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Communicating news to students

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One of the most common things that all faculty want to do with their students is to communicate news, updates, and announcements out to their students in an easy and effective way. They also want to have a way to be able to communicate out to the students where it not just goes to their email but is recorded in some other location, and the tool for that in Moodle is called the Latest News section. It's usually located up here in the upper right-hand corner of your Moodle course in a block called Latest news. It's very easy to use.

Communicating news to students

One of the most common things that all faculty want to do with their students is to communicate news, updates, and announcements out to their students in an easy and effective way. They also want to have a way to be able to communicate out to the students where it not just goes to their email but is recorded in some other location, and the tool for that in Moodle is called the Latest News section. It's usually located up here in the upper right-hand corner of your Moodle course in a block called Latest news. It's very easy to use.

All you need to do is hit the link that says Add a new topic. This will take you to the General news and announcements news forum that is available in all Moodle courses. Filling out the information is quite easy. You simply give the message a subject. In this case, we will send a welcome message and let the students know that we've posted the course syllabi to our course. So we will say, "Welcome to Coral Reef Ecology" in the Subject line and then down here in the Message section we will just go ahead and say--scroll down a little bit further.

Here you can add an attachment if you'd like. If you would want to go ahead and post the Course syllabi again to have that go out to the students, we can go ahead and do that as well. Go ahead and hit the Add button and the standard File picker shows up, and we will come over here to the Recent files link, go ahead and click on that one time, and you can see all the recent files that we have used so far throughout our training, and here's the Syllabus.doc. We can go ahead and click on that one time. Because Moodle remembers that file was there, we can go ahead and access it and go ahead and hit the Select this file button, and there we go.

We've attached the document here. The final option here is there is a check box here for Mail now. Now if we don't check this, most Moodle servers are set up so that about every 30 minutes or so all of the email that has been set up for all the different courses and all the different accounts will get send out in batches, but if you need to get your message out right now at this very instant, you can go ahead and check the Mail now button, and if your server has been configured to do this and you hit Post to forum, that email message should go out to all of your students.

I am going to go ahead and uncheck that, because I don't need the message to go out right this second. This is not quite that time sensitive. We'll go ahead and hit the Post to forum link, and it's giving us a warning, letting us know that the post was sent out. Now when we return back to our course, a couple of little things to note. First of all, in the Latest news section we can see that I have posted at this date and time the first message "Welcome to Coral Reef Ecology," and there is a small link for more that I can click on and get to more information and see the complete post, including seeing a copy of syllabus document that I've posted.

Now remember when we set up in our profile, we set up our profile picture. Here we go. Here is our profile picture showing up here, attached to our post as well. That's one way that we can get into this. Now if this was a question or a topic that needed some additional discussion, your students would be able to come in here and they could reply to this message and have additional information to post back to it. Let's go ahead and go back to the course. We will look at another way to get access to this Latest news section. So go ahead and hit link to BIOL432.

That'll take us right back to our course. If you hit Home, you are going to go all the way back to the homepage of your Moodle site. So here we are back at our course. Right here in our header block we have the News forum. Now this News forum link here is the exact same thing as all the content that gets displayed over here in the Latest news block, but it will present it to us in a little bit different format. So we'll go ahead and hit the News forum, and here you will be able to see a listing of all of the different topics that have been posted, who the post was started by. You will be able to keep track of any replies or unread messages that you haven't looked at in here, and you can also see when the last post was made.

Let's go ahead and go back to our course homepage, click on BIOL432 in your breadcrumbs right up there, and that's how you use the Latest news section to be able to communicate out to all of your students.

