click "Insert" when you are done.

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".

To reduce the file size of an image (so it loads quicker in Moodle):

(If the file size of an image is too big, your Moodle course can be slow too load, and it will take up lots of space).

  1. Hover over the image to check file size eg 12kB
  2. Right click and scroll to 'open with'
  3. Choose 'Paint'
  4. click resize
  5. select pixels
  6. Fill in Horizontal as e.g.180 (vertical will adjust automatically) 
  7. ok
  8. save as
  9. now you can insert it to Moodle

Reset Turnitin assignment



Option 1:  (Copy) says Create Duplicates, New Turnitin Class....
This one looks at the current course to find which Turntin class it links to and creates a new class in Turnitin to link to, then for each Moodle Direct activity, creates a new version of each Turnitin assignment in the newly created class with the exact same assignment options. (This is generally the one most folks will choose). It is not destructive and will keep copies of the previous class and assignments containing submissions in Turnitin but will create new activities linked to brand new empty replicas of the Turnitin assignments

Option 2:  (Replace) Replace Assignment Parts, Reuse Turnitin Class
This one is similar to the above but instead of creating a brand new class it will reuse the previously linked class and create brand new replicas of the assignments in it rather than use a new class. Downside to this method is you keep the previous Turnitin cohort of students. This option is pretty specific to certain use cases and is generally not used very often.

Option 3: Untouched
As you say, leaves the class and assignment linkage the same and basically does nothing to the Moodle Direct activities.

Resources

These are items containing information/knowledge that a teacher offers to support learning.

To add a new resource to your course you must first turn editing on

Turn editing on

Note: There are now two methods for adding activities and resources to course pages, you may either use the traditional Add activity or resource link or the new Activity chooser

Check the Administration block to see if you have the Activity chooser turned on or off. You may turn the chooser on or off by clicking on the entry within the Administration block.

Activity chooser admin


Add an resource using the Add activity or resource link

Note: To use this method the Activity chooser must be turned offActivity chooser off

Scroll to the bottom of the section where you wish to add the resource and click the Add activity or resource link near the bottom.

add an activity or resource (link)

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.

Resource picker


Add a resource using the Activity chooser

Note: To use this method the Activity chooser must be turned onActivity chooser on

When enabled the Activity chooser replaces the Add activity or resource link described above with two drop down boxes one for resources and one for activities.

Activity chooser

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.

resource drop

This page describes the process of adding resources to your course page, however, the process of adding activities is essentially the same.


Resources - Book

Presents content in a textbook format, allowing for chapters and subchapters (2 levels only). Pages can be enhanced by multimedia.

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.

Chapter numbering

  • None - Chapter and subchapter titles have no formatting
  • Numbers - Chapters and subchapter titles are numbered 1, 1.1, 1.2, 2, ...
  • Bullets - Subchapters are indented and displayed with bullets in the table of contents
  • Indented - Subchapters are indented in the table of contents

Custom titles

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.

You will be prompted to add your first page (chapter) when you create the book. Add in a title (this will show in the book table of contents) and content (this will display in the main page area).

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: page editing icons

When adding a page you have the option to make it a 'sub-chapter'. This nests the page under the one you clicked the plus icon by.

When you have multiple pages, there will be another icon which lets you change the order of pages in your book: extra book icons

Resources - File

A document presented for students to download - PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, image...

Adding a file:

Drag and drop the file onto your course page (make sure you have editing turned on before doing this).

OR

Choose "File" from the "Add an activity or resource" menu.

Give it a name.

Description is optional.

Drag the file into the drag and drop box or choose the "Add..." button to browse for the file on your computer.

Once the file appears in the box on the Moodle page, you can continue.

Appearance

Display

This setting, together with the file type and whether the browser allows embedding, determines how the file is displayed. Options may include:

    • Automatic - The best display option for the file type is selected automatically
    • Embed - The file is displayed within the page below the navigation bar together with the file description and any blocks
    • Force download - The user is prompted to download the file
    • Open - Only the file is displayed in the browser window
    • In pop-up - The file is displayed in a new browser window without menus or an address bar
    • In frame - The file is displayed within a frame below the navigation bar and file description
    • New window - The file is displayed in a new browser window with menus and an address bar

Display size

Displays the file size, such as '3.1 MB', beside links to the file. If there are multiple files in this resource, the total size of all files is displayed.

Display type

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 page describes a method for creating read-only links for students to view office documents directly in the browser.

Description

It is common for teachers to want to put content on a Moodle course for students to access.

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. 

Once the document is open and you are satisfied the content is ready to share with your students, click the Share button in the top right corner of the window.

 or 

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.

Right click on the URL box and select copy from the drop down menu (or use control-c to copy the text).

You are now ready to move onto the next step.

Step 2: Create a URL resource in moodle and link to your document

Go to your moodle course page and Turn editing on, then use the activity picker to create a new URL resource.

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.

Check any other settings you might wish to change, for example displaying the description on the course page and automatic completion tracking when students view the resource.

Finally, click Save and Return to Course and you are done.

Turn editing off for your course and check your newly created link works correctly.

