Tech Teaching Tips

A more complete list of resources is available on the Faculty Moodle Resource site.

TechTalks: Tips on Using Gmail

Gmail is a powerful platform with many productivity-enhancing features. The trouble is that most of us use only a small percentage of the features available because finding and learning them takes time. Plan to invest 15 minutes to attend this online Tech Talk led by LFC Nathan Lind to learn a few quick tips and tricks that will help you take better advantage of what Gmail has to offer beyond the basics of sending and receiving messages.

Recording of the TechTalk: Tips on Using Gmail

Search Moodle Forums

“If you use Moodle Forums, you may want to isolate a specific student’s posts in order to provide feedback or a grade. The new “”Search Forums”” feature lets you easily isolate a student’s posts AND you can refine the search so that you only see posts submitted prior to the deadline. See link below to learn more.”

Managing Multiple Google Accounts

Faculty, have you ever shared a Google doc with permissions set to “Anyone at Augsburg University with the link can view,” but still had students complain they cannot access the link? Almost always the problem is that students are in the wrong Google account (a personal one rather than their Augsburg account). For help with switching accounts, see Managing Multiple Google Accounts.

Adding Images to Moodle

While images are not crucial to a good Moodle site, they can help focus students’ attention, break up blocks of text, and support your course content. It is easy to add images to a Moodle label, page, or any Moodle resource or activity using the content editor toolbar. [NOTE: We recommend you use the Firefox browser when adding images as it seems to work best with Moodle image insertion.]

Moodle Gradebook Help for Students and Faculty

Students, you can access your Moodle gradebook by clicking on your profile picture (upper right corner) and then selecting your course from the list. Faculty, want help setting up your gradebook? Contact your LFC or the E-Learning Specialist.

access your Moodle gradebook

Get Your Moodle Course Ready for Spring Semester

Getting your Spring Moodle courses ready? You can quickly and easily import content from previous semesters using the Faculty Course Archive block <>. Save time changing due dates for assignments by using the “”Dates Report”” <> in the Administration Block. Building new content? Don’t forget that you can speed things up by easily duplicating <> any Moodle activity or resource. Check out the Faculty Moodle Resource <> for more timely tips.

Evaluating Oral Presentations

Instructors, if you use a rubric for evaluating oral presentations, consider converting this into a Moodle rubric or grading guide to help streamline your grading process. You can record your feedback on a laptop during the presentation. Upon clicking “Save,” Moodle adds up the score, enters the grade into the gradebook, and alerts the student to check for your comments. For more on creating a Moodle rubric, see For grading guides, see

Inserting Zeros in Gradebook

By default, only non-empty grades in the Moodle Gradebook are aggregated; the others are ignored. This means that if instructors want students to have an accurate understanding of their progress in a course, a value must be inserted into the points window. If students have not submitted an assignment, instructors need to insert a 0 (rather than leaving the place blank) to affect the final grade. Here is a quick way to add zeros for all students who haven’t already received a grade for an activity.