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Forums and Assignments in Moodle
|Welcome to the Spoken Tutorial on Forums and Assignments in Moodle.|
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| In this tutorial, we will learn about:
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OS, Web Server and Moodle Versions
| This tutorial is recorded using:
You may use any web browser of your choice.
However, Internet Explorer should be avoided, as it causes some display inconsistencies.
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| This tutorial assumes that
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| It also assumes that
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Add a student
| To practise this tutorial, you will need to add a student to your course.
To know how to add a student, please refer to the tutorial Users in Moodle.
I have already added a student, Priya Sinha, to my course.
| Switch to the browser.
|Switch to the browser and login to your Moodle site using the teacher login.|
|Click on Calculus||Click on the Calculus course in the left navigation menu.|
|Point to the course material and announcements||Recall that we had added some course material and announcements earlier.|
What are Forums?
| Let us understand what are Forums.
What are Forums?
|Teachers supervise these discussions, to ensure that guidelines are followed by all members|
|Switch to the browser.|| Now, we’ll learn how to add a forum.
Switch to the Moodle page.
|Click on the gear -> Turn Editing On||Click on the gear icon at the top right and then click on Turn Editing On.|
|Click on Add an activity or resource||Click on Add an activity or resource link at the bottom right of the common section.|
|Select Forum||Scroll down and select Forum in the activity chooser.|
|Click on Add button.||Click on the Add button at the bottom of the activity chooser.|
|Highlight Forum name||Forum name will display as a link to the forum on the course page.|
|Forum name: Interesting web resources on evolutes and involutes||I will type Interesting web resources on evolutes and involutes.|
|Description: Use this forum to share interesting and useful resources on evolutes and involutes. These could be videos, tutorials, books or images.|| Description can be used to explain the purpose of the forum to the students.
I will type the text as shown here.
|Click on Display description on course page||Click on Display description on course page checkbox below this text area.|
|Highlight Forum type|| Next option is Forum type.
By default, Standard forum for general use is selected.
|Click on the drop-down to show all 5 types||There are 5 forum types in Moodle.|
|Click on the Help icon next to the drop-down to read about the types of Forums.|
|Select Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format|| Depending on your requirement, you can choose the Forum type.
I will select Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format.
|Click Save and display||Scroll down and click on Save and display button at the bottom of the page.|
|Click Add a new topic|| We are brought to a new page.
Here, click on Add a new topic button.
| Subject: Website explaining evolute of a circle
Message: Check this website to understand the evolute of a circle using a normal thread: http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Involute.html
Discuss if we can trace evolutes of other curves using such simple objects.
|I will type the Subject and Message as shown here.|
|Rest of the options are similar to that of an announcement.|
|Click Post to forum||Scroll down and click on Post to forum button at the bottom of the page.|
|Highlight the success message||A success message is displayed.|
| Notice the message says that the author of the post can edit the post within 30 mins.
This however, holds true only for non-teacher profiles.
|Point to the Edit | Delete links at the bottom right of the page||The teacher who is the moderator and creator of the course, can edit and delete any post at any time.|
| Logout as Rebecca Raymond.
Login as Priya Sinha and go to Calculus course.
| I will now login as student Priya Sinha.
We can then see how a student views this forum.
|Click on Interesting web resources on evolutes and involutes||Click on the forum name in the list of resources to see the discussions.|
| Highlight Add a new topic button at the top left.
Click on Discuss this topic at the bottom right.
| As a student, I can either Add a new topic or Discuss this topic.
Let me click on Discuss this topic link at the bottom right.
| Click on Reply
This is very interesting way to understand evolutes. Thanks!
| Then click on the Reply link.
I will add a comment, as shown.
|Click on Post to forum|| Scroll down and click on Post to forum button at the bottom of the page.
You can see the comment has been added to the end of this thread.
| Logout as Priya Sinha.
Login as Rebecca Raymond and go to Calculus course.
|Let me login as teacher Rebecca again, to see the comment posted by the student.|
| Click on Interesting web resources on evolutes and involutes
Highlight the text 1 reply so far
| Click on the name of the forum.
Notice here, we can see 1 reply so far for this discussion topic.
| Click on discuss this topic.
Highlight the options.
|The actual message can be seen after clicking on Discuss this topic link, at the bottom right.|
|Highlight Split link|| There is another option here named as Split.