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
2. Put links into a Glossary or a Page (to reduce scroll of death)

Glossary features:

  • searchable by author /date / letter
  • alphabetical
  • make your own categories - or it can be updated by date 
  • your students to contribute their links (if you set up for this)
  • share with other teachers or keep to yourself / your class
  • can insert .pdf files
  • can link to words in forum entries

Page features:

  • name it whatever you want
  • edit it right there inside moodle
  • can curate the links i.e. describe what the link is and why students should access it (required reading / recommended reading / helpful for assessment 2 etc)
  • can copy and paste from MS Word doc into 'page', then don't have to delete docs and re-upload if out of date. 

3. Put files e.g PDF, Word or PPT into Folders (or Glossary) or do 5. below

Folder features:

  • name it whatever you want
  • can contain related files altogether eg all files for assessment 1, or topic 1 or week 1
  • reduces scroll of death


4. Videos and images

Put videos into a 'page' by either adding a link or inserting the embed code. Don't put the video on your course homepage, as it will take time to load.

Reduce your image size - otherwise, it will take time to load. 

5. Instead of uploading Word, Ppt, Excel etc files , use Office 365 and link from there.

Benefits:

  • you only update your file in Office365, and because it is linked into Moodle, students will see the update immediately. (check sharing permissions)

 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)

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enjoy your tidy course!!


Turnitin file formats

To submit a paper to Turnitin, your paper must meet our requirements.  

Turnitin will currently accept the following file types to generate Originality Reports: 

  • Microsoft Word® (.doc / .docx)1
  • OpenOffice Text (.odt)2
  • Google Docs via Google Drive™ (.gdoc files are NOT acceptable)3
  • WordPerfect®  (.wpd)
  • PostScript (.ps/.eps)
  • Adobe® PDF4
  • Microsoft PowerPoint® (.pptx, .ppt, .ppsx, and .pps)5
  • Microsoft Excel® (.xls and .xlsx)6
  • HTML 
  • Rich text format (.rtf) 
  • Plain text (.txt)
  • Hangul Word Processor file (.hwp)

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:

  • Microsoft® Works (.wps) file types.
  • Apple Pages file types.
  • Spreadsheets created outside of Microsoft Excel (i.e. .ods).
  • GDOC files (.gdoc) which are just links to online Google Document files, but don't actually contain text or the document's content. Google Drive must be used to upload Google Docs.
  • Prezi Presentations
  • M-Files (.m format)

Therefore, if an unsupported word processor is being used, you may need to save the file as a TXT or RTF file in order to upload to Turnitin.

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.

Footnotes: 

  1. Microsoft Word: We do not accept Microsoft Word 2007 macros-enabled (.docm) files (we do accept the standard .docx files). Whatever macro is encoded in the file is stripped away when submitted to Turnitin. For example, when using a "letter replacement macro," we strip the macro from the Wordfile, and whatever characters the student originally had in the file will appear (i.e. "a~"). Also, we do NOT accept password protected files.
  2. Open Office Text: Turnitin will not accept .odt files created and downloaded from Google Docs online. Turnitin will not accept ".doc" files created using OpenOffice since OpenOffice ".doc" files are not 100% Microsoft Word equivalent.
  3. Google Docs: GDOC files (*.gdoc) which are just links to online Google Document files, but don't actually contain text or the document's content are not supported. Google Drive must be used to upload Google Docs.
  4. Adobe® PDF: Turnitin will not accept PDF image files, forms, or portfolios. PDF files which do not contain highlightable text (e.g., a "scanned" file, which is often simply a picture of text) are unacceptable. PDF portfolio documents containing multiple files are not supported. 
  5. Microsoft PowerPoint: It is possible to submit PowerPoint files. Turnitin converts the PowerPoint slide deck into a static PDF, leaving all text and images in their original format but leaving out features such as presenter notes, embedded video, and animations. Text with visual effects is not supported, and it is recommended that any visual effects such as shadows and 3-D be removed prior to submitting to Turnitin
  6. Microsoft Excel: The version of the file that can be viewed in the Document Viewer will look the same as it would if the Excel file had been saved as a PDF and submitted to Turnitin. We highly recommend that users pay attention to the image preview provided in the single file submission to verify that the file is presented in an acceptable manner.  Users can adjust the way the file looks by editing the page setup and print area settings for the file prior to saving it and submitting it to Turnitin.  

Typing Māori easily

If you are using Mac

If you are using Windows

  • make sure you have the Maori keyboard installed (Unitec Managed builds will have this - talk to IMS)
  • in your task bar click the little keyboard icon and switch to Maori keyboard mode
  • type ` (usually to the left of the 1 on your keyboard) followed directly by the vowel and it will become one with a macron
  • when you are done make sure to return to US keyboard mode

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

Our recommendation is that students share their files with you using OneDrive, this is a Microsoft service provided for students by Unitec, unlike moodle it is intended for file storage and sharing.

  1. Go to myportal.unitec.ac.nz in your browser.
  2. Sign in with your Unitec login and password details, students should use smithj07@myunitec.ac.nz format for their login.
  3. Click the blue and white “grid” icon in the top left (also known as the “waffle”).
  4. Once OneDrive loads in a new tab, you can drag files into the area where it says “Drag files here to upload”.
  5. Once uploaded right click on the file and select Share.
  6. Here you have a number of options about how to share your file, the easiest (but least secure) is to click “Copy Link” and paste that into an email to your lecturer.


    Alternatively click on the drop down and untick the box that says allow editing, then Apply, then “Copy Link”.



    There are also options for sharing for specific people, which is recommended for more security. But I will let you explore those options once you gain familiarity with sharing using the above steps.