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Who is this manual for
This manual is written for ITU teachers and teaching asssistants. The following user guide is designed as a quick reference guide for the basic functionality of LearnIT.
What this Manual covers
This manual covers four different approaches to learnIT.
Teaching and Learning with learnIT
, puts a theoretical focus on learnIT as course platform for both blending learning and online courses.
, covers practical step-by-step instructions on how to perform necessary tasks in regard to course building.
Teaching and Learning Activities (TLA)
, provides best practice examples for designing TLA's with learnIT.
, shows easy how-to-videos.
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Interaction & Learning Unit
To access LearnIT go to
from any web browser including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari.
LearnIT is integrated with your existing ITU logon user name and password. This means you can use the same user name and password that you use to logon to the intranet, my itu, webmail, etc. For example, if your name is John Doe, your logon will be something like
“jdoe”. The password will be the same as you use currently.
If you do not own a ITU logon, please click here.
The first screen you will see is the LearnIT home page.
in the upper right corner to login.
The first time you logon, after entering your user name and password, you will be redirected to a page where you will be asked to log in via the ITU Single Signon page. Log in with your ITU username and password and press
If this is the first time you have ever logged on to ITU's Single Signon page you will be re-directed to the WAYF consent page (WAYF
gør det muligt at bruge ét login som adgang til en lang række tjenester). Click the box that says*"Husk samtykke" (Remember consent) and
on "Ja, jeg acceptere" (Yes, I accept).
Once you're back on the front page you might not see any courses yet as you have to be assigned a course as the teacher by the administrator.
Once, you've been assigned to a course you may now enter.
Editing Your Profile
The first time you logon, after entering your user name and password, you will be redirected to a page where you can update your user profile.
1. You’ll see your username and email address already filled in. You will not be able to change these here as they are linked to your other logons on ITU.
2. Email display allows you to choose who can see your email address. Your choices are to hide your email from everyone, allow only the people in your classes to see it, or display it for everyone who logs in to the site. If you choose to hide your email from other people, they will not be able to send you email directly from LearnIT.
3. After setting your city and country, you can choose your preferred language. Setting your language here makes it your default language for all pages.
4. The timezone setting can be very important, especially if you’re working with an international audience or will be traveling and accessing the system. Be sure to set the time zone to your local time, not the server’s local time.
5. The description box gives you a place to tell your Moodle community a little about yourself. If you don’t feel comfortable writing a description, just put a couple of characters in here and the system won’t complain.
6. The remaining optional fields allow you to include personal details about yourself, including your photo or a representative image, and contact information. Your picture will appear by your postings in the forums, in your profile, and in the course roster.
7. You can also upload a picture. For students who have Main Campus ID cards, the ID
card photo will be automatically uploaded. For all other students and faculty, to
upload a new picture, follow these steps:
a) Prepare the picture you want to use by converting it to a gif or jpeg if you haven’t already. It should be smaller than the maximum upload size.
b) Click the Browse button and locate your prepared picture. Then click Choose in the dialogue box.
c) Then click Update Profile at the bottom of the screen. Moodle will crop your picture into a square and shrink it to 100-by-100 pixels.
Now your profile is all set to go. You won’t have to edit this again unless you want to change something.
The settings area where you set the course format also gives you access to a number of important course options. You’ll find it is important to take a moment to review the settings for your course to ensure that it behaves the way you want.
To change your course settings:
1. Click Settings in the Administration block.
2. Review each of the settings options to ensure they are correct for your course:
Category (Do Not Change this field)
LearnIR is automatically creating course categories as it pulls the courses over from the Course Base. These categories are mapped to the prefix of your Course ID, for example all IDs that begin with ACC are placed in an ACC category. This would include ACC 101, ACC 102, ACC 201 etc. Do not change the course category.
Full Name (Cannot be changed)
This is the name that is displayed on the top header of every screen in your course. This name is also computed by the integration with the Course Base and therefore cannot be changed.
Short Name (Cannot be changed)
Enter the institutional shorthand for your course. This name is also computed by the integration with the Course Base and therefore cannot be changed.
The summary will appear in the course listings page when other users scan the course catalogs. This is also computed by the integration with the Course Base and therefore should not be changed.
Course Start Date (Do Not Change this field)
The start date is the day the course is first active. This is also computed by the integration with the Course Base and therefore should not be changed.
Enrollment Period (Do Not Change this field)
The enrollment period is the number of days after the start of the course during which students are enrolled. After the enrollment period, all of your students will be unenrolled from the course.
LearnIT can create student workgroups. For now, you need to decide if you want your groups to work independently or to be able to view each other’s work. You can also set the group mode separately for many activities or force the group mode to be set at the course level. If everything in the course is done as part of a group, or you are running cohorts of students through a course at different times, you’ll probably want to use the group mode to make management easier.
Use this setting to control student access to your course. You can make a course available or unavailable to students without affecting your own access. This is a good way to hide courses that aren’t ready for public consumption or hide them at the end of the semester while you calculate your final grades. This setting will be configured to hide your course when the course is initially created. You must change this setting to unhide your course in order for students to see it.
A course enrollment key is a code each student enters when they attempt to enroll in a course. The key makes it more difficult for students who aren’t officially in the class to gain access to your Moodle site. Generally, it is not necessary to use this key unless
you specifically want feel your course needs it.
You can choose to allow guests to access your course, either with an enrollment key or without it. Guests can only view your course and course materials; they can’t post to the forums, take quizzes, or submit any materials. It is recommended that you NOT allow guests to access your course.
