How can I show a video to my students over Google Meet?

For the best picture and sound quality, post a link to the video in the chat window of Google Meet and ask your students to click the link, view the video, and return to the Google Meet afterwards.

However, if your students watch a video and you want to show clips from that video during lecture, you can take advantage of a feature Google recently added to Meet that allows you to share a video with your students.  You can use this feature for longer videos, but the quality of the video may be degraded by the students' internet connections.

You'll need to be running Chrome in order to take advantage of this:
  1. Open your video (without playing it yet) in a separate tab.  You might want to do this before the meeting begins, just to have it ready.
  2. When you're ready to play the video, mute your microphone.  The audio from the video will come directly from the tab, and any sound from your mic will make the audio from the video cut out.  (Obviously, feel free to unmute if you need to make commentary on the video and you don't mind preempting its audio.)
  3. In Google Meet, click Present now and choose A Chrome tab from the menu.
  4. Choose the tab with the video, make sure Share audio is checked, and click the blue Share button.
  5. Switch to the tab with the video.  You'll see a message saying that you're sharing it in Google Meet.
  6. Play your video.  If you click the "full screen" option, it will take up the entire tab and make the video easier for your students to see.

How do I make Respondus Lockdown Browser and/or Monitor available for a course?

Lockdown Browser is activated for a course by adding the Respondus Lockdown Browser block to your Moodle course. In your Moodle course, turn editing on and in the lower left corner (all the way down) click Add a block and select Respondus Lockdown Browser. The block will appear in the upper right corner of your course.  As the instructor, you don't need to anything on your computer to facilitate the use of Lockdown Browser.

In the Respondus LockDown Browser block click on Dashboard.  Any Moodle quizzes you have will be listed and will work with Lockdown Browser. They do not have to have been created with the Respondus 4.0 software.  Click on the arrow to the left of the quiz you want to add Lockdown to and select Settings to apply Lockdown Browser or Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor to a test. 

How can students ask questions during a quiz using Lockdown Browser?

If you want students to be able to ask questions in Lockdown mode, you can use the Moodle chat feature. 

The steps in purple allow you to set up individual chats so that students can't see each other's questions. If you don't mind the students seeing each other's questions and your answers, you can skip these steps.
  • Go to Participants
  • Click on the gear icon and select Groups
  • Click Auto-create groups
  • For Auto create based on select Members per group
  • For Group/member count enter 1
  • Scroll down and click Submit
The create the chat do this:
  • Click Add an activity or resource and select Chat
  • Give the chat a name.  The rest of the settings can remain as the defaults except for Common module settings
  • Under Common module settings, change Group mode to Separate groups 
  • Scroll down and click Save and display 
  • Right click/CTRL click Click here to enter the chat now and select Copy Link Address
To connect the quiz to the chat do this:
  • In the quiz, paste the previously copied link.  It can be within a "description" item in the quiz (this is one of the question type options) or within the body of a question
  • With the link URL selected, click the link button:

  • When the Create link window comes up, paste the URL (again) in the Enter a URL box if it isn't already listed there. Select checkbox for Open in new window
Your chat and quiz are now ready to use.

If you already have groups in your course and you're following the instructions above to create individual chats:
  • Create a grouping
  • Add the one-student groups you created above to the grouping
  • When you set up the chat, under Common module settings, change Group mode to Separate groups as above but also set Grouping to the name of the grouping containing your one-student groups.

How can I check to see if a student has logged into Moodle or viewed a particular resource that I have posted?

There are a variety of ways that you can check student activity in Moodle to get a better sense of student engagement with the posted content. 

Last access to course

If you are interested in finding out when students last accessed the course's Moodle site, you can see this information on the Participants page.  

Using the left navigation menu, select Participants
To the right of each student's name, under Last access to course it will indicate how long it has been since the student last viewed the course (e.g. 3 days 5 hours)

Activity Logs

Activity logs will provide you with timestamped records of when students accessed specific items within the Moodle course. 
  1. From the main course page, click the gear icon and select More 
  2. Select Reports>Logs.  From here, the logs can be narrowed down by student, activity, and/or date. 
Activity Completion Report

This report will tell you who has completed each item based on its completion settings (set on the Edit settings page for that item)
  1. From the main course page, click the gear icon and select More 
  2. Select Reports>Activity Completion