User Guide for Adding a NanoGong Activity to a Course in Moodle 1

These are the steps to add a NanoGong Activity to a course in Moodle 1. You need to log in as a teacher or a Moodle administrator before you can do the following steps.

1. Turn Editing Mode On

In order to add a new NanoGong Activity to a course, you need to turn on the editing mode.


You can check the editing status by looking at the top right hand corner. You can see a button with text "Turn editing on" or "Turn editing off".

  • Turn Editing Mode On
    The Course Weekly Outline with
    Editing Mode Turned Off
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    If it shows "Turn editing on", you need to select the button to turn editing on
  • If it shows "Turn editing off", you are already in the editing mode and you can proceed to step 2

2. Add a new NanoGong activity to a course

Step 2.1

For example, we are going to add a new NanoGong Activity to Week 1 of the course for the submission of the first assignment of the course. The assignment want the students to submit a 3 minutes self introduction.

  • Selecting 'NanoGong'
    in the Drop Down List
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    In the drop down list showing 'Add an activity' of Week 1 (8 April - 14 April in this example), select 'NanoGong' to add a new NanoGong activity

The Options Setting Page Shown when
Adding a New NanoGong Activity
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A set up page is then shown. You can now enter the details of the activity.

Here are some explanations of the options:

  • Name: the activity name, this is a required field and you cannot leave it empty. In this example, we call it 'Assignment 1'.
  • Description: the details of the activity. This field is optional.
  • Color: the background colour of the NanoGong applet. You can use a colour that match your web page style. The colour is specified in the form #rrggbb, where rr, gg and bb are hexadecimal values in the range of 00 to FF. For example, #FF0000 is the colour red. This field is also optional.
  • Maximum Number of Messages Allowed for Each Student: how many different messages a student can submit. The default value is '0' which means the students could submit as many recordings as they like. You may want to consider not using '0' if you are worried about students posting too many messages. In our example, we set it to '1', so every student could only submit one recording. However, they can submit as many times as they wish. The new recording will overwrite their previously submitted recording.
  • Maximum Duration of each Audio Message in Seconds: the maximum length of a recording. In our example, it is set to '200', which is equivalent to 3 minutes and 20 seconds since in our example we want to receive a 3 minutes recording from each student. (The extra 20 seconds are permitted just in case students record for longer than the requested 3 minutes.)
  • Maximum Score: the full mark of the activity.
  • Allow Guest Access: set to 'Yes' if the activity is opened for public, else set to 'No'. We set it to 'No' in our example because we only allow students enrolled in this particular course to submit their audio assignment.
  • Visible: the activity will be shown in the course weekly outline if this is set to 'Show'.

Click the button 'Save changes' to create the NanoGong activity with the options provided.

Step 2.3
The Message List of the Newly
Created NanoGong Activity
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At this stage, you have finished adding a NanoGong activity to a course. You should then be re-directed to the newly created NanoGong activity page. The page has a title 'Message List'.