Improvements To Come Soon

We’re looking for volunteers to test some new Lynda functionality that was released in beta on October 23. If you are interested, contact me at

If you participate, you can explore and test a new interface on where you will be able to build playlists comprised of individual videos, or sections of courses.

Specifically, you will be able to:

  • Add courses or individual videos to a playlist
  • Drag and drop courses, videos, chapters, and more into a playlist
  • Enable or disable videos or chapters within a course in a playlist
  • Watch a playlist from start to finish on a single page

In the beta environment, you can switch back to the current playlist functionality by clicking Use classic layout at the upper right of your playlist page.

Just in case you forgot…

What is Lynda? Lynda is an online video library that MICA subscribes to where you can access thousands of instructional video tutorials.

How do I access Lynda? Go to your MICA portal at and log in. On the left menu, click on Academic Resources where you will find a link to Lynda!

Lynda Training Options

Don’t forget if you work at MICA, you have access to for video tutorials on software that you use regularly in your teaching!

Moodle 2.6 Essential Training

If you are considering using a blog for your course, WordPress is also a good tool for that.

WordPress Essential Training

Remember when requiring students to post to a public site (if you choose to use a public blog) you may want to consider the FERPA implications: 

Guidelines for Public, Student Class Blogs: Ethics, Legalities, FERPA and More (Thanks to for the information!)

How to Export Discussion Threads from Moodle

Below are the steps to export a discussion forum out of Moodle.

  • First log into Moodle, click on the course you would like to export discussions from.
  • Turn editing on.
  • Locate the discussion you wish to export
  • Scroll down on the left to “Forum Administration”
  • Click Export.
  • Choose CSV, Check Export Attachment if necessary.
  • Choose All Discussions and All Participants if necessary.
  • Click Export.
  • This will download a zipped csv file that you can Extract and open on your computer using Excel.
  • If you want to expand the column with Messages for easier viewing, you can select the Messages column, drag it to the desired width, then choose from the Format menu “Cells” and in the Alignment tab select “Wrap Text”.
  • This will show the message text in a larger box.
  • Save the file to your computer.

Getting Started with Moodle @ MICA

If you are unable to attend Moodle training this semester, here are a few good and brief videos to get you started using Moodle for your classroom needs at MICA.


Video Help (very brief introductory videos for commonly used Moodle tools) 

Moodle Tools:

Navigating in a Course


Course Formats


Adding Resources in Moodle

Adding Files Using Drag and Drop


Moving Activities and Resources


Interacting in Moodle

Setting up and Interacting in a Discussion in Moodle Part I Part II Part III


Adding an Assignment in Moodle


Grading an Assignment


Creating a Quiz Activity in Moodle 2


Additional Videos and Help Pages can be found here:

Moodlerooms Knowledge Base