Your administrator may not have setup a Moodle course for you, and it is possible that you do not have the ability to create a course by yourself. There are a few things you can do to request for a course to be created.
- If you work in a small organisation and see the Moodle administrator quite often, just ask him/her face to face – we still like human contact 🙂
- If you would rather not talk to him/her, then send an email, or leave a note on their desk
- If all else fails, your Moodle administrator should have setup a course request system – keep reading.
Step 1 – Login to Moodle
This sounds silly but you would be surprised as to how many teachers forget their Moodle credentials (or simply the address and end up on the Moodle.org website).
Your Moodle might look different – if it does, then go to the ‘Stop wasting time’ step below.
Step 2 – Waste some time…
Depending on how your Moodle administrator has setup your Moodle, and whether you already have courses in which you are a teacher, it might take you a while to find the coveted ‘Request a course‘ button. If you are like me and very impatient, then just skip to the ‘Stop wasting time’ step below. If you are brave, then click on every category until you find the ‘Request a course‘ button shown in the next step. More often than not the button will be available under the ‘Miscellaneous’ category.
… to find the button, or…
If your administrator has read this tutorial, then he/she would have created a category with a name that makes sense…
If you are already a teacher in a course, you can visit Navigation > Home > My home and the button will be on that page.
… stop wasting time!
OK so you are impatient – here is what to do; Once logged in, you can simply type the address to the course request page in your web browser. I cannot give you the exact address as I don’t know what your Moodle address is but it will be something like http://yourmoodle.com/course/request.php?
Step 3 – Request your course
You have found the page, well done! All of the options are fairly straightforward but here is a break down anyway.
- Course full name: Check if there are any naming conventions in your school/organisation. Don’t worry too much though, the administrator will be able to override this setting later.
- Course short name: again, check for any naming conventions.
- Summary: you don’t have to fill this one in, but you must know that users will be able to see that so a good description of your course might come in handy. There is a HTML editor so you could make it look pretty by adding images.
- Reasons for wanting this course: Only your administrator (or the person who will accept/reject your course) will be able to view it. I would recommend you to be as detailed as possible here. Some ideas of what you could include are: start/end date, groups of users who will take part in the course, purpose for the course, etc.
Problem – Course requests have not been enabled
If you get this screen, you will need to ask your administrator to allow course requests, or simply ask him/her for your course. Either way, it looks as though you’re stuck and you’ll need to talk to him/her.