Remote Teaching & Learning

Computing & Information Services

Moodle

Moodle is Reed’s learning management system, where faculty and students can manage activities and resources for all their classes. Moodle is a good centralized location to store all the information and activities students need for your class.

When you’re working on your Moodle page, remember to turn editing on to see all the options.

Request a Moodle page | Questions? moodle@reed.edu

Reed-specific Moodle options

E-reserves - Electronic course reserves requested through the Reed Library are linked to your Moodle course page and provide an easy way for students to access course readings. The Library takes care of scanning and copyright clearance for requested reserves. E-reserves can be edited throughout the semester if your reading lists change. When you request a Moodle page, please be sure to let us know if you plan to use e-reserves, and reach out to the reserves team in the library with your requests.

Media library - If you are creating videos for your course that you would like accessible through Moodle, let us know when you request your Moodle course page. We will create a library for your course on our media server, Ensemble. We have detailed documentation for how to use Ensemble, including how to embed videos in Moodle. For the best user experience, we ask you not to store large media files in Moodle.

Organizing your Moodle course page

Structure - Moodle course pages can be organized by week or by topic. For either type, you can rename the sections. In a weekly set up, Moodle will highlight the current week. Add another week or topic by scrolling down to the last section and selecting “add weeks/topics.”

Hiding materials - You can hide individual resources/activities or entire sections from students. This can be useful if you are still editing content, or want content to be visible to students later.

Descriptions - Every resource or activity has an optional description. You can choose to have this description appear on the course page to provide further information about resources and activities.

Labels - Use labels to add stand-alone text or media to your course page. Labels can be as simple as a horizontal line to break up a section, or you can use them to embed short videos students will see as soon as they open your course page.

Pages - If you have a lot of text or links to organize, you can create a separate page to store the information.

Blocks - Blocks are special content areas, such as the administration menus. You can add a variety of blocks, such as a list of recent announcements or upcoming events, to your course. There’s also the option of adding an HTML block with useful links or text. Because blocks appear at the bottom of small screens, we recommend including only supplementary, non-essential information in blocks.

Commonly used resources and activities

Announcements - The Announcements forum is added to every Moodle course, and provides an easy way to communicate with students. A special case of forums, messages added in the Announcements forum are automatically sent to enrolled students via email, and past announcements are always accessible to students in the forum.

Assignments - Use the assignments activity to collect files from students. Check out the Moodle Assignment documentation to get started, and contact us with any questions.

Collaborative annotation - We have enabled Hypothesis, a tool for collaboratively annotating PDFs, in Moodle.

Files - Drag and drop files from your computer into any section on your Moodle page or organize them and share them with students. You can also organize files into folders for easier download.

Forums - Use forums to facilitate asynchronous discussions among students. Check out the Moodle forum documentation to get started, and contact us with any questions.

Labels - Use labels to add stand-alone text or media to your course page. Labels can be as simple as a horizontal line to break up a section, or you can use them to embed short videos students will see as soon as they open your course page.

Quizzes - Moodle quizzes allow a variety of question types and automatic grading. Check out the Moodle quiz documentation to get started, and contact us with any questions.

URL - You can add links using the Moodle text editor, but if you want to highlight a particular external resource, such as a Google Drive folder, use the URL resource.

H5P Content - With the H5P pulgin added to your Moodle page you are able to add a variety of interactive content to your Moodle pages beyond what is offered on a basic Moodle page. Read more information on how to create H5P content.

Groups in Moodle

If you have content you want to make available to specific groups of students, you can create Groups in Moodle and restrict access to materials based on group membership. If you are teaching multiple sections of the same course, we can create groups for you for each section (membership initially defined by registrar’s records, but can also be manually edited if needed).

Media in Moodle

Large media files can be stored in our media server, Ensemble, and linked or embedded in your Moodle course page. We can help you create and embed a playlist of videos or set up a dropbox for students to turn in media.

You or your students can also record and post short (two-minute) video and audio within Moodle using the Atto text editor.

Questions about using Moodle? Contact instructional technology services (aka Team Moodle) at moodle@reed.edu .