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What is in a Moodle 2 course?

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Moodle: Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment is a free and open-source e-learning software platform, also known as a Course Management System, Learning Management System, or Virtual Learning Environment. Moodle is a course management system designed to help educators who want to create quality online courses. The Learning Management System (LMS), Moodle has many resources and activities to aid in flexibility and diversification of learning. Learn how to navigate, view, and find help in a Moodle 2 course.

What is in the center column?

Course Activities can be found in the center column of most courses. Scroll up and down the page, to see links to Activities.

Instructors can add multimedia and text to the course page in order to articulate or express ideas.

Often, course Activities are grouped into topics or weekly sections. In the example above, "American Film" is the first topic. One could expect different Activities within different topic areas.

What elements are in the right and left columns?

The side columns provide spaces for Blocks, which are essentially widgets providing some kind of specialized function. The Calendar block provides quick access to upcoming Activities. The People block provides access to participants in the course. Instructors can choose from over 20 Blocks and design courses with multiple Blocks or just a small collection of them.

What is Block docking?

Every user can choose to dock any Block by clicking the icon labeled "Move this block to the dock" located in the upper right corner of the block . This consolidates the blocks to an accessible dock on the left.

For example, the Navigation and Settings blocks are docked in the image above. To see the information contained within a docked Block, simply toggle over it and a menu will appear. The Settings block above is displaying the Block content for a student user while the cursor is over it.

You can remove a Block from the dock at any time. In the image above, to take the Settings block back off the dock, click on the same icon now labeled "Undock this item."

How to navigate with breadcrumbs?

A navigation bar near the top of the page provides clarity about where in the course you may be at any given time. It contains links that will leave a trail of hyperlinks starting at the site level and moving deeper into the course. When the course name is clicked it will return the user to the front page of the course.

In this example, if "Home" is clicked on the user will be returned to the front page of the site.
If "American Film 304" is clicked on the user will be sent to the course page.
If "My Courses" is clicked on the user will see all of the the courses they are enrolled in.

This bar is called breadcrumbs because by clicking on previous links it will return users to previous pages.

Where to look for help?

At the bottom of every page there are links to different help resources.

More help...

By click the "i" icon additional information regarding the Moodle feature will be displayed.

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