Devising a Plan
There are two ways that a BC teacher can get started in Moodle.
- Start from scratch with an empty course shell.
- Base your work on an existing course, such as a BCLN course.
As a teacher in a BCLN member district, you may preview BCLN courses. If you don't have an account, simply use the "Create a New Account" on the login page (use your district email address when building an account).
If you made an account before and can't remember the password, then use the "Forgotten your username or password?" link on the login page.
If you wish to make use of a BCLN resource, talk to your local DL program, as they control the membership and resources for your local district.
|From Scratch or Not?
|I totally admire those teachers who start with an empty shell and build from scratch. It means they get exactly what they want for every detail. Unfortunately, most teachers who start this way underestimate the time and effort involved in building a course from scratch. It DOES take a lot of time. If you make good use of it over a career, it's well worth the time, but sometimes we want an easier approach.|
Parts of a Moodle Course
Here are basic elements of a course page and links to Moodle documentation.
Using the above image, here are the parts of a typical course homepage. It is possible to move and hide parts of the page and different themes display blocks in different regions, so not all courses will look like this.
|Column left||Course sections - Center||Column right|
|1 Course full name||6 Section header & News topic||9 Login information|
|2 Navigation bar||7 Current week - First section||10 Turn editing on button|
|4 Navigation block||8 Future week - Second section||11 Latest news|
|5 Settings block||14 "Show only this section"||12 Upcoming events|
|15 "Switch role to"||13 Recent activity|
|16 User profile settings|
|17 Site Administration|
some materials sourced from moodle.org