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CampusFrontPage13Oct15Where is it located?

The site is located at http://campus.extension.org

How do I get an account?

Using the “Create new account” link in the login block, a user completes a user profile which includes a preferred user name, email address, password, and a few other required items.  Upon submitting this profile, Moodle sends a verification message to the email address entered.  The user accesses the link in the email message to verify the account, and then proceeds to enroll in courses of interest.

Why use it?

  • Anyone in the world can enroll
  • eXtension provides hosting and support
  • Makes courses available 24/7/365
  • Provides a single site for all eXtension courses
  • Allows for multi-institutional collaboration in development

Who can offer courses on it?

Anyone employed by an eXtension premium member institution and who has eXtension ID.

What features does it provide?

As a Moodle 3.1 system, it provides a full range of course delivery tools and services such as web pages, video, books, lessons, assignments, forums, chat, certificates, databases, glossaries, quizzes, journals, and questionnaires. It also allows for sharing of resources and courses with other course developers and Moodle sites.

Other FAQs:

  • Can I charge fees? Yes. Campus is tightly connected to catalog.extension.org which provides a store front with built-in Paypal capability. Other means of charging fees will require the use of an enrollment key issued to the user once payment is made.
  • Do I have to pay to offer a course on this site?  No, it is provided as a service of eXtension to its premium member institutions.
  • Can I control access to courses?  Moodle provides different forms of access or enrollment control. The standard method is requiring an enrollment key (a password) when enrolling in the course. Issuing the enrollment key is a reserved right of course teachers. Teachers can also impose limits in the duration one can be enrolled in a course as well as time frames during which enrollment is open.
  • How does the site handle video? Video is generally managed in one of three different methods. It can be uploaded as a file to the Moodle platform and delivered on demand to the user. A teacher can provide a link to video on a third party site; e.g., YouTube. Or, video can be uploaded through Moodle to a Kaltura platform eXtension provides and which streams the video on demand.
  • Can I offer group activities? Moodle allows for the use of both groups and groupings (groups of groups) as a means of controlling content delivery by group as well as exchange of information among participants; e.g., forums and chats among only members of a specific group.
  • Can Moodle be used for instructor-led courses? Moodle provides several tools that facilitate instructor direct involvement in the learning activity. Forums, journals, chats and assignments are particularly designed for that purpose. Such engagement with the learners is particularly encouraged.

Where do I get help with my questions or to get started using this system?

Send an email to campushelp@extension.org.