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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 way that you can keep your students up-to-date and informed about the happenings inside of your class and any upcoming assignments that they have is to take advantage of the Upcoming Events and Calendar block that you have over on the right hand side of your course. Go ahead and click on the link for Go to calendar. Your page refreshes and you can see that there is a built-in calendar program inside of Moodle. In the upper right hand corner, you can see the various types of events that are built-in to Moodle.
The four major categories are Global, meaning all courses throughout your institution can have events that are added on to the calendar that appear for every user of your institution. The Course listing only shows events that are upcoming for your students that are enrolled in your course. The Group listing is a little more specific and it shows any events that are upcoming for a particular group that's inside of a particular course. The most specific calendar is the User calendar which each user can add events on to their own calendar and they appear on their calendar just for them.
Moodle has the ability to export your calendar directly to an outside program such as iCal or Outlook, and you do that by clicking on the Export Calendar button. In the upper right hand corner, there is a button for Preferences. Go ahead and click on the button for Preferences, and there are a variety of different preferences that you can set up, so that your calendar will react and work the way that you want. There are only a couple of items that we can select here. So let's quickly go over them. The first item is for Date and Time format. You can choose how you want your date and time to be displayed inside of your calendar. Whether you prefer to have a 12-hour with AM or PM designations or the 24-hour. The default is going to be determined by your particular server.
So if the format is not to your liking, you can go ahead and change that here. We are going to go ahead and set ours to 12-hour (am/pm) to make sure that our calendar is showing up in that format. Next, it allows us to select the First day of the week that's displayed on our calendar. If we prefer to have Monday show up as the first day, we can leave that set here, but we can also choose to have our week start on a different day. For instance, if you prefer to have your week start on the Sunday, you can select that here. We'll go ahead and leave our set to Monday.
Next is the Maximum number of upcoming events. This is a value that's going to show how many events are going to show on the first page when you open up your calendar. 10 is the default setting for most servers. So we'll go ahead and leave our set at 10. The next option, Upcoming events look- ahead, is a value that will select the number of days that your calendar will look into the future and have events appear on your calendar. The Upcoming events look-ahead works with the maximum upcoming events.
So in this case, for the next 21 days, the first 10 events on our calendar will appear. If we have more than 10 events, then only 10 will appear until we move to another day when the number of events drops down below 10. Finally, you have Remember filter settings. By default, this is set to No. If you want your calendar to be arranged in a particular way every time you log in and only show the particular parameters that you want to have, you can change this to Yes.
The default setting of No ensures that any new events that are outside of particular search parameters that you may have set up will appear on your calendar and you will notice them. So we'll go ahead and leave this set to No. Finally, click the Save Changes button and our page refreshes back to the main view of our calendar. Next, we'll go into how to add events into our calendar.
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