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Advanced uploading of files assignment

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Now, let's go ahead and create an assignment that is using the Advanced uploading of files type. In our syllabi, we can see that on May the 5th we want our students to hand in their final paper. This is a perfect type of assignment for advanced uploading of files because we specifically ask the students to be able to hand in any figures and tables as separate documents, so they are going to have to hand in multiple files. In order to create this assignment type, simply scroll all the way to the very bottom of your course, down here where it says Final Exam and Final Papers DUE! To keep from scrolling around, go ahead and hit the small box in the upper right-hand corner.

Advanced uploading of files assignment

Now, let's go ahead and create an assignment that is using the Advanced uploading of files type. In our syllabi, we can see that on May the 5th we want our students to hand in their final paper. This is a perfect type of assignment for advanced uploading of files because we specifically ask the students to be able to hand in any figures and tables as separate documents, so they are going to have to hand in multiple files. In order to create this assignment type, simply scroll all the way to the very bottom of your course, down here where it says Final Exam and Final Papers DUE! To keep from scrolling around, go ahead and hit the small box in the upper right-hand corner.

That will hide all the rest of our course content from us, so we can see just that box. Click the dropdown menu for Add an activity, and select Advanced uploading of files. We'll give the assignment a name: Final Research Paper. In the Description, we want to tell the students exactly what it is that we want them to do in order to complete this assignment, so let's be very explicit. We'll go ahead and type "Upload your final paper in Microsoft Word format.

Please, submit all tables and figures as separate documents. Be sure to follow the instructions to Authors." Now, the instructions to authors is a separate document that we haven't uploaded yet, so go ahead and select the text for that, click on the Insert or Edit a link tool in your toolbar. In the Link URL, hit the Browse button.

Make sure you're in your Private files section, BIOL432, and then go ahead and click on the Upload a file button. Hit the Browse button, and in the Chapter 07 exercise files folder there is a file called Instructions to Authors.doc. Go ahead and hit the Open button and upload this file. For the Title, just go ahead and type in "Instructions to Authors." Hit the Insert button to activate that link. As we saw earlier, because the theme that we're using does not have the correct link color, go ahead and select that text, go up to the Text Color tool and select our link color that we've been using: 000080.

Okay, our Description is all set. Let's go ahead and set up the parameters for this particular assignment. Go ahead and scroll down. Here we can see the Available from and the Due dates for this assignment. The Available from date is the first date and time that we want the students to be able to see that this assignment is available to them to begin completing. So in our case, if we decided that on April 1st, 2012 at say 10 o'clock in the morning we wanted the students to be able to start handing in that assignment, then we could go ahead and set this date in here.

We could leave the button for Enable checked, and until this date, the students would not be able to access the assignment type. But we want the students to be able to see this assignment from the first day of class all the way to the end of the term, so we'll uncheck the box for Enable. The Due date is the last date and time that the assignment is actually due. So according to our syllabi, this assignment is due on the 5th of May, 2012 at 5 o'clock in the afternoon.

Now this is perhaps the most common mistake that a teacher makes when they're setting up assignment due dates, and that is that the time is set in a 24-hour clock. So an assignment that's due at 5 o'clock needs to be set to 17:00 hours. If you set it to 5, then at 5 o'clock in the morning this assignment will come due and at 5:01 the students will no longer be able to complete the assignment. Make sure that you have the time set correctly. Now for training purposes, I like to go ahead and uncheck the Enable box for Due dates.

That way the assignment is always open to my students to be able to hand in. The next option here, Prevent late assignments, allows me to go in and control whether or not I want to have the students to be able to hand in an assignment after this particular due date. If I click the button for Yes and I have Enable set, then at 17:01 the student would not be able to hand in that assignment. I don't want to be quite that strict in this case, especially as a training exercise, so I'm going to go ahead and select No and deselect Enable.

If we scroll down a little bit, the next section is for Grade. The first dropdown menu allows us to set how many points that we want this assignment to be due for. When we look at our syllabi, we can tell that this assignment is worth 100 points, so I'll go ahead and leave it set to the default of 100. The next dropdown is for Grade category. Now, these are the grade categories that we set up back in the Getting Started chapter. The Assignment type that we want to set this assignment for is going to be part of the individual evaluation portion of the grade, because each student is going to hand in their own final research paper.

The final section here, Advanced uploading of files, allows us to have fine control over how we want the students to upload their files. The first option allows us to set the Maximum size of files that we want our students to upload. In this case, 128 MB would be a little generous. We're going to go ahead and set this value to only 20 MB. Now, that's 20 MB per file. So if they have got a 20 MB Word file and a 20 MB file for each of their different files that they are attaching, that would still be pretty generous.

the next option, Allow deleting, This would allow students to upload a file and then change their mind and remove it out of a list of files that they are uploading. You may want to go ahead and leave this set to Yes, especially if you have a large assignment that's going to take a lot of time for the students to be able to hand in. That way, if they're making revisions, they can continuously add and subtract those documents from the assignment until the assignment due date is finally there. The next option is Maximum number of uploaded files. In our case, because we're going to expect the students have multiple figures and tables attached to their paper, we should go ahead and set this to a higher value.

