What are the Library’s hours?

The Library’s current hours are available on the Hours page.

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How do I access Moodle? How do I login to Moodle?

Login to Moodle using your Purchase College credentials at https://moodle.purchase.edu. Detailed directions for logging into Moodle can be found at the TLTC’s Moodle Basics guide. 

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What are the TLTC’s hours?

The TLTC is typically open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Due to staffing, requesting an appointment by emailing TLTC@purchase.edu is advisable.

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Where is the TLTC located?

The Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center is located in the Purchase College Library, on the lower level.

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How do I add a librarian to my Moodle course?

Detailed directions for manually adding a course librarian, learning assistant, co-teacher, etc. are available at the TLTC’s help guide: http://purchase.libguides.com/moodlebasics/addingusers.

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Can I use Moodle on my mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android)?

Yes, you can use the official Moodle Mobile app on your iOS iPhone/iPad or Android mobile device!

Directions for getting set up with the app so that it connects to our campus instance of Moodle are at our Moodle Basics help guide.

Please be sure to use the correct URL which is:
https://moodle.purchase.edu/moodle2

Moodle Mobile app support and other information is also available from Moodle directly: https://download.moodle.org/mobile.

Like most apps, Moodle Mobile is an abbreviated version of the full Moodle experience on a desktop/laptop so please keep this in mind when trying to submit/complete high stakes coursework.

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How do I add weeks to my Moodle course?

Moodle 3.3.1 allows instructors to control the number of weeks or topics from the course front page; you no longer have to do this via Course Settings. You will need to add weeks to your course in order to add course content or perform a course import. Detailed directions are available at the Moodle Basics guide.

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How can I hold a synchronous meeting online?

Campus Technology Services (CTS) is making Zoom Pro accounts available to faculty who were planning to use Collaborate Ultra, which is no longer available.

CTS plans to purchase individual Zoom Pro accounts and have them available for faculty to use to schedule online live sessions for their classes. With access to one of the Zoom Pro accounts, you can schedule your live class sessions and provide the resulting links to your students through your Moodle course. It won’t be as tightly integrated into Moodle as the Collaborate Ultra solution, but it will be much more cost effective.

If you would like to use Zoom Pro for your classes, please submit a work order to CTS (https://apps.purchase.edu/wot) describing your planned usage.

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How do I access my Reader Dashboard in Moodle?

Readers on Student Projects (senior projects, capstone papers, and master’s theses) can manage project invitations and move quickly between student project spaces at their Reader Dashboard in Moodle. The direct link to the Reader Dashboard is: https://moodle.purchase.edu/moodle2/mod/seniorproject/spdashboard.php.

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How do I make an article from a library database viewable for my off-campus students?

As a faculty member, you are encouraged to link directly to the Library’s subscription databases and online journals, just as you would link to any website or resource on the Internet, from within your Moodle course pages. This is a best practice for a number of reasons. 

  • Accessibility. Many databases offer text-to-speech options and provide stable, searchable, and accessible PDFs 
  • Ensures compliance with copyright
  • Builds research skills by familiarizing students with various databases and interfaces
  • Allows students to take advantage of value-added features such as citation generator, exporting to citation managers, and availability of various file formats.

In order to make resources from the Library’s subscription databases and online journals available to students who may be accessing Moodle from off-campus (remote user access), you must include the EZProxy prefix code in the item’s URL.

The EZProxy prefix code is: http://ezproxy.purchase.edu:2048/login?url=

This bit of code must be placed before the rest of the article’s URL in order to make it available from off-campus. This can be done by following a few simple steps:

  • locate the desired article in our online databases / journals
  • look for the document’s persistent or durable URL, within the context of the item, not in the browser address bar
  • When using ProQuest Direct, for example, click on “Copy Link” to copy the article’s durable URL and then add the EZProxy prefix code before the rest of the URL
  • Copy and paste the EZProxy code into the URL field when adding a new resource “link to a file or website” in Moodle
  • Copy and past the article’s URL so that it appears after the EZProxy code

