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Snap Theme

What is Snap?

Snap is a theme designed to increase learner engagement and make Moodle easier to use.

Designed with learning in mind, Snap presents courses in a modern and intuitive layout. With Snap's clear workflows, you and your students can focus on the learning that matters. No more time spent learning to use the system.

Snap is responsive. You and your students can get the most out of your courses from any device.

View tours of the Snap theme with the designer on YouTubeTM (available in English only)

Turn Snap on

Steps: Course administration > Edit Settings > Appearance > Force Theme > Snap

To add the Snap theme in your course, edit the course appearance in course settings. This forces your course to appear in the Snap theme to everyone in it.

  1. From the Course administration block select Edit settings.
  2. Expand Appearance.
  3. From the Force Theme menu select Snap.

Administrators can choose Snap as the site wide theme in the Site administration block.

Format your Snap course

Steps: Course administration > Edit settings > Course Format > Format

The following formats work best in Snap.

  • Time-based: Structure a course by week, day, or month if you don't have obvious themes. Time-based organization works will when there is a lot of interaction with students. It is not useful if you want students to re-visit the content as a reference later on.

    Advantages: Simple for teachers. | Disadvantages: A Chapter Title of Week 6

  • Activity and resource-based: Create a single page for all activities and another for resources. Or pages for all lecture recordings and handouts. Create section titles that relate to the content type, rather than the file type. For example, a section titled Course Reading is more descriptive than PDFs.

    Advantages: Useful for sites with lots of files. | Disadvantages: Can distract from logic learning sequence.

  • Topic-based: Topic based courses organize content into specific subject categories. Titles should provide the student a clear indication of what each section contains. For example, The Decline of the British Empire is a more descriptive title than Topic 6.1.

    Advantages: Clearest experience for learners. | Disadvantages: Could be difficult for students to determine when projects are due.

Folder view, one topic, and flex page don't work well in Snap.

Add a course image

Steps: Change image

The Snap theme allows teachers with editing rights to add a course image to a course page. The course image appears in the user's personal menu and in course listings.

Select Change image and upload a course header image.

Find your way around Snap

The structure of Snap promotes a focus on the learning content. It presents the content in a single column. Information flows from top to bottom.

Each section or topic is a separate web page. This allows your students to focus on each topic without any distractions. Blocks are in their own area found in Course Tools.

At the start of each course is a table of contents. The table of contents creates a clear overview of the course structure. This structure means your students can navigate to each section in the course with ease. It also shows each participant his or her progress through each section in the course.

Course tools are in one simple location. Select Course Tools in the table of contents to go to them. Blocks are also found in this area.

A recent activity stream is available in the course footer. It shows you and your students a snapshot of what happened recently in the course.

Snap hides the Administration block to reduce page clutter. Select Admin in the top right to expand the block.

Snap uses icons and cards to help students recognize resources and activities at-a-glance. The color for popular file types match the product color. For example an Excel® spreadsheet is green. This makes the file types easier to scan. A check mark shows users they have completed an activity.

The personal menu is the best place to see everything important you need to know at-a-glance. It includes feedback, grades, and forum posts. Go to the new Moodle feedback page and see all your courses and grades to date. Select My Courses at the top of your screen to stay engaged and keep current with what others are saying.

Select your name to create your profile and set your notification preferences.

Add activities and resources in Snap

Step: Create a learning activity or resource

At the bottom of each section you can add an activity or resource.

  1. Select Create learning activity or resource and choose the activity or resource you want to add.
  2. Select Add.
  3. Edit the resource or activity and save.

To change the order of activities and resources select Move. Navigate to the new location. Select Move here.

Edit activities and resources in Snap

Editing is always on and right where you want it. Every label, activity and resource have three tools you can use to edit it.

  • Move: Use this to change the location of the activity, resource or label.
  • Edit: Use this to edit the settings or content of the activity, resource, or label.
  • More: Open this to delete, hide, and duplicate the item. You can also assign roles and open the Personalized Learning Designer.

Upload files in Snap

It's easier than ever to upload files. Not only can you drag-n-drop, you can browse to upload single or many files. This makes it easier to add content on touchscreen devices.

Go to the bottom of a section to add files to your course.

Grade in Snap

  • Use Joule Grader to view and grade submitted assignments and forum posts.

    Steps: Course Tools > Joule Grader > Show Activities Requiring Grading

    More on Joule Grader

  • View the gradebook with a simple landing page of gradebook category and course totals.

    Steps: Course Tools > Gradebook > Joule Gradebook

    More on Joule Gradebook

Message students in Snap

Steps: Course Tools > Participants

Visit the course participant list to message a student.

  1. Select Course Tools and select Participants.
  2. Check the participants you want to message.
  3. Select Send a message from the Choose menu.
  4. Compose your message and send.

Give feedback on submissions

Steps: Personal Menu > Deadlines

Find submissions that are ready for your feedback under Deadlines in your personal menu.

  1. Open your personal menu.
  2. Find submissions under Deadlines.
  3. Open the submission and give your feedback.