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How to Embed an Animoto Video in Moodle

Learn How to Embed an Animoto Video in Moodle Animoto At Animoto log in to your account and select MY VIDEOS. Animoto – My Videos Page On the My Videos page select the video you want to embed. Animoto Video Player Page On the page that displays with your video, you will see display option on the right. Click on More. Animoto Share Options In the pop-up window that displays click on the Embedded video tab Animoto – Embed Options You should now see the embed code displayed.  Select the SIZE, QUALITY AND VOLUME SETTINGS.  Click on COPY TO CLIPBOARD. Moodle Text Editor In Moodle, edit the settings of the resource or activity in which you are going to embed the Animoto video.  Click on the HTML icon. HTML Source Editor Pop-Up Window The HTML source editor window will appear. Moodle Text Editor You will now see the video appear in the text editor window. Save your changes. The first time you save and display an embedded resource, you will likely need to redisplay the browser page bef
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Restoring the backup into another course in Moodle

Moodle Tips Restoring the backup into another course When you click the Continue button the Restore page appears. Scroll down to the User private backup area and select the backup that you just created. Next, you will see the settings for this backup that you are choosing to restore: Click on Continue to proceed to the Destination page. Carefully review the options on this page. Since you began this process by first backing up sections from a course and immediately have continued with performing a restore, you will want to select the option of Restore into an existing course. Select the course that you want to restore the backup file into. Once you have selected the course, click on Continue. You will see a page displaying: After you click on Next, the following Schema page displays. This page shows Schema of the course backup that you have selected (not the course that the backup will be restored into).
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Receiving an Error Message When Adding a User to Moodle

Error Message When Adding a User This is generally a browser-related issue. If you have saved your user log-in and password when you log-in, your browser is using the auto-fill feature to populate the username and password fields.  You will need to disable any usernames/passwords that is saved in passwords auto-fill within your browser that are associated with the log-in to your Moodle site. For example in Chrome, you would edit autofill entries and delete any that are associated with your Moodle site. (If you have a test student account or test teacher account saved you must delete those as well; otherwise, they will be displayed when you try to enter a new user even though you have deleted your own log-in. Once you ve deleted these do not let your browser save your username and password when you log-in or if you do save just delete your user info from your browser when entering new users. The URL for how to edit Autofill entries in Chrome is https://support.google.com/chrome/answe
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Creating Links with the HTML Block in Moodle

Creating Quick Links with HTML Block To create a quick links block in Moodle: 1.  Make sure editing is on 2.  On your main course page (topics page) go to the block called Add a Block 3.  Select the HTML block 4.  You should now see a new block above Add a Block with the title (new HTML block) 5.  Click on editing (configuration) tool of the new HTML block and you will be taken to a new screen that should look familiar.  It’s the basic html editor you use in adding labels, creating pages, etc. If you do step 6, creating the quick links block will be easier: 6.  Look at the top of your screen in the bread crumbs.  Right click on the short name of your course so that it opens in a new tab.  Or, right click on the course name in the Navigation block.  (Mac users hold down the control key and click at the same time.)  You now should have one tab in your browser for editing your HTML block and one tab for your main topics page as shown immediately below: 7.  Click on the brow
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Portfolios: Exporting Whole Discussion Content from a Forum

Exporting Whole Discussion Content from a Forum It is possible to export content from forum posts and discussions. Forum content is exported via the Portfolio feature of Moodle. Required site admin settings: Enabling portfolios Enabling the use of portfolios in Moodle is a 2-step process for a site administrator: Check the enableportfolios box in Administration > Site administration > Advanced features Enable selected portfolio plugins in Administration > Site administration > Plugins > Portfolios > Manage portfolios The Manage portfolios screenshot (shown immediately above) shows portfolio options (Box, Flickr, Google Drive, Picassa, Mahara ePortfolio) to export forum content. The first listed option is File download and in this screenshot is the only enabled choice. When File download is enabled a user who has permission to export whole forum content will see the option to export whole discussion content listed above a discussion. *** The options listed below File download are portf
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Labels in Moodle

