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Enhancing the My home page to display news forum postings and more John Tutchings, Andy Syson
Presented at Moodlemoot Edinburgh 2014
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Enhancing the My home page to display news forum postings and more John Tutchings, Andy Syson

  1. 1. CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation 1 Enhancing the My home page to display news forum postings and more Andy Syson & John Tutchings Coventry University
  2. 2. CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation 2 This presentation will show how Moodle’s My home page has been customised to focus on the students’ current studies. At the heart of the page is a new block which reorganises the information that is normally displayed as an unstructured list as a highly structured compact display that enables students to see at a glance what is happening on their course. The philosophy is to pull key information out of the students’ several module webs and display it directly on the My home page. This is to emphasize that the student is on a coherent course not just a collection of modules. To reinforce this all students now have a course web which brings together all the students on the course and is managed by the Course Director. The new ‘Course Focused’ block occupies the central area of the My home page and has three parts. The upper part displays a link to the students’ course web together with the text of its course summary which has been edited by the Course Director. In the middle of the ‘course focused’ block there is a rolling display of unread news forum postings from all the students' modules. Only the first few lines of the news forum postings are shown but, if a posting is clicked on, the student is taken directly to the full posting in the module web. Having been read the posting is no longer shown on the rolling display. The lower part of the block is a tabbed display that lists the students' current modules with each module indicating if any new activities, e.g. forum postings or assignments, have been added since the students' last login. Other tabs list previous year’s modules, contact details of their tutors and a full list of all their assignments. The blocks to the left and right of the My home page have been chosen to complement the course focused nature of the My home page and use site wide roles to target information at students, staff or to faculty members. Abstract
  3. 3. CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation 3 The Course Focused block The enhancements are realised by a Course Focused block that is located in the middle contents area of the My home page. View a movie demonstrating how it works Explore a Flash interactive simulation of the course focused block Login to Moodle for a live demonstration (conference presentation only) Jump to the Course Focused slide of this PowerPoint simulation
  4. 4. Welcome to the CUOnline Moodle Student Orientation This is an interactive simulation of the University’s virtual learning environment CUOnline Moodle It takes you from its Login page through to the My Course page and on to its Home page Each of these pages has multiple clickable ‘hotspots’ The mouse pointer changes from an arrow to a finger as you move over a hotspot These three images are hotspots See what happens when you click on them 4CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  5. 5. CUOnline Moodle Student Orientation 5CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation This is an interactive simulation of the University’s virtual learning environment CUOnline Moodle It takes you from its Login page through to the My Course page and on to its Home page Each of these pages has multiple clickable ‘hotspots’ The mouse pointer changes from an arrow to a finger as you move over a hotspot These three images are hotspots See what happens when you click on them
  6. 6. This is an interactive simulation of the University’s virtual learning environment CUOnline Moodle It takes you from its Login page through to the My Course page and on to its Home page Each of these pages has multiple clickable ‘hotspots’ The mouse pointer changes from an arrow to a finger as you move over a hotspot These three images are hotspots See what happens when you click on them Clicking on a hotspot displays a label like this Click the label or any other hotspot to remove it Login Page http://cumoodle.coventry.ac.uk CUOnline Moodle Student Orientation - Login 6CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation Start the simulation
  7. 7. This is an interactive simulation of the University’s virtual learning environment CUOnline Moodle It takes you from its Login page through to the My Course page and on to its Home page Each of these pages has multiple clickable ‘hotspots’ The mouse pointer changes from an arrow to a finger as you move over a hotspot These three images are hotspots See what happens when you click on them CUOnline Moodle Student Orientation - My Course Clicking on a hotspot displays a label like this Click the label or any other hotspot to remove it My Course page Displays information about you, your course and your faculty 7CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation Start the simulation
  8. 8. This is an interactive simulation of the University’s virtual learning environment CUOnline Moodle It takes you from its Login page through to the My Course page and on to its Home page Each of these pages has multiple clickable ‘hotspots’ The mouse pointer changes from an arrow to a finger as you move over a hotspot These three images are hotspots See what happens when you click on them CUOnline Moodle Student Orientation - Home Clicking on a hotspot displays a label like this. Click the label or any other hotspot to remove it Moodle home page Displays information about the University with links to the Student Portal 8CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation Start the simulation
  9. 9. StartIntroduction 1 9CUOnline Moodle - Student OrientationSeptember 2013 Start 9CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  10. 10. The login page 10CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation The simulation has started. Move the pointer over the page and click on a ‘Hotspot’ to continue