Example:  http://ezproxy.purchase.edu:2048/login?url=http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=1625264641&sid=2&Fmt=3&clientId=10792&RQT=309&VName=PQD

To Display a link on the front page of your Moodle course:

  • Make sure that editing is turned on, click the ‘Turn editing on’ button on the upper right side
  • In the section where you want the file to show up, click on the Resources pull-down menu and select the ‘URL’ option
  • Enter into the Name field the text you want to use to describe the link on the front page of your course
  • You must enter a description of the link in the Description area
  • Under the “Content” heading, paste in the item’s External URL. Remember to include the EZProxy prefix code if the item is from the Library’s subscription resources
  • Click the ‘Save and return to course’ button

Remote users will be prompted for Database User Authentication and will login using their username (firstname.lastname - do not include @purchase.edu) and Purchase email password.

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How can I dock my blocks in Moodle?

You can dock blocks in Moodle to free up and expand space in the center column of your course page. Note that docking blocks is user specific; just because an instructor docks specific blocks does not mean the students in the course will have the same blocks docked. Once you’ve docked a block in a particular course, you won’t need to dock it again in that course. A block docked in one course is not automatically docked in a different course.

Detailed directions for docking and undocking blocks in Moodle can be found at the TLTC’s Moodle Basics guide. 

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How can I add a guest to my class on Moodle?

Directions for allowing guests to access your course(s) can be found at the Moodle Basics help guide: Managing Participants > Enrollment Keys & Guest Access.

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How do I enroll a Senior Auditor / Non-Degree Student / Visiting Student into my Moodle course?

Faculty can manually add enrolled Senior Auditors / Non-Degree Students into their Moodle course by using these steps. Addition of Senior Auditors / Non-Degree Students to Moodle courses is not automated and must be done manually by the course instructor. Please have any Senior Auditors / Non-Degree Students confirm that their enrollments have been properly processed by the College.

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How do I import/copy materials from a previous Moodle course into a new course?

You can re-use course content that you’ve already uploaded into a previous Moodle course with a few clicks by using the Import function. The ‘Import’ link is located in your current course’s Administration area.

Detailed directions for importing course materials from one Moodle course to another are available at the TLTC’s Moodle Basics guide.

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How do I tie together multiple sections of my courses on Moodle to use one “mega” Moodle course?

Directions for working with the meta-course function to tie together multiple course shells in Moodle can be found at the TLTC’s Moodle Basics guide. 

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How do I manage my Student Project advisees in Moodle?

Visit your Reader Dashboard to view pending Student Project invitations, accept or decline invitations, and quickly navigate to spaces that need your attention.

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How do I set up the Moodle page for my senior project / capstone / master’s thesis?

Detailed directions for setting up and working with your Student Project space can be found at the Student Projects guide.

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How can I use Moodle to collect papers from my students rather than having them email their work?

Directions for creating a Moodle Assignment activity to collect student work can be found at Moodle.org.

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How do I unenroll from courses on Moodle?

Student and faculty enrollments in Moodle are controlled by Banner/the Registrar. Please login to myHeliotrope in order to check your official course enrollments.

TLTC staff can no longer unenroll users from Moodle courses.

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How does my Moodle course look to my students?

To view your Moodle course the way students see it, go into your course’s Administration > “Switch role to…” and select “Student” from list.

This is useful if you decide to set up resources and activities ahead of time that you’d like to hide and then make available later on in the semester. By switching your role to Student, you will be viewing the course from a student’s perspective but still logged in as the instructor of the course. You will not see any hidden resources or activities when you’re viewing the course as a student.

Simply click on the “Return to my normal role” link to view the course as the instructor.

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How do I delete files from my course on Moodle?

Directions for deleting files from your course on Moodle can be found at the TLTC’s Moodle Basics guide.

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How do I make files available / visible to my students on Moodle?

Directions for uploading files into Moodle courses can be found at the TLTC’s Moodle Basics guide: http://purchase.libguides.com/moodlebasics/upload.

