November 2019 Moodle News

Fall bacground with yellow trees, and yellow leaves on the floor. A caw torso poping out from a tree at the left.

Greetings Moodle Instructors!

As we get closer to the end of the semester see this month’s Moodle News, which includes information about our Fall 2019 Faculty Workshops Wrapping Up, Request your Moodle and Echo360 course in SPIRE for Winter and Spring 2020, Moodle tip of the month: Sort your gradebook using groups, and Moodle help and resources.

Fall 2019 Workshops Wrapping Up

Don’t miss out on the last few of our Fall 2019 Faculty workshops. The remaining workshops are Getting Started in Moodle, creating and editing media in Camtasia, Getting started on how to use blogs for your teaching and learning, Creating an accessible Podcast,  Understanding Algorithmic Bias in Learning Technologies. Check out our Innovation Events page to see more Workshops and register.

Can’t decide which workshops to take? Have questions? Contact the Instructional Media Lab for help in deciding which workshops are right for you. Call us at 413-545-2823 or email

Winter/Spring 2020 Moodle Course Request Opened November 4th. 

You are now able to request your Winter and Spring 2020 Moodle courses. Remember that every semester you will have to request a new Moodle course through SPIRE.

Echo360 Course Requests Open in SPIRE

Request your Echo360 course in SPIRE for your Winter and Spring 2020 semester. While making your request you can specify that you’d like to:

  • Automatically record in-person class meetings in Classrooms Equipped with Lecture Capture.
  • Re-use recordings from a previous semester.
  • Create screencasts and record custom lessons for students to watch outside of class with Echo360 Universal Capture.

For step by step instructions, see Request Lecture Capture. Once your Echo360 courses are ready, it’s easy to give students access to Echo360 recordings through Moodle.

Moodle tip of the month: Sort Your Gradebook Using Groups.

Using groups in conjunction with the Moodle gradebook makes it easier to filter data or enter grades. Even more when you have a big class and TAs in charge of grading different groups of students. Also, it can be really helpful for those who teach Multi-section courses, since Moodle auto-creates groups for each section. See more details in Sort the Moodle Gradebook Using Groups.

Moodle Help and Resources for Instructors

To learn more about Moodle or to get help, you can: