Chat, Checklist, Choice?, Database, External Tool

Chat

Checklist

Choice?

Database

External Tool

 

The Chat activity module enables participants to have a text-based, real-time synchronous discussion. It can be used as a back-channel during an inclass activity.

Create a Chat

  • On the course homepage > click the gear icon and then Turn Editing on
  • In the section where you want the choice to appear > click Add an activity or resource
  • Click the radio button beside Chat
  • Click Add

Configure these settings

  • Add a Name
  • Add a description or a prompt that students see when clicking on the activity.
  • Chat Sessions
    • Enter the time/date for the Chat to open
    • Enter options to repeat chat times if needed
    • Enter option to save messages for extended period of time, if needed
    • Enter option to allow viewing of past sessions
  • When the Chat has opened, students will be able to access a chat window.

 

Checklist is a great way to help students keep up with work in their courses.  Items can be manually added or imported from activities already in the course.

Configure these settings

  • Add a Name
  • Add a prompt that appears above the list in the course module
  • Settings
    • User can add their own items – default is NO
    • Updates by – options are student only, teacher only, student and teacher
    • Add dates to calendar – default is no. Check YES if dates are to appear on the calendar
    • Teachers can add comments – default is YES
    • Maximum grade – default is 100 points. Each check mark is a fraction of the total grade. If grade is 0, no gradebook column is created
    • Email when checklist is complete – default is NO
    • Show course modules in checklist – If no, default checklist is only manually entered items. If Current section is checked, all manual items AND activities in the SECTION are listed. If Whole Course, then ALL activities in the course are listed along with manually entered items.
    • Check-off when modules complete – defaults to Yes, can override. The module will automatically check off activities that are on the list when completed however students can override. Select Yes, cannot override if you want the activities to be checked when completed and NOT have students override.

 

Choices can be used to gather input from students.  Use choices when you want to pose a single question and offer a selection of answer choices.  Use questionnaires to construct a survey containing a variety of question types.

Ideas for using Choices:

  • Have students help choose the direction of the course, for example vote for their choice of next topics
  • Poll students on items such as their preference for test reviews, class make up options, etc.
  • Quickly assess student understanding of a selected topic
  • Allow students to choose which project group they would like to join *
  • Let students to select a student-teacher conference time **

Create a Choice

  • On the course homepage > click the gear icon and then Turn Editing on
  • In the section where you want the choice to appear > click Add an activity or resource
  • Click the radio button beside Choice
  • Click Add

Configure these settings

  • Add a Name
  • Add a Description – the question or prompt
  • Configure Options *
    • Set Limits – whether or not responses can be changed and the number of responses allowed per participant
    • add answer choices to the Option text boxes
  • Configure Availability – restrict time period for collecting responses
  • Configure Results – retrict visability of the response results
  • Click Save and return to course

* To allow students to arrange themselves into groups, limit the number of responses to the number of students you want in each group, and then enter the name of each group in the Option text boxes.

** To have students select a conference time, limit the number of responses = 1, and enter the different conference times in the Option text boxes.

 

 

Ideas for using Databases:

  • Collaboratively create a collection of images, documents, videos, geographic locations, dates, etc.
  • Peer review of student work
  • Post lecture notes for absent students or as a class study resource

Create a Database

  • On the course homepage > click the gear icon and then Turn Editing on
  • In the section where you want the database to appear > click Add an activity or resource
  • Click the radio button beside Database
  • Click Add

Configure these settings

  • Add a Name and Description
    • Explain the purpose and instructions for how to use the database in the description
  • Configure settings if needed
  • Click Save and display

Set up the Database

  • Create fields (for data input)
  • Define the Database Templates (visual layout of database) *
    • Click the Templates tab > List template
    • To use the default layout, click Save template
      • Repeat the above steps for Single template and Advanced search template
    • To create a custom layout:
      • Add header and footer information
      • It is possible to display internally-generated information (Available tags) with database entries, such as a timestamp of when the entry was added or who created the entry.
        • Position the cursor in the Repeated entry text editor window where you want to see the information displayed
        • Click on the appropriate tag in the Available tags window

image showing database template tags

* If fields are added to a database after the template has been defined, you must reset and resave the template before users can see the new field


Add Database Entries

  • Open the database
  • Click the Add entry tab
  • Enter information in the appropriate fields
  • Click Save

 

External Tools are used to link outside resources, such as Pearson Labs and other textbook tools, directly into Moodle. Ramsey Library also has a link which allows you to build a library guide and display it in your Moodle course.

Link to creating Ramsey Library Libguides

 

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