Who is this for? staff who are responsible for the setting up and granting of access to a Moodle course as well as ongoing management.
Moodle roles required: Teacher (Editor) and above see Moodle roles at LSE.
Most courses are already in existence when you come to work on them.
To see which courses you already have access to, click My Courses in the NAVIGATION block. Having accessed a course, if you find that you do not have a high enough level of access, contact email@example.com for the required level as per Moodle roles at LSE.
If the course is not in your list, check to see if it exists using the SEARCH COURSES block. If you locate it, email firstname.lastname@example.org and request access at the level you need as per Moodle roles at LSE.
If a course does not exist yet, email email@example.com to request it. Provide the name of the course and details of all staff, including you, who need to be added to it. Make sure to specify the roles required as per Moodle roles at LSE. On receipt of the request, LTI will create the course and email you back.
Once you have the required level of access, you can carry out any future enrolments and other management tasks. Normally you will only be concerned with staff enrolment (or unenrolment). Registered students are enrolled automatically and auditing students can self-enrol. See Enrolment methods.
As a general rule, you should only need to enrol or change the enrolment of other teaching staff. Students will get access to courses automatically based on their LSE For You registration and auditing students are normally able to self-enrol.
Groups and Groupings
Groups and groupings provide a range of mechanisms to facilitate group working on a Moodle course.
They can be used as an administrative tool to allocate student submissions to different markers, something that is very common at LSE. However they present a range of other possibilities. Students can be in multiple groups at once, making it possible to have different groups for different activities e.g. you might use larger groups for forum discussions, and smaller groups for a collaborative wiki. Group activities can be invisible or visible to other groups according to the requirements of a particular context. Groups can be as small as one making it possible to provide activities or resources to individual students should the need arise e.g. allow someone to make an assignment submission after the deadline has passed.
Groups are a very useful pedagogical tool, particularly on large courses, to provide students with the opportunity to work collaboratively with a smaller number of peers in a deeper and richer way than would be possible in whole class activities.
Making Good Use of Moodle
The temptation for busy academics is to use Moodle as a repository (or dumping ground) for resources such as handouts, lecture slides, reading lists et al and overlook the opportunities it provides to to extend students’ learning experience beyond the classroom. As well as uploading static content, give some consideration to using the wide variety of other tools on offer, including:
Discussion forums: Can be used to get students to engage with seminar topics before the class or to hold debates that can continue online after class is over.
Quizzes: Online tests to monitor students’ progress, or for students to test themselves.
Wikis: Allow students to work collaboratively on documents, wherever they are, and at any time.
Assignments: Allow students to submit work online, and assign grades and comments.