#1 Set up the course
#2 Enroll your students
Moodle offers a variety of methods to enroll students in your course, either manually or automatically. See a list of available options here. The available enrollment options in your Moodle site are determined by the site admins. Also, keep in mind that a user must first have an account on the site before they can enroll, and teachers cannot create new user accounts. Read more on the difference between authentication and enrollment here.
If you want to enable guest access, so users can see content without having to enroll, you can do so on the
Enrollments section of the
Course administration page.
#3 Set up the Gradebook
The Moodle Gradebook gathers scores from all activities throughout your course. To make it work properly, you must decide on the scoring ranges and the weight of each activity in the final score. Depending on the activity, you may need to do manual grading, but automatic scores are also an option.
You can define the weight of each activity in the final grade, or you can group by sections and define weights for each section and the activities in each section. The Gradebook is a powerful tool that can accommodate almost every scoring technique you can dream of. It is highly recommended you settle on one method before you begin grading your students. (They will also appreciate it.)
#4 Prepare engagement and motivation tools
Even though there are no shortcuts to avoid effort when acquiring new knowledge or skills, you can make Moodle more amenable and help your students persist in the course by taking advantage of certain features. This could be as simple as setting up Activity Completion tick-boxes, which highlight the progress they have made, as well the Activities they should tackle next.
Another popular engagement tool is the Moodle Badges, which you can use to give out awards for any kind of desirable behavior you want out of your students.
#5 Add narrative paths to your course
I’m one for openness and I almost always prefer it when courses let me have access to all the resources at once so I can go at my own pace. But, there are cases when a storyline helps us follow along with a lesson’s content and activities. And, I will admit that charting one’s own path does tend to be lengthier and error-prone.
To add a path on top of your course, Moodle offers to Restrict Access to sections and resources. You can choose the criteria that allow or prevent a student accessing certain information, such as having seen other content first, having accomplished certain outcomes or marks, or simple time-based restrictions. The possibilities are varied and highly flexible.
Do you agree with this guide? Do you follow a different process to launch a Moodle course? Share your insight and wisdom with others in the comments!