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JetNet (Moodle) Tutorials for Students

JetNet (Moodle) Tutorials for Students

Site: Jackson College
Course: Jackson College
Book: JetNet (Moodle) Tutorials for Students
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Date: Monday, December 11, 2017, 4:14 AM

Introduction

Girl Doing Online Homework LicenseAttributionShare Alike Some rights reserved by CollegeDegrees360 on FlickrIf you're taking online courses, try to have one web browser that you use only for your classes and another web browser that you use for everything else. For example, you might use Firefox for your online classes and Google Chrome for everything else, like checking your email, using Facebook, etc.

Recommended minimum browser: Firefox 4, Safari 5, Google Chrome 11, 

Internet Explorer isn't recommended for Moodle unless you are using version 8 (IE 10 or later required for drag and drop of files from outside the browser into Moodle).

Take some time to learn how to do some of the basic functions within JetNet (Moodle).

  1. Learn how to submit an assignment file
  2. Learn how to change your profile instructions
  3. Learn how to add a topic to a discussion forum file
  4. Learn how to reply to a forum post file
  5. Learn how to take a quiz file
  6. Learn how to check your grades

Each of these step-by-step tutorials will help guide you to succeed with this week's assignments. Feel free to bookmark them if you find them useful.

There are many more tutorials you can find with a simple search!

    What am I looking at in my course? I am new here.

    What is in the center column?

    Main page view of JetReady with a box highlighting the center column

    Course activities can be found in the center column of most courses. When you scroll up and down the page, you'll see links to those activities.

    Instructors may add multimedia and text to the course page in order to articulate or express ideas, as well.

    What elements are in the right and left columns?

    Main page of JetReady with boxes highlighting the side columns

    The side columns provide spaces for "blocks," which are essentially widgets providing some kind of specialized function. The "navigation" block provides quick access to the main course content. The "quick links" block provides links that go to common Jackson College resources. The "facilitator info." block gives you details for who is your main contact within JetReady. Instructors may design courses with multiple blocks or just a small collection of them.

    How do I navigate with the breadcrumb?

    A navigation bar near the top of the page provides clarity about "where" in the course you may be at any given time. If you click on the course name, you will return to the front page of the course.

    In this example, if you click on "joule demo home," you will be sent to the front page of the site.

    If you click on "American Film" you will be sent to the course page.

    If you click on "Forums", you will see all of the forums in the course.

    This bar is called a breadcrumb, because you can always click on previous links to get back "home" to your course page.

    Help Messages...

    You can also click on the question-mark icon through-out Moodle for help and guidance. In this example, the question-mark will offer reflective ideas about posting to a forum.

    How to submit an assignment file

    The Assignment module allows teachers to collect work from students, review it, and provide feedback including grades. Using assignments, students can submit any electronic files (e.g., Word-processed documents, spreadsheets, images, audio, video clips) or type their response directly into Moodle. Take the following steps to submit an assignment in Moodle:

    Navigate to the Assignment in the the course view and click on its title.

    Main page of JetReady with box highlighting the Assignment - Time Management

    Read the instructions for the Assignment.

    Click the "Add submission" button.

    Enter "Online text" if required.

    Add "File Submissions" if required.

    Review Submission status and add Comments if needed.

    1. Click the "Edit my submission" button to update submission.

    Click the "Submit assignment" button.

    Click "Continue" to confirm the submission.

     

    How to change your profile instructions

    The profile displays basic information about a user along with profile picture, it also enables a user to view course Activities and see course grades. Site wide preferences are customized in the profile.

    Locate the Administration block. Click the link My profile settings to open the menu and click "Edit profile."

    Course Administration block under the My profile settings heading

    Determine Profile preferences.

    Scroll the page down, and click "Update profile" to save preferences.

    How to change your message options

    Activity stream, Popup notification, Email, and Alert badge notification are the four types of messaging a user can set for notifications from Moodle. With these different options a user can be connected and updated on all the happenings inside of their courses how they feel best works for them. Follow the steps below to set up messaging preferences that give control over what gets emailed and when.

    Locate the Administration block in the course, select My profile settings, click "Messaging."

    My profile settings under the Administration block

    Notes: These preferences are in addition to those listed in the "Edit profile" section, so remember, too, to adjust forum subscription preferences there as well in terms of whether to automatically subscribe or not, etc.

    Select Messaging options for each communication type.


    Configure notification methods:

    1. Activity stream: If enabled, will send the notification to the users Activity stream.

    2. Popup notification: If enabled, the notification will pop-up from the system tray.

    3. Email: If enabled, the notification is sent as an e-mail.

    4. Alert badge notification: If enabled, the notification will appear as an alert in the Alert badge.

    Notifications can be sent logged in/offline depending on selections made in these settings.

    Select "Email" When I'm offline for Subscribed forum posts to ensure an email of the post is sent even when offline.

    Enter Jabber ID here to send/receive Jabber messages.


    Note: A Jabber server and site settings need to be configured for Jabber messages to be sent/received.

