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In this course, author Chris Mattia helps educators create online courses that complement classroom-based instruction and foster student interaction using the free learning management system Moodle. The course details the basics of setting up a test environment, disseminating course information, creating forums, and assessing student progress. Tutorials on building course materials with Moodle's built-in HTML editor, preparing and posting various types of media, uploading assignments, and evaluating tests automatically are also included.
Anytime that you want to have students hand in some piece of work that you want to grade what you're going to do is you're going to create an activity type that is an assignment. Now inside of Moodle there are four primary types of assignments. There's advanced uploading of files, which allows your students to upload multiple individual documents to you for you to grade. There is an online text assignment, which will allow the students to simply type into an HTML or plain text field any content that you want them to hand into you. There's an upload a single file assignment, which allows them to simply upload just one document and there's an off-line activity, which allows you to give instructions to the students as to what it is that you want them to do, but there's no actual file for them to hand in.
Now during this chapter, we're going to step through each of these types of assignments. Now before we dive in, I want to make a quick note: back in the getting started chapter, we had a movie on setting up the different categories within your Gradebook, so let's go ahead and verify that that information has been done. So in the left-hand column of your course, in the Settings block, go ahead and click on Grades. Here you'll see all of your students that have been added to your course, and you'll see the different categories that we added in that earlier movie. We have a category for Exams, Assignments, our Research Project, which are broken into both a Group of Evaluation Score and an Individual Evaluation score.
We can even see the Research Project Ideas Assignment that we created during that getting started chapter. Now throughout this chapter we're going to be adding additional assignment types and we'll be selecting these different categories to place the assignments in and auto-create our Gradebook for us. So let's go ahead and return back to our course, and now we'll step through each of these different assignment types and show you how to build them.
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