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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.
A great place to get additional information and get your questions answered about anything related to Moodle is to go directly to the source, moodle.org. When you go to moodle.org, go over to the right hand side and find the Login block and if you don't have an account already, click on the link for Create new account and create yourself a new account inside of the Moodle Community. Then you will be able to fully participate in all of the discussions forums and support pages for the Moodle Community.
On this main page, you can find updated information and news about new releases, new products and new modules within Moodle. You have access to an entire world of users that are all using Moodle, that are helping each other to learn and develop materials to improve learner's experience using the Moodle Learning Management System. In the Community section, you can participate in discussions forums about Moodle that's being conducted by users around the world. You will also learn about events that are taking place around the world that are focused on using Moodle.
If you are a developer, there is a section specifically for you as well. Inside the Development section, you can learn how to develop or modify or enhance existing modules within Moodle or write your own. And you can of course, download the copies of Moodle that you can install locally on your system or your institution can download and install on their system as well. moodle.org is a great resource and I strongly encourage you to go here to learn all you can about Moodle and participate in the Moodle Community.
Another place to get additional help is inside of Moodle itself. Let's go back over to our course and at the bottom of every single page, throughout Moodle, you will find a link in the lower left that says Moodle Docs for this page. By clicking on that link, it takes you directly into the Moodle Docs page, which is an online manual that's created and managed by users all around the world. This is the location that you are going to find the most up-to-date information about the particular page that you are working with inside of Moodle. You will find lots of tips and tricks in here that will help you in building your materials.
The account that you create in Moodle will allow you to log in the upper right hand corner and get access to even more information inside of the discussion forums. Let's go ahead and click the Back button in our browser to return back to our course and scroll all the way back to the top. If you are looking for additional information, as how to enhance the materials that you are building inside of your course, another resource that's available to you that will greatly enhance all the materials that you are posting inside of your course is Lynda.com. Here as you know, you can find detailed video tutorials about how to use all the software that you can build the materials for your course in.
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