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Sample Start-Up Moodle Book (from online Sociology 1, Spring 2016)

Basic Moodle Use

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Book: Sample Start-Up Moodle Book (from online Sociology 1, Spring 2016)
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Date: Thursday, 18 October 2018, 5:29 PM


Welcome to online Introduction to Sociology at Laney College, with instructor Dr. Inger Stark.  The fact that you’ve found your way into this Moodle Book means you’ve launched a good start in this class!

This first Moodle Book is designed to accomplish two things.

1. First, it will familiarize you with the Moodle Book format.  Moodle Books serve as the primary platform for instruction in this class.  Moodle Books are the way that I organize and present sociological material to you, and they include reading, videos, activities, links to other sites, etc.  Think of Moodle Books as online versions of attending class; in them, you will learn about sociology.  It’s important that you work through each one carefully and thoroughly, because the Moodle Books cover the course material and they have important information about class activities and assignments.  Each Moodle Book has multiple pages; to advance to the next page, hit the little shaded triangle that sits just below (or above) this text box.

Course Overview

Great - you’ve made it to page 2.  You can move forward and backward through the pages of Moodle Books by clicking the little triangles, or you can navigate to specific pages by using the "Table of Contents" block (to the right).  You can go back to the main class page by clicking "Online Intro to Sociology" in the green bar above the Moodle Book (via bread crumbs navigation).  Now that you know how to use Moodle Books, let’s move on.

2. The second goal of this Moodle Book is to give you a detailed overview of the class.  The subsequent pages of this Book cover the following topics:

    • Time Commitment
    • Required Technology and Recommended Skills
    • Course Parameters and Grades
    • Course Schedule and Deadlines
    • Required Textbook and reading quizzes
    • Forums
    • Tests
    • Short Answer Assignments
    • Submitting Papers on
    • Instructor Communication
    • Start-up Activities
    • Conclusion

Be sure to read through this first Moodle Book (and all subsequent ones) carefully and thoroughly.  Working in the Moodle Books is like being in class, and you must pay attention to do well!

Time Committment

This course is different than regular Laney College classes because it is 100% online.  Some students assume that, because this course is online, we will cover fewer materials or that less work is required, but these assumptions are incorrect.  This online class includes: a) the same content as a face-to-face class, b) the same instructional time as a face-to-face class, and c) the same weekly reading assignments and homework that require time beyond the instructional time.

What this means is that, in order to succeed in this class, you should plan on the following time commitments:

  • About 3 hours each week logged into Moodle for online instruction, forums, tests, short answer responses, and other learning activities
  • About 6 additional hours each week for assigned reading, homework, and writing assignments
  • The actual time this class takes you will depend upon your particular pacing and skills for different activities (e.g. technology use, reading, writing, etc.), but it is designed around the time expectations above

If your current schedule will not allow you to dedicate approximately 9 hours each week to this class, you should probably reconsider whether or not taking this online class, right now, is the right choice.

Required Technology and Recommended Skills

This class is 100% online and requires a significant amount of computer work and online activity.  Instruction, reading, assignments, and interaction are all done online.  In order to succeed in this class, you will need the following:

  • Consistent and reliable internet access
  • Access to, and comfort using, a computer (smart-phones are not sufficient for most class activities)
  • An email account that you can, and will, check regularly
  • Comfort using internet browsers, and the ability to work with multiple open windows at one time (the best browsers for this class are Firefox, Chrome, or Safari; Explorer will not work for this class)
  • The ability to download, open, edit, save, attach, upload, and email documents
  • The ability to figure out, on your own, new academic software programs; in this class you will use Moodle, Revel, and Turninit

While I am available to help you with course materials, I will not be able to teach you the computer skills required for the class, so before you commit to the class, make sure you are able to meet the requirements above.

If you have technical difficulties with Moodle, you should contact Peralta Online Support at: [email protected]

Course Parameters and Grades


This course is 100% online and it is fast-paced.  You are required to log into Moodle 2-3 times each week for approximately 3 hours of instructional activities; these will include reading Moodle Books, watching videos, posting in forums, taking tests, submitting short answer responses, and other course activities.  Additionally, you will have online reading assignments, homework projects, and you will write a paper and those will require about 6 hours of additional time per week.  Therefore, you should plan on spending about 9 hours per week on this course.


