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Question:
(Last edited: Thursday, 21 July 2011, 03:21 PM)
Answer: The Sandbox category contains an area in which courses can be developed that experiment with the various features and capabilities of the Moodle System.

To request a course be created for you in the Sandbox area, go to the All Courses page: https://biou.psc.edu/course/index.php

At the bottom of the All Courses page, there is a button labeled Request a Course. Click on this button and you will be sent to a form asking for additional information about your course. Enter your name as the Course Title and your initials as the short name. In the box labeled Reasons for wanting this course, enter a message similar to the following: I want a course created in the sandbox area.

Once this information has been entered, click on the Request a course button at the bottom of the page. Clicking on this button will send your information to the BioU Moodle Administrators that can create your course in the Sandbox area.

Question:
(Last edited: Thursday, 21 July 2011, 01:17 PM)
Answer: Here's how you grant your students access to your course:
  1. Get your students added as additional users on your BioU coursework account. The PSC Hotline can help you through the process.
  2. Once you have received your account information for your students, have them log into the Moodle system at http://biou.psc.edu/ using their PSC Kerberos Username and Password.
  3. Your students can change or have their PSC/NRBSC Kerberos password reset online by visiting http://apr.psc.edu/. They can also contact the PSC Hotline at 800-221-1641 to resolve any issues that they may encounter.
  4. THE FIRST TIME YOUR STUDENTS LOG INTO THE BIOU MOODLE SYSTEM THEY WILL HAVE AN ACCOUNT PROFILE CREATED. Until your students do this critical step, you will NOT be able to give them access to your course as they will not appear in the list of users that you can grant access to.
  5. After your students have had their account profiles created, go to your course page on Moodle. Locate the Administration box on the left panel and select Assign Roles.
  6. The assigned roles page allows you to add students as well as editing and non editing teachers. To add students, select Student.
  7. Locate your students on the right panel. Select the student and click on the Add button. The student will now appear on the left panel as an authorized student. If a student is not listed, the student has not yet logged into the Moodle system on BioU.
  8. When you are done adding students click on the Assign Roles In Course: button.
Your students will have access to your course the next time they log into Moodle, if you have made your course available to students. To do this:
    • Locate the Administration box on the left panel and select Settings.
    • Locate the Availability section.
    • Make sure the Availability box is set to this course is available to students.
Question:
(Last edited: Thursday, 21 July 2011, 12:44 PM)
Answer: By default, Moodle shows everyone listed on the course with the assigned role of Teacher on the submenus associated with the course.

If this is not desired, it can be controlled by ensuring that the teachers that you do not want listed on these submenus have been granted a "hidden" teacher role.

To grant a user a hidden role, go to your course and select Assign Roles under the Administration box (which is usually on the left hand side of your Moodle screen.) Click on the role Teacher. If you have already assigned teachers, first remove those that you want to hide. Select the teacher from the list on the right that you want to make a hidden teacher and make sure that the eyeball check box is selected in the center between the two user lists. Then select Add to add (or re-add) the teacher as having a hidden teaching role. If this was done successfully, the user will be now be listed as (Hidden assignment) in the existing users list.
Question:
(Last edited: Sunday, 15 January 2012, 11:48 AM)
Answer: You can accomplish this using the backup and restore functions of Moodle:
  1. Locate the Administration box on the left panel of the course you want to copy and select backup in this box.
  2. Make sure that the Users box is set to None, Logs set to No, User Files set to No, Course files set to Yes, Site files used in this course set to Yes, grade histories set to No.
  3. Select the Continue button.
  4. Select the Continue button again.
  5. Select the Continue button yet again.
  6. Now, find the backup file just created (look at the modified date). Click on the Restore word next to this file name.
  7. Click on Yes.
  8. Select the Continue button
  9. In the Restore to box, select Existing course, adding data to it.
  10. Select the category that the existing course that you want to copy the course data to is in.
  11. Select the Continue button.
  12. Choose the course that you want to copy the course data to.
  13. Select Restore this course now.
  14. Select the Continue button.
  15. You will now be placed in the new course.
Question:
(Last edited: Thursday, 21 July 2011, 02:21 PM)
Answer: Coursework grants provide the instructor (and the instructor's students) with access to the core bioinformatics courses and modules on the BioU Moodle system, as well as providing access to the BioU integrated computational server. Instructors with coursework grants can also request private course space be created on BioU where the instructor can upload their own bioinformatics course materials, exercises, and lessons.

Instructors affiliated with US academic institutions may apply for coursework grant access. To apply for a coursework grant, have the following information ready, before visiting the grant application web site:
  • A copy of your curriculum vitae or resume showing your affiliation with a US academic institution
  • The official name and course number assigned to the course by the academic institution.
  • The course syllabus
To enable access for your students you will also need to provide the names of the students enrolled in the course. These students will be added as additional users on your grant. Student names do not need to be provided with the grant application and may be provided at a later date.

