Friday, January 19, 2018

How to Print a Google Doc with Comments

A friend asked me if there was a way to print a Google Doc with the comments included in the print job. They added if I had a solution for them, it would save their marriage. I didn't feel like getting into that aspect of the issue too deeply, but I am happy to help a friend's marriage.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Moodle 3.3 Upgrade Info

Our Moodle site was upgraded to version 3.3 on December 28. We have identified a number of interesting and useful improvements we believe will enhance your Moodle course development and delivery experience, as well as benefit your students:
Dashboard / Course Overview Block
For a more complete list of all Moodle 3.3 updated and new features, click here.

Be on the lookout for further details on these features. We encourage you to explore them, and let us know what you think!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Moodle 3.3 Release Highlights

We stumbled on a treasure trove of Moodle 3.3 Release Highlights screencast videos!

Polling for Zoom Meetings

If you use Zoom, you probably appreciate its simple, yet full-featured interface. Don't you wish more tools took on that design philosophy? Here is a feature you may be interested in for creating multiple choice question for your Zoom meeting participants.

"You will be able to launch the poll during your meeting and gather the responses from your attendees. You also have the ability to download a report of polling after the meeting."

Read more here.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

9 Google Calendar Features You Should Be Using

Right when I was just about to start thinking there are probably some Google Calendar features I'm not taking advantage of, I stumbled across this. Enjoy!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Default Text in Gmail

Want to make the body text in your Gmail messages stand out from the crowd, and/or make it more readable than the regular system default ol' font and size most everyone else uses? Get yourself a new default text setting! Click the little gear button in the upper right in your Gmail, and then click on Settings:


From there, look for the "Default text style" area. Here is how I have my Gmail default text set:


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Moodle Course Dashboard - Needs Grading

Instructor question:


I'm still getting used to using the grader in Moodle (I used the Joule Grader in the past).  The Joule grader "told me" when someone resubmitted an assignment.  I assumed that the one we have now would do the same.

I knew that this student resubmitted because she told me she did.  But I can't see anything in the assignment submission list that tells me there has been an updated submission.  (I'm concerned because I know that other students have resubmitted as well and now I don't know how I can track them).

Can you take a look and let me know if there is a way to figure this out?

Eric Bryant's solution:


I would use the "Needs Grading" Report which you can find under Administration --> Reports --> Dashboard:


Then select the "Needs Grading" report from the dropdown menu:



See the informational notice Moodle provides:

The Needs Grading report shows you what is ready for grading. It lists each student and their activities that need grading. Select Grade now to grade the activity.

Use the filters to expand or narrow your view. You can send messages to students you see in the report. Select the student and the option to send them a message from the Action menu.


Negative Grades In Moodle

We had an interesting question from an instructor:


What I want to be able to accomplish is to be able to input negative values to a grade.

In my class attendance is required. If students have perfect attendance they receive 10 points extra credit toward their final grade; if students miss 1 or 2 classes, their final grade does not change; and any subsequent absence, they are penalized by 10 points to their final grade. 

What I want to do on Moodle is to add an assignment and call it attendance where the value of the assignment is 0. I would add 10 points if students earned perfect attendance, and I want to subtract points from the final grade when they've missed more than 2 classes. However, Moodle will not allow me to input a negative value. How do I subtract points from the final grade without taking it out of previous assignments? Is there a way for you to allow me to input a negative value?

Eric Bryant delivered a terrific solution:


As this is a somewhat unique way of grading, my suggestion would be to create a manual gradebook item that has a maximum value of '0' and a minimum value of '-10'.  


You will also need to create an additional manual gradebook item with a minimum value of '0' and a maximum value of '10' and mark this one as Extra Credit.




Setting it up this way will allow you to assign every student on the first gradebook item a zero (100%), or something less up to -10 points (0%).  The second gradebook item will be for those students earning the extra credit.  As the item is marked as extra credit, only those earning 10 points will be awarded and it will not impact any other student grades.

Remember these two manual gradebook items should not be within a category if you use categories.

Did You Know 2017