- If you want to find your way around any course on Moodle, just click on the various sections or resources to explore them. You can always find your way back to your course front page by clicking on the short name of your course (eg. EFM 2012) under the pink strap at the top left of every page in the course. Clicking on ‘Home’ in the pink strap takes you back to the Woodbrooke Moodle front page.
- You can also click on the various boxes in the side bars of the course main page, for example ‘ participants ’ will give you access to the profiles of other participants on your course, and ‘ section links ’ allows you to skip straight to each section of the course rather than scrolling down the main course page.
- The first thing you might like to do is to fill in your own profile . You do this by clicking on your name in the ‘ participants ’ box at the top left of the course main page and completing the information in your profile. You can choose whether to reveal your email address to other course participants and Moodle users or not - make sure you set this to the level of privacy you prefer. For more information about updating your profile, including how to upload a photo or other picture, go to the FAQ forum on Woodbrooke Moodle’s front page and all you need to know is in the ‘profile’ threads there. Don’t forget to save after making changes to your profile!
- Throughout your course on Moodle, there may be opportunities to use discussion forums, websites, reflective journals and other interactive resources. For more information about how to use these, look for the relevant thread in the FAQ forum or start a new one with your question.
Online learning and ‘netiquette’
- We hope that you will find any discussion forums and chatrooms interesting and useful parts of your course. We know that they can be a place of deep spiritual engagement and learning, enabling us to create Quaker community on-line. And each of us can contribute to making that vision a reality!
- Your online course will be supported by your tutors, and, on some courses, by experienced Friends acting as online course elders or facilitators. They will be available to answer queries and will take part in and moderate discussions in the various course discussion forums.
- For online community and discussion to work, it is very important that everyone feels welcome, safe and listened to. In some ways we have to use more care and creativity when we meet on-line than face to face. This involves careful consideration both in what we say and in how we “listen” to the contributions of others, seeking to hear what is behind the words. I t is easy to be misunderstood and hurtful on-line. Please use humour with care and avoid irony and judgemental statements.
- Please keep your contributions short and focused. If we were meeting face-to-face, it would be inappropriate to speak for too long, too often, or off the subject. The same applies here. In a discussion forum, it is best to keep contributions limited to about 500 words (which is about 1 page of text and 5 minutes of talking), and most will be much shorter. In a chatroom, a line or two of text at a time is sufficient for others to process.
- A good practical suggestion for discussion forum posts is to write your message in a Word document, check it’s not too long, save it and read it again later, then copy and paste it into the message area on Moodle. That way, you won’t lose it if your internet connection is lost, and you can re-read it before you send it, in case you want to shorten or edit it. Don’t forget to click ‘send to forum’!
- There is also a facility in Moodle for you to go back and edit your contribution to a forum for up to 30 minutes after first posting it.
If you are unhappy or concerned about the course, please let us know. You can at any time contact your course tutor by private e-mail about how the course is going for you or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Last modified: Wednesday, 4 September 2013, 4:35 PM