How to View Individual Student’s Forum Posts

If you have been using Moodle 2.0, you should know by now that many of the editing is done through accessing links on the left-hand navigation bar. In the past, you could access student forum posts, grades, activity reports, and other activities through tabs at the top of their profiles. Those links are now found in the Navigation block. Once you select a student, you will be able to view student information in this Navigation block.

Navigation Block

Make sure you have the Navigation block installed on your course.

To install new blocks, turn editing on for your course and select “Navigation” from the list of items. Move this block up at the top, for easy viewing for students.

Cannot locate Navigation block, but have it installed?

Tip: You may have your block undocked, which will appear as a tab on the left of your site. Remember, with Moodle 2.0, you can undock any of the blocks.

Navigation Block

Select Participants

Either select “Participants” from your People block OR

Select Participants

OR Enrolled users

OR “Enrolled users” from the Course Administration block

OR Enrolled users

Access individual profiles

Click the link to navigate to the user’s profile

Access individual profiles

Forum Posts

Expand “Forum posts” in the Navigation block under the user’s name

Forum Posts

Posts or Discussions

Select “Posts” or “Discussions” to view individual user’s contributions

Posts or Discussions

View Posts!

You will then be able to view all posts or discussions posted by that user.

Note you can also view posts in context , too.

View Posts!
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Moodlerooms Mobile Theme

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.

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!

Login Page

Enter your username and password and click the Login button at the bottom of your screen.

Login Page

Accessing your course(s)

To access your course, click the Blocks button at the upper-left of your screen.

Then, select Course categories.

Accessing your course(s)

Course categories

Select the semester and your course from the list.

Course categories

Your course

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.

Your course

Add to 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.

Name your icon
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.

Using Rubrics in Moodle 2.0

Moodle 2.0 includes the ability to create and add rubrics to assignments. You can create a simple rubric that consists of criteria and guidelines for each criteria, using this as a checklist for students and also for grading.
The rubric is included when you submit grades, automatically adding all of the individual guidelines you click. You also have the ability to comment on each criteria and the assignment as a whole. Students will then be able to view the rubric and your comments in their grades.
You can also update the rubric at any time, if a student resubmits an assignment for instance.
If your rubric style consists of criteria and categories, with students receiving points for just one category in each criteria. then you have the option of creating that type of rubric, too, in Moodle. You will need to create a scale for your rubric (Grades>Scales>View) and then assign that scale to the rubric and the assignment.
In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a checklist rubric.

Select Rubrics

First, you need to create your rubric. Click the Rubrics icon under your course administration.

Select Rubrics

Create new rubric

Create new rubric

Name and complete rubric

You will need to name your rubric and then fill in the criteria and guidelines. You can add or delete criteria by clicking the green plus or red X buttons. Remember, each guideline will add up to the total of your assignment points. If you do not need one of the guideline cells, you will need to delete it before you can save your rubric.

Also, the rubric cannot add up to more than 100 points.

Name and complete rubric

Save Rubric

In order to save this rubric, you need to delete any cells that have no information in them. So, I would click the red X to delete the cell and then click “Save Rubric.”

Save Rubric

Rubric saved

You should see a “Rubric saved” at the top of your rubric.

Rubric saved

View your rubric

To see what your rubric will look like for students, click “Manage Course Rubrics.”

View your rubric

Select “View Rubric” icon

Select "View Rubric" icon

Your finished rubric

Your finished rubric

Add rubric to assignment

Edit an exisitng assignment or create a new assignment.

Add your rubric to this assignment.

Make sure the number of points for the assignment matches the rubric!

Add rubric to assignment

Save assignment

Save assignment

Grading Assignments with Rubric

Click “Grade” like you usually do to grade an assignment.

Grading Assignments with Rubric

Grade student’s work with rubric

You will check the guidelines the student included in their assignment. You can post comments on each criteria, as well as a comment on the work overall. This information is then available to the student in their gradebook.

Moodle automatically adds the items and places it in the gradebook after you click “Save Score and Feedback.”

Nice, huh?

Grade studentJoule has a handbook with more information about all of the features. Here is the link for more information on rubrics:

http://manuals.moodlerooms.com/display/JOULE2/Rubrics+Manual#RubricsManual-CreateaRubric

How to Enable Course Completion and Set Up Activity Completion

Course completion status blockMoodle 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.

Edit course settings

Student progress section

Scroll down to the Student progress section and select the option below.

Student progress section

You might also want to click the “Completion tracking begins on enrolment” box.

Student progress section

Click “Save changes.”

Student progress section

Next, you will want to add a “Course Completion Status” block.

Course: Moodle Features Demo
Course: Moodle Features Demo

Editing Page

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.

Editing Page

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.

Enable Syllabus Completion

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.

Features Demo

Student View

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.

Student View

This is what the student sees when (s)he clicks the “More details” link on the Course completion status block.

Student View

Now, the student is viewing the syllabus. After doing so, a checkmark will appear on the course homepage, indicating he has viewed it.

Student Viewing Syllabus

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.

Course completion: Teacher View