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Moodle is an online tool that allows educators to interact with students outside the classroom and manage a course from anywhere. In Moodle Essential Training for Teachers, Chris Mattia shows how this program works for teachers on three levels: disseminating information, creating a forum where ideas are exchanged, and assessing the progress of students. Chris shows how to build course materials with Moodle's HTML editor, post assignments, and save time by using Moodle's grade book to evaluate tests automatically and organize scores. Exercise files accompany the course.
We've already seen how we can add new assignments directly inside of our Moodle course and link them into our Grade Book. However, if you want to create a new assignment directly inside of your Grade Book you can do that as well. To do this simply go up to the upper left-hand corner and click on the dropdown menu for Choose an action. Then come down to the Edit section and select Categories and items. This is the same place that we created the categories that we established in an earlier movie that we've added all of our various assignments into. We can tell from our course syllabi that the students have an assignment to do that is a student-led discussion that's going to be worth 50 points. Let's go ahead and add that assignment here. To do this simply come down to the bottom and click on the Add grade item button.
Next, we'll give a name to this assignment, Student-led Discussion. We'll select the Grade type as Value, then the Maximum grade on this assignment according to our syllabi is 50 points. We'll leave the Minimum grade set at 0, we'll leave Hidden unchecked so that this grade is visible and we'll leave it unlocked. Next, we need to select the Grade category that this assignment is going to be in. When we click the dropdown menu, we have all the categories that we created in earlier movies. Now we can simply select Assignments from the dropdown menu and then click the button for Save changes.
We can see then that under our Assignments section we have a new assignment Student-led Discussions. Let's go ahead and return back to our Grader view by clicking the dropdown menu for Choose an action. And then under the View heading select Grader report. This takes us back to the main Grader report and you can see the assignment that's been created with the column of data that's ready to be entered. Rather than entering these numbers directly inside of Moodle, let's go ahead and export our Grade Book out to an Excel file, edit the spreadsheet, then re-import the grades back into Moodle.
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