How do I un-hide my course?
Automatically-created Moodle shells
Every course taught at Converse (at least, every course known to the Registrar's database) has a Moodle shell created for it automatically. The professor in the actual course is automatically enrolled in the Moodle course with the Professor role, and the students enrolled in the actual course are automatically enrolled in the Moodle course as well (with the Student role). As students add and drop, they will be automatically enrolled or dropped from the Moodle course, reflecting the changes in the Registrar's database.
You find your automatically-created shell the same way you find any other Moodle course. It will show up in your list of courses on the main Moodle page, or you can search for it using the "Search courses" blank on that same page. Initially, all these courses are hidden, so you (as faculty) will see the entry in gray rather than purple. (Students won't see the entry at all.) Even a grayed-out link will still work, however.
Professor role? Student role? What are those?
The Professor role allows the relevant faculty member to do basically anything in the course (except keep the Moodle administrators out). In that role, you can (among other things):
- create, edit, and delete course content
- change course settings
- grade student work
- edit, hide, and show existing grades
- set up Moodle's gradesheet to calculate course grades the way you want them calculated
- participate in course discussions (and rate student posts)
Students can see course content (unless it's hidden), submit assignments, take part in discussions, and receive grades.
When an automatically-created shell is first created, the course is hidden from students. (Naturally, not every professor will use Moodle for every course, and there's no sense in confusing the students by showing them Moodle courses that are never used.) To let your students see what's there, you'll need to un-hide it.
Why can't I find my course even if I search for it using “Search courses”?
There are still some courses for which shells need to be created manually. The most common example is cross-listed courses; since the Registrar treats cross-listed courses as two (or more) separate courses, the automatic process creates two (or more) separate shells. It's quick to make a single shell for the cross-listed course that takes its enrollments from the separate automatically-created shells (so you still get automatic enrollment management), but you do have to tell me (Peter Brown) that you want to do that.
How do I un-hide my course?
- Go to the course's main page.
- Click the gear icon near the top-right corner of the page.
- The top item In the resulting menu is “Edit settings”. Click on that.
- This will take you to a page titled “Edit course settings”, where you can change many aspects of your course. As you scroll down, you will see an entry marked “Visible”, next to a drop-down box. Change the value of that drop-down box from “Hide” to “Show”.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Save changes” button.
While your course is now visible to students, you will almost always have some text at the top of the course telling you that it's still hidden. Since this is no longer true, it's best to remove that text.
- Turn editing on in the course by clicking the gear icon and selecting “Turn editing on”.
- The page will redisplay, and a little “Edit” dropdown menu will appear to the right of the offending text. Click that dropdown, and select “Edit section”.
- Delete the text from the “Summary” blank.
- Click the “Save changes” button.
Editing other things in the course settings
WARNING (Danger, Will Robinson!):
While you are on the “Edit course settings” page, you have the ability to change a wide variety of course settings, most of which you can set however you like. However, please do not change the settings for any of the following:
- Course category. Changing this will put your course in a different course category, which will make it hard for people who aren't enrolled in it (read: Moodle administrators) to find it.
- Course ID number. This is the number Moodle relies on to link your Moodle course to the Registrar's database. You really don't want to break that connection, or you'll have to keep up manually with any changes in enrollment.
- Course shortname. Just don't change this. Please. Not only is there a programmatic link between this and the course ID number, but I use the shortname to find courses.
- Course start date. This is set for the Sunday before the beginning of classes, so the weeks showing in your course correspond to actual calendar weeks. If you want your weeks to start on Monday, you can, but please don't make any other changes to this setting.
- Course end date. This should be set for the date when the course ends. Moodle uses it to organize your courses on your dahsboard, so changing it may foul up the display of that list not only for you but also for anyone else enrolled in the course.