Adding Labels in Moodle A label is a way to add text to the content area of your course. Labels can be used to give a quick instruction or to tell users what to click on next. Labels are the way you can add text to each section of your course. A label may be one word or up to paragraphs long. In labels you may include pictures, text, tables and URLs. Labels are used to give brief directions or explanations to users.  Often labels direct users to clickable links. To add a label in Moodle: 1. To add a Label Resource you must be in a course where your User Role is defined as Teacher. 2. You will not be able to add Labels to the Moodle Workshop course because your user defined role is Student. 3. As a Teacher you have editing privileges.  To begin editing you must have editing turned on. 4. There are 2 ways to turn editing on: A.  Look at the upper right hand corner of the main course page you will see: You will need to click that box.   When editing is on it will say: B.  Use the
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Resource Page: Embedding Audio in Moodle

Audio Support Resources:  Embedding Audio in Moodle If you are interested in embedding audio in Moodle only in your course, check out Audacity. This is a free audio recording tool that offers nice editing features but is still very easy to use. Audacity does need to be downloaded and installed on your computer. It is available for both Mac and PC users. Audacity does not save in an audio format that can be embedded in a web page including a Moodle page. To embed your audio recording (rather than having it open up in a separate page) you need to download additional software. Because of patent considerations, Audacity cannot ship with a built-in encoder to export MP3 files, but is able to use the third-party LAME encoder. This page explains how to download and install the correct LAME encoder for your system, and outlines the legal issues surrounding LAME encoding patents.  Click here to Link to this page The newest version of Quicktime also allows you to easily record audio. Howev
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Totara LMS Checklist

  Totara LMS is a ‘distribution’ of Moodle, the world’s top open-source Learning Management System. With over 68 million users and over 7 million courses with 1.2 million plus teachers, Moodle is by far the most successful online learning system in the world. Based on the open source Moodle backbone, Totara LMS extends Moodle’s strengths to provide training, performance management, and personnel management for enterprise-level businesses. Recent examples in government and financial services have shown that confidence in and commitment to open source platforms is rapidly increasing. A lot of our clients ask us for help in deciding if the Totara LMS is right for them. Below is a Totara LMS Checklist made up of questions we have created to help clients through the decision making process. If you answer yes to one or more of the questions, Totara may be a good choice for you. Totara LMS Checklist Tracking Individualized Learning Plans Do learners need to have individual learn
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How to Un-Enroll or Suspend a User in Moodle

How to Un-enroll Users from a Course By default a user with the role of administrator or teacher, can un-enroll users from a course in Moodle. With existing users probably the easiest method to un-enroll users is to do the following: 1. Log-i...
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Using the Workshop Tool In Moodle

Workshop Tool in Moodle Moodle has a great tool for peer assessment: the workshop. The workshop activity is part of the standard core of Moodle. Each student submits his or her own assignment which can be a combination of both online text and a ...
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Required Site and Course Settings for Completion Tracking in Moodle

Completion Tracking in Moodle The following Activity completion information is directly from Moodle docs at http://docs.moodle.org/21/en/Activity_completion_settings Required site settings To use activity completion, the feature needs to be e...
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How to Create Moodle Badges

Badges are new in Moodle 2.5+ . Badges are a great way to motivate users. They are an electronic way to demonstrate that you have mastered a specific skill. Moodle badges may be awarded based on a variety of criteria chosen by the teacher. You ca...
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How to Embed a Google Doc into Moodle

