Monday, May 16, 2011

End of the School Year: Moodle Cleanup and Preparation

Well, it's finally that time of year again! Summer is almost upon us and this means that a lot of teachers and school staffers are super-busy preparing for the end of the school year. With all that goes on at the end of the year, many important preparations in the technology world get overlooked. To start this post series about preparing for the End of the School Year, I'm going to give you a few tips for your getting your Moodle courses prepped for summer and in-turn the upcoming school year. (For those who don’t know, Moodle is an online course management system that provides digital content, schedules, and assignments for your students. If you would like to set up a class, go to your schools Moodle website and log in using your usual login credentials. Most sites will have a block for requesting a new course. If that option is not available to you, contact your Moodle administrator or Tech Department.)

Moodle has a nifty feature built-in to assist you in cleaning up your courses. This may mean unenrolling students, removing old assignment data, and much more. When you are logged in as a Teacher in your course, you of course have access to the "Administration" block which is generally located along the left hand side of your course. If you haven't ever noticed, there is a "Reset" button within that block. If you have seen this button you may have just avoided it out of fear and with good reason. This button has a lot of power that can drastically change your site and potentially remove important data. It's definitely a good practice at this point to proceed with caution and read carefully. As potentially dangerous as the "Reset" area is, it is pretty straightforward and easy to use. Simply read through each area of the page and select the areas you would like to reset. Be sure to click the "Show Advanced" buttons in each area for more detail.

After resetting your course to your preferences, it is also a good idea to look over any material you may have added to your course throughout the year to see if there's anything you don't need or will need to change for the upcoming year. While doing this it is always a good idea to look at the readability and visual appeal of your site as well. See if you can make changes to make it easier to use and read.

If you follow these steps and prepare for summer and the upcoming school year, you'll do yourself a favor and save tons of time and energy when next year rolls around. I hope these tips have been useful to you!

Enjoy :)

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