Archive for April, 2011

Templating your Moodle

Recently I’ve had questions regarding “how do I create a template of my moodle course to share with another teacher?”

There are actually two answers to this question:

1. Create a backup file without user data.

  • Click Backup on the admin panel of the course you want to template.
    • Make sure that “include user data” is set to none.
    • Make sure all role assignments are unchecked.
    • Press continue on each screen until the backup file is displayed and save it.
  • Hand the saved file to the teacher you are passing the template to and have them restore it into their class:
    • Make sure your new course has the same number of topics as the template.
    • Click restore from the administration panel.
    • Upload your backup file and press the Restore link to the right of it.

2. Import from a shared class.

  • Make the colleague you are sharing with a teacher of your class.
  • Within your colleague’s new class have them:
    • Make sure their course hase the same number of topics as yours.
    • Choose import from the Admin panel
    • Select the course you want to copy
    • Click Continue until you’re done.

Here’s a short youtube video demonstrating both methods:



April 14, 2011 at 9:56 pm Leave a comment

Snapshot overview of the currently available tools on the FSD Moodle

Hi all, here is a snapshot of some of the tools currently available on the Foothills School Division Moodle. For visitors from other districts please note that not all of these will necessarily be available on your sites. I’ve used an (R) to represent tools available through “Add a resource…” and (A) to represent tools available through “Add an activity…”

Web Tools

  • (R) Compose a web page – Create a rich web page right in Moodle using the built in editor.
  • (R) Link to a file or website – Post your presentations, videos, word documents, or favorite websites to your moodle.
  • (R) Insert a label – Place rich text on the main Moodle page. Commonly this is used for headings and menus, but can also be used to write instructions or even post video.
  • Video streaming – You can embed video into any object on the Moodle. Just upload the video file and link to it. Moodle will do the rest! (Math teachers: this will also work with Geogebra files).

Assessment and Evaluation

  • (A) Assignments – a place for students to hand in their work:
    • Advanced uploading of files – The best way to create a “digital drop box” for handing assignments in.
    • Online text – Students can use Moodle’s full featured editor to write their response directly on the Moodle page.
    • Peer review – Students can submit work for other students to give feedback.
  • (A) Quiz – an online adaptive quiz system that works well for both formative and summative assessments. Questions can range from multiple choice to full essay responses.

Student Collaboration

  • (A) Forum – A discussion forum where students can respond to questions and engage in rich conversation.
  • (A) Wiki – A website that any student in the class can edit and change. Every change is logged and stored so there is no risk of work being lost. This is a very engaging way for groups of students to work on a larger project.
  • (A) Bookmarks – An excellent tool for students to share links.
  • (A) Glossary – A tool for students to create, share, and comment on the class vocabulary

Reflection, Self Regulation and Metacognition

  • (A) Journal – An easy to use journaling tool between the student and teacher.
  • (A) Checklist – A todo list created by the teacher but can be added to by the students. Both the teacher and student can track their completed tasks.

Let me know if you have questions about any of these.



April 12, 2011 at 3:59 pm Leave a comment

Posting Geogebra files to your Moodle classroom

Hi all! 

If you are both a Geogebra user and a Moodle user, there is a very easy way to post your Geogebra models to Moodle so that students can interact with them.

  1. Create your model in Geogebra.
  2. From the file menu choose Export -> Dynamic Worksheet as webpage
  3. Switch to the advanced tab and select the features you’d like to display
  4. Change the dropdown from File: html to Clipboard: Moodle
  5. Press the “Clipboard button”

Now all you need to do is go to your Moodle course and add a label, webpage, discusison post, etc. When the editor appears press the <> button then right click/paste. The rest is automatic.

Here’s a screencast to make it clearer.



April 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm Leave a comment


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