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Resources for Alternative Teaching Methods


Moodle is the college’s academic learning management system (LMS).  Faculty can use Moodle to offer course content for online, seated, and hybrid courses. Academic Affairs and Information Technology Services offer in-person training to faculty.  Moodle developed training videos are also available to faculty for extended support. As well as LinkedIn Learning training videos.

Another great tool for the students to utilize is Moodle’s mobile app.

This allows students to check schedules, messages, assignments and more from a mobile device. They can directly upload photos or other items directly into Moodle. Thanks to Nick Rackers for this suggestion.

More on Moodle


Engage in discussions outside class in real time or at your own convenient time. Focus discussion on a specific task or assignment.

Create a Q&A thread for the class and ask that students post questions there instead of contacting you by email.  You can also encourage students to answer questions.

Create a “water cooler” thread for students to chat about topics unrelated to the class. This allows students to connect with each other and helps build social presence in the course.

Pose questions relevant to the module content for discussion and reflection.

Moodle Communication Tools:

  • Chat – Allows students to have real-time synchronous discussion.
  • Forum – Allows students to have asynchronous discussion.


Evaluate student work directly from Moodle. Students can use an Assignment module to upload assignment work directly to the instructor in Moodle.

Online Text – Text typed into the editor is automatically saved and the teacher can set a Word limit which will display a warning if students exceed it.

File submission – Students can upload files of any type the teacher can open. The teacher can select a maximum number of files to upload and a maximum size for each file. This will depend on the site settings.

Moodle Assignment Tool:

  • Assignment – Enable teachers to grade and give comments on uploaded files and assignments.


All the grades for each student in the course can be found in the course gradebook.

Category – Grades can be set up in categories.

Course Totals – Course final grades can be set up in different methods such as: total points or percentage per category (100% total).

Moodle Gradebook Tool:

  • Gradebook – Enable teachers to collect items that have been graded from various parts of Moodle that are assessed, and allow viewing and editing capabilities in one location.


Evaluate student progress directly in Moodle. Students can receive immediate feedback on completed assessments.

Practice quizzes allow students to self-check on concepts covered.

Graded quizzes assess student understanding of material.

Assess pre-class or pre-module background knowledge of topics to be discussed.

Moodle Assessment Tool:

  • Quiz – Allows the teacher to design and build quizzes consisting of a large variety of Question types, including multiple choice, true-false, short answer and drag and drop images and text. These questions are kept in the Question bank and can be re-used in different quizzes.

Video Lecturing

Improve student outcomes with video communication for hybrid class instruction and office hours.

Provide real-time video lectures and presentations.

Record sessions for later viewing and downloading.

Offer virtual office hours to students.

Use a whiteboard to illustrate course content and concepts.

Share computer screen, desktop applications, PowerPoint presentations, PDF files, and images with students.

Moodle Video Lecture Tool:

  • Panapto – Allows the teacher to have live and recorded lecture and virtual office hours
  • Here is how you can start Configuring Panopto

Adding to & Using Announcements Forum

A quick guide on adding and using the announcements forum.

Other Resources

Course Quizzes & Assessments

State Tech Support Team:

  • Ryan Klatt
  • Nick Rackers
  • Ben Berhorst
  • Aaron Kliethermes
  • Cynthia Cox

Course Student Interaction

  1. Moodle Online Documentation Library – Forum Activity
  2. YouTube Video – Forum Activity

State Tech Support Team:

  • Angie Gaines
  • Aaron Kliethermes

Course Gradebook

  1. Moodle Online Documentation Library Grades – HERE
  2. YouTube Video – Gradebook- HERE

State Tech Support Team:

  • Ryan Klatt
  • Nick Rackers
  • Ben Berhorst
  • Cynthia Cox
  • Aaron Kliethermes

Online Assignment Development, Submission & Grading

  1. Moodle Online Documentation Library – Assignment Activity
  2. YouTube Video – Assignments

State Tech Support Team:

  • Ryan Klatt
  • Nick Rackers
  • Ben Berhorst
  • Cynthia Cox
  • Aaron Kliethermes

Moodle Assessment Tool

  • Timing Option (Open and Close Dates)
  • Time Limit
  • Attempts Allowed
  • Set one question per page to make it more tedious to copy or take screenshots.
  • Shuffle within questions and also shuffle questions
  • Password could be set
  • Use of a secure browser

Quiz override settings are provided for accommodations needed by group or user in Moodle.

List in the left list:  Converting from PDF to Fillable PDF files

Panapto Block Online Lecture

  1. State Tech – Panapto Block Video

Steps to prepare for lecture capture

  1. Download Panapto Block in Moodle
  2. Download Panapto Recorder
  3. Desktop (with webcam)
  4. Mobile Device
  5. Install Webcam
    1. Many laptops have webcams built in
    2. Utilize phone for webcam
    3. Check-out webcam from IT Helpdesk

State Tech Support Team:

  • Ken Thompson
  • KD Berrey
  • Randy Rice
  • Aaron Kliethermes

Getting Started with Panapto

Live Lecture

If you are doing a live lecture, try the platforms in this order:  Panapto, Team, Zoom

Panapto will be shown directly in the Moodle course and will remain in the course. It is already attached to the course and students can go back and watch it if you record it.


  1. You will receive an email when the recording is ready to stream (Meeting in “General” to publish, view, edit or share!)
  2. Click on Share
  3. Copy the URL link in the top bar
  4. Go to Moodle, turn editing on and under resources (where you want it located) select URL
  5. Name it in the first line
  6. Paste the URL link in the second line (external URL)
  7. Save and return to course
  8. If desired preview it to make sure it is working
  9. Let students know it is available


  1. Zoom configures at the conclusion of the recording and saves in a recordings file
  2. Go to Moodle course, turn editing on, and under resources (where you want it located select file)
  3. Turn editing on
  4. Name it, description is optional
  5. Find the file you wish to upload
  6. Drag the file into the box (probably named Zoom0)
  7. It will take a bit to load depending on the length of the recording (size of file)
  8. Once file is loaded click save and return to course
  9. If desired preview it to make sure it is working
  10. Let students know it is available

Teams with Office 365

For information regarding “Teams” on Office 365 please watch this tutorial video.

The quickest way to access Teams from anywhere if you don’t already have it installed – go to www.Office.com and click on the Teams icon. Here is also a link to download the desktop app: https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Configuring & Installing Panopto for Moodle Course

For step by step instruction click HERE 

Uploading an Existing Video to Panopto

For a step by step guide, click HERE

General Panopto Support

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