Participation: this course includes 16 learning units and a final exam.  Students must complete one learning unit each week.  Each learning unit requires students to spend about 3 hours logged into Moodle engaged in learning activities, and about 6 additional hours doing reading and homework.  Students who fail to log into Moodle and REVEL regularly (2-3 times per week), or who fail to complete all assignments on time, may be dropped from the course as follows:

  • Students who fail to complete the first two Learning Units before Sunday, February 7 may be dropped from class on the census roster that day.
  • After that, students who fail to log into Moodle 2-3 times each week, or who fail to complete Learning Units, may be dropped from class on the Attendance Verification Roster on Monday, April 25.
  • If the instructor drops students from class as outlined above, the decision is final.

Deadlines: Students must complete all assignments by 11:00pm on the scheduled deadline.  No extensions will be given and no late assignments receive credit.

Academic Integrity and Student Conduct: students are expected to conduct themselves in an academic manner in the class (e.g., forums, discussions, email, etc.) in compliance with Peralta Community College’s Student Code of Conduct.  Students who engage in disrespectful behavior towards the instructor or other students (such as personal insults, inappropriate language, etc.) or disruptive behaviors in the course will be referred to a dean for disciplinary action.  In addition, cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated and students that do so will receive an F for that assignment and referred to a dean for disciplinary action. Plagiarism consists of presenting ideas or work as your own when it was produced by someone else.  Click here to link to Peralta's student conduct info. 


Grade Calculation:  there are 1000 possible points in the class.  At the end of the semester, all points will be added up and grades assigned based on the following:

                                      900-1000 points (90% or more) = A

                                      800-899 (80-89%) = B

                                      700-799 (70-79%) = C

                                      600-699 (60-69%) = D

                                      fewer than 600 points (59% or less) = F

Extra credit in REVEL - students can earn up to 5 points of extra credit each week by completing quizzes within the REVEL reading.  The quizzes are open for one week before the reading due date, and they must be completed before 11:00pm on the due date.  Some weeks have multiple quizzes, but the maximum extra credit points allowed for each week is 5.


All materials for this class are ADA compliant. If you are a student with a disability, please let me know immediately about your accommodations.  If you are a new student and need evaluation or verification of your needed accommodations, please contact Disability Services and Programs for Students (DSPS) at 464-3428 or here:  Click here to link to DSPS webpage

Course Schedule and Deadlines

Below is the schedule of topics, activities, assignments, and readings for this class.  Remember that all assignments are due by 11:00pm on the scheduled due date. You can also find the course schedule at the top of the main class page, or you can click here to link to Course Schedule as a PDF.

Required Textbook

The textbook for this course is an ebook, which means that the book is online and you access the book with a computer, iPad, phone, or other reading device.  The ebook includes interactive features, videos, and you will take quizzes within the book as you read.

The required textbook is the online REVEL version of: The Sociology Project 2.0, by Manza, Arum, Haney


You can get the book one of two ways:

1) The quickest and most affordable way to purchase the book is to buy it online directly from the publisher at this link: 

  • If you are unprepared or unable to purchase the book right now, you can create an account and log into the book for 14 days before you must purchase it.
  • If you already have a Pearson student account, just sign in with your existing ID and password and you will be able to add the book for this class. 

2) You can also purchase the book at the Laney College Bookstore.  If you buy the book at the bookstore, be sure to purchase one with an access card that you can enter online (at the link above) to get you into the online book.  

Note: the ebook is not compatible with Internet Explorer; you should use Firefox, Chrome, or Safari to access the ebook.  If you have trouble accessing the book, here is a student support site:

→Click here to link to a PDF version of these instructions


In this class, you will participate in forums (see course schedule for dates).  Forums are virtual class discussions. 

These Forums challenge you to:

  • Demonstrate your understanding of course materials
  • Make connections between sociological concepts and current events
  • Interact with other students and me

In order to receive credit for Forum assignments, you must make original posts and responses by the stated deadlines, and all posts and responses are due by 11:00pm on due dates.  Late posts will not be graded or earn credit. 