    Enter an email address to have Emails sent to an address other than the one used in the user profile.

    Don't forget to click the "Update profile."

     

    How to add a topic to a discussion forum file

    The forum is an asynchronous activity that allows for discussion between users. To add to a discussion by adding a topic follow the steps below.

    Navigate a Forum within the course and click on its title.

    Click the "Add a new discussion topic" button.

    Create a subject for the post.

    Create a Message for the forum.

    1. If the HTML editor does not display, select HTML format from the drop-down menu.

    Choose the Subscription method for the message post.

    When a user is subscribed to a Forum it means that they will be sent email copies of every post in that Forum (posts are sent about 30 minutes after the post was first written). Users can usually choose whether or not they want to be subscribed to each Forum. However, if a teacher forces subscription on a particular Forum then this choice is taken away and everyone in the class will get email copies. This is especially useful in the News forum and in Forums towards the beginning of the course (before everyone has worked out that they can subscribe to these emails themselves).

    Choose a file to upload as an attachment (optional).

    Drag and drop a file or click "Add..." and use the File Picker to select an attachment.

    Check the box "Mail now" to send the message immediately after posting.

    1.

    Click the "Post to forum" button to complete.

     

    How to reply to a forum post file

    The Forum is an asynchronous Activity allowing discussion to happen between users. Reply to a Forum post by following the steps below.

    Navigate a Forum within the course and click on its title.

     

    The forum will appear.

    Click on the Discussion topic to view its threads.

    Scroll to the post where the reply will be added, then click the "Reply" link its lower right corner.

    Determine whether to keep the same Subject or to change it.

    Create a Message for the reply.

    1. If the HTML editor is not displayed, select editor format drop-down menu and change to HTML format.

    Choose the Subscription method for the message post (optional).

     

    When a user is subscribed to a Forum it means that they will be sent email copies of every post in that Forum (posts are sent about 30 minutes after the post was first written). Users can usually choose whether or not they want to be subscribed to each Forum. However, if a teacher forces subscription on a particular Forum then this choice is taken away and everyone in the class will get email copies. This is especially useful in the News forum and in Forums towards the beginning of the course (before everyone has worked out that they can subscribe to these emails themselves).

    Choose a file to upload as an attachment (optional).

    Drag and drop a file or click "Add..." and use the File Picker to select an attachment.

    Check the box "Mail now" to send the message immediately after posting.

    1.

    Click the "Post to forum" button to complete.

     

    How to add an image in a post using the HTML editor

    The HTML editor enables complex text and image tasks. For this example, an image will be added to a post within a Glossary, however, the same steps can be followed to add an image to any text, as long as the HTML editor appears to offer help.

    Determine where to place the image.

    Type the text that accompanies the image (if relevant).

    Type an image description or accompanying text if desired, then place the cursor where the image is to display.

    Next, click the "Insert/edit image" icon.

    The icon looks like a small tree in the third row of the HTML editor.

    Option A, paste a URL for an image file from the web.

    Copy a URL into the Image URL field.

    Note: Be sure to complete the Image description text for people using page readers for accessibility.

    Option B, browse to an image in a folder by clicking "Find or upload an image...."

    This will open the File picker and to select the image to be inserted.

    Option C, use the File picker to select an image from one of the repositories.

    Browse for the file, select it, then click "Upload this file" to the course. Click on the image title in the File Browser. Once selected, click the "OK" button to insert the image into your text.

    After the file is selected, go to the "Appearance" tab to alter dimensions and justification of the image.

    Update the layout, spacing, and size of the image by adjusting the settings. Then click "Insert."

    Preview image

    The preview window should display the image. If necessary, readjust the appearance settings to get the desired results.

    To change the image settings, click the image itself and press the "Insert/edit image" icon in the editor.

    Note that the selection of the image is made clear by the drag icons around the image.

    After you have made changes to the settings, click "Insert" and "OK" to save.

     

    How to take a quiz file

    Quiz allows teachers to create quizzes with a variety of question types, which are stored in a question bank and can be re-used within courses and between courses. The most commonly used questions types are the true/false and multiple choice. Submitting a Quiz is simple, follow the steps below.

    Navigate to a Quiz Activity in the course and click on its title.

    Read the instructions.

     

    Click the "Attempt quiz now" button.

    Answer the questions and click "Next" at the end of the page.

    Depending upon how the instructor set up the Quiz, a user may be able to submit one answer at a time, save answers without submitting, or just submit one page at a time.

    When the Quiz is completed, check the Summary of attempt and click "Start Again" to retake it or "Submit all and finish" to finish the quiz.

     

    How to check your grades

    The Grades area for a students displays the User report and the Overview report. The User report generally shows a student's grade in either a numerical, text, or percentage format in addition there is also an area to view feedback. An individual user can view their grades by following the steps below.

    Enter the course you want to check your grades for.

    Then locate the Administration block and click "Grades.":

    Grades link under the Administration block

    View grades for all Activities.

    Clicking on the name of a Assignment will take open a page with the Assignment information.