But you can easily control how many files that you want the students to be able to hand in. I'll go ahead and set my value to 10. The next option, Allow notes. The Notes section allows a student to be able to communicate directly to us about the assignment that they're handing in. So in the case of this final research paper, we may want to have the students to be able to explain to us what files that they are uploading and how they should all be put back together, since we're asking them to hand in multiple files. I'll go ahead and select Yes for this option.

The next option, Hide description before available due date. If we set this option to Yes and up here in the Available from date, we have that date enabled, then until this particular date, the students would only see the assignment name inside of their course listing. They wouldn't be able to see the description and thus be able to see the instructions as to what it is we're expecting them to do. Now, I believe in full non-disclosure within my courses, so I like to make sure that my Available from date is not enabled, and I like to have my Hide description set to No, so that the description of my assignment is always there, the students can always look and see what it is that I'm expecting of them.

The next option, Email alerts to teachers, my suggestion for this is to set this to No. We all get way too many emails and knowing at the exact minute that a student has handed in their paper and then having to have an email that comes into our inbox to be able to look and see that that's happened is probably a bit excessive. Now there may be cases where you really need to know exactly when a student has handed in their assignment and you want that immediate feedback; in which case, go ahead and set this option to Yes. But for now, I'm going to leave it set to No. The next option, Enable Send for marking button. This button appears at the bottom of the Assignment Type, so students are able to upload their files, add notes, and then before the assignment is considered completed by the student, they have to click a button at the bottom that says Send for marking.

I know a lot of faculty that this causes a little bit of grief for, because their students have not been properly instructed that they must go in and click this button in order to have that assignment be fully handed in. So word of warning: if you set this to Yes, be sure to provide clear instructions to your students as to what the expectation for them is when they're handing in their assignment. For now, I'm going to go ahead and leave my Send for marking set to No. You can scroll down a little bit further, and now we have some common module settings.

We're not going to use groups as part of this assignment yet, so we're going to go ahead and leave the Group mode set to No groups, Visible set to Show so the assignment does show for our students, and we're not going to set an ID number. Go ahead and hit the Save and return to course button, and here we can see that our Final Research Paper assignment has been added to our course during week 15. Go ahead and use the Move Right button to be able to move that listing to be aligned with all the other listings in our course. Now I want to look at two things very quickly.

First of all, let's look and see what this assignment looks like as an instructor when we click on the link. Go ahead and click on the link Final Research Paper. Here we can see that when you go into the assignment you're able to see the specific description that we gave to the students. In the left-hand column, under the Settings section, there is an option for Switch role to. Click the dropdown menu there and then click the button for Student. Now we can see exactly what a student would see if they were in this assignment. They see the description of the text, they see a place for them to submit their files and a place for them to upload their files, and they see a Notes section right here where if they hit the Edit button they get a standard web editor to be able to add the notes about the files that they have submitted.

Go ahead and click the button for Return to my normal role to go back to your view. Inside of your view you have a little bit of feedback. One piece of feedback is right here. It says, "No attempts have been made on this assignment." If you click on that link, it will take you into the Quick Grading section for this assignment. Now, we're going to go into this grading view in a later movie, but for now I just wanted you to know that this option was here for you. Let's go ahead and return all the way back to our course, and now we can go ahead and reset our course, so we can bring back all of the other content of our course.

Click the double box that's here in the upper right-hand corner to show all weeks, and then go ahead and scroll all the way back up to the top of the page. The advanced uploading of files type of Assignment is probably the most common assignment type that you're going to be using when you're building your Moodle courses. It's by far the most flexible of all of the different assignment types, because you can have a mix of both a single file, multiple files, and online text that you can have the students hand in to you.

If I was going to learn only one type of assignment, I would learn how to use the Advanced uploading of files assignment type.