Specific topics and instructions are given for each week’s Forum, but here are some general instructions:

  1. Click into the Forum for the week Forum Image
  2. Read the instructions carefully before you begin
  3. When you’re ready, click “Add A New Discussion Topic” at the bottom of the instructions
  4. Create a title in the “Subject” box and then type your post into “Message” box.  Unless you’re a fast thinker/typer, I recommend that you type up your post elsewhere first (Word, Google docs, etc.), and then enter the Forum when you’re ready and cut and paste into the message box.                                            
  5. When you’ve completed entering your response, click “Post to Forum” at the bottom of the page.  You will see your post appear.
  6. After you submit your post, you will have 30 minutes to review and edit it.  To edit your post, click on the Subject of your post to open it, then click “Edit” in the lower right corner and edit as needed.
  7. Before you respond to other students’ post, be sure to read the instructions carefully about what type of comments are expected in your response.
  8. When you’re ready to respond to other students’ posts, click on the subject of their post to enter it, and click “Reply” in the lower, right corner and type your response.
  9. After Forums are graded, you’ll be able to view your Forum grade (and all your grades) by clicking “Grades” on the main course page, on the left side of the screen.

Click here to link to a PDF version of these instructions


In this class, you will take your tests in Moodle.  These tests are based on the required readings and on all materials from the Moodle Books.  Tests are not timed so you may take as much times as you need, as long as they are completed by the deadline.  All tests must be completed before 11:00pm on the due date.  No late tests are allowed or graded.  

Tests include a mix of multiple choice, true/false, and matching questions. Specific topics and instructions are given for each test, but here are some general instructions:

  1. Click into the test for the week Quiz Icon
  2. Read the instructions carefully before you begin and note the deadline
  3. When you’re ready to take the test, click “Attempt quiz now
  4. Moodle will verify that you are ready to proceed. If so, click “Start attempt
  5. You will be able to scroll up and down, and answer questions in any order you want
  6. For some questions, you will be allowed to check your answer during the test.  To do this, click the “Check” button in the lower left of the question box (if one is there).  Moodle will indicate if your answer is correct and, if not, some questions will allow you to retry for reduced credit.  If allowed to try again, click “Try again.”       
  7. After you’ve answered questions, click "Next" to save your answers.
  8. On the subsequent screen, you can either “Return to attempt” or “Submit all and finishor you can click back to the main class page and return to the test later to work on it more.  When you're completely done with your test, you must submit it by clicking "Submit all and finish."  After you’ve submitted your test, you will not be able to return to it or change your answers.

Click here to link to a PDF version of these instructions

Short Answer Responses

In this class, you will submit Short Answer Writing Responses, which require you to craft thoughtful answers to writing prompts.  These Short Answer Responses require you to demonstrate your ability to analyze and critically engage the course materials, particularly the content (concepts, videos, etc.) within the Moodle Books. 

All Short Answer Responses must be completed before 11:00pm on due dates (check the schedule).  No late Short Answer Responses are allowed or graded. 

Specific topics and instructions are given for each Short Answer Assignment, but here are some general instructions:

  1. Click into the Short Answer Response assignment Short Ans Icon
  2. Read the instructions carefully before you begin and note the deadline
  3. When you’re ready to begin, click “Attempt quiz now” – note that these are not quizzes, but I use the Quiz format within Moodle to collect your responses
  4. Moodle will verify that you are ready to proceed. If so, click “Start attempt
  5. Once you’re in the Assignment, you will have unlimited time to craft your responses,as long as you save your answers by clicking "Next" at the bottom of the page.  I recommend that you click "Next" every 5-10 minutes to save your responses.  Some students write their responses in WORD or Google Docs and then cut & paste into Moodle.
  6. After you click “Next” you will be taken to a screen that prompts you to “Return to attempt” or “Submit all and finish.”
  7. If you intend to return later to edit or change your responses, do not click "Submit all and finish."  Instead, you can go back into the assignment or click out of the assignment by returning to the main class page.
  8. When you want to return to the assignment to work on it more, simply click into the assignment again and click "continue the last attempt."
  9. When you are sure you're finished with the assignment, click "Submit all and finish"
  10. After 11:00pm on the due date, you will not be able to re-enter the assignment or edit your responses.
  11.  Grades will show up only after I’ve reviewed and evaluated your work.