When you hide an upcoming topic block to prevent your students from jumping ahead, you can choose to display the title as a collapsed section or simply hide the topic altogether. Displaying the collapsed sections will give your students a roadmap of the upcoming topics or weeks, so it’s probably a good idea to leave this on the default setting.
News Items to Show
Use this setting to determine the number of course news items displayed on the default page.
This setting allows you to choose whether grades are displayed to students. If you are using the Moodle gradebook, allowing students to view their grades is recommended. Checking grades has become one of the most popular features of CMS systems.
Show Activity Reports
This setting allows students to view their activity history in your course. This is useful if you want students to reflect on their level of participation, or if they are graded on participation.
Maximum Upload Size
This setting is used to limit the size of any documents you or your students upload to the class. The maximum size is set by your system administrator, but you can choose to limit students to files that are smaller than the system maximum. You can limit the amount of storage space each assignment can take or limit the size of picture or video files your students upload.
Your Word for Teacher/Teachers
The next two settings allow you to enter the word you want Moodle to use for the singular and plural versions of the word that designates the teacher’s role. You can call teachers instructors, facilitators, professors, etc.. Whatever you want to use, enter
Your Word for Student/Students
Again, you can choose the word you want Moodle to use for people in the student role, such as “participants” or “learners.”
Once you’ve made all your selections, click Save Changes.
Editing Your Course
Now that you’ve decided on a format and settings for your course, let’s look at how to add content to your course. To start the process, you’ll first need to turn on Editing Mode, which will allow you to add resources and activities to your course. On the left side of the
screen of any course you are teaching, you’ll see a link labeled “Turn Editing Mode On.”
Clicking on this link will present you with a new array of options.
Starting at the top of the screen, let’s look at what Editing Mode enables you to do. At the top of each block, you’ll see an icon of a hand holding a pencil. When you click it, you are presented with a Summary text area. You can use this to label and summarize each
topic or schedule blocks in your course. You should keep the summary to a sentence or two for each block to avoid making the main page too long. Click Submit when you’ve added your summary. You can go back and change it later by clicking the hand-andpencil icon again.
On the lefthand side, next to the label for the People block, you’ll see the icons described.
Show or hide item. If you want to keep an item in your course, but don’t want your students to see it, you can use this to hide it from them.
Delete item. Removes the item or block from your course. Items will be permanently removed; blocks can be added again using the Blocks menu.
Move item. Clicking this will allow you to move an item to another topic or schedule block.
Move right or left. You can move blocks to the left- or righthand columns. You can also use this to indent items in your content blocks
Move up or down. Moves items and blocks up or down in their respective areas.
You will use these icons throughout Moodle to customize the interface for your needs. In addition to the icons for manipulating the blocks, each content block in the middle column has two dropdown menus. On the left, the menu labeled “Add a resource…” gives you tools for adding static content, such as web pages and word-processing documents. On the right, the “Add an activity” menu gives you tools to add activities such as forums, quizzes, lessons, and assignments.
The resource menu gives you access to tools for adding content. There are a number of ways you can create content directly within Moodle, or link to content you’ve uploaded.
Compose a text page
From here, you can create a simple page of text. It doesn’t have many formatting options, but it is the simplest tool.
Compose a web page
If you want more formatting options, you can compose a web page. If you selected to use
the HTML editor in your personal profile, you can simply create a page as you would
using a word processor. Otherwise, you’ll need to know some HTML for most
Link to a file or web site
If you want to upload your course documents in another format, you can save them on LearnIT and provide easy access for your students. You can also easily create links to other web sites outside your LearnIT course.
Display a directory
If you upload a lot of content, you may want to organize it in directories. Then you can display the contents of the entire folder instead of creating individual links to each item.
Insert a label
You can use labels to organize the links in your course’s main page. The only thing they do is provide a label within the content block.
The Add Activity Menu allows you to add interactive tools to your course. The table below explains each tool very briefly.
A basic task with which you can describe what you want the
students to do or record a grade.
You can also have the students upload a response and score it later.
Used to manually or automatically track student participation in the class.
A group chat room where people can meet at the same time and send text messages.
A simple poll displayed within a content block.
Like a chat, but allows for oneto-one communication between students and teachers.
A variant of the assignment tool with which you give students an exercise and they upload their
work and then assess themselves.
You can grade their work and their self-assessments.
Treaded discussion boards. They are a powerful communication tool.
Dictionaries of terms that you can create for each week, topic, or course. You can have your
students participate in building them.
Self-reflection is an important idea in social constructivism. Journals are free-response
opportunities for students to reflect on the course materials.
A way to insert text or other HTML elements into the content area.
A set of ordered materials that use questions to determine what content the student sees next.
A good, old-fashioned web quiz with a lot of flexibility.
A file, web page, link, or other content for students to view or download.
SCORM is an acronym for Sharable Content Object Reference Model. It’s a packaging standard for
educational content. Moodle now has tools to allow you to upload content packaged as SCORM.
Gathers feedback from students using pre-packaged questionnaires.
A very nice tool for student peer assessment. Students upload their work and score their peers’ work
using a scoring guide you create.
Simulate Student Role
Once you’ve added content to your course, you may want to simulate a student role so you can get an idea of what the course will look like for a student. In the upper right-hand corner of the screen, click on the drop-down to change role and select Student. Now you can navigate your course as a student. Once you are ready to move back to your normal role, click on the appropriately named button in the upper right corner.
2. The grand overview
2.1 Creating Courses
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Creating Courses -> TLA
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2.2 Course Design
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