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					          Messin’ with Moodle

•Changing appearance of front page.

•Uploading users.

•Setting roles/permissions.

•Link with Google Calendar & embed other sites.

•Double-secret probation tips
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This is a fully-functional Moodle anyone can
 play with for practice.
   A note before proceeding…
• We’ll focus on changes that can be made
  to a Moodle without having access to the
  actual Moodle server.

• Some of the ideas discussed require you
  to have an admin login to your Moodle
  website, but not the Moodle server.
Default Front Page
Ways to Change the Front Page
• Select a new theme

• Modify what you have
       Modifying what you have
• Add graphics
• Rearrange, add, delete blocks
• RSS feed
           Uploading Users
There are several approaches to adding
  users to Moodle.
• Self-registration – users create their own
  accounts and confirm them via email
• Manually adding a single user at a time.
• LDAP - Looks up user information from a
  server you may already have.
• Uploading users via a file.
          The upload file format
username, password, firstname, lastname, email
aant, insect, Adam, Ant,
cnorris, ranger, Chuck, Norris,
jjett, blackheart, Joan, Jett,

Must save as a plain text (.txt) file, not Word format.
                        Using Excel

Save as a CSV (comma separated value) file.
                    Additional data
username, password, firstname, lastname, email, city
aant, insect, Adam, Ant,, 2009
cnorris, ranger, Chuck, Norris,, 2010
jjett, blackheart, Joan, Jett,, 2012
hmontanta, miley, Hannah, Montana,, 2011
aeinstein, relativity, Albert, Einstein,, staff

Putting in graduation year will make it much easier to delete students
  after graduation!

City is a field you could use for this purpose. Not all fields can be used
   to select users, but city is one of them.
                   Assigning Roles
• Administrator       can do anything, anywhere

• Course creator      can create a course - edit it, teach in it, delete it

• Teacher             can edit a course, teach in it, but not delete it

• Non-editing teacher can grade assignments, but not create new ones

• Student             can see assignments and submit them in a course

• Guest               can see material in a course, if teacher allowed it
From the front page
     Don’t assign all your teachers and students!

     Best to just assign admins and course creators.

     You can also separately set Front Page editors.
• Most web content can be embedded in
  Moodle as part of a web page within a
                           Cool tip

• Rather than giving a link to a page that is
  open to guests, add “&username=guest” to
  the end of the link so users won’t have to
  click on the guest link.

See the link below with and without “guest”
         Google Calendar
• Create a calendar, make it public
• Copy its embed code
• Create a web page in Moodle or make it
  part of a course’s main page
• Paste the embed code in Moodle as HTML
• Copy the embed text from Youtube
• Paste the embed text into Moodle as
  HTML either as a webpage or anywhere in
  a course that accepts HTML.
 Cool Tip – Save Animoto or other
   files to your local computer
• As you play a file, a copy of it is stored at

C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local
  Settings\Temporary Internet Files

Find it by looking at the largest, most recent files in
  this folder. Copy it to somewhere else. Upload
  it to Moodle to make it accessible even if your
  school filters Youtube or Animoto.
           A local media file
    (WMV, FLV, MP3, MOV, MPG, AVI, etc.)

• Upload the file
• Type in a word, such as “link” and create a
  link in a Moodle web page that directs to
  the uploaded file.
• Open the HTML editor <>, remove the text
  you used while making the link. Save it.
      SWF files (such as Jing)
• Due to security restrictions, these can be trickier.

• Keep track of where the file is uploaded and
  copy that information into the embed code
  between codes after src (below).

<embed height="400" type="application/x-
  shockwave-flash" width="550"
  ocket_analysis.swf" /> </embed>
          iframe tag warning!
The iframe tag, such as this from

<iframe id="skrblFrame"
   scrolling="auto" frameborder="0"
   solid black;"></iframe>

Will crash what ever comes after it if you forget
 </iframe> at the end.

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