If you access our EDTECH Moodle site on your SmartPhone, our Moodlerooms Mobile theme will appear. This theme allows you to easily navigate and use Moodle in a mobile environment. Try it out!
Simply navigate to our Moodle site on your phone’s Internet browser (http://edtech.mrooms.org) and login.
As you can see, after logging in you can post to our News Forum from your mobile device.
Enter your username and password and click the Login button at the bottom of your screen.
Accessing your course(s)
To access your course, click the Blocks button at the upper-left of your screen.
Then, select Course categories.
Select the semester and your course from the list.
You will then be directed to your course home page. Take a look around and notice how much you can do on your mobile device, such as participating in forums, accessing resources, and even submitting assignments. If your instructor has enabled course completion, you can view your progress.
You will want to create a bookmark so you can easily navigate to your courses in Moodle on your mobile device. In this example, I will add EDTECH 501 to my home screen.
Click the little arrow at the bottom of your screen to add this course to your home screen.
Add to Home Screen
Name your icon
Edit the icon to your course name and you will then have it available to click on your home screen.
I think you will really like this mobile interface. Let me know what you think and if you will be using EDTECH Moodle on your mobile device.
Wonder where to locate the enrollment key for your course? It’s no longer in the course settings. You need to click Users>Enrollment methods>Self enrollment (Student) to get to the page to adjust your settings.
You then can set your enrollment key and customize other settings. You may want to have your students automatically put into groups once they enroll, so enable the group enrollment feature (and of course set enrollment keys for each of your groups.)
The custom welcome message is sent to students after they enroll, so you might want to include some detailed instructions on how to get started.
I think you will appreciate the updates to the Moodle Messaging system in 2.0. In the past, you could either view messages when logged in to Moodle or have them forwarded to your email after a certain period of time elapsed. In the new version of Moodle Messaging, you have options.
According to the moodle.org website, the messaging system in 2.0 has been revamped significantly:
- it is now event-driven.
- it allows users to control exactly what messages they receive and how.
All users need to do is adjust their messaging options in their Profile Settings. To access Profile Settings, click Messaging under My Profile Settings:
You will see a screen “Configure notification methods for incoming messages” where you can select how you want to be notified for various types of information.
Depending upon your permissions, you will have different options. However, it’s nice to set your messages maybe as pop-up windows when you are online and then receive by email when you are offline. You can do this also with forums you are subscribed to. This way, you can not only avoid email inbox overload (one of my pet peeves), but can stay on top of current information while you are logged in to your Moodle site.
Making it easy for students to receive updated information when they are on their Moodle site is a great way to keep them engaged and informed. Moodle Messaging improvements also include the ability to to integrate with Jabber if the system admin enables that setting.
Moodle 2.0 has an excellent option called Course Completion, which allows both instructor and student to monitor requirements to be completed in the course.
These could be any type of activity or resource interaction. The addition of a Course completion status block quickly helps a student stay on track and allows an instructor to view student progress.
This handy feature is enabled through the Course Settings in the familiar Administration block and then is available as an option when creating an activity or resource.
Following is a tutorial showing you how to enable course completion in your Moodle 2.0 course and then how to set up a completion requirement for viewing a course syllabus.
Why use Course Completion in Moodle?
You might want to make sure students complete certain activities before others. In this example, you will view how to adjust your course settings to include course completion and then how to set a viewing requirement for a resource page.
First, click “Edit settings” in your Course administration section to enable Course Completion.
Student progress section
Scroll down to the Student progress section and select the option below.
You might also want to click the “Completion tracking begins on enrolment” box.
Next, you will want to add a “Course Completion Status” block.
At the beginning of the semester, you will probably want to make sure students view the course syllabus. In this example, you will have the option when creating or editing your Syllabus Resource Page to enable Completion tracking.
Enable Syllabus Completion
You will need to adjust your items you want tracked for completion in the Completion tracking section of your Course administration block.
In this example, the Page-Syllabus is selected, along with another Workshop activity. Make sure you select “Save changes” at the bottom of the page.
When a student views the course, this is the view of the Course completion status block, indicating that none of the required completion activities have been started.
This is what the student sees when (s)he clicks the “More details” link on the Course completion status block.
Now, the student is viewing the syllabus. After doing so, a checkmark will appear on the course homepage, indicating he has viewed it.
Course completion: Teacher View
This teacher view of the Course completion block helps the teacher quickly see who has completed which of the required completed requirements.