Moodle Minimum Requirements

In September 2020, Academic Board, AQSS and the SU outlined a minimum requirement for all Moodle module pages. This is to ensure quality, accessibility and consistency for students working on campus, online, and blended. 

You can download your own Moodle minimum requirements checklist here


Page layout

As you're adding the module content, we recommend keeping the top (topic) section for important module information. Too much information here can make things hard to locate for your students. Here is how we would suggest you lay out this information: 


Each Moodle module page is expected to have the following:

Note: Guidance for meeting the following requirements is shown further down this page.

1. Module information

Most of this information can be taken from your module descriptor and added to the Moodle Handbook resource

  1. Module synopsis (add this short paragraph to the top of the Moodle page)
  2. Module learning outcomes (consider also adding the module key skills/employability skills)
  3. Module syllabus
  4. Assessment overview
Consider adding an introduction video, welcoming the students to the module and to yourself. You can explain what the module will cover as well as explaining how the hybrid/blended/online teaching will work. A video introducing the assignment has also proven popular with students 

2. Staff contacts

  1. Details of staff teaching on the module (this should happen automatically if you're using Moodle's handbook resource template)
  2. Contact information
  3. Office hours (when are you available for contact. Especially important if you are not full-time)
Consider adding your profile picture to your Moodle account, making your online engagement with your students more personal. 

3. Module content

  1. Title, structure and outline for each teaching session
  2. Make sure all learning materials for each session are in an accessible format (please make sure you're familiar with the Government Digital Accessibility Regulations)
  3. Lectures as recorded videos, where available (These should be recorded using Panopto or Microsoft Teams and hosted/shared within Panopto to comply with our Lecture Recording, Data Protection, and Accessibility policies)
If appropriate, consider adding the aims/objectives/expected outcomes for each session. 

4. Assessment and feedback

  1. Detail of individual assessment (formative and summative)
    • Assessment task
    • Submission instructions & electronic submission points (e.g. Assignment Activity). We advise that you add the Assignment submission link at the top of the page and make sure that it is clearly labelled, for example, "Submit your assignment here"
  2. Assessment and feedback calendar & deadlines (Clearly state when due dates are and when feedback can be expected. If feedback dates shift, make sure you communicate this with your students)
  3. Referencing guidelines for students, including advice of academic integrity (consider linking to the relevant resources on the Study Skills Moodle page and to the Academic Malpractice guidance in the Student Handbook
Consider recording a short video to introduce the assignment, and a discussion forum where students can post any questions they may have. 

5. Resources

  1. Talis Resource list (You can use this to list your reading lists, journals and other resources. Your subject librarian can support you with this)
  2. Announcement activity, previously called the News Forum (This is essential for quickly contacting all students on the module)
You can set sections, resources, and activities to appear or become available at set times throughout the year. You can also build groups within Moodle and specify certain resources to specific groups. 

6. Student engagement

  1. Module makes use of interactive online activities, such as Moodle discussion forums, pop quizzes, votes, etc. (useful for asynchronous engagement with students outside of teaching time)
  2. Centralised module evaluation (allows for quick online module evaluations. Quick to setup, quick to report, safe and secure)
Consider checking that your students are visiting the page. A drop in engagement can be a sign of more serious issues

 

If you have any questions or require any guidance, please contact Roz Hall at m.hall@chi.ac.uk 


Guidance

Module description

Copy the Module description (taken from the descriptor) into the top of the module page (in the General section)
With editing turned on this will be the edit option nearest to the top of the page, click Edit and then Edit section
 

Announcements activity

This will appear on each page by default.  It is based on a forum activity but it only allows for one way communication, it is your area for sending communications to your students. The advantage is over standard emails are that any post you make is recorded on the moodle page, so students can find all communication in one place, and you have a clear record of the information you have sent them. Each post you send is automatically sent to all participants which means you do not need to set up a separate email group.

Please ensure your Announcements activity is not hidden.

If you need an area for students to communicate and reply you can add a new forum activity.

Handbook activity

Click Add an activity or resource in the top section and select Handbook from resources:

You will then be taken to the handbook settings, these will automatically be done for you so just click save and return to course.
 

Click on the Handbook to edit the elements of it
 


 

The first element is Module details, the module code and title will be pre-populated, click on the cog in the table of contents next to the element you want to edit
 


 

Copy and paste the rest of the information from each line of the the module descriptor into the table cells, and click save changes. Do not change any fields that have text with [ ] around it as these are elements that get automatically populated.
 


 

Then click on the cog for Outline syllabus, and Teaching and Learning Methods,



and copy and paste the content from the outline syllabus in the module descriptor.



Then save changes.
 

Click the cog for Intended learning outcomes

 
Copy and paste the Intended learning outcomes into the top, deleting the first line of text (a heading is not required as when viewed, it will show the heading from the main text box.

 
Then copy and pasted the How assessed information under the How assessed heading. 
 

Click the cog for Assessment information,


Copy the information over from the module descriptor,


Please note, you may need to re do the formatting of the paragraphs. Make sure you include the weighting next to each assignment. 

You do not need to edit the staff contact details, click on them to check it, the handbook will be automatically populated with the Module Coordinators and Module tutors that are enrolled on the page. Your email and Skype for Business information will be automatically populated, if you wish to include further information, edit your profile rather than the handbook and this will then appear on all of your modules.  

If the Module coordinator or lecturers are incorrect please check the Module enrolments.  If you would like the contact details to show more than your basic information, see this page to Edit your Moodle profile  

The handbook is now complete.  Please note all resources and reading lists should be in the Module resource list, please contact your librarian if you need any help with this.

This process will not need to be done each year, in future, handbooks can be rolled over with the other content and then updated with any changes.

Assignment activities

If you have a written assignment for your module, you will need an assignment activity for each one, with dates that are within the start and finish dates of the module. see Set up an Online Assignment in Moodle for more information.

If the dates are not updated to this years dates the Minimum Requirements box will remain yellow, you can click on the box and then click assignments to see which assignments dates are incorrect, you will be able to click on them from there to access the assignment settings to update the date.

Details of each session/week. 

Including when, where, what is being looked at in each section, this could be displayed in the headings of the Moodle Topics,

 

or if you would prefer to the topics to be headed with the week no and that weeks subject then put the date/time/location in the topic text under the heading.

This will enable the students to see the sessions in the left hand column and avoids adding it as a table in the page. Self-produced resources can also be added to the weekly sections, such as PowerPoint slides. It is also possible to add a resource list with specific reading in the topics or sessions.

Edit the topic headings by clicking the pencil next to each one, fill in the title and press enter when you have finished. They wont show in the left hand column until you refresh or revisit the page.


Additional considerations

  • Module evaluation: If your module has previously been evaluated by students, please add information about this so that current students can see how the module has developed over time. 

  • Accessibility: It is now a legal requirement that all learning materials be accessible to users. This could mean that; documents must be formatted in a specific way, that images, audio and video be updated to be accessible to those with impairments, that pages are formatted in a specific way, etc. For guidance on digital accessibility, please see our Digital Accessibility for Content Creators guide on the help site or email us TEL@chi.ac.uk

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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