Start of Semester Instructor Checklist
At the beginning of each term there are several items to think about as you prepare to teach using Moodle ISU. We have put together a list of questions to help guide you through the inital steps of setting up your Moodle ISU course.
Did you request a Moodle ISU course when the course schedule was created?
Moodle sections are created based on information provided to the ISU Registrar during the class schedule process. Your department course scheduler must indicate the need for a Moodle ISU course by marking "Moodle Required" in the course request form.
If the class schedule did not include "Moodle Required", please contact your department course scheduler to update the information for your course(s).
When will I be able to start work on my Moodle ISU course?
- Moodle ISU courses become available as the course schedule is created at the Registrar's office. This can be as early as the first month of the previous term (i.e., September for Spring term, January for Summer term). Courses for the next term do no show up in your "My Courses" block until a week before the start date. To find future courses you can click on "All courses..." and serach using the prefix and number of the course. For more inforation contact the ITRC.
- If you want to begin before the Moodle ISU courses are available you may request a development course. A development course allows you to work on the content of your course, but will not enroll students. When your section is automatically created at the beginning of the term, you will need to move the content to the course where the students are enrolled.
- To request a development course see the Development Course Request Form.
Do you need a metacourse?
- A metacourse (multisection course) combines several sections into one Moodle ISU course. This is helpful for instructors teaching multiple sections of the same course, cross-listed courses and combined undergraduate/graduate courses. For more information contact the ITRC.
- To request a metacourse see the Metacourse Request Form.
Do you want to use content from a previous course?
- Once you have set up a Moodle course you may re-use the content in future courses using the Restore or Import process. You are advised to create a backup at the end of each term.
- The Restore process uses a Moodle course backup created from a previous course. For more information please see Restoring Course Data from a Backup.
- The Import process will import components from another Moodle ISU course. This process is helpful for transferring content from a Development course or to import select content from a previous course. For more information please see Importing Course Content.
Do you have a video or distance class, and would like to have the lectures from that class encoded and placed in your Moodle ISU course?
- Classes taught in video classrooms may be encoded (recorded) and the links placed within your Moodle ISU course. For more information about this process please see the following document.
Do you have older media that you still need?
- Media files, such as encoded lectures, narrated presentations, podcasts and similar files located on the ISU Media server or the Adobe Presenter server are removed periodically.
- To keep these files please contact the ITRC. Files may be kept on the ISU Media server or Adobe Presenter server for use in your current Moodle ISU course or they may be copied onto a disk for your own archive.
Do you have any media files that should be transferred to the ISU Media server?
- Media files, such as podcasts and similar files are large files and can make restoring course content cumbersome, as well as making your Moodle ISU course slow for you students.
- Media files can be place on the ISU Media server to streamline your course. Contact the ITRC about moving your media files.
Does your content need updating?
- Once your content has been moved to your new course your will want to update your Syllabus and check due dates on assignments, activities and quizzes.
Are you ready to add another component to your Moodle ISU course? Is there an activity or assignment that doesn't quite work the way you would like?
- Check out the workshops offered by the ITRC, set up an appointment by calling (208) 282-5880 or stop by our drop in lab in room B17 in the Library.