Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Moodle Course Accessibility MOOC



You have been hearing and reading a lot about accessibility, and you may be wondering what that means for your Moodle course(s). Our Moodle hosting company is delivering "The Accessibility MOOC." It will start October 16, and it's FREE. Visit the MOOC site here to sign up and get started! Your participation will help LBCC meet the January 2018 ADA compliance deadline!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Google Docs Email Collaborators

You have probably attached a Google Doc to a Gmail message via the weird little "Drive" icon button at the bottom left of the email interface:


Did you know you can also easily email any or all of the people who have access to a Google Doc, from within the Doc itself? Check out "Email collaborators" in the "File" menu:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Moodle Zoom Activity

Zoom is Linn-Benton Community College's official webinar/online meeting tool for academic and administrative uses. Its full-featured, yet simple interface works great for video/audio or audio-only live and recorded meetings and screenshare sessions.

We have recently implemented a new Activity type in our Moodle system to make it easy for you and your students to connect via Zoom. All you have to do is turn Editing on in your Moodle course and click the "Add an activity or resource" link in the section where you want to add the Activity:


For first-time users, the Zoom Activity is configured to create new Zoom accounts on-the-fly, with usernames based on the Moodle account email address.

Zoom is very simple and easy to learn via our original "All About Zoom" post, as well as Zoom's Training Resources page.

We are interested in hearing about your impressions and experiences with Zoom, so please feel free to comment below!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Accessible Google Slides

In our neverending quest for better ways to deliver accessible content to our students, we have had challenges with Google Slides. Well, look what I just found!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Moodle "Switch Role To…" Feature

Have you used the "switch role to…" feature to view your Moodle course as a student views it? If so, you will find the feature has moved from the Administration block to the dropdown menu for your Moodle profile in the upper right of the page:


Monday, August 7, 2017

New "User Friendly" Moodle Instructor Role



On September 5th, 2017, we will introduce a new institution-wide instructor role which will be the new default role for instructors.  This new role was developed over the course of the last year with faculty input, to make Moodle more user-friendly. This new role was developed over the course of the last year with faculty input, to make Moodle more user-friendly.

This new default instructor role will provide
  • Streamlined interface
  • Less “clutter”
  • Faster navigation
  • Focused on the most coveted tools
  • Ability to introduce Moodle to all instructors earlier








If you find that there are Moodle tools that you use that are not included in the new default instructor role, we’ve got you covered. We’ve also built an instructor role with all the bells and whistles. You can request to have your role changed by completing this short form.


As always, if you need assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us in Information Services: 541-917-4643.


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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Moodle 3.2 Update Notes

Each year in July and December, our Moodle system is updated to the latest and greatest version (actually, one version behind the official Moodle latest and greatest), and beginning July 6, we will be working in version 3.2. Below are the highlights we have identified. Stay tuned here for updates on our update!


Moodle Book: What's New in 3.2!


"Joule" Branding Becomes "Moodlerooms"


"Joule" has been the term used to reference Moodlerooms' custom version of Moodle for many years now. You may have noticed the "Joule Grader" near the bottom of your course Administration block. Here are the new names and locations for the Grades and Grader tools in Moodle 3.2:





Rubric Allows for Negative Scoring

In Moodle 3.2, you can enter negative points, for example as a late submission penalty. Read more here.

Assignment Overrides

You may have processed an override for a student taking a Moodle Quiz. Now you can create an override for a Moodle Assignment, as well.


File type restrictions for Assignment submissions

Do you receive a variety of file types from students submitting their work into Moodle Assignments in your course? That can add extra work on your part to be able to open all of the various Word Docs, RTFs, PDFs, etc. your students may be uploading for Assignment submissions. Simplify your work by restricting to PDF only, or any combination of file types with which you are comfortable:


Forum Locking

With Moodle 3.2 you can lock inactive forum discussions to prevent any further replies.





There are many other updates and improvements in the new version of Moodle. If you discover something interesting we didn't cover here, feel free to share it via a comment below!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Moodle 3.2 Sneak Peek - Boost Theme & Tours

Coming soon (July 6) to a Moodle system near you - Version 3.2 with Boost Theme and User Tours!



Tuesday, May 9, 2017

All About ZOOM

Zoom is Linn-Benton Community College's official webinar/online meeting tool for academic and administrative uses. Its full-featured, yet simple interface works great for video/audio or audio-only live and recorded meetings and screenshare sessions.

If you don't have an LBCC Zoom account, make sure you are logged in to your LBCC Gmail account in another browser tab, and click here.

Below are some helpful videos on how to get started using Zoom in your teaching, and/or administrative workflow. Want to try a practice session first? Schedule some time with me. I'll get you up and running in Zoom in 15 minutes!






Zoom Meetings & Webinars Training Page