Covid-19

For guidance about distance teaching and the most appropriate service(s) to use, see: Using IT services for distance teaching. For guidance about accessing IT services while off campus, see Using IT services off campus.

Live online meetings, seminars and other events can be hosted in Microsoft Teams. You can use Moodle to create Teams meeting spaces. For guidance, see below.

Moodle is a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) used by the University.

Moodle allows students to access course materials, enter into discussion with one another, do online tests and submit assignments. Staff can access Moodle to upload course content for students and download course assignments as well as partake in discussions and forums.

 How do I access Moodle?

Moodle can be accessed using one of the following addresses, depending on where you are based:

Lancaster University: modules.lancaster.ac.uk

Lancaster University Ghana: ghana-modules.lancaster.ac.uk

Lancaster University College at Beijing Jiaotong University: modules.lucbjtu.ac.uk




Moodle online training and guides

 Course administration

For staff involved in course administration:

Online course: Course administration in Moodle




 Assessment

Comprehensive information, guidance and case studies about this topic can be found on the Digital assessment and feedback help and training page.


Online courses are available for online assessment and feedback of assignments and for Moodle quizzes.

Online course: Online assessment and feedback for assignments in Moodle

Online course: Quizzes in Moodle




 Online meetings, seminars and other events (Microsoft Teams plugin)

You can create Microsoft Teams meetings (and other live video/audio calling-style events) from anywhere you see the text editor in Moodle (e.g. in scheduler, announcements, forum posts, calendar events, pages, assignments etc). Up to 250 people can join these live events at one time.

Be aware that creating a Teams meeting space via Moodle does not automatically add it to your Outlook calendar (like it does when you create a meeting via Teams). You can add it manually, though.

There are no pre-requisites to use this feature. You don't need to be an existing Teams user, nor do you need to have any collaborative Team spaces set up. This feature simply creates ad-hoc meeting spaces which you and your students can join.

To schedule a meeting, seminar, lecture or other live event

Use the Teams button in the toolbar anywhere you see the text editor in Moodle. This adds a Teams meeting space link to your text.

Screenshot of Moodle text editor showing Teams button

Here is an example of creating an Announcement with a Teams meeting space linked. For a guide to using Scheduler (for online appointments with students), see the Scheduler section beneath this this.
 

  1. Open the Announcements section in your Moodle space.
    Screenshot of announcements section

  2. Select Add a new topic.
     
  3. Enter a subject.

  4. Type your announcement as normal. When you are ready to insert the Teams meeting link, select the Teams button in the editor toolbar.
    Screenshot of Teams button in Moodle announcement

  5. On the Create Teams meeting screen, in the embedded window, if prompted select Sign in (you may have to scroll down to see the Sign in button).
    Screenshot of Create Teams meeting window

  6. If prompted, enter your Lancaster University email address, username and password.

  7. If prompted, on the Permissions requested dialogue, click Accept.
    Screenshot of permissions requested screen

  8. Select the Create meeting link button.
    Screenshot of create meeting link button

  9.  Enter the details of your event and click Create.

    Try to use a unique name for your event e.g. MSCI100 Lecture 9am 1st April 2020

    Screenshot of event details screen

  10. Tick Open in new window if you want the meeting space to open in a new tab for your students (recommended).

  11. Click Add link.
     

You will be returned to your announcement where there will now be a Teams meeting link inserted. You can continue to write your post as normal.

It is recommended that you also insert the following link into your announcement so your students are able to access help joining the event: https://answers.lancaster.ac.uk/x/SA27AQ

Screenshot of completed Moodle announcement

At the time of the event

Go back to your announcement and click the meeting space link to join.

For guidance on how to join, including whether you need to download anything, see Joining online meetings, webinars and other events in Microsoft Teams.




 Scheduler

The Scheduler activity in Moodle helps you to schedule one-on-one appointments with your students. You specify the periods when you are available to see the students, and the length of each appointment. Students then book themselves into one of the available timeslots.

See an example of Scheduler in our exemplar Distance Learning Moodle page under the Introduction section.


  1. Turn Editing on.

  2. Click the link Add an activity or resource.

  3. In the box that appears, choose Scheduler and click the Add button.

  4. A web page will appear called Adding a new Scheduler. Type in the name of the scheduler, which can be changed later.

  5. Scroll to the bottom of the webpage and click the Save and display button. This is the page you will see.

  6. Next, add slots.


  7. A drop-down menu will appear that allows you to add repeated slots or a single slot. Click the link to add repeated slots.


  8. Options will appear to add time slots (see screen shot below). All time slots must occur in the future, and the start time must be before the end time. You can choose the days and times, duration of each appointment, a break between appointments etc. You can also set up an email reminder.


  9. Scroll to the bottom of the webpage and click Save changes. Your Scheduler has now been created.

You will see the slots listed as below. From this screen, you can delete slots and add new slots to suit. You can also amend a slot by clicking the settings wheel. 


Students can then book slots. This is their view:

 


To add an online meeting space link, click the Teams logo in the Notes section.

 




 Video media (Lancaster eStream plugin)
 Interactive content (Xerte)

Xerte is an online platform that allows you to create interactive learning objects (known as projects), most commonly in the form of step-by-step online courses. These objects can easily be embedded into Moodle and other web pages if desired.

For help, support and training in using Xerte, see Xerte help and training.




 Interactive content (H5P plugin)

H5P is a Moodle plugin that allows you to create page content which is responsive and mobile friendly.

Interactive content can be used to increase students’ engagement with the course material or used to assess students’ comprehension. H5P activities can be used to promote curiosity and to strengthen a sense of connectedness to course concepts. H5P activities provide instant feedback to students, allowing them to self-assess their understanding of the course material. 

 How to add or create H5P content on your Moodle page

As H5P is embedded in Moodle, you can add content direct from your Moodle page.

  1. Turning editing on.

  2. Choose Add activity.

  3. Select Interactive Content from the list.

  4. You can then choose the H5P content type you wish to create.

H5P have created very detailed documentation, tutorials and examples on their website.

H5P can be used to facilitate:

  • Interactivity and engagement within Moodle.
  • Regular formative feedback.
  • Creation of revision materials.
  • Active learning.
  • Creation of flipped learning content.

Examples and Scenarios

There are many examples online:

Open University website

Examples


Some popular activities in H5P:

Interactive Video

This could be used for a wide range of subjects and topics.

Take a video in YouTube or Vimeo, and add annotations, hotspots, hyperlinks, pop-ups, in-video navigation, and quiz questions.

Interactive Presentation

Create a slideshow and embed questions and other interactions.

Dialogue Cards

Create text-based turning cards. Useful for vocabulary reinforcement, revision of key terms etc.

Timeline

Create a timeline of events with multimedia.

Speak the Words

Answer a question using your voice. Great for language learning.

Image Juxtaposition

Enable users to compare two images interactively. Good for demonstrating a before and after scenario eg deforestation over time.

 Mobile app

Please see Moodle mobile help.




 Data
 Collaborative activities (forums, wikis, glossaries)