Click here to apply for a coursework grant on Bioinformatics University.
Question:
(Last edited: Thursday, 21 July 2011, 11:58 AM)
Answer: The login link can be found at the upper right corner of the main BioU page

To log into the BioU Moodle system ALWAYS log in using your PSC Kerberos username and your current PSC Kerberos password.

To reset your PSC Kerberos password, visit https://apr.psc.edu/

For additional assistance, Contact the PSC HOTLINE at 1-800-221-1641 or 1-412-268-6350.

Additional information for first-time users:

The first time that you login to Moodle on BioU (using your PSC Kerberos username and password) you will be sent to a web form. This web form will collect the information required by the Moodle system to set up an account. Once you have successfully set up a Moodle account, you will receive an email sent to the email address you listed on the form with a special link to click on. Once you have clicked on the special link, your BioU Moodle account will become active.

Question:
(Last edited: Thursday, 21 July 2011, 01:53 PM)
Answer: Instructors can request that course space be set up from the All Courses page: https://biou.psc.edu/course/index.php

At the bottom of the All Courses page, there is a button labeled Request a Course. Click on this button and you will be sent to a form asking for additional information about your course. Fill in this information (including a course title, short name, and course description). In the box labeled Reasons for wanting this course, enter the following:
  • The institution offering the course
  • The official title of the course.
  • The official course number
  • The official course description.
  • A link to the online course description information (if published online by your institution on the institutions web site.)
Once this information has been entered, click on the Request a course button at the bottom of the page. Clicking on this button will send your information to the BioU Moodle Administrators that can create your course.

Question:
(Last edited: Thursday, 21 July 2011, 02:28 PM)
Answer: Moodle can produce a variety of reports that can show what students have accessed. To view these reports:
    • Go to the course page in which you are a Teacher.
    • Locate the Administration box on the left panel and select Reports.
    • Select the type of report that you are interested in.

Question:
(Last edited: Thursday, 21 July 2011, 01:45 PM)
Answer: The Questionaire activity (located under the Add an Activity menu when course editing is turned on) can be used to set up anonymous surveys.

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Question:
(Last edited: Thursday, 21 July 2011, 01:22 PM)
Answer: First, make sure your course settings are set to make your course available to students. To do this:
    • Locate the Administration box on the left panel and select Settings.
    • Locate the Availability section.
    • Make sure the Availability box is set to this course is available to students.
Also students may not have access because they have not logged into the BioU Moodle system.

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Question:
(Last edited: Thursday, 21 July 2011, 01:55 PM)
Answer: Guest access provides users with access to the core bioinformatics modules and materials on bioinformatics.

Grant access provides access to these same materials plus access to the integrated computational server in which to perform bioinformatics exercises on. In addition, a coursework grant enables an instructor to grant access to Bioinformatics University (including the integrated computational server) for all of the instructors students. Coursework Grant access also provides the instructor full access to the learning management system to track student progress and upload unique coursework materials for their students.

Question:
(Last edited: Thursday, 21 July 2011, 02:22 PM)
Answer: For additional assistance, Contact the PSC HOTLINE at 1-800-221-1641 or 1-412-268-6350.
Question:
(Last edited: Thursday, 21 July 2011, 01:55 PM)
Answer: Not all materials on Bioinformatics University are public; some are private and are restricted only to those who know the course key. Please see the course instructor to see if you are allowed access to the materials.
Question:
(Last edited: Thursday, 21 July 2011, 02:20 PM)
Answer: First, make sure that you are logged into the system.

Next, go to the All Courses page: https://biou.psc.edu/course/index.php. At the bottom of the page, perform a search for the course. If the course is not found through the search function (and you are logged into the system), this could mean that either:
  • The course has restricted enrollment. This means that the teacher must physically add you to the enrolled list of students, an operation can not be done until AFTER the student has logged into the Moodle system for the first time.
  • The course is not available to students. The teacher can make the course available to students by changing a parameter in the course settings.
Please check with the course teacher to resolve these issues.


Question:
(Last edited: Thursday, 21 July 2011, 02:17 PM)
Answer: Video's on Bioinformatics University are in the Mpeg version 4 format. To play the video's in a web browser, a plug-in that can decode "mp4" (such as Apple's Quicktime) is required. To check to see if you have the Quicktime plug-in installed and that the browser to see if the MIME type "video/mp4" is set to use the Quicktime plug-in:
  • In Firefox (3.6.8), look for this under: Tools -> Options -> Applications. One of the choices given for "video/mp4" should be the Quicktime plug -n. If you don't have the Quicktime plug-in as a choice, Quicktime probably isn't installed.
  • In Internet Explorer (8), Make sure that the Quicktime plug-in is installed. look under: Tools -> Internet Options -> Programs -> Manage add-ons. There is no easy way of viewing if the MIME setting is set to the Quicktime player.
  • In Safari, no plug-in is needed and mp4 video's play by default in the browser. However if there is an issue with the browser not playing the file, there is no easy way to check and reassign MIME settings without downloading third-party software, such as MisFox or RCDefaultApp.