For the 10-week pre-sessional classes we’re going to be using the University’s own virtual learning environment, MOLE (My Online Learning Environment), as the primary means of communicating with the students. This is a version of the widely used Blackboard VLE.  Please watch the video on the left to give you an overview of the system and then use the table of contents on the right to navigate to the specific feature you want to learn about.

How to access your MOLE course from a computer

(1)  log into your account from the university homepage and then click My Services

(2) From the dropdown menu, click MOLE

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(3) On the next page find the section called Course List towards the middle of the page

(4) Click on the course named ELT International Summer School (2015)

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Please remember that MOLE is completely web-based, so you can access it from any computer or mobile device, you do not need to be using a university computer or be on the university network.

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Basic navigation

When you enter the course you’ll see the following screen.

(1) Sidebar: where you can access certain pages and functions (such as email)

(2) Content creation area: this bar contain buttons from which teachers can create content/upload documents/add folders.

(3) Main content area: this is where students and teachers can access the documents and folders that have been created.

(4) Student Preview: by clicking this button, you can view the course as if you were a student (as the teacher and student views are slightly different)

(5) Turn edit mode on/off: by clicking this button, you can turn off the ability to build content and the content creation bar disappears.

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How to open files and folders

(1) To open any file/folder, just click on the name rather than icon next to it.

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How to move backwards and forwards through pages

You can move between pages in two ways:

1 Use the back button on your browser – this will take you back to the previous page you viewed  each time you  click on it.

2 Use the trail of “breadcrumbs” along the top of the page. This is more efficient if you have gone into level folders within other folders.

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If you want to go back several levels, it is easier to click on the name of the folder you wish to open in the ‘crumbs’. It will also help you see on where you are as regards folders.

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How to create a folder

You can create your own folders within the main folders for your classes if you need more  folders. Content Folders can group material based on a theme, such as grouping material together based, for example placing all items for “week 1” together.

1 Open the main folder for your class and then hover your mouse over the tab “Content”. A dialogue box will open with a list of choices. Look at the right hand column and choose “Content folder”.

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2 This will open a new folder for you. Enter a Name for the Content Folder. The name is the linked text that appears in the Content Area so choose one that describes the content,. You can also choose a colour for the text of the name of the Content Folder.

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3 You can also write a short a description of the Folder or any instructions for using the Content Folder in the Text box if you wish.

4 You can restrict users from seeing the folder, by selecting No. This will make the Folder unavailable

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You can set a date and time to make the folder available to display on a specific date and time and, if you wish, to stop displaying on a specific date and time.

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How to upload basic content (PDFs, Word Docs etc)

Open the main folder for your class and then hover your mouse over the tab “Content”. A dialogue box will open with a list of choices. Look at the right hand column and choose file.

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If possible, always check your content in the student view. To do this, change Edit Mode to OFF. Viewing from the student perspective ensures you reveal only the information you intend to show and that it displays correctly.

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How to email your group

1 On the course menu, click the Tools link.

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2 On the Tools page, click Send Email OR

On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and click Send Email.

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3 On the Send Email page, click Select Groups (or for individuals Select Users)

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4 To Select Users or Select Groups, select the recipients in the Available to Select box and click the right-pointing arrow to move them into the Selected box. A back arrow is available to move a user out of the recipient list. Click Invert Selection and selected users are no longer highlighted and those users that are not selected will be highlighted.

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5 Type your Subject. Your message will not be delivered without a subject.

6 Type a Message.

To attach a file click Attach a file to browse for file from your computer. You can attach multiple files. After you add one file, the option to attach another file appears.

7 Click SUBMIT.

After you send an email, a message appears at the top of the Send Email page listing all recipients. The message is not a confirmation that any users received the message. It only confirms that the message was sent.

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How to add text to a page

Open the main folder for your class and then hover your mouse over the tab “Content”. A dialogue box will open with a list of choices. Look at the left hand column and choose Item.

1 A Create Item box will appear.

Type a Name for the content item. The name is the title text that appears in the course area. Try to use a descriptive name.
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2 Choose a colour for the title text. Select a colour that users can easily read.

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3 Type instructions or a description in the Text box. There is a text editor and you can change size and style of font.

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4 You can also set release and permissions.

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How to create a discussion board for your class

Discussion boards or forums are made up of individual discussion threads around a particular subject.

1 Open the main folder for your class and then hover your mouse over the tab “Tools”. A dialogue box will open with a list of choices. Choose “Discussion Board”. A page will appear with the heading “Create  Link: Discussion Board”

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First you need to create the forum so go down to find the item – Create New Forum and click on this.

2 A new item will appear “Create Forum”.

Enter a Name for the Forum.

Enter a short Description of the Forum in the Text box. You can give information about the Forum and any instructions for posting.

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You can make the new forum available when you wish by using the options.

When you are finished, click SUBMIT

 

3 You then need to provide the link so your students can access the forum.

A page will appear with the heading “Create  Link: Discussion Board” but you will also see that the name of the forum you have created appears in the list “Select a Discussion Board Forum”. Click on your forum and then “Next”.

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Your forum will then appear as a link in your class folder.

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How to create a class blog

A blog is a collaborative tool that allows students to post personal reflection.

1 Open the main folder for your class and then hover your mouse over the tab “Tools”. A dialogue box will open with a list of choices. Choose “Blog”. A page will appear with the heading “Create  Link: Blog”

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First you need to create the blog so scroll down to find “Create New Blog” and click on this.

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2 A new item will appear “Create Blog”.

  • Enter a Name for the Blog.

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Options

  • Decide which blog type you want your students to create in “Blog Participation”; individual or one blog for the course.
  • Decide on user permission – whether you allow students to Edit and Delete comments.
  • Decide when the new blog will be available.

When you are finished, click SUBMIT

 

3 You then need to provide the link so your students can access the blog.

A page will appear with the heading “Create  Link: Blog” but you will also see that the name of the blog you have created appears in the list “Select a Blog”. Click on your blog and then “Next”.

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4 A new item will appear “Create Link Blog”

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Enter a short Description of the Blog in the Text box. You can give information about the purpose of Blog and any instructions for posting.

Click on “SUBMIT”

Your blog will then appear as a link in your class folder.

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How to create individual journals

1 Open the main folder for your class and then hover your mouse over the tab “Tools”. A dialogue box will open with a list of choices. Choose “Journal”. A page will appear with the heading “Create  Link: Journal”.

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First create the journal so scroll down and click on “Create New Journal”.

2 A new item will appear “Create Journal”.

Enter a Name for the Journal. e.g. Summer School 2015.

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Options

Decide on user permissions – whether you allow students to Edit and Delete comments.

Decide when the Journal will be available.

When you are finished, click SUBMIT

 

3 Provide the link so your students can access the journal.

A page will appear with the heading “Create  Link: Journal”.

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You should see the name of the Journal  you have created in the list “Select a Journal”.

Click on your journal and a new item will appear so you can give information about the Journal

 

  1. Provide information about the journal.

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Enter a short Description of the Journal in the Text box. You can give information about the purpose of Journal and any instructions for posting.

Then “Submit”

Your journal will then appear as a link in your class folder.

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