Creating in Moodle “Assignments”

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Creating in Moodle “Assignments”
Davidson County Community College
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Getting Started
Advanced uploading files
Online text
Upload a single file
Forum
Hot Potato Activities within Moodle
Offline activity
◦ Displaying in the Gradebook only
◦ Displaying both in the Gradebook and in the course
MoodleRooms Video Tutorial link
It is recommended the use of Mozilla Firefox as your browser in order to have access
to the Moodle editing and formatting tools.
DCCC link: http://www.davidsonccc.edu/currentstudents/mymoodle.htm
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Look for the Assignment icon displayed to
your left
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Look for the Assignment icon
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Replying to a Forum
Replying to a Forum’s Answer
Hot Potato Activities within Moodle
What is Hot Potato? It is a learning software
designed by Half Baked Software Inc…
“The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to
create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence,
crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World
Wide Web. Hot Potatoes is freeware, and you may use it for any
purpose or project you like. It is not open-source.”
(Half Baked Software Inc, 2011)
If you are interested in using this activity in Moodle, click on the Potato to
go to their website and download their software. This tutorial will not teach
on how to use their software,
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only how to upload it to your course.
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Click on the link below to see various
video tutorials. In order to use this
link you must have an active
Internet connection on your PC
MoodleRooms Tutorials
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This feature allows teachers to send files back to
students in response to their submissions.
Example: A typical way to use this would be to edit
the student's submitted file by adding comments
and/or corrections, and then returning this file back to
the student via the assignment. When a student clicks
on the assignment, files sent to him or her appear as
a list of Response files. Response files can be
uploaded before submission which can be used to
give each student a different file to work with.
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Be sure that Gradebook settings for that assignment
allow the grades/response files to be visible to the
student.
The teacher must also include a comment in the text
comment box, or the student will not be able to see
the file. Students may also enter notes describing
the submitted files, progress status or any other text
information.
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This assignment type asks students to submit text
using the normal Moodle editing tools.
Teachers can grade them online, and even add
inline comments or changes.
Online text assignments, together with Blogs,
have replaced the non-standard Journal module.
This is also a great way to get students to type
short answers to an assignment directly to the
course.
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A student can upload a single file. This could be a
Word document, spreadsheet or anything in digital
format.
Multiple files may be zipped and then submitted.
After students upload their files, the teacher will be
able to open the submission and use the
MoodleRooms interface to assign a grade and
offer comments as feedback.
A student may submit a file as many times as they
like up until the deadline. Only the latest file is
retained, and this is the one the lecturer marks.
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This option is recommended to be used if the
course is a hybrid one.
This option can be used to grade extra credit.
If that is the case, please check mark the box
next to the assignment’s name within the
“Extra Credit” column provided in the
Categories and items tab.
By choosing this option, please remember to
explain to your students the reason why the
activity you created is found only in the
Gradebook and not displayed within the
course.
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If your course is at a distance, if your face to face
time is limited, or if you just wish to foster a sense
of community in your Moodle course which
supplements your face to face course, it is good
practice to begin with a welcome or introductory
message or thread in one of your forums. This
welcome or introduction from you invites
participants, for example, to post some specific
details to introduce themselves to you and their
peers. This can be your icebreaker or you can have
an icebreaker separately.
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If you have two questions for participants to
answer, starting the two strands or topics within
the forum itself will both help learners to see
where to put their responses, and remind them
to answer all parts of your question.
Remember that you are communicating in an
environment that does not have the benefit of
verbal tone, eye contact, body language and the
like. Careful consideration of your
communication is, therefore, necessary.
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Postings to a forum are always written but they can
take different forms and you may wish to consider
what form best suits the activity. For instance, you
might choose to articulate a form of contribution in
order to be explicit. Thus you might say, 'This is a
think-aloud forum in which, together, we will try to
tease out ideas and possibilities' or 'This is a formal
forum in which you are invited to share your ideas
on (topic)' and, where you select the latter, you
might have already suggested learners plan those
ideas offline or in another kind of activity within
Moodle.
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Create a forum where only the teacher can start
discussions, but the students can only reply. Each
thread you start contains an essay question (or
several similar ones). The students make a bullet
point plan for the essay and post it as a reply. This
works well as a revision strategy as the students can
see how others have approached the same task.
Once everyone has posted their plan, you can start a
discussion as to which plans seem better and why.

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