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11 LMS Settings That Make Your Life Easier

By March 15, 2018 March 3rd, 2020 No Comments

By Ryan Spears, Solutions Architect

Remote Learner’s Solution Architect team is responsible for the scoping and implementation of solutions for new and existing clients. We have seen hundreds of site configurations while working with our clients. Here are some useful Moodle LMS settings that not many clients take advantage of.

1: Completion Tracking
Do you want to make it easier to track learner progress? Enable completion tracking in order to use both activity completion and course completion. Completion tracking can give both a student and teacher the ability to monitor progress throughout a course. It also gives learners a visual cue for their progress and the feeling of accomplishment. And, of course, it’s required if you want to use the activity completion report.

Site Administration > Advanced Features*

*Note that these settings shown in advanced features simply control whether they are on or off for the entire site. In order to use them in a course you will need to enable in the course settings and then configure in each activity.

For more information on this feature, log in to Learning Spaces and do a keyword search for “completion” for a list of training modules and documentation. You can also register for a webinar on completion tracking on March 21st at 10:00 AM EST.

2: Show User Identity
Have you ever been in your site trying to search for users by an email or other information and no one shows up in your list? You can add the ability to search for users based on other variables in the site user policies.

Site Administration > Users > Permissions > User Policies

3: Default Course Settings
Do you want to cut down on time taken creating courses? Configuring the defaults can save you and your course creators a bit of time. Each time you create a new course the default settings will be used.

Notable Settings

  • Course Visibility
  • Course Format
  • Number of Sections
  • Number of Announcements
  • Show Gradebook to Students
  • Show Activity Reports to Students
  • Completion Tracking
  • Groups

Site Administration > Courses > Course Default Settings

For more information on course settings, check out our Learning Spaces module on the subject.

4: Grade Export Settings
Do you want to include more fields when exporting a grade book? You can set these with grade export settings. Adjust the standard user profile fields you want to export, or create your own custom fields that you can include when exporting the grade book to spreadsheet.

Site administration > Grades > General settings

For more information on grade export settings, visit Learning Spaces.

5: Empty Grades
When calculating grades for a category, do you want to include or exclude grades from grade-based items that users have not yet done? Excluding the empty grades shows your student what their current running average is based on what they have done. Including the empty grades will show them their total average based on everything they have done and will need to do.

Site administrators can configure the default setting for whether or not empty grades are included or excluded in gradebook calculations.

Site administration > Grades > Grade category settings

Instructors can then customize this setting as needed within the settings of individual categories inside their course gradebooks. Learning Spaces has more information about gradebook categories as well as gradebook calculations.

6: Location Settings
Are your time logs off?  Have you set your time zone? Do you need to set the timezone for all users or give them ability to set their own? Location Settings allow you manipulate a number of variables that affect the display of everything from forum post timestamps to assignment due dates. Find those settings in the location page of the site administration menu.

Site administration > Location > Location settings

7: Language Settings
If you are in the U.S. and wonder why “enrol” is showing up with one L or “organisation” with an S then your language is likely set to EN instead of EN_US.

Site administration > Language > Language settings

If you’d like more details on language settings, search for “language” on Learning Spaces. You’ll find training on installing language packs, configuring site language settings and even customizing language strings used across the site.

8: Blocks
Do you have a pesky block showing up everywhere even though you know you, nor anyone who uses your site, will ever use it?  Disable it here across the entire site.

Site administration > Plugins > Blocks > Manage blocks

Search for “blocks” on Learning Spaces to find out more about managing and creating site and course blocks on your site.

9: Site Policies
Are you concerned about site security? There are several good settings addressing that on the Site Policies page, but most notable might be the password policy. Boost your site’s security by requiring a long password with multiple requirements (digits, upper and lower case character, numbers, and non-alphanumeric).

Site administration > Security > Site policies

For more detailed information on site password policies, visit the Login Security course on Learning Spaces.

10: Theme Settings
Do you need to add a menu of links in your navigation bar? Or to enable category, course, or even user level themes? There are many useful settings on this page. The ones I adjust most often are:

  • User/course/category themes
  • Allow users to hide or dock blocks
  • Custom menu items
  • User menu items

Site administration > Appearance > Themes > Theme settings

Visit Learning Spaces’ Theme Settings course for more details on the options available for configuration.

11: Navigation Settings
Where should users land when they login? The Home page or their My Courses/Dashboard page? On the navigation page of the site administration menu you will find several options for the way users navigate amongst courses on the site.

Site administration > Appearance > Navigation