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Communicating news to students

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Video: Communicating news to students

Now that we have our syllabus posted, the next thing we want to do is to be able to communicate directly to all the students inside of our class. And to do this, we are going to use the latest news block in the upper right-hand corner of our course. Now the nice thing about the latest news block is that anytime you add a new news topic, it's automatically going to be emailed out to all of the students in your class, giving a direct line of communication straight up to your students. So to do this simply click on the Add a new topic link in the Latest news block, and you are asked to provide a Subject for your message. In this case we want to tell of the students, they should make sure that they read Chapter 1 before coming to the first class.

Communicating news to students

Now that we have our syllabus posted, the next thing we want to do is to be able to communicate directly to all the students inside of our class. And to do this, we are going to use the latest news block in the upper right-hand corner of our course. Now the nice thing about the latest news block is that anytime you add a new news topic, it's automatically going to be emailed out to all of the students in your class, giving a direct line of communication straight up to your students. So to do this simply click on the Add a new topic link in the Latest news block, and you are asked to provide a Subject for your message. In this case we want to tell of the students, they should make sure that they read Chapter 1 before coming to the first class.

The subject will say Read Chapter 1 before the first class. Now for the Message we'll go ahead and type in a little bit more description. You should already have read chapter 1 of the text before coming to the first class. Now we want to emphasize before, so we go ahead and Double-click before and we are going to click the Bold button, so that it's highlighted a little bit, so it really lets the students know that we are emphasizing this.

We'll go ahead and scroll down in the window, the format of this is going to be HTML; every one is subscribed to this forum. If we wanted to attach a document, we could do so right here by simply clicking the Browse and following the same steps that we did for posting the syllabi. I'll check the box it says Mail now and that will send an email out to all of the participants in the class, with this message, as well as posting it to the news forum. So let's go ahead and click the Post to forum button. This post will be emailed out to all subscribers and it automatically refreshes us back to the main course.

We can now see that in the latest news block, we have a new posting this listed here that says Read chapter 1 before the first class, there is a link for more that students can read more information. They can also get to this news forum, by simply clicking on the News forum link here, in the header block. We'll go ahead and click that link, so we can see what the News forum looks like. We can see that there is a discussion setup, what the topic was, this is a message of our post, we can see who it was started by. There is our icon that we posted inside of our profile picture. No one has replied. If students wanted to they could log in and they could post questions directly here into the forum.

We'll go into that in the Forum section, but for now just know that you are able to post information to the News forum, and have it go directly out to your students. Let's go ahead and return back to the course, by clicking on the BIOL432 link in the upper-left, and next we'll go in and learn how to manage the files and folders that are going to have a lot more content that's going to show up inside of our main course.

