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Communication, Interaction and Collaboration

Announcements

Moodle Announcement Forums can be used to communicate quickly with the students enrolled within your course at large. Every course on Moodle includes an Announcements forum to which only the instructor can post. This posted announcement is distributed to student emails after a 30-minute grace period that allows you to edit the message before it is sent.

Discussions

Moodle Discussion Forums can be added to a course site to promote and help facilitate discussions between students, and with the instructor. A forum can contribute significantly to successful communication and community building in an online

Zoom is a video conferencing platform that can be used through a computer desktop or mobile app, and allows users to connect online for video conference meetings, webinars and live chat. Zoom allows users to create and join virtual meeting rooms where they can communicate with each other using video, and audio. Additional features can give participants the ability to share their screen, share files, and use text chat within the meeting group or privately with others in the meeting.

In addition to using Zoom for Remote Class, faculty can create Zoom meetings via eCampus to hold or add links for virtual office hours.

Moodle’s Quickmail block located on the right side of your Moodle course page allows instructors to send emails to enrolled course members. Instructors who use Moodle may find Quickmail to be a convenient alternative to send a mass email, rather than going through their Gmail account.

To create an email through Quickmail, you will:

  1. Locate the Quickmail block on the right-hand side of your Moodle course
  2. Click Compose at the top of the block
  3. Click individual students from the Potential Recipients list and then click Add in the middle section to move those students over to the Selected Recipients who will receive the emails
  4. You can click Add All in the middle to move all your students from Potential over to Selected if you want to send an email to your whole class
  5. Scroll down and you can add an Attachment
  6. Provide a Subject line
  7. In the Message section, write your email body
  8. Make sure Receive a copy is set to Yes so that you receive an email copy of your own email in your Adelphi Gmail account
  9. When done, click Send Email to have the email go out to students immediately.

Google Docs

Google Doc can be used as a collaborative workspace for synchronous and asynchronous group work. For more information, explore the Google Docs Resource Tool Page.

Zoom

Zoom is a video conferencing platform that facilitates synchronous group work. Students can engage in live discussions, share screens for presentations, and utilize breakout rooms for smaller team collaboration.

Zoom Whiteboard

Zoom’s Whiteboard feature serves as a virtual whiteboard that can allow groups to brainstorm and illustrate ideas collaboratively, just as they would with post-it notes and whiteboards in physical classrooms. Groups can visually organize concepts, share diagrams, and work collectively on projects.

VoiceThread

VoiceThread is a multimedia discussion platform enabling asynchronous collaboration. Students can share presentations, documents, or images and provide audio or text comments.

Course Content Delivery

Zoom is a convenient platform with which to create your own content, including but not limited to capturing live lectures during synchronous remote meetings, recording narrated PowerPoint presentations, and developing interactive course materials.

Once your Zoom recording has been made, you can share it on your Moodle course via direct link within Moodle forums, announcements, or other activities. 

Panopto is an excellent choice for creating your own content, including but not limited to capturing live lectures, recording narrated PowerPoint presentations, and developing interactive course materials. Panopto empowers users to capture, edit, and share their expertise seamlessly. Whether delivering in-depth lectures, narrating PowerPoint presentations, or creating interactive content as part of a collaborative project, Panopto provides a user-friendly platform to enhance learning.

Once your Panopto video has been made, you can share it on your Moodle course via the following methods:

  • embed videos within Moodle Pages
  • Link Panopto folders directly to Moodle courses with a Panopto block
  • share the direct link to a Panopto recording within Moodle forums, announcements, or other activities

If you would still prefer to use PowerPoint’s embedded recording feature, you can follow Microsoft Support’s Guide on Recording Your Presentation

Content Delivery Through Moodle

Providing Course Notes

Instructors have various options within Moodle for providing course notes to students:

Moodle’s Book Resource:

  • Ideal for organizing course notes into a multi-page, book-like format.
  • Offers a table of contents for easy navigation.
  • Supports embedding multimedia (images, videos, audio).

Moodle’s Page Resource:

  • Creates a single, scrollable screen of content.
  • Versatile for text, images, audio, video, embedded code, or a mix.
  • Suitable for lengthy instructions or descriptions.

Moodle’s File Resource:

  • Used for individual files of any type (documents, presentations, spreadsheets, images, audio, video).
  • Provides download options for students.

Providing Links

Web links can be added in Moodle so students can access course relevant content and other resources. Links can be added as:

  • Labels
  • URLS
  • Pages
  • Or Emailed via the Quickmail feature in Moodle

 

General Course Management

Moodle Assignments

Moodle Assignments allows instructors to collect and review student work and provide grades and feedback in return. The work students submit is visible only to the instructor and not to the other students unless a group assignment is selected. Once student users have submitted their work, instructors can provide feedback using highlight and comment features.

Google Assignments

Google Assignment offers an alternative approach to the Assignment activity found in Moodle, allowing student and instructor users to integrate their Google accounts with Moodle for more seamless interaction between the two platforms. Within the Google Assignments interface on Moodle, instructors can effortlessly distribute a template document, automatically creating a copy for each student in the course. Once students officially turn in their Google Doc assignment, instructors can also set grading criteria via rubric, use comment banks, and provide valuable feedback as suggestions directly on the platform. Grades are synced with the Moodle gradebook.

AI Detection

With the rise of AI’s transformative potential and the challenges it presents to higher education, Adelphi University has taken proactive measures through the establishment of the Adelphi AI Task Force. This dedicated initiative aims to harness the positive aspects of AI technology while addressing concerns to ensure a responsible and ethically-driven integration of artificial intelligence across the university. 

Turnitin Guides

Turnitin is an online plagiarism detection tool that can be integrated with Moodle. It compares submitted documents against a database of academic content, scholarly articles, and other student papers to identify potential instances of plagiarism. 

Respondus

Lockdown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Moodle. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading.

Proctoring

Respondus Proctoring is a companion product for LockDown Browser that enables institutions to protect the integrity of non-proctored, online exams. Students use their own computer and a webcam to record assessment sessions, all without leaving the institution’s learning management system.

How does Respondus Proctoring work?
  • Students start LockDown Browser, log into Blackboard and complete a brief startup sequence prior to the exam.
  • The student and the surrounding environment are recorded during the entire exam.
  • Instructors can quickly review details of the assessment, and even watch the recorded video.
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