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eServices Office

eLearning Training & Resources

The eServices Office (eSO), LA&PS provides training for the following eLearning - course website services. Join us at our group sessions by referring to the training information and dates noted below. All sessions are approximately 1 hour in length.

LOCATION: ALL training takes place in the TEL building, 2nd flr, Suite 2120 eServices Office in the training lab.

REGISTER: To sign up for training please e-mail or phone 416-736-5831.

Please note: if you like us to host a Moodle demo session for your department or school, please e-mail with your request.

1a) An Introduction to Moodle: This introductory workshop provides an overview of how to use your Moodle course website(s). At the end of this workshop, participants will leave with the ability to: 1) Upload content; 2) Create and organize weekly/topic course format; 3) Employ Resources & Activities (including linking to useful internal and external sites such as MLA, CMS or e-Journals); and 4) Activate Forums (Discussions & Announcements)

  Wednesday, August 6, 2014 – 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 19, 2014 – 11 a.m.
  Monday, August 25, 2014 – 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, 2014 – 2 p.m.
  Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 2 p.m.  
If you would like to stay for another 30 minutes we will dedicate some HANDS ON HELP for your Resource Management:
1b) Resource Management: At this session, you will learn how to employ specific Moodle resources such as: File (PPT, PDF, DOC, XLS), URL (link to videos, permalinks, web links), Page (include hypertext links; embeds), Folder (multiple files and subfolders), Label (heading/divider used to organize info within weekly unit) and Book (organize multiple manuscripts within Table of Content and navigation buttons). You will learn the specific advantages of choosing the file to be opened in an independent window or tab, versus just being open, or being forced to download.

2) Communications in Moodle: Activating Forums, Discussions, Announcements, Messaging and Chats: Would you like to host meaningful interactive collaboration between students and instructor, or between students? This workshop will provide a hands-on session using this ever-growing method of communication. You will look at the different types of forums and their advantages.

  Thursday, August 14, 2014 – 2 p.m. Thursday, September 4, 2014 – 2 p.m.
3) Quizzes: At this session we will not only create a quiz with its unique settings, but we will also build individual Multiple Choice, True/False and Essay type questions. Learn also how to create categories and move questions to the default category so that your question bank can be accessed from your related courses. If necessary, we will demonstrate how Multiple choice questions can be imported into the question bank using the Aiken method and how questions from one or more categories can be exported using different formats. Best practices concerning accommodating special needs students, the deterrence of cheating using quiz settings such as the timing of quiz, or the timely releasing of correct answers etc. will be discussed.

  Wednesday, August 27, 2014 – 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 9, 2014 – 2 p.m.
4) Assignments, Grades & Turnitin: At this session, you will practice creating offline activity assignments to accommodate offline gradable items as opposed to creating them directly in the grade book. Learn how to grade directly from the assignment itself and allow Moodle to calculate the course total for you. For this, it is imperative that you come with a committed breakdown of your gradable items. We will also explore when and why we recommend exporting the grade book to XLS spreadsheets and re-importing them back to Moodle in certain instances. The creation of a Turnitin Assignment will also be demonstrated.

  Wednesday, August 20, 2014 – 2 p.m Tuesday, September 2, 2014 – 11 a.m.
5) Wikis: Learn how to create and administer this growing collaborative tool at this session. You can either build individual (seeing each student's progress over term) or collaborative wikis (seeing students' team quotient), depending on your needs. You will learn how to administer the specific settings of each wiki, limiting rights etc. and be able to "read" the history (participation) of each student's contribution.

  Thursday, August 28, 2014 – 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 16, 2014 – 2 p.m.
6) Groups & Forums: Do you wish to divide your class into small groups permanently throughout the term, or do you wish to rotate flexible groups each time? This hands-on session is for you, as you will learn how to determine when you need groups versus groupings. You will actually auto-create random small groups, or manually create pre-set groups. In addition,you will also learn how to facilitate forums for both permanent and flexible groupings throughout the term.

  Tuesday, August 26, 2014 – 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 10, 2014 – 2 p.m.
7) Utilizing the Gradebook in Moodle: Learn how to input your gradable items and let Moodle calculate the grade totals, or, simply export to a spreadsheet from the built-in Moodle book and re-import it after manually inputting your grades. Students will then be able to view their grades in private within Moodle and see where they fit with-in the class. However, you may simply learn to post a spreadsheet as a resource and/or observe the protocol of posting unofficial grades.

  Tuesday, September 2, 2014 – 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – 2 p.m.

OTHER MOODLE TRAINING: Learning Technology Services (UIT) also provides training workshops for Moodle. For their training workshops, online webinars, documentation/FAQs and course request forms, please visit:

Do you need a quick refresher or would like to learn some quick Moodle how to’s ? There is a long list of short videos covering topics such as: Administration, Resources, Activities, Feedback, Quizzes and Grades. Visit our page at:

QUICKR to MOODLE – transitioning to the Moodle system

Have you been thinking of transitioning over to Moodle? This training is for current Quickr users transitioning to Moodle. It will focus on the common usages of Quickr and provide alternatives in the Moodle environment.

Sessions Tuesday, August 12, 2014 – 2 p.m. Thursday, August 21, 2014 – 11 a.m.

CAMTASIA RELAY – Recording your lecture (classroom/home/office)

Learn how to use Camtasia Relay, the newest audio/screen capture software to easily record lectures and presentations in the classroom or from home or the office. Lecture recordings will be made available from your Moodle course. Please note that for classroom taping your lecture hall or class room must be enabled for this kind of taping. To request this service there is a section on the Moodle request form.

Sessions Wednesday, August 13, 2014 –  2 p.m. Thursday, September 4, 2014 –  11 a.m.


Copyright and your Course Website – Question and Answer Session

These Q & A sessions will focus on recent changes in copying practices at York University.  Sessions will be conducted by Patricia Lynch, York University’s Copyright Officer, and will help you identify and manage copyright in your classroom, course web site and research. The Copyright Modernization Act (Bill C-11) and complying with Fair Dealing Requirements will be referenced. The web site URL is:

Session Duration: 45 min. Open to all units and faculty. ALL sessions start at 12 NOON

Sessions Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Wednesday. September 3, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Monday, September 29, 2014

Training takes place in the TEL building, 2nd floor, Suite 2120 eServices Office in the training lab.

REGISTER: To sign up please e-mail or phone 416-736-5831.

For any questions email:

If you would like to set up an information session tailored to the copyright issues of your area please contact Patricia Lynch, Copyright Officer at

Prior to uploading content or files of literary or artistic works to your course management site(s), ensure that you review the copyright information and requirements posted at the ‘Copyright and You’ Website:

The Website provides information on everything you need from the basics of copyright, FAQs on copyright requirements for course websites to how to apply fair dealing to your copying at York (


The York University Librarieshave license agreements with providers of eResources for the use of: electronic articles, journals, indexes, databases and more. Please contact the Subject Specialist Librarian for your area for assistance on how to identify and link to these electronic resources from your course websites.