What is Moodle?
Moodle is a free online Learning Management System (LMS). It is designed and built to support both teaching and learning for both blended and 100% online courses. You can download the software onto your own web server or enquire about our hosting services to assist you with setting up the platform.
If you are hosting Moodle elsewhere
How does it work?
Set Up and Configure
As your Moodle host, we will install the Moodle system, and the Wisenet Moodle Authentication, Enrolment and Grade plugins for you. Once complete you will be notified with all relevant details of your newly installed Moodle site.
Once you have Moodle installed you need to set up your Moodle Site. There are a number of options within the Moodle Site Administration screens. Below are the initial set up that you need to kick-start your Moodle:
Edit Role Permissions
There are several user roles in Moodle and each role has different access permissions. When you understand the different user roles and access rights, you can take advantage of them and perform more advanced tasks. Roles can be added at the course level, or only for a particular resource or activity.
Role permissions for a course can be changed in Course administration > Users > Permissions
Role permissions for a particular activity can be changed in Activity administration > Permissions
Learn More about Permissions in Moodle.
2. Assigning Roles
Assigning roles is done for a particular context. A site and course are examples of two different contexts. When you create a new role or tweak a pre-existing role via Administration > Site Administration > Users > Permissions > Define roles, you are asked in which context(s) you want the role to be assigned.
3. Managing Roles
Managing overall role capabilities can be done by an administrator using Administration > Site administration > Users > Permissions > Define roles. This is the place to add custom roles or modify existing roles. The “Manage roles” tab, allows the system administrator to edit any one of over 350 different capabilities associated with any role.
Set File Upload Limit
Upload file sizes are restricted in a number of ways and each one in this list restricts the following ones:
- Server level
- As your host, we set a limit on the maximum file upload size in the server environment
- Moodle site level
- By default, your Moodle Site will have a File Upload limit of 100 MB maximum. If you require the size limit to be increased, you can do so by logging a support request and advise us the max limit you require and why. Please note, their may be a cost associated with this request if approved.
- Course level
- At Course level you can decide the largest size of file that students can upload to a course (no bigger than the maximum limit set at Site level). Site Administrators and Teachers with access to update will be able to change this in Course Settings.
- Activity level
- The maximum upload size at Activity level refers to each file a student uploads and this can be set manually by Admin or Teacher in Assignment Settings. Note that it cannot be larger than the limit in the Course settings.
Set Grade Scales
A scale is an ordered list of marks or text values, for example, Competent, Not Yet Competent, In Progress, that can be used as a marking strategy for assignment activities in Moodle. Administrators can create standard scales which are available across the site, as well as custom scales for individual courses.
Creating new scales can be done by Administrators and Teachers with editing rights. To add a new scale:
- Navigate to Course Administration
- Click on Grades, then select Scales
- Click Add a new scale
- Give your scale a name, i.e. BSB50111 UNIT A
- Optional, Tick if this is a Standard scale
- In the Scale box, use commas to separate each item, from most negative to most positive. For example if you have 5 items you can use the following example: IN PROGRESS, IN PROGRESS, IN PROGRESS, IN PROGRESS, COMPETENT.
- Moodle will only sync the total grade scale in Wisenet.
- Use the example above if you do not want to sync NYC results in Wisenet.
- If you would like only two options in your scales (Competent, Not Yet Competent), type it as: NOT YET COMPETENT, COMPETENT
- Optional, give your scale a detailed description
- Save changes
Select and Install Moodle Theme (Optional)
Themes control the look of the overall site and it also generally include a settings page that allows the administrator to quickly control common configuration settings for branding such as adding custom colors or your organisation’s logo. On the Theme Selector page, you can assign a default theme for your site and separate themes for older legacy browsers, small screen mobile devices and larger screen tablets. The process for setting a theme is always the same.
Configure your Moodle Enrolment Plugin
As part of your Moodle hosting services, Wisenet has completed the plugin installation and you only need to now proceed with the configuration/set up.
Setting up your Moodle Integration should be a one time process. To reach the milestone of streamlined automation, some complex setup is required. Follow from Step 2 in the link below comprehensively.
Basic Course Set Up on Moodle
Please note that Wisenet is NOT responsible for your Moodle content, however we can provide guidance with some best practices for setting up Courses and Course Categories in Moodle.
- How to add a Moodle Course
- How to group your Moodle courses into Categories
- How to Add and Remove Moodle Teachers and Course Managers
- How To Import / Copy Courseware and Activities from one Moodle Course to another
- How to Backup and Restore your Moodle course
Integrate Moodle with Wisenet
The Moodle Integration uses a secure connection to Wisenet to synchronise your Learner and Enrolment data. It allows you to link Wisenet and Moodle to simplify the ELearning Enrolment, Access, and Grading processes.
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