Loading...

Moodle

Looking for Moodle Integration?

These Moodle feature articles are designed for helping to use Moodle the LMS.

If you are looking for how to integrate your Moodle site with Wisenet, then go to Elearning Integration.

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.

FYI: We support Moodle version 3.9

Still on an old Moodle version and want to upgrade? Learn More about our Moodle Upgrade process.

Why Moodle?

  • Open Source software
  • Use anytime, anywhere, on any device
  • Easy to learn and use
  • Simple interface
  • Drag and Drop features
  • Highly flexible and fully customisable

 How to get started?

STEP 1

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 completed you will be notified with all relevant details of your newly installed Moodle site.

With all details in hand, you are now ready to set up and configure your empty 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.

Important Note:

  • Only Moodle Administrators can access Site Administration settings. You can adjust settings that affect your whole Moodle both in look and in functioning for all users.
  • Use caution in editing Site Administration settings.
  • Site Administration can be accessed in the Side Navigation and depending on your Theme, it may be on the left or the right, or you may need to click on a tab to open up the side navigation.
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.

1. Permissions

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.

NOTE: If you are unsure on how to perform advanced tasks with User Roles Permission in Moodle, we suggest that you leave them as default to begin with.

1. 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.

Learn how to select and install a New Moodle Theme

2. Set up the front (Home) page

Front page settings are found under Site Administration. Change the full name and short name if needed. (The short name shows in the navigation bar.)
Decide what should be shown on the front page – news items, courses, course categories or none of these things? The same or different for logged in and non-logged in users? As for other settings, they can always be changed later.

3. Set your default language

Navigate to Site administration > Language > Language settings. Moodle defaults to common English; if you need US English or another language, add that in Language > Language pack first then you can set it as the default.

4. Set default timezone

Set your default timezone and country in Site administration > Location > Location settings.

NOTE: If you require professional services to help you customise the look and feel of your Moodle site, you can check for recommendations on the Moodle Partners website.

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. You will not have access to modify the maximum limit set at Server level.
  • 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 maximum 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 which is 100 MB maximum). Site Administrators and Teachers with access to update will be able to change this in Course Settings by navigating to Course Administration for the relevant course, then click on Edit Settings, and Under Files and Uploads, select a file upload size limit relevant to your requirement.
  • 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. On the relevant Course page, make sure that you have Editing Turned On. This will then provide you with the option to edit settings next to each activity on this Course page. Next to the relevant Assignment Activity, click on Edit and select Edit Settings. Click to expand Submission types, and change the Maximum submission size relevant to your requirement. Note that it cannot be larger than the limit set at Course level.
Custom and Third-Party Plugins

You can extend the core functionality of Moodle via plugins. Moodle provides you with a directory of custom plugins that you can try and install if required. You may also purchase and install third-party plugins compatible to your version of Moodle.

Wisenet does not install custom and third-party plugins for you, however, as your Moodle host, if you encounter installation issues with a custom plugin that is in Moodle directory or a third-party plugin that you have purchased, we can help you with installation. Simply log a support ticket and provide us with details of the plugins and what issues you are facing with the installation process. For third-party plugins, you need to provide us with the purchased files.

While we may help you with the installation process, what we do NOT help with, are:

  • To configure the plugins
  • To troubleshoot issues with the plugins

For any configuration and troubleshooting of custom and third-party plugins you will need to contact the plugin developers.

NOTES:

  • Some plugins are very simple to upload and some are quite complex. There generally will be no charge for simple plugins; however, we may charge you to upload more complex plugins due to the time involved.  We will always provide you with a quote before installing a plugin that we require payment for.
  • Wisenet cannot provide support or training on third party/contributed plugins. You can get community help at Moodle.org forums or contact the plugin developer/maintainer. For Moodle plugin directory plugins, there will be a contact link on the plugin download page.

STEP 2

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.

IMPORTANT: Things to consider before setting up a course in Moodle

 1. How do you want your Learners to access units/modules?

  • If you want your Learners to be enrolled into only one unit at a time, then create each unit as a course.
  • If you want your Learners to be enrolled in clusters / units of study, then create each cluster / unit of study as a course.
  • If you want your Learners to be enrolled into the entire course but have restricted access into units, then create the entire qualification as a course. Then, apply restrictions to each topic/assessments. See Restrict access settings

2. How do you want to organise your Courses? See Course categories.

  • Note: If you are creating your units as courses, then create your course/qualification as the category. You can also create your faculty as the category and course as your sub category.

3. What is your delivery strategy/format? See Course Formats

4. Do you have trainer resources that require to be hidden within a course? See Enabling Stealth Activities

STEP 3

Integrate Moodle with Wisenet

Our Elearning Integration allows you to link Wisenet LRM to Moodle in order to simplify managing Elearning UsersEnrolments, Groups and Grades. There are a number of set up processes. Please follow each step thoroughly.

Was this Resource helpful?