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the main functions that are available, as well as some of the main decisions
you'll need to make.</P>
-<P><I>Under construction</I></P>
+<P>Sections in this document:</P>
+ <LI><A HREF="#started">Getting started</A></LI>
+ <LI><A HREF="#settings">Course settings</A></LI>
+ <LI><A HREF="#upload">Uploading files</A></LI>
+ <LI><A HREF="#activities">Setting up activities</A></LI>
+ <LI><A HREF="#course">Running the course</A></LI>
+ <LI><A HREF="#further">Further information</A></LI>
+<H3><A NAME="started"></A>Getting started</H3>
+ <p>This document assumes your site administrator has set up Moodle and given
+ you new, blank course to start with. It also assumes you have logged in to
+ your course using your teacher account.</p>
+ <p>Here are three general tips that will help you get started.</p>
+ <ol>
+ <li><strong>Don't be afraid to experiment:</strong>
+ <blockquote>feel free to poke around and change things. It's hard to break anything
+ in a Moodle course, and even if you do it's usually easy to fix it.
+ </blockquote>
+ <li><strong>Notice and use these little icons</strong>:
+ <blockquote>
+ <p>&nbsp;<img src="../pix/i/edit.gif"> - the <strong>edit icon</strong>
+ lets you edit whatever it is next to.</p>
+ <p><img src="../pix/help.gif" width="22" height="17"> - the <strong>help
+ icon</strong> will provide you with a popup help window </p>
+ </blockquote>
+ </li>
+ <li><strong>Use the navigation bar at the top of each page</strong>
+ <blockquote>this
+ should help remind you where you are and prevent getting lost.
+ </blockquote></li>
+ </ol>
+ <hr>
+<h3><A NAME="settings"></A>Course settings</h3>
+ <p>The first thing you should do is look under the &quot;Administration&quot;
+ on your course home page and click on &quot;<strong>Settings...</strong>&quot;
+ (Note that this link, and in fact the whole Administration section is only
+ available to you (and the site administrator). Students will not even see
+ these links).</p>
+ <p>On the Settings page you can change a number of settings about your course,
+ ranging from its name to what day it starts. I won't talk here about all these,
+ as they all have a help icon next to them which explains them all in detail.
+ However, I will talk about the most important of these - the <strong>course
+ format</strong>.</p>
+ <p>The course format that you choose will decide the basic layout of your course,
+ like a template. Moodle version 1.0 has three formats - in future there will
+ probably be many more (please send new ideas to <a href=""></a>!)</p>
+ <p>Here are some screenshots of three sample courses in each of these three
+ formats (ignore the different colours, which are set for a whole site by the
+ site administrator):</p>
+ <p align="center"><strong>Weekly format:</strong></p>
+ <p align="center"><img src="pix/weekly.jpg" width="570" height="527"></p>
+ <p align="center">&nbsp;</p>
+ <p align="center"><strong>Topics format:</strong></p>
+ <p align="center"><img src="pix/topics.jpg" width="570" height="463"></p>
+ <p align="center">&nbsp;</p>
+ <p align="center"><strong>Social format:</strong></p>
+ <p align="center"><img src="pix/social.jpg" width="570" height="429"></p>
+ <p>&nbsp;</p>
+ <p>Note that the weekly and topics formats are very similar in structure. The
+ main difference is that each box in the weekly format covers exactly one week,
+ whereas in the topic format each box can cover whatever you like. The social
+ format doesn't use much content at all, and is based around just one forum,
+ which is displayed on the main page.</p>
+ <p>See the help buttons on the Course Settings page for more details.</p>
+ <HR>
+<H3><A NAME="upload"></A>Uploading files</H3>
+ <p>You may have existing content that you want to add to your course, such as
+ web pages, audio files, video files, word documents, or flash animations.
+ Any type of file that exists can be uploaded into your course and stored on
+ the server. While your files are on the server you can move, rename, edit
+ or delete them.</p>
+ <p>All of this is achieved through the <strong>Files</strong> link in your Administration
+ menu. The Files section looks like this:</p>
+ <p align="center"><img src="pix/files.jpg" width="400" height="347"></p>
+ <p>&nbsp;</p>
+ <p>This interface is only available to teachers - it is not accessible by students.
+ Individual files are made available to students later on (as &quot;Readings&quot;
+ - see the next section).</p>
+ <p>As you can see in the screenshot, files are listed alongside subdirectories.
+ You can create any number of subdirectories to organise your files and move
+ your files from one to the other.</p>
+ <p>Uploading files via the web is currently restricted to one file at a time.
+ If you want to upload a lot of files at once (for example a whole web site),
+ it can be a lot easier to use a <strong>zip program</strong> to compress them
+ into a single file, upload the zip file and then unzip them again on the server
+ (you will see an &quot;unzip&quot; link next to zip archives).</p>
+ <p>To preview any file you have uploaded just click on its name. Your web browser
+ will take care of either displaying it or downloading it to your computer.</p>
+ <p>HTML and text files can be edited in-place online. Other files will need
+ to be edited on your local computer and uploaded again. if you upload a file
+ with the same name as an existing file it will automatically be overwritten.</p>
+ <p>A final note: if your content resides out on the web then you don't need
+ to upload the files at all - you can link directly to them from inside the
+ course (see the Readings module and the next section).</p>
+ <HR>
+<H3><A NAME="activities"></A>Setting up activities</H3>
+ <p>Building a course involves adding course activity modules to the main page
+ in the order that students will be using them. You can shuffle the order any
+ time you like.</p>
+ <p>To turn on editing, click &quot;Turn on editing&quot; under Administration.
+ This toggle switch shows or hides the extra controls that allow you to manipulate
+ your main course page. Note in the first screenshot above (of the Weekly format
+ course) that the editing controls are turned on.</p>
+ <p>To add a new activity, simply go to the week or topic or section of the screen
+ where you want to add it, and select the type of activity from the popup menu.
+ Here is a summary of all the standard activities in Moodle 1.0:</p>
+ <dl>
+ <dt><strong>Assignment</strong></dt>
+ <dd>An assignment is where you set a task with a due date and a maximum grade.
+ Students will be able to upload one file to satisify the requirements. The
+ date they upload their file is recorded. Afterwards, you will have a single
+ page on which ou can view each file (and how late or early it is), and then
+ record a grade and a comment. Half an hour after you grade any particular
+ student, Moodle will automatically email that student </dd>
+ a notification.<BR>
+ <BR>
+ <dt><strong>Choice</strong></dt>
+ <dd>A choice activity is very simple - you ask a question and specify a choice
+ of responses (currently only two). Students can make that choice, and you
+ have a report screen where you can see the results. I use it to gather research
+ consent from my students, but you could use it for quick polls or class
+ votes.</dd>
+ <BR>
+ <BR>
+ <dt><strong>Forum</strong></dt>
+ <dd>This module is by far the most important - it is here that discussion
+ takes place. When you add a new forum, yu will presented with a choice of
+ different types - a simple single-topic discussion, a free-for-all general
+ forum, or a one-discussion-thread-per-user.</dd>
+ <BR>
+ <BR>
+ <dt><strong>Journal</strong></dt>
+ <dd>Each journal activity is an entry in the whole course journal. For each
+ one you can specify an open-ended question that guides what students write,
+ as well as a window of time in which the journal is open (weekly course
+ format only). Encourage students to write reflectively and critically in
+ these journals, as they are only available to them and you. Afterwards,
+ you will be able to grade and comment all the entries for that week or topic,
+ and students will receive an automatic email informing them of your feedback.</dd>
+ <BR>
+ <BR>
+ <dt><strong>Reading</strong></dt>
+ <dd>Readings are the content of your course. Each reading can be any file
+ you have uploaded or can point to using a URL. You can also maintain simple text-based pages by typing them
+ directly into a form.</dd>
+ <BR>
+ <BR>
+ <dt><strong>Survey</strong></dt>
+ <dd>The survey module provides a number of predefined survey instruments that are useful in
+ evaluating and understanding your class. Currently they include the COLLES and the ATTLS instruments.
+ They can be given to students early in the course as a diagnostic tool and at the end of the
+ course as an evaluation tool (I use one every week in my courses).</dd>
+ </dl>
+ <p>After adding your activities you can move them up and down in your course
+ layout by clicking on the little arrow icons (<img src="../pix/t/up.gif" width="9" height="10">
+ <img src="../pix/t/down.gif" width="9" height="10">) next to each one. You
+ can also delete them using the cross icon <img src="../pix/t/delete.gif" width="10" height="10">,
+ and re-edit them using the edit icon <img src="../pix/t/edit.gif" width="10" height="11">.</p>
+ <HR>
+<H3><A NAME="course"></A>Running the course</H3>
+ <p>I could write a thesis about this. Actually I <strong>am</strong> writing
+ a thesis about this. <img src="../pix/s/biggrin.gif" width="16" height="16"></p>
+ <p>Until then here are just a few quick pointers:</p>
+ <ol>
+ <li>Subscribe yourself to all the forums.</li>
+ <li>Encourage all the students fill out their user profile (including photos)
+ and read them all - this will help provide some context to their later writings.</li>
+ <li>Keep notes to yourself in the private &quot;<strong>Teacher's Forum</strong>&quot;
+ (under Administration). This is especially useful when team teaching.</li>
+ <li>Use the &quot;<strong>Logs</strong>&quot; link (under Administration)
+ to get access to complete, raw logs. In there you'll see a link to a popup
+ window that updates every sixty seconds and shows the last hour of activity.
+ This is useful to keep open on your desktop all day so you can feel in touch
+ with what's going on in the course.</li>
+ <li>Use the &quot;<strong>Activity Reports</strong>&quot; (next to each name
+ in the list of all people, or from any user profile page). These provide
+ a great way to see what any particular person has been up to in the course.</li>
+ <li>Respond quickly to students. Don't leave it for later - do it right away.
+ Not only is it easy to become overwhelmed with the volume that can be generated,
+ but it's a crucial part of building and maintaining a community feel in
+ your course.</li>
+ </ol>
+ <HR>
+<H3><A NAME="further"></A>Further information</H3>
+ <p>If you have any particular problems with your site, you should contact your
+ local site administrator.</p>
+ <p>If you have some great ideas for improvements to Moodle, or even some good
+ stories, come over to <a href="" target="_top"></a> and join
+ in the Teacher's forum on that site. We'd love to hear them, and you can help
+ Moodle improve.</p>
+ <p>If you want to contribute to coding new modules, or writing documentation,
+ or papers, contact me: <a href="" target="_top">Martin
+ Dougiamas</a> or browse the &quot;bug tracker&quot; site for Moodle, at <a href="" target="_top"></a></p>
+ <p align="center">Thanks for using Moodle - good luck!</p>
+ <HR>
+ <p>&nbsp;</p>
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