2022-3 modules available in Moodle

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Staff access to 2022-3 modules are now available after the roll forward from last session. Use the Course Overview filters to manage which modules appear in your Moodle dashboard. These are empty course shells and so contents from previous versions need to be imported. On this page is guidance for preparing modules for the new academic session, and for further help and support contact your campus Learning Technology Advisor.

Student enrolments

Due to timetabling requirements students will be enrolled on modules across all trimesters before the start of the academic year. Therefore you may wish to hide content that is under development. Alternatively you may wish to hide the module entirely by editing the course settings and changing the visibility to ‘show’, and this hides the module link in the student’s Moodle Dashboard.

Staff enrolments

Check that the correct teaching colleagues are enrolled on the module and notify your programme administrator of any changes required. You can do this from Participants at the top-left side panel. Since enrolments have roll over from year to year there will be colleagues who are no longer teaching on the module and should be removed.

Importing module contents

The usual method is to import the contents from a previous version and this is the best method for an empty course. The other option is a backup/restore method which will completely overwrite any existing content. There are brief instructions for both methods available from this page.

Panopto recordings

Panopto recordings are not included when importing contents from one module to another, so depending on how you wish to manage your recordings either

Turnitin assignments

Imported Turnitin assignments (and WebPA assessments) should be deleted and new ones created using the Add and activity or resource menu. Since these are external tools, do not use the Duplicate option as this will cause errors. Note that if you have multiple student groups and wish to separate their Turnitin submissions then you can still use a single assignment with the Separate Groups setting (see page 9 of the eSubmission staff guide).

Minimum standards

This is a good time to review the structure and layout of your course to meet the University minimum standards. These have been updated to include accessibility guidelines that meet government regulations, and to incorporate feedback from student focus groups conducted by the DSP project in October 2020. You can also take a look at this demonstration Moodle course which shows you how to put some of this advice into practice.

Crosslisted modules

Modules may have multiple occurrences running each trimester or over the academic session, so check with your school office if you are in doubt about which students are enrolled on which. You may wish to join (crosslist) module occurrences into a single Moodle course (XL code) and your programme administrator can help with this. Further information about crosslisting including a Unidesk request form is available from this page.

Library eResources

This is a good time to contact your subject librarian and ensure that the resources you need are available to you and your students in the Library, and that reading lists, eJournal links and digitised book chapters are available in Moodle.

  • The University uses Leganto to provide online reading lists in Moodle and your Librarian can input module reading lists into Leganto on your behalf, checking if items are currently available in the Library or whether new resources may be required.
  • If you have found on online copy of a book chapter or a journal article then you can link directly to the item on the publisher’s website from Moodle (see this Library helpsheet), or use Leganto to include it with the rest of your reading list.
  • If a book chapter is not available electronically then it can be digitised and supplied as a dynamic link under the terms of the University’s CLA Higher Education Licence. It is very important that the University does not breach this licence, therefore if you are re-using any older digitised PDFs then please contact your Librarian who can review these for you.

Quizzes and question bank

Clear out redundant questions and/or duplicates before any of your quizzes are available to students. Consider moving questions to categories as this can make it easier to manage the question database and selecting questions in quizzes. If time permits, and you’ve experienced problems with inherited naming conventions you might wish to rename questions to make them easier to administer within quizzes.