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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.
Whenever we want students to hand in some material that we want to grade, we should create an assignment for them to do this inside of Moodle. And in this chapter, we are going to step through the various types of assignments that are available inside of Moodle. Now one thing that you want to make sure before you begin building assignments is that you have already gone ahead and setup your Grade Book, and we did this in an earlier exercise, back in the getting started chapter. If we go over to the Administration block and click on Grades, just a quick review shows you that you've already created categories for exams, assignments, group evaluations, and individual evaluations.
So as we are creating assignments, we'll be able to add those assignments into their appropriate categories, so that the Grade Book will be maintained for us. Let's go ahead and return back to our Course, and the various types of assignments that are available to us inside of our Moodle course, can be accessed underneath the drop down menu for Add an activity. There are currently four types of assignments. Advanced uploading of files. This type of assignment allows the most flexibility. It allows you to have students upload multiple different files to you, and these files can be in any format that the student needs to hand them in at. There is an Online text assignment which will allow students to enter in text in a plain HTML or a plain text Window inside of your Moodle course, so this is a very simple assignment if you just need to click a little bit of information from your students.
Uploading of a single file is exactly that. It's an assignment type that allows the student to upload just one file, and transmit that file directly to you for grading. And the final type of assignment that's currently available in Moodle is Offline activity, and this is to use if there is nothing that you are going to collect from the students, but you want to let them know that there are some kinds of an activity or assignment that you want them to do that's not going to take place inside of Moodle. But you want to just tell them about it, and put that activity in the appropriate place.
So with the next several movies, we'll step through creating assignments using each of these different tools.
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