Things to Remember

Logins-Logins for Moodle are linked to Active Directory. If the user can login onto a campus computer then they can log into Moodle. If someone can't login on to a campus computer and Moodle then changes need to made to Active Directory by the ITS.
Password Changes-Once a password requests has been made in Active Directory the user will not be able to login into Moodle until they have changed their password.
Profile Changes -Usernames, surnames, first names and passwords can not be edited in the users profile in Moodle. These changes must be made in Active Directory.
Invalid Email Addresses- if you are using fake emails for students please use phony domains as well. Instead of .com or .org use . null, .stop or .fake
Forum Subscriptions – When setting up a forum please set the subscription setting to Do Not Allow Subscriptions. If you want students to be emailed each time a forum entry is made you can set it to allow subscriptions but only if all of the students are using valid emails.
Student Profiles- If using fake email addresses. please have students disable their email accounts in their profile settings. Also change Forum auto-subscribe to No don't automatically subscribe me to forums. See Profile_settings.jpg.
Journal – The journal is going away in Moodle 2.0. It isn’t very good, and when graded doesn’t show up in the grade book. Use the Online Text Assignment instead. Just name the assignment journal. It’s easier to grade and a very reliable activity.
Enrollment Keys -When requesting a course always set an enrollment key. You can look in your course settings (in the admin block) to see if you have one set. Also if you teach more than one period you will probably want to set up groups. See Creating Groups.ppt.

Things I wish I knew (from Moodle Teachers)....
  • I wish I had known earlier on that where possible it’s better to add a resource as a web-page than laboriously to upload a word doc – saves time, avoids program compatibility issues and students prefer the “one click and you’re there” aspect as opposed to opening/saving/waiting to load etc
  • I wish I had started organising my course files in folders from the start rather than just uploading any old resource directly – you end up with a really messy course file area a few months later
  • you don’t have to upload each resource one at a time; you can upload a zipped folder and unzip within Moodle
  • online text assignments and advanced uploading of files assignments are very useful for those who wish to replicate their offline practice of making comments directly onto students’ work
  • that there is a box to the top right of a topic section “show only this topic” and people don’t realise they need to click on the other box to get back to displaying all the topics on the page (this is likewise important for students)
  • when presenting Moodle to your [students] I find that nothing helps more than running [them] through one or two short videos on how to use Moodle.
  • I got scared when went to Assign roles and saw all site users. Nobody told me: don’t be panic!! not all of them are enrolled in my course
  • Why nobody told me that there are a place where I can learn and share at called ‘using moodle‘ ?
  • I should create questions through administrator block and then build questionnaires
  • Make a “quick links” block…add an html block and create a named link to each section using the anchor names (#section-1) instead of the default “sections” block which only shows the section number. VERY useful for long Moodle courses – scroll of death.
  • Show teachers how to zip their current file directory (where all their current files are nicely in folders and organized) and upload it to Moodle so you don’t have to upload one at a time and you can keep the structure.
  • You cannot break Moodle (repeat after me, “I cannot break Moodle”). …
  • organise file and folder structure and naming conventions – saves tears later on
  • Moodle forums can solve almost anything
  • Have no fear and if in doubt, do not be afraid to ask.
  • Use all of the good guides available –, UsingMoodle and the question mark icon.
  • Plan your courses before you create them, work out what resources will be there, what teachers are on the course and who can update what, what groups if any your require.