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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.
Now let's have a quick tour of the calendaring functions that are built into Moodle. I'm back on our campus homepage and I've added a New Student Orientation Course and I've also added a few events into my Calendar, so that you'll be able to see the way that different events appear on our calendar. The Calendar appears on the right-hand side and it shows you the current month view as a quick snapshot. You can see that specific days such as the 11th, the 15th, the 22nd, and the 23rd are all colored, again indicating that there is an event taking place on that day.
If I hover my mouse over top of one of those days, I can see a quick pop-up preview to see what that event happens to be. In this case, on Monday, August 15th, our registrar has set a campus wide event to let us know that Fall Registration Opens. If I click on the link for the month at the top of the calendar, I'm taken into a full-page view of that entire calendar. Now I can clearly see all of the events that are taking place for this month. In the upper right-hand corner there is an Event key that lets me know what the colors in the calendar represent.
So in this key, the Global events show up in Green, the Course events show up in Peach, the Group events for a particular course show up in Yellow, and individual User accounts that are related to just my user account, are showing up in Blue. So when I look at my calendar over here, I can see that the New Student Orientation - Welcome speech takes place on August 22nd, then that maybe a course that I'm enrolled in. Then if I'm enrolled into a group within that course, and that group has the Writing Test taking place on the 23rd, that event may appear for me and show up in Yellow.
As a faculty member, I may use the built-in Moodle calendar to keep track of various different personal appointments, such as advising appointments with students and here I've got an Advising Appointment set up on the 11th. So at a glance, I'm able to see all of the events that are relevant on campus to me whether they be personal, group, course, or campus wide events. If I only want to see events related to a particular course, I can come up here to the upper left-hand corner and click the dropdown menu and select a particular course that I'm involved in and then any events that are not in that specific course will be hidden away from me.
If I want to create a new event I've had a New event button here in the upper right-hand corner. I also have a link for my Preferences in the far upper right-hand corner and when I go to that, I can set up how I want my calendar to function. I can set such parameters as the Default time display, the First day of the week, the Maximum number of upcoming events that I want to see displayed on my calendar, how far ahead I want Upcoming events to look, meaning how many days, and I can also even set up filters and have Moodle remember what my filter settings are.
I'm going to go ahead and use the Back button on my browser to go back into the main view of the calendar. I can navigate between the months of the calendar by either using the navigation here at the top of the calendar to go to the next month. I can also simply click on the name of a month over here in the side view, to go to that particular month. If I scroll down at the bottom of the page, there is an option to Export my calendar. If I click on the Export calendar button, I can export All events, just Events for a particular course. I can control how far in the future that I want to export those events for,, and then I can either Get calendar URL which is this URL down here that I can use to subscribe to this calendar from within my local calendar program, such as Outlook, or iCal,, or I can do a one-time Export of all of the events in a standard iCalendar export format, which can also be imported directly into Outlook or iCal.
I'm going to go ahead and use the Back button on my browser again to go back to the main calendar, and then scroll up to the top. So make sure you're in your current month, and in the next movie we'll create a new event for our own personal calendar.
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