If the teacher feels the reply deserves a separate discussion, she can split the discussion.
|Continue highlighting the Split link|| Splitting a discussion creates a new discussion.
The new discussion and later posts in that thread, will be moved to a new discussion thread.
I will let it remain as it is.
|Click on Calculus in the breadcrumb.||Let us go back to the Calculus course.|
Next we will learn how to create an assignment.
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Assignment in Moodle
| Assignment in Moodle:
|Go back to the browser.||Let’s go back to the browser.|
| Click on the gear icon
Click on Turn editing on
|Turn editing on to add more resources|
|Click on Add an activity or resource||Click on Add an activity or resource link at the bottom right of the Basic Calculus section.|
|Double-click on Assignment||Double-click on Assignment from the list to add a new assignment.|
|Assignment Name: Assignment 1 – Evolutes and Involutes||Let me provide a name for the assignment, as shown here.|
1. Determine the evolute of the circle: x 2 +y 2 =R2
2. Determine the evolute of the cycloid: x=t−sint, y=1−cost.
3. Prove that the curve given by the equations:
x = R(cost+tsint), y = R(sint−tcost)
is the involute of the circle of radius R centered at the origin.
| Next, describe the assignment in detail and mention what the students are expected to submit.
This is a simple formatted text editor, you can include tables, images, etc.
|AssignmentResource.odt file is available in the Code files link of this tutorial.|| You can copy the text I have typed here from the AssignmentResource.odt file.
It is available in the Code files link of this tutorial.
|Highlight Availability||Scroll down to see the Availability section.|
| Highlight Enable checkbox.
Click on the calendar icon.
Allow submissions from: 25 Nov 2018
| Next, we will specify the date and time from which submissions can be made.
Ensure Enable boxes are checked.
You can also use the calendar icon to select the date.
I will set this as 25 Nov 2018.
| Highlight Due date
Due Date: 15 Dec 2018
|Then I will set Due date as 15 Dec 2018.|
| Highlight rest of the date options.
Disable Cut-off date and Remind me to grade by checkbox
| Click on the Help icon to find out the meaning of Cut-off date and Remind me to grade by date.
Set them if required or disable if not required.
I will disable them.
|Uncheck Always show description|| Uncheck Always show description checkbox.
|Highlight Submission types section|| Next is the Submission types section.
Decide if you want to allow students to submit online text or want them to only upload files.
|Check Online text and File Submissions checkboxes.|| I will check both Online text and File submissions.
Depending on your requirement, you can choose either one or both the options.
| Check Enable checkbox.
Enter 1000 in the text field.
|I will enable the Word limit and enter 1000 here.|
| Highlight Maximum number of uploaded files field
Highlight Maximum submission size field.
Highlight Accepted file types field.
| You can specify the number of files each student can upload, as well.
Additionally, we can specify the maximum file size and the types of files we will accept.
| Please note:
This will override the maximum file size set by the admin, which is 128 MB, in our case.
| Click on the ? icon
|| Click on the Help icon next to Accepted file types.
Here we can read about the file types this field accepts.
I will type .pdf,.docx,.doc here.
| Expand Feedback types section
Expand Submission settings section
| Review the fields under Feedback types and Submission settings.
You can enable or disable them based on your requirements.
| Check Feedback types checkboxes: Feedback comments, Feedback files
Require students click submit button: Yes
Attempts reopened: Manually
Maximum attempts: 2
|I have chosen the settings as shown.|
|Expand Grades section||Now, scroll down and click on the Grade section to expand it.|
|Highlight Maximum Grade|| The maximum grade by default is 100.
We will let this remain as it is.
|Grade to pass: 40||Then I will enter the Grade to pass as 40.|
|Blind marking: Yes|| And set Blind marking to Yes.
This will hide the identity of the student from the evaluators.
So now, as a teacher, I won’t know which student has submitted which assignment.
Which invariably, helps me to be unbiased while grading.
|Narration only|| Please note that
|There are various other settings for the assignment which you can explore on your own.|
|Click Save and display||Now, scroll down and click on Save and display button.|
|Highlight as per narration.|| You can see some statistics about the assignment here.
And a link to View all submissions and Grade.
With this, we come to the end of this tutorial.
Let us summarize.
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| This script has been contributed by Nancy and Priyanka.
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