Lyceum Course: Basic Setup

As an instructor, you have a lot of control over how your course appears to your students. This guide will help explain the different options when setting up your course.

All courses that you are enrolled in appear in a list under ‘My Courses’ in the navigation bar to the left of your page. Note that the courses that appear are only the ones you are enrolled in during your current semester. Past or future courses can be found on your dashboard using the dashboard filter

Once you select the course that you would like to setup, you will be directed to the course homepage. On the right-hand side of the page (next to course name), you will see a gear icon to click.

You will now see a list of different options and shortcuts that you can use within your course homepage, such as editing the settings of your course and restoring and importing material into your course.

Adding and Editing Content

Select ‘Turn editing on’ (the second option from the top) to edit your course page and add/edit content

Adding Files

You can add your own file(s) by dragging and dropping them directly into your Lyceum course from your computer.

You will then be asked what you would like to do with the file, select ‘Add media to course page’ and then ‘Upload’. This will then add the file to the desired section in your course

Adding Activities and Resources

You can add different activities and resources using the ‘Add an activity or resource’ button

You will be presented with a variety of different types of activities and resources that can be added as content in your course

  • Accessible Document Conversion – The ADC activity converts PDFs, JPEGs and other files into e-books, audio, or braille. It uses accessible formats that are compatible with assistive technology, including screen readers and text-to-speech software, allows the reader to manipulate elements, such as font size and contrast, and can eliminate many barriers to learning
  • Assignment – The assignment activity enables an instructor to communicate tasks, collect work, and provide grades and feedback. This can be used as something similar to a ‘drop box’ for collecting online assignments
  • Chat – The chat activity enables participants to have text-based, real-time discussions. This could be a one-time activity or could be repeated multiple times in the same day or week. Each session is saved and is made available for everyone to view in ‘chat session logs’
  • Database – The database activity enables participants to create, maintain and search a collection of entries (i.e. records)
  • External Tool – The external tool activity enables students to interact with learning resources and activities on third party web sites that partner with Lyceum. For example, an external tool could provide access to Perusall or InQuizitive
  • Feedback – The feedback activity enables an instructor to create a custom survey for collecting feedback from participants using a variety of question types including multiple choice, yes/no or text input
  • Forum – The forum activity enables participants to have asynchronous discussions i.e. discussions that take place over an extended period of time
  • Glossary – The glossary activity enables participants to create and maintain a list of definitions, like a dictionary, or to collect and organize resources or information
  • Perusall – The Perusall activity is an online publishing platform for e-textbooks
  • Quiz – The quiz activity enables an instructor to create quizzes comprising questions of various types, including multiple choice, matching, short-answer and numerical
  • Workshop – The workshop activity enables the collection, review and peer assessment of students’ work

Note that those activities in bold are the most commonly used within Lyceum

  • File – The file resource enables an instructor to provide a file as a course resource
  • Folder – The folder resource enables an instructor to display a number of related files inside a single folder, reducing scrolling on the course page
  • Label – The label resource enables text and multimedia to be inserted into the course page in between links to other resources and activities. Labels are very versatile and can help to improve the appearance of a course if used thoughtfully i.e. announcements, titles, descriptions, etc.
  • Page – The page module enables an instructor to create a web page resource using the text editor. A page can display text, images, sound, video, web links, and embedded code, such as Google Maps and Youtube videos
  • URL – The URL module enables an instructor to provide a web link as a course resource

**For more detailed information on how each activity and resource could be valuable for your course, follow these links: https://docs.moodle.org/38/en/Activities and https://docs.moodle.org/38/en/Resources

Editing Existing Content

You will now be able to edit sections, items and content (via the ‘Edit’ button to the left) within your course

If you would like to edit the item or content, follow the tutorial ‘Edit Course Items

If you would like to edit the section, you will be presented with the options to

  • Edit topic – This option will allow you to edit the name of the section and its summary
  • Highlight – This option will create a red highlight next to the topic on the page
  • Hide topic – This option will hide the entire section from student view
  • Delete topic – This option will delete the entire section, including its contents

You are also able to decide how many sections you would like in your course. For this example, the ‘Topic’ section is used. Select the ‘Add topics’ at the bottom of the page

**For more detailed information on different aspects of the course page, follow this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHE8ygJH1wI&feature=youtu.be

Adding Blocks

Instructors will have the ability to use the ‘Blocks’ feature in Lyceum when they have editing turned on. This will appear at the bottom of the navigation bar to the left of the page

By default, all blocks will be placed on the right side of the page and only the order of the blocks from top to bottom can be rearranged using the cross icon located on each block

The blocks that are available to add into your course are listed below

**For more detailed information on what each block (that is available) is and does, follow this link https://docs.moodle.org/38/en/Blocks

**For more detailed information on how setup your course and course layout, follow this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Qt1a4_5r1s&feature=youtu.be