Moodle Course Administration Block Features

The Moodle Course Administration Block is an exceptionally significant block for the instructors with a number of unique features. Its features provide full access and controls for the management of the course and its structures.

Its features allow you to organise, the enrolments of the students and tutors, enrolment groups, handle as well as manipulate the settings of the course, use the question banks, take course and material backups as well as go through the course books.

In the Moodle Course, at the left of the screen lie all the features of the Course Administration Block in the module under the Settings Section.

Moodle Course Administration Block Features

Editing 

“Turn Editing On” is the very first feature in the list of all the tools of the Course Administration Block. It allows to manipulate and organise the course. The instructor can add or delete materials, activities and resources, alter the course functionality and appearance as well as edit the settings of the course page. Once clicked, the feature changes to “Turn Editing Off”. When the editing is turned off the course page doesn’t display the editing icons.

Edit Settings

This link enables the instructor to change various administrative features of the course that include the layout, availability to students, enrollment, course summary, number of topic, number of weeks and the topics.

Completion Tracking

This link displays the settings to determine whether the course has been completed or not. It Assists the Course Completion and Activity Completion features. To use it, it is required to be enabled through the Advanced Settings.

Enrolled Users

All the participants are enrolled in the course and are assigned a particular role. This feature lists all the enrolled users along with their last access time, groups, roles and enrolment methods. An enrolled user can have grades, can submit assignments, can subscribe to forums and can take part in choices.

Enrolled users can be assigned groups by adding them to a previously created group with the help of the ‘Add to group’ icon placed under the groups column, then choosing the particular group and saving the changes.

In order to assign a role to an enrolled user, the ‘Assign roles’ icon in the roles column is to be clicked and then a particular role is selected. To remove a role assignment, a ‘Delete’ icon is present alongside the roll name.

Groups

The instructor can organise users including tutors and students into groups within a course. A group can then be used for discussion forums, assignments, and other activities.

Other Users

This features lists those users who are not enrolled in a particular course but they have roles, that may be either assigned or inherited such as Principal, Manager or Moodle administrators. They can perform tasks that are relevant to their permissions. These users are not present in the list of participants. This page also lists users who have been assigned a similar role at Site or Category level.

Filters

This link displays and allows to change the filter settings of the course. The instructor can add links, insert multimedia players, convert Mathematical expressions or emoticons into images and more. Filters can be enabled at the site level but removed at the course or activity level.

Grades

This link allows the teacher to view and edit grades as well as download scored activities of a course. This features enables the teacher to let the students see their scores in the Gradebook.
The grader report collects graded items from different parts of Moodle that are assessed. The teacher can also sort out the grades into categories and calculate totals.

Backup

This feature enables the instructor to save a course with some or all parts of its content. The backup is saved in the format of a Zip Archive. A teacher who has privileges to edit can create a backup and can also download an existing backup for safe keeping, or for use on another Moodle site. Backup saves a version of a course which remains unaffected by changes made later on in the course.

Restore

The Restore function of the Course Administration Block allows the teacher to restore a course from a previously made backup file. Course backups are stored in the Course backup area of this Restore function. The restore link is present next to every course backup file present in the Course backup area or a private user backup area. To restore a backup file the backed up file stored on the computer needs to be chosen by clicking the Restore link.

Import

With the help of this feature, the course activities and resources may be imported from any other course into the desired course that the teacher has editing permissions in. This allows the teacher to re-use one or more activities or resources instead of re-creating.

In case a teacher has previously taught a course or has been working on a development version of a course and is ready to begin using it, the Import function allows them to copy the structure and content of another course.

Import course data is similar to a backup and restore process and does not include any user data. Importing does not overwrite content that is already present in the course.

Reset

Reset allows the teacher to empty a course of user data, while retaining the activities and other settings at the same time. But, at the time of choosing items, the chosen user data from the present course gets deleted permanently.

The instructor can select which user data to remove at a granular level. It is divided into General, Roles, Gradebook, Groups and Activity data categories.

Question Bank

This feature allows a teacher to create, preview, and edit questions in a database of question categories. The categories can be limited to being used on the site, course or quiz level. The questions in a category can be added to a Quiz or to a lesson activity via an export process. The teacher can enter the question bank by creating or editing a quiz activity.

The above mentioned features help in the process of managements and handling of the course remarkably. The uses and helpful tools of the Moodle Course Administration Block make it one of the most essential parts of the tutoring.

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