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  1. 8m 21s
    1. Welcome
      2m 8s
    2. Course overview
      5m 22s
    3. Using the exercise files
      51s
  2. 34m 55s
    1. Getting started
      2m 59s
    2. Installing Moodle on a Mac
      8m 45s
    3. Installing Moodle on a Windows computer
      14m 24s
    4. Creating user accounts
      3m 55s
    5. Creating a new course
      3m 0s
    6. Just enough site administration to get you going
      1m 52s
  3. 41m 16s
    1. Logging in and getting oriented with Moodle
      5m 8s
    2. Customizing your profile
      4m 7s
    3. Customizing course settings
      3m 49s
    4. Editing the header block
      1m 33s
    5. Posting a course syllabus
      3m 55s
    6. Communicating news to students
      3m 5s
    7. Managing files and folders
      3m 41s
    8. Posting lecture slides
      3m 11s
    9. Setting up the gradebook
      5m 35s
    10. Sending email to the class
      2m 54s
    11. Creating a simple assignment
      4m 18s
  4. 51m 28s
    1. HTML editor overview
      10m 11s
    2. Formatting text
      8m 42s
    3. Creating tables
      9m 36s
    4. Creating internal links
      7m 27s
    5. Creating external links
      7m 2s
    6. Inserting local pictures with HTML
      3m 55s
    7. Inserting pictures from Flickr
      4m 35s
  5. 49m 22s
    1. Preparing images
      6m 53s
    2. Batch-uploading files
      5m 58s
    3. Posting image files
      2m 33s
    4. Posting a photo gallery
      3m 45s
    5. Preparing audio files
      10m 14s
    6. Posting audio
      3m 50s
    7. Preparing video files
      7m 45s
    8. Posting video
      3m 48s
    9. Inserting video from YouTube
      4m 36s
  6. 37m 11s
    1. Creating a text label
      6m 14s
    2. Linking to a web site
      6m 2s
    3. Creating a text page
      4m 45s
    4. Creating a web page
      10m 56s
    5. Linking to a folder of documents
      4m 18s
    6. Inserting an IMS content package
      4m 56s
  7. 27m 23s
    1. Assignments overview
      2m 13s
    2. Advanced uploading of files
      10m 32s
    3. Online text
      4m 26s
    4. Uploading a single file
      5m 1s
    5. Offline activity
      5m 11s
  8. 11m 39s
    1. Creating a live chat room
      5m 13s
    2. Creating a choice
      6m 26s
  9. 15m 45s
    1. Setting up a simple database
      4m 14s
    2. Creating database fields
      2m 49s
    3. Customizing a database template
      1m 33s
    4. Entering data into a database
      1m 43s
    5. Enabling database auto-linking
      3m 23s
    6. Enhancing a database with file uploads
      2m 3s
  10. 17m 16s
    1. Creating a main glossary
      4m 45s
    2. Adding concepts to the glossary
      3m 16s
    3. Enabling glossary auto-linking
      3m 38s
    4. Enabling students to edit a glossary
      2m 5s
    5. Creating a secondary glossary
      3m 32s
  11. 9m 58s
    1. Creating a forum
      5m 21s
    2. Using a discussion forum
      4m 37s
  12. 32m 17s
    1. Creating a wiki
      7m 3s
    2. Wiki editing basics
      4m 26s
    3. Creating lists
      6m 1s
    4. Subdividing a class wiki
      3m 43s
    5. Adding attachments and images
      2m 54s
    6. Creating external links
      2m 27s
    7. Creating a table
      5m 43s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Online assessment overview
      1m 38s
    2. Creating question pool categories
      1m 58s
    3. Creating a first question
      6m 24s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      4m 39s
    5. Creating multiple choice questions
      7m 23s
    6. Creating short answer questions
      6m 59s
    7. Creating essay questions
      6m 22s
    8. Creating match questions
      6m 38s
    9. Creating numerical questions
      4m 56s
    10. Importing question pools from Blackboard
      6m 24s
    11. Creating a quiz
      9m 9s
    12. Adding questions to a quiz
      6m 50s
  14. 39m 16s
    1. Gradebook overview
      2m 6s
    2. Completing assignments as a student
      9m 34s
    3. Grading an assignment
      4m 52s
    4. Quick grading
      2m 25s
    5. Grading assignments with uploaded files
      2m 18s
    6. Grading offline assignments
      1m 16s
    7. Grading an online quiz
      3m 30s
    8. Quiz data analysis
      3m 4s
    9. Adding assignments
      2m 3s
    10. Exporting grades
      3m 55s
    11. Importing grades
      4m 13s
  15. 20m 4s
    1. Calendars and events overview
      3m 51s
    2. Creating a new event
      3m 21s
    3. Creating a repeating event
      3m 15s
    4. Exporting a calendar to iCal
      4m 5s
    5. Exporting a calendar to Outlook
      5m 32s
  16. 44m 40s
    1. Course administration overview
      3m 3s
    2. Managing course settings
      12m 48s
    3. Managing user roles
      2m 59s
    4. Managing groups
      4m 51s
    5. Backing up your course
      4m 34s
    6. Restoring data from a backup
      3m 14s
    7. Importing content to another course
      4m 53s
    8. Resetting a course
      3m 24s
    9. Running reports
      4m 54s
  17. 4m 14s
    1. Additional resources
      2m 58s
    2. Goodbye
      1m 16s

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