Chapter 1: Course Structure & Preparation for Launching
1. Brief Overview of Webpage Layout
The MScN course web site is divided into three columns, left, middle, and right frames. Each frame is customized to include specific information.
Figure 1-1: MScN Moodle Course Model
MScN Course Web Site Template
It is recommended that you leave all of the inherent blocks
with the following exceptions: You may delete the “Search Forums” or the “Messages”
block from the right frame, if you do not find them useful. See next page. The
MScN template models the following order.
Moodle provides a number of other functional blocks that can be added to your course web site via the Add Blocks tool. They include Upcoming Events, Random Glossary Entry, Blog Tags, Remote RSS Feeds and others. You may add any of these blocks noting the above-recommended order.
Adding a New Block
Moving a New Block From Right to Left Frame
2. Types of Course Format
Of the two formats that can be used within the MScN courses, the MScN-Template team recommends the Topics format over the Weekly format:
This is a
good choice if you would like to present a clean, one-page, concise,
non-scrolling web site. Two (2) topic formats can be selected. See section 3 Editing Course Settings to facilitate Topic Format. The first unit
can host all of the course content. The second unit can host forums, assignments,
quizzes, and other activities (which can be then hidden for aesthetic appeal).
See Section 5 Hiding Multiple Forums in Topic Format for
With this format, you specify a course start date and the number of weeks the course is to run. Moodle will create a section for each week of your course. See Section 4 Editing Course Settings to facilitate Weekly Format. You can add content, forums, and quizzes relevant to each week. The disadvantage of this format is that it demands much vertical scrolling unless you add a “Section block” that allows the student to navigate to each unit.
The settings page, where you set the course format, also gives you access to a number of important course options.
Please leave the following fields at the default selection: 1) Full name, 2) Short name, 3) Course ID Number and 4) Enrolments.
Making Changes to Your Course Settings
Figure 1-6: Topic Format Settings
4. Editing Course Settings to Facilitate Weekly Format
Figure 1-7: Weekly
5. Hiding Multiple Forums in Topic Format for Aesthetic Appeal
In order to provide a single, non-scrolling page from which all the course material can be accessed, it is necessary to “hide” the second unit chosen to host multiple forums, chats, assignments. Consequently, only the course content in Unit 1 will be displayed. See Figure 1-3. After you have set your Number of Weeks/Topics to 2 as in Figure 1-2 above, you may add your forums/chats/assignments using the Activity block.
Figure 1-8: Topic Format Displaying Unit 1 Area Only With Unit 2 “hidden”
Once you have completed adding all the forums/chats/assignments needed, go back to your Administration/Settings as in Section 4 Editing Course Settings to Facilitate Topic Format and change the Number of Weeks/Topics to 1 instead of 2. Save your changes.
Those instructions have been duplicated here for your convenience.
This will result in Unit 2 of the Topic Format being hidden. Both students and instructors will now be able to access the hidden material from the Activities block. See Figure 1-9 below.
Figure 1-9: Displaying Activities block
6. Editing Course Settings to Make Course Available to Students
Once you have satisfactorily built your course, and you wish to make it available to students,
1. Click “Settings” in the Administration block.
2. Scroll down to the Availability section
3. Choose “This course is available to students” from the Availability drop-down menu
Figure 1-10: Making Course Available to Students
The once “grayed out” course web site has now been launched and is available to students.
7. Editing User Profile
In establishing your unique course, you may edit the settings in your User Profile. For instance, you may decide to use another course e-mail ID instead of your personal e-mail. Please note, however, that whichever e-mail you identify in your Profile will apply to all your Moodle courses.
Figure 1-11: Editing Profile Settings
On the right side of the profile from, you’ll see a “Show Advanced” button. There are a number of profile options that are hidden by default. These are not changed very often and can be a bit confusing for a new user. They are indicated with a green asterisk. The mandatory fields are marked with a red asterisk and must be filled to submit the form.
Figure 1-12: User Profile Settings
Figure 1-13: Editing User Profile
Disabling Forum Post Forwarding to Email
You may change your choice about receiving forum posts in your e-mail. In order not to receive each forum post via e-mail, there are two methods to do this:
a Profile Picture
Figure 1-14: Uploading Profile Picture