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My class lists on myHeliotrope and Moodle don’t match. What should I do?

If you notice inconsistencies between your class lists in myHeliotrope and enrollments in Moodle, you will need to create a ticket using the CTS Helpdesk Work Order System (WOT) to request that data be synced between the two systems. Be sure to include the course’s CRN, Title, and Instructor in the Work Order details.

All Moodle course creation, faculty assignments, and student enrollments come from Banner/myHeliotrope and are funneled directly into Moodle. Matriculated students who are officially registered for courses will automatically be enrolled into those courses on Moodle. TLTC staff and instructors no longer have the ability to manually add officially registered students into Moodle courses.

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How do I set up and record attendance in my Moodle courses?

Directions for setting up and taking attendance in Moodle using the Attendance activity can be found at the TLTC’s Moodle: Basics help guide: http://purchase.libguides.com/moodlebasics/attendance.

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How do I embed YouTube or Vimeo videos into my Moodle course?

We’ve activated Moodle’s YouTube filter so you can easily embed videos by providing a valid YouTube URL into a label resource.

You can also embed any video that has an embed code available for you to copy and paste into Moodle. If you’re going to use an embed code, be sure to toggle to the HTML source by clicking the Toggle to HTML Sourceicon.

Detailed directions for embedding videos into your Moodle course can be found at the TLTC’s website.

Additionally, you may want to use the YouTube Anywhere integration available directly within any text editor in your course. Directions are available at: http://tltc.blogs.purchase.edu/help-materials/youtube-anywhere-tool-in-moodle/.

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Why can’t I see my grades on Moodle?

The visibility of student grades on Moodle is controlled by the instructor of the course. The default setting is to not show grades to students.

To show the gradebook to students (each student only sees his/her own grades, not the grades of others) faculty can:

  • click on Settings > Edit Settings under the Course administration heading
  • within the Appearance section, select “Yes” from the pull-down menu next to “Show gradebook to students
  • scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click the “Save changes” button

Students will now see a Grades link under the Course administration heading within their own Settings block, as seen below.

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How do I make my Moodle course visible / available to my students?

Moodle courses will automatically become available 4 (four) days prior to the course’s official start date. There is no need to manually open your course to student view unless you would like it to be available to students earlier than 4 days before the start of the semester. 

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Can I use Turnitin to check my drafts or papers for plagiarism on my own?

The Turnitin Self-Checker allows students to check rough drafts of papers for plagiarism and proper citation. You can use the originality report generated by Turnitin to identify paraphrases or citations that need revision before your final draft is due.

The Turnitin Self-Checker is available to all Purchase College students and is not connected to any particular course or assignment.

To access the Turnitin Self-Checker, just click this link, login to Moodle, and self-enroll into the space.

To upload a paper to the Turnitin Self-Checker, see the Student Submission directions at the Turnitin tab of the Moodle: Beyond Basics guide. 

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How can I enroll / unenroll students in Moodle courses?

Banner® by Ellucian logoBanner / myHeliotrope (the College’s student information and registration system) has taken over Moodle course creation, faculty assignments, and student enrollments in Moodle. Faculty will no longer need to add/remove students from their courses; this will be handled by the eLearning Banner/Moodle integration. 

If you notice inconsistencies between your class lists in myHeliotrope and enrollments in Moodle, you will need to create a ticket using the CTS Helpdesk Work Order Tracking System (WOT). Be sure to include the course’s CRN, Title, and Instructor in the Work Order details.

All Moodle course creation, faculty assignments, and student enrollments come from Banner / myHeliotrope and are funneled directly into Moodle. Matriculated students who are officially registered for courses will automatically be enrolled into those courses on Moodle. TLTC staff and instructors no longer have the ability to manually add officially registered students into Moodle courses.

If you would like to add (or remove) someone to your course such as a learning assistant, course librarian, guest, accommodations, etc., you can still do so manually. Full details for Managing Moodle Participants are available at the TLTC’s Help Guides.

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