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Schedule Sessions in Moodlerooms

Engage students in a collaborative learning experience from your Moodlerooms class.

Create a session for each meeting, create a single reusable session for your class and update the date and time, or create an open session to use the entire semester. You can also grade student participation. It's up to you!


Add a Collaborate session to your course

Steps in Snap: Create learning activity or resource > Collaborate > Add

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Add an activity or resource > Collaborate > Add

 
  1. In any course section select Create learning activity or resource and choose Collaborate. Select Add.

    If you are not using Snap, select Turn editing on. Select Add an activity or resource and choose Advanced forum. Select Add.

  2. Type a meaningful name for the activity.
  3. Select the date and time from the Start menus.
  4. Select how long you want the session to be in the Duration menu. By default sessions are scheduled for an hour.

    If you want to keep the session open, select Duration of course.

  5. Optionally, select Allow Collaborate guest access, if you want to invite guests not enrolled in your course to the session. You can then choose your guests role in your session from the Collaborate guest role menu. By default, guests are presenters in the session. Only instructors can invite guests.

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  6. Optionally, type a meaningful description. Help your students prepare for the session. If you add a description, select Display description on course page so students see it when looking through the course.
  7. Optionally, set the following.
  8. Select Save and display to join the session and copy the guest access link.

Participants can join sessions 15 minutes prior to the start time.


Grade settings

Steps in Snap: Collaborate > Edit > Grade

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Collaborate > Edit > Edit settings > Grade

Assign a grade for student participation, attendance, presentations, and anything else that matters to you. Expand Grade when adding or updating your Collaborate activity and set how you want to do it.

  1. Select one of the following from the Type menu.
    • None: There is no grading type.
    • Scale: Use a scale to grade. Select the scale you want to use from the Scale menu.
    • Point: Use points when grading. Type the maximum number of points that can be earned.
  2. Optionally, if you use Gradebook categories, select the category from the Grade category menu.
  3. Optionally, type the minimum number of points a student needs to pass.

Use the description to provide your students with clear expectations and detailed directions. List grading criteria. Don't forget to select Display description on course page!

More on gradebook categories in the Moodlerooms help for instructors

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Outcomes

Steps in Snap: Create or edit an activity > Outcomes

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Create or edit an activity > Outcomes

Outcomes (competencies, standards, and goals) are specific descriptions of what a student has demonstrated and understood at the completion of an activity or course. Each outcome is evaluated by the instructor to determine whether the student has met the criterion.  

The site administrator must set up outcomes at the site level and the outcomes must be included in the course settings to be associated.

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Common module settings

Steps in Snap: Create or edit an activity > Common module settings

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Create or edit an activity > Common module settings

Decide if you want to show or hide the activity from your students. Create a unique ID number to identify the activity for grade calculations.

More on Common module settings in the Moodlerooms help for instructors


Restrict access

Steps in Snap: Create or edit an activity > Restrict access > Add restriction

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Create or edit an activity > Restrict access > Add restriction

Decide when you want a resource or activity available to students. You can use dates, score ranges, Personalized Learning Designer rules, profile fields and/or the completion of other course activities to make items available.

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Activity completion

Steps in Snap: Create or edit an activity > Activity completion

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Create or edit an activity > Activity completion

You can set Activity completion options when you create or edit an activity. Activity completion works with course completion. With it you allow students to set their progress in a course or automatically update progress in a course based on conditions for activities.

More on activity completion in the Moodlerooms help for instructors


Grade sessions

Steps in Snap: Course Tools > Gradebook

Steps in other themes:

Before you can grade activity in a Collaborate session you must turn grading on.

In the Gradebook find the student and activity you want to grade. Type grades in the empty cells using point values, percentages and/or letter grades. Press Enter or select another cell to save the grade.

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Where do I find my recordings?

After you record a session you and your students can view it in the activity. Find the Collaborate activity in your course and select it. All recordings for that activity appear at the bottom of the page. Select the recording to view it.

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Can I invite guests?

You can invite guests to join your session. Guests can be presenters, participants, or moderators. Select Allow Collaborate guest access and choose the guest role from the Collaborate guest role menu.

After you allow guest access you can find a guest link in the Collaborate Join session page. Copy the link and send it to your guests so they can join.

Only you see the guest link. Students don't see it.

More on roles