  11. 11. Login page - Student Portal images Clicking on any of these images takes you to the relevant Student Portal page 11CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  12. 12. Login page - Menu Bar The menu bar is present at the top of every page Help is always available 12CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  13. 13. Login page - Lost password If you forget your password you can reset it online if you know your Student ID number 13CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  14. 14. Login page - The login block Enter your university username and password The simulation will do this for you studenta …………. Click the Login button if you are ready to move on to the next part of the simulation, otherwise click another part of the screen 14CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  15. 15. My Course page 15CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  16. 16. My Course page – Logout link The (Logout) link returns you to the login page Click the (Logout) link again to logout 16CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  17. 17. My Course page – Menu bar The menu bar is present at the top of every page Help is always available 17CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  18. 18. My Course page – Course web A link to your Course web will be displayed at the top of the central area together with some information written by your Course Director 18CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  19. 19. My Course page – Rotating display In the middle of the My Course page is a rotating display of all the News Forum postings from all your modules 19CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  20. 20. My Course page – Toggle Headlines Clicking on the Toggle Headlines graphic stops the rotating display and presents a list of the New Forum postings 20CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  21. 21. My Course page – Main module list When you are logged in to CUMoodle clicking on the module’s title will take you to its home page Click on the tabs to see what they do 21CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  22. 22. My Course page – Current The Current tab displays the modules you are enrolled on in the student record system, Universe, for this academic year. These icons indicate that there are activities available 22CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  23. 23. My Course page – Other The Other tab lists all your other modules A link to login to the old Moodle Hub, for accessing your previous year’s modules, is located underneath the list 23CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  24. 24. My Course page – Other module list When you are logged in to CUMoodle clicking on the module’s title will take you to its home page 24CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  25. 25. My course page - Assignments Details of all your Moodle Assignments 25CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  26. 26. My Course page – Tutors Tutor’s name abc123@coventry.ac.uk Phone. 123456 All your tutors are listed on this tab 26CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  27. 27. My Course page – Edit Instructions explaining how you can move modules from your Other list to your Current list are shown in the Edit tab 27CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  28. 28. My Course page – Logged in user The Logged in user block displays your photo, if you have uploaded one, and some other information about you Clicking on the image displays your full Moodle profile page. You can edit your profile page to upload a photo and move modules from the Other list to the Current list 28CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  29. 29. My Course page – Calendar The Calendar block is fully integrated with all your Moodle modules and courses. Activities such as the hand-in dates of online assignments are highlighted in colour Moving the mouse pointer over a highlighted date will cause additional information about the activity to pop up If you click the date you will see full details of the activity 29CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  30. 30. My Course page – Messages You can send messages to other students on your course. If they are online when the message is sent it will appear as a pop up on their Moodle page. If they are off-line it will be sent as an email IMPORTANT Moodle messaging is not a reliable method of communication as the person you are messaging may have turned their messaging off 30CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  31. 31. My Course page – Private files The My private files block displays the files you have uploaded to your Moodle private files area You have 100MB of storage 31CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  32. 32. My Course page – Faculty links The Faculty links block contains links related to your particular Faculty 32CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  33. 33. My Course page – Study support links The Study support links block contains links to various University- wide units, such as the Centre for Academic Writing, and online facilities such as LOCATE, the library catalogue 33CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  34. 34. My Course page – Student notices The Student notices block contains the links to the two most recent notices. Clicking on the links displays the full notice as well as allowing to view all the previous notices 34CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  35. 35. My Course page – Home link The Home link takes you to Moodle’s home page Click the Home link again to go to Moodle’s Home page 35CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  36. 36. Moodle Home 36CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  37. 37. Moodle Home – Menu bar The menu bar is present at the top of every page Help is always available 37CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  38. 38. Moodle Home – Student Portal images Clicking on any of these images takes you to the relevant Student Portal page 38CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  39. 39. Moodle Home – University links The University links block contains links to NOVA and SOLAR as well as links to key areas of the Student Portal 39CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  40. 40. Moodle Home – Study support links The Study support links block contains links to various University- wide units, such as the Centre for Academic Writing, and online facilities such as LOCATE, the library catalogue 40CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  41. 41. Moodle Home - Settings The Settings block has a link to your profile. In module webs this block has a link to your Grades Please note that all grades in Moodle are provisional and subject to change. Confirmed grades can be found on SOLAR 41CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  42. 42. Moodle Home – My Course link The My course link returns you to the My course page Click the My course link again to go to the My course page The My course link in the ‘breadcrumb trail’ will also take you to the My course page 42CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation
  43. 43. Moodle Home – Logout link The (Logout) link returns you to the login page Click the (Logout) link again to logout 43CUOnline Moodle - Student Orientation

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