Frequently Asked Questions About Moodle
How can I try out Moodle for my classes?
Contact Glenn Pillsbury to have a course site built for your class. Glenn is also your point of contact for all training and support questions related to Moodle.
How can I learn more about using Moodle?
In addition to scheduling one-on-one training with Glenn, Lynda.com's excellent Moodle training videos are available for your viewing pleasure.
How is Moodle different from Blackboard?
The main difference is in how Moodle sites essentially present links to all the course materials and activities on a single page that is visually divided into individual weeks or topics (depending on how the instructor decides to organize the course). On the other hand, Blackboard envisions that your course site will resemble a standard "web site" with many pages, sub-pages, folders, and tools that are organized via a navigation system. Basically, Moodle presents course material in a more direct fashion with less set-up required.
Does Moodle have the same features as Blackboard?
For the vast majority of tasks, Moodle and Blackboard are equal. Most of the differences are in how the system is designed. For example, Moodle has more pre-cast assignment types to choose from than Blackboard while Blackboard has clearer mechanisms for uploading specific kinds of content to a site, including YouTube videos. However, if there's a feature of Blackboard that you'd like to see in Moodle, it might be available as a plugin that can be installed by OIT.
Are TurnItIn and Respondus available for Moodle?
Yes. You can create a TurnItIn assignment in Moodle just like in Blackboard. It is also possible to connect to your Moodle course through Respondus in order to import quiz questions.
How do students access Moodle? Do they use their CSUStan account? Is Moodle connected to PeopleSoft?
At this time, students must create a their own Moodle account and register themselves into a particular Moodle class. These accounts are not related to a student's CSUStan account. The steps to create a Moodle account are very easy and instructions for you to pass along to your students will be given out once your Moodle site has been built.
In general, our Moodle system runs entirely separately from Blackboard. Therefore, there is no automatic connection to PeopleSoft for things like grades, course creation, and enrollments.
Students login at the front page of Moodle: http://moodle.csustan.edu.
If I use Moodle, will I still have Blackboard course sites?
Yes, Blackboard sites will still be created for your courses each term, and students automatically enrolled in those sites, even if you plan to use Moodle as the web front end for one or all of them. Though highly discouraged, it is possible to use both Moodle and Blackboard for the same course.
Can I copy my Blackboard site(s) into Moodle?
At this time, no. Materials from Blackboard will need to be uploaded and rebuilt in Moodle.
If Moodle is free, why don't we switch to it from Blackboard?
Moodle is "free like puppies," meaning it still requires care and feeding, and a paid infrastructure of some sort (server technicians, programmers, electricity, etc.) must be in place in order to maintain the system. Thus, campuses that have switched to Moodle from Blackboard have had to address the need to pay for support staff and equipment even as they have stopped paying a Blackboard license fee.