Embedding a Google document requires an extra step when compared to embedding a Google Form or presentation. It’s a little “quirky.” You need to not only copy the embed code from Google, you also need to add a little “extra” code for the document to display as a full page. Shown immediately below is the iframe code copied from Google for embedding a document. iframe src= https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1L9VAvG5Y1YK86QoPM-R5yZ7hU7i-TdUQADLB1ygz0Io&embedded=true > With the above code the Google Document displays in the exact size shown below: The following needs to be added to make the document display in a larger size: frameborder=”0” height=”800” width=100% If the above do not work, manually type them in rather than copying and pasting from this document. The embed code would now appear as iframe src= https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1L9VAvG5Y1YK86QoPM-R5yZ7hU7i-TdUQADLB1ygz0Io&embedded=true frameborder= 0 height= 800 width=100%> frame border =
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How to Backup or Copy a Section or Sections of a Course

Creating the Backup (Copy) of Course Sections Backup or Copy a Section or Sections of a Course Open the course that has the section or sections that you want to copy (backup). Next use the Administration block to begin the backup (copy) process:  Administration > Course Administration > Backup. The Backup process includes five stages. The first screen that appears provides you with numerous options for Initial settings to use in the backup. Carefully review each option. Depending on your Moodle site you may or may not have permission to backup with enrolled users. In most instances especially when you intend to copy resources, activities and sections from one course to another you do not want to include enrolled users. If you plan on using any quizzes that you have created, be sure to include the question bank. When you have the options selected (or not selected) click on the Next button in the bottom right hand corner. You will now see a page where you select Schema settings. In
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Google Forms or Moodle Quizzes-Pros and Cons of Each

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Google Forms and Moodle Quizzes There obviously is not a right or wrong answer. There is likely a place in most Moodle courses for the inclusion of both a Google form and a Moodle quiz. The answer to when to use one over the other really is going to fall based on the purpose of the activity and the comfort/experience of the teacher building the assessment. In no particular order I ve listed a number of advantages and disadvantages for using each.  By no means is this an all exhaustive list for advantages/disadvantages of each. Google Forms Advantages: Quick and easy to create. Form are easy to embed within Moodle. For example, when assigning a video for students to watch, place it on a page. Embed the Google form beneath the video as a quick comprehension check or reflection on the video. Easier for multiple users to work on at the same time when editing rights are shared. Forms provide easy access to longer text responses from an entire group of s
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Mobile Access in Moodle Mobile

Course Builders/Teachers: Moodle works best on a desktop or laptop computer. Moodle does not function exactly the same on tablets and smart phones. In general, the higher the Moodle version, the better your mobile experience will be. It is recommended that course building and editing be done on a desktop or laptop computer. Moodle Mobile is the Moodle official mobile application for Android and iOs. Available: in Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.moodle.moodlemobile iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/moodle-mobile/id633359593?mt=8 The Moodle Mobile app replaces the old mobile app for iPhone, My Moodle. It requires Moodle 2.4 or above. Administration Settings to Enable Mobile Access in Moodle Mobile There are two settings required at the administrative level. Site Administration -> Plugins -> Web Services -> External service (enabled) Site Administration -> Appearance -> Theme -> Theme Settings (Enable device detection) Allowing the User to Select Them
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Part 2 Portfolios in Moodle: Converting HTML portfolio content export to a PDF

Portfolios in Moodle Currently, export of a whole discussion from a forum in Moodle is available only as HTML representation. If you would like a PDF copy, the following method is suggested: Click on the discussion thread to be exported. In this instance the following discussion will be exported. (Screenshot shows discussion with some portions cut from the screenshot to keep display size in this example reasonable!) The discussion was selected since it contains both text and images. When Export whole discussion is enabled, the following screen appears: When you select HTML with attachments and click Next, you will see the following screen: When you click on Continue, the export will download to the default location for downloads on your device: To view the discussion as a pdf, do the following. Open the discussion.html file in a browser. For example in Chrome, File Open File and select discussion.html. Here is a portion of what will appear: Both images and text are represented in the
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Two options for enabling user view of the MyMobile Theme

MyMobile Theme for Moodle Two options for enabling user view of the MyMobile Theme Note: The MyMobile theme has been removed from Moodle versions 2.6 and higher. The MyMobile theme is designed to make a Moodle course easier for students to use on either smart phones or tablets. It is also possible to edit a course using this theme; however, there is not a turn editing on button on the main course page. To make editing changes you must first access the resource or activity and then use the settings block to select editing that is associated with that resource or activity. There are two ways for Moodle administrators to provide access to the My Mobile theme. One way the user displays the MyMobile theme by directly editing the URL in his or her browser the other way automatically displays the site/course in the MyMobile theme. One way (administrative steps shown below) assumes that users of mobile devices will want to view a site and courses in the My Mobile theme. When the steps below
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Planning Your Totara Implementation- Start With The End in Mind

Start at the End At eClass4learning we recommend starting with the end when planning your Totara implementation. That is, what reporting do you need? Starting at the end really does make the implementation process go much more smoothly. Begin With Reporting What we’ve found at eClass4learning is that, even though it might seem counter-intuitive, you will save time if you begin with reporting. Reporting is a key feature of Totara with a powerful, flexible report builder. Totara ensures you have a complete picture of usage, progress and achievement across your operations. It has a built in report builder. It allows you to build your own reports from scratch no technical knowledge required! You can export reports to a variety of formats such as CSV. You can also add in customized search filters to allow users to drill down into data. You can report on numerous data sources such as e-learning and assessments.  You can assign pre-built or custom reports to any system role. You can also
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Blending a 1:1 Initiative Goals and Vision SAMR

Blending a 1:1 Initiative Goals and Vision SAMR ICE Conference We invite you to join us at the ICE Conference on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 in the New Orleans Ballroom. From:  2:45 pm – 3:30 pm for our presentation of: Blending a 1:1 Initiative Goals and Vision SAMR
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Setting Up Student Self-Enrollment in Moodle

Student Self-Enrollment in Moodle The following directions take you through the steps of setting up your course for student self-enrollment in Moodle. Remember this method works when the student already has access to your Moodle site and you want to...
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Digital Open Badges in Education

What are Open Badges? Open Badging is a digital reward system. They appear as icons or logos on a web page or social media sites such as social media sites, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google Plus. Anyone can earn, issue and display digital badges. Badges are achieved by completing tasks, goals, or demonstrating skills set by an issuer. Badges signify accomplishments such as completion of a project, mastery of a skill, or marks of experience. They can be awarded by institutions, organizations, groups, teachers or individuals. The Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI), developed by Mozilla, allows badges to be issued with a consistent set of metadata ‘baked’ in to them, revealing the issuer, who the badge has been issued to and the criteria for being awarded the badge. Badges can be stored inside a student s “digital backpack”. In order to create a badge, the issuer creates the criteria needed for the user to achieve the badge. This is embedded inside the badge in the form of met
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Embedding a Google Calendar in Moodle

How to Embed a Google Calendar into Moodle Here we talk about embedding a Google Calendar into Moodle. Adding a Google Calendar to a page or block is very similar to embedding video. At Google, use the drop-down menu that appears immediately to the ...
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How to Create Moodle Badges

Badges are new in Moodle 2.5+ . Badges are a great way to motivate users. They are an electronic way to demonstrate that you have mastered a specific skill. Moodle badges may be awarded based on a variety of criteria chosen by the teacher. You can upload your own images as badges or get them from a site such as Badges for Your Moodle. Moodle Badges There are two categories of badges: • Site badges available to users site-wide and related to the site wide activities, like finishing a set of courses. • Course badges available to users enrolled in the course and related to the activities that happen inside the course. Site Badges Badges should be enabled by default in Administration>Site administration>Advanced features and can be managed from Administration>Site administration>Badges>Manage badges. The available criteria for awarding site badges are: • Finishing a course or a set of courses with a minimum grade or by a certain date • Completing a number of fields in the user ac
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