Click here to link to a PDF version of these instructions

Submitting Papers on

In this class you will submit writing assignments (see schedule for assignment dates) on Turnitin.  Therefore you will need a Turnitin account and you will need to learn how to use the program.

Instructions for 

Creating a new account

  1. Go to
  1. In the upper right corner, click “Create account”
  1. On the next window, where it says “Create a New Account” choose the “Student” link.
  1. Enter your email address to begin the process of creating an account.
  1. Follow the directions on the New Student Account Page. Complete the form as instructed.
    1. Enter class ID  -  11625155  (do not cut and paste this field)
    2. Enter the Class Enrollment Password  -  ingerstark
    3. Enter your personal information including an email address that you will check regularly for this class
    4. Enter a password (this is NOT the class password; this is YOUR password)
    5. Select a secret question and answer it (this is in case you forget your password so select something you will remember)
    6. Read the user agreement and submit
  1. Once enrolled, our sociology class will show on your homepage.
  1. You now you have a turnitin account for submitting writing assignments!

When your first writing assignment is due, you can learn the process by clicking “Help” (top right of page) which takes you to a help center, and then scroll down and click into the Student Help Page.  The help page has detailed instruction, videos, Frequently Asked Questions, and helpful hints to troubleshoot if you’re having problems.

If you already have a Turnitin account, log into your account and click the “Enroll in a Class” tab.  Use the Class/Section ID above and the Enrollment password above to add our sociology class.

Click here to link to a PDF of Turnitin instructions

Instructor Communication

There are multiple ways to connect with me.

First, you can email me at [email protected] - when you email, always put “online student” and your name in the subject line of your email.  For example: “online student John Doe.”  This helps me identify and prioritise your email.  I respond to most email immediately (same day) Monday - Friday.  I usually respond on weekends also but not always, so plan ahead and communicate during the week whenever possible. 

Second, you can connect with me via Office Hours.

  • If you are a local student and want to meet with me in person, I hold face-to-face office hours in my office (T603) during the following times:
    • Mondays, 10:00-11:00
    • Tuesdays, 2:00-3:00
    • Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00
    • Thursdays, 2:00-3:00
  • If you are unable to come to my office hours, you can click into my Virtual Office Hours via Moodle Chat (click in on the main class page)
    • Tuesdays, 2:00-3:00.
  •  If none of these days/times work for you, we can schedule another time to speak via phone, Moodle Chat, or Google Hangout

Do not use Moodle messaging to contact me; messages often get lost and your communication might get missed.  Use email instead.

Your Moodle Profile

For this class, your Moodle Profile must have the following:

  1. A current email address that you will check regularly.  Class announcements and email from me will go to the email address you have set in Moodle.  If you want to use your peralta email address for this class, that's great - just be sure to check it regularly.
  1. A current and close up photograph of yourself.  This is required as an "authentication" measure, and so that I will know what you look like! 

To update your email address in Moodle and to upload a photograph, click your name in the upper right corner of any Moodle course page, and then click into "Edit profile."

→ Click here to link to a set of detailed instructions on how to update your Moodle profile and upload a photograph

Start-up Activities

Your first assignment is a series of start-up activities, worth 50 points.  This Moodle Book gives you all the information you need to complete the start-up activities.  When you're done with this Moodle Book, click into the "Start-up Activities"  (on the main page) and begin.  All parts of the assignment must be completed by 11:00pm on Sunday, January 31.


Ok... now that you've made your way through the logistics of the class, I want to invite you to begin thinking about society, which is the central topic of sociology. Below is a video that identifies a number of problems in our society.  The author, Prince EA, offers his ideas about how to create a better world.  As you watch the video, make a list of the different problems that the author identifies, and then take note of his proposed solutions at the end of the video.  We will return to this video later in the class, and practice applying a Sociological Imagination to the problems identified.

If you want to link to the video in youtube, click here:

Congratulations on completing your first Moodle Book.