Teaching With Moodle
Faculty... Need Moodle Help? Go to the Faculty Center! Schulz 1112 (see map)
Moodle is SSU's Learning Management System (LMS). Faculty may use Moodle to enhance their face-to-face courses, or to provide fully online courses. Moodle is the place where faculty can post course syllabi, host class discussions, post assignment details, and link to a variety of instructional materials.
How Do I Get a Moodle Course?
All official University courses have a Moodle shell course. Moodle shell courses are created about 1 month before the semester starts. Faculty who are listed as the instructor of record in Peoplesoft will automatically gain access to the Moodle shell course.
How Do I Access My Moodle Courses?
- Login to Online Services (Notice the Login link at the top of this page, and many other University pages).
- Click the Moodle link. When you get to the Moodle front page, you'll see your list of courses in the right column.
- Click any of those links to access the Moodle course.
How Do I Add Students to My Moodle Course?
In most cases, faculty will not need to add students to a course. Student enrollment in Moodle courses is automatic - IT updates nightly student and faculty Moodle course enrollment based on Peoplesoft data. However, Faculty can manually add students to a Moodle course (eg, a student making up an incomplete) if needed.
How Do I Request a Metacourse for Moodle?
Faculty who teach multiple sections of the same course may wish to combine them with a Moodle Metacourse. Metacourses are linked to one or more child Moodle courses. Students and Teachers enrolled in a child course are automatically enrolled in the associated Metacourse.
Teachers can use the Metacourse for all the course content and activitities, and leave the child sections closed (unavailable to students). Many faculty find this easier to manage than building and maintaining several courses with identical (or nearly identical) content.
Moodle Metcourse Request Form (Google Form opens in new window)
Is There Moodle Training for Faculty?
Yes. SSU faculty have a variety of training options to choose from.
- The Faculty Center offeres several Moodle workshops each semester. See Workshops for details.
- Open Moodle Labs - get hands-on help with building your course from Faculty Center Moodle experts.
- SSU has subscribed to Lynda.com's video training series, "Moodle Essentials for Teachers." To access the training videos, use your Seawolf ID to login to Moodle Essentials. Quicktime is required.
Where Do I Get Moodle Support? Where Can I Learn More?
- The Faculty Center, Schulz 1112 - Get Moodle support in person, by phone, and email.
- Moodle Community - this Moodle course is an SSU online community for SSU's Moodle "Teachers." All SSU faculty are automatically enrolled.
- Library Resources: 10+ ways to use them in Moodle - this Moodle course by Librarian Paula Hammett shows SSU faculty how to include Library content and resources in a Moodle course. All SSU faculty are automatically enrolled.
- SSU Moodle Project
- Moodle.org - the home of Moodle software, documentation and a large, active developer and faculty community.
- Faculty around the world post tons of helpful how-to and demo videos on YouTube.
What Are the Technical Requirements For Moodle?
- Minimum browser:
- Firefox 4
- Internet Explorer 8 (IE 10 required for drag and drop of files from outside the browser into Moodle)
- Safari 5
- Google Chrome 11
- Opera 9
- You should have common plugins installed. See SSU's Download Plugins page for download links.
- Quicktime Player
- Acrobat Reader
- Flash Player
- If you use other types of rich media, you and your students may need other plugins. Please provide a link to any necessary plugins that are not on SSU's Download Plugins page.
- Microsoft Office, Google Docs, or other word processing and spreadsheet applications.
Some features in Moodle may work better with some browsers than with others. It's not a bad idea to have more than one browser installed on your computer, and you should become familiar with using both (though not necessarily simultaneously).