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  1. 3m 26s
    1. Welcome
      1m 14s
    2. Course overview
      1m 34s
    3. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 1h 10m
    1. What you need to get started
      4m 27s
    2. Installing Moodle on a Mac
      9m 23s
    3. Configuring Moodle for the Mac
      5m 29s
    4. Installing Moodle on a Windows computer
      11m 35s
    5. Configuring Moodle for Windows
      7m 21s
    6. Creating a custom theme
      10m 0s
    7. Creating user accounts
      6m 4s
    8. Creating a new course
      6m 35s
    9. Just enough site administration
      9m 51s
  3. 1h 20m
    1. Logging in and getting oriented
      4m 23s
    2. Managing private files
      3m 41s
    3. Customizing your profile
      8m 26s
    4. Customizing course settings
      10m 14s
    5. Editing the header block
      5m 18s
    6. Posting a course syllabus
      3m 43s
    7. Communicating news to students
      4m 4s
    8. Managing files and folders
      6m 14s
    9. Posting lecture slides
      4m 37s
    10. Organizing course content
      12m 31s
    11. Setting up the Gradebook
      5m 4s
    12. Creating a simple assignment
      9m 45s
    13. Messaging students
      2m 49s
  4. 26m 45s
    1. HTML Editor overview
      5m 9s
    2. Formatting text
      5m 10s
    3. Creating internal links
      3m 14s
    4. Creating external links
      2m 42s
    5. Inserting local pictures with HTML
      4m 26s
    6. Creating equations
      6m 4s
  5. 47m 28s
    1. Preparing images
      5m 19s
    2. Posting image files
      3m 18s
    3. Posting a photo gallery
      3m 23s
    4. Creating header graphics in Fireworks
      7m 58s
    5. Preparing audio
      9m 41s
    6. Posting audio files
      4m 49s
    7. Preparing video
      7m 21s
    8. Posting QuickTime video as .mov files
      2m 43s
    9. Posting Flash video as .flv files
      2m 56s
  6. 36m 9s
    1. Understanding repositories
      3m 5s
    2. Configuring a Dropbox repository
      6m 13s
    3. Using a Dropbox repository
      4m 43s
    4. Configuring a Google Docs repository
      1m 15s
    5. Using a Google Docs repository
      5m 20s
    6. Configuring a Flickr repository
      6m 13s
    7. Using a Flickr repository
      4m 5s
    8. Configuring the YouTube videos repository
      1m 7s
    9. Using the YouTube videos repository
      4m 8s
  7. 38m 50s
    1. Understanding resources and activities
      1m 9s
    2. Posting a file or document
      8m 36s
    3. Displaying a folder of documents
      4m 33s
    4. Using a label to bring your course to life
      6m 42s
    5. Creating a custom web page
      10m 33s
    6. Posting a URL for a web resource
      7m 17s
  8. 25m 51s
    1. Assignments overview
      1m 43s
    2. Advanced uploading of files assignment
      11m 32s
    3. Online text assignment
      4m 20s
    4. Uploading a single file assignment
      3m 42s
    5. Offline activity assignment
      3m 21s
    6. Assignment and Gradebook interactions
      1m 13s
  9. 35m 34s
    1. Creating a live chat room
      4m 57s
    2. Understanding Choice, Feedback, and Survey activities
      1m 23s
    3. Creating a Choice activity
      5m 10s
    4. Creating a customized Feedback activity
      4m 47s
    5. Adding a multiple choice question
      3m 14s
    6. Adding a dependent followup question
      3m 7s
    7. Adding a rating question
      2m 39s
    8. Adding an open response question
      2m 36s
    9. Analyzing Feedback results
      4m 16s
    10. Adding a standardized survey
      3m 25s
  10. 17m 18s
    1. Creating a main glossary
      5m 29s
    2. Adding concepts to the glossary
      2m 53s
    3. Enabling glossary auto-linking
      2m 53s
    4. Creating a secondary glossary
      6m 3s
  11. 11m 56s
    1. Creating a forum
      4m 40s
    2. Seeding a forum with questions
      3m 9s
    3. Participating in a forum
      4m 7s
  12. 31m 24s
    1. Creating a wiki
      4m 15s
    2. Wiki editing basics
      5m 28s
    3. Creating new pages
      2m 47s
    4. Creating lists
      3m 42s
    5. Adding images
      3m 53s
    6. Creating external links
      4m 24s
    7. Creating a table
      6m 55s
  13. 1h 4m
    1. Online assessment overview
      1m 20s
    2. Creating question pool categories
      2m 24s
    3. Creating a first question
      7m 10s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      3m 1s
    5. Creating multiple choice questions
      8m 22s
    6. Creating short answer questions
      8m 19s
    7. Creating essay questions
      4m 59s
    8. Creating match questions
      7m 10s
    9. Creating a quiz
      9m 0s
    10. Adding questions to a quiz
      2m 20s
    11. Changing the order of questions
      3m 1s
    12. Assigning quiz points
      1m 35s
    13. Previewing a finished quiz
      5m 50s
  14. 39m 38s
    1. Gradebook overview
      4m 53s
    2. Moving an assignment into a category
      1m 33s
    3. Completing assignments as a student
      11m 31s
    4. Grading assignments
      5m 5s
    5. Using quick grading
      1m 28s
    6. Grading assignments with uploaded files
      1m 58s
    7. Grading offline assignments
      1m 26s
    8. Grading an online quiz
      5m 1s
    9. Exporting grades to Excel
      2m 48s
    10. Importing grades from Excel
      3m 55s
  15. 9m 55s
    1. Calendars and events overview
      4m 8s
    2. Creating a new event
      2m 40s
    3. Creating a repeating event
      3m 7s
  16. 50m 41s
    1. Course administration overview
      2m 54s
    2. Managing course settings
      9m 5s
    3. Enabling completion tracking
      2m 20s
    4. Setting tracking for resources and activities
      3m 38s
    5. Managing tracking settings
      3m 51s
    6. Reporting on course tracking
      1m 32s
    7. Managing user roles
      4m 2s
    8. Backing up your course
      3m 36s
    9. Restoring data from a backup
      4m 50s
    10. Restoring a Moodle 1.9 course into Moodle 2.1
      6m 25s
    11. Importing content to another course
      3m 46s
    12. Resetting a course
      4m 42s
  17. 2m 6s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 37s
    2. Goodbye
      29s

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