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  1. 3m 26s
    1. Welcome
      1m 14s
    2. Course overview
      1m 34s
    3. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 1h 10m
    1. What you need to get started
      4m 27s
    2. Installing Moodle on a Mac
      9m 23s
    3. Configuring Moodle for the Mac
      5m 29s
    4. Installing Moodle on a Windows computer
      11m 35s
    5. Configuring Moodle for Windows
      7m 21s
    6. Creating a custom theme
      10m 0s
    7. Creating user accounts
      6m 4s
    8. Creating a new course
      6m 35s
    9. Just enough site administration
      9m 51s
  3. 1h 20m
    1. Logging in and getting oriented
      4m 23s
    2. Managing private files
      3m 41s
    3. Customizing your profile
      8m 26s
    4. Customizing course settings
      10m 14s
    5. Editing the header block
      5m 18s
    6. Posting a course syllabus
      3m 43s
    7. Communicating news to students
      4m 4s
    8. Managing files and folders
      6m 14s
    9. Posting lecture slides
      4m 37s
    10. Organizing course content
      12m 31s
    11. Setting up the Gradebook
      5m 4s
    12. Creating a simple assignment
      9m 45s
    13. Messaging students
      2m 49s
  4. 26m 45s
    1. HTML Editor overview
      5m 9s
    2. Formatting text
      5m 10s
    3. Creating internal links
      3m 14s
    4. Creating external links
      2m 42s
    5. Inserting local pictures with HTML
      4m 26s
    6. Creating equations
      6m 4s
  5. 47m 28s
    1. Preparing images
      5m 19s
    2. Posting image files
      3m 18s
    3. Posting a photo gallery
      3m 23s
    4. Creating header graphics in Fireworks
      7m 58s
    5. Preparing audio
      9m 41s
    6. Posting audio files
      4m 49s
    7. Preparing video
      7m 21s
    8. Posting QuickTime video as .mov files
      2m 43s
    9. Posting Flash video as .flv files
      2m 56s
  6. 36m 9s
    1. Understanding repositories
      3m 5s
    2. Configuring a Dropbox repository
      6m 13s
    3. Using a Dropbox repository
      4m 43s
    4. Configuring a Google Docs repository
      1m 15s
    5. Using a Google Docs repository
      5m 20s
    6. Configuring a Flickr repository
      6m 13s
    7. Using a Flickr repository
      4m 5s
    8. Configuring the YouTube videos repository
      1m 7s
    9. Using the YouTube videos repository
      4m 8s
  7. 38m 50s
    1. Understanding resources and activities
      1m 9s
    2. Posting a file or document
      8m 36s
    3. Displaying a folder of documents
      4m 33s
    4. Using a label to bring your course to life
      6m 42s
    5. Creating a custom web page
      10m 33s
    6. Posting a URL for a web resource
      7m 17s
  8. 25m 51s
    1. Assignments overview
      1m 43s
    2. Advanced uploading of files assignment
      11m 32s
    3. Online text assignment
      4m 20s
    4. Uploading a single file assignment
      3m 42s
    5. Offline activity assignment
      3m 21s
    6. Assignment and Gradebook interactions
      1m 13s
  9. 35m 34s
    1. Creating a live chat room
      4m 57s
    2. Understanding Choice, Feedback, and Survey activities
      1m 23s
    3. Creating a Choice activity
      5m 10s
    4. Creating a customized Feedback activity
      4m 47s
    5. Adding a multiple choice question
      3m 14s
    6. Adding a dependent followup question
      3m 7s
    7. Adding a rating question
      2m 39s
    8. Adding an open response question
      2m 36s
    9. Analyzing Feedback results
      4m 16s
    10. Adding a standardized survey
      3m 25s
  10. 17m 18s
    1. Creating a main glossary
      5m 29s
    2. Adding concepts to the glossary
      2m 53s
    3. Enabling glossary auto-linking
      2m 53s
    4. Creating a secondary glossary
      6m 3s
  11. 11m 56s
    1. Creating a forum
      4m 40s
    2. Seeding a forum with questions
      3m 9s
    3. Participating in a forum
      4m 7s
  12. 31m 24s
    1. Creating a wiki
      4m 15s
    2. Wiki editing basics
      5m 28s
    3. Creating new pages
      2m 47s
    4. Creating lists
      3m 42s
    5. Adding images
      3m 53s
    6. Creating external links
      4m 24s
    7. Creating a table
      6m 55s
  13. 1h 4m
    1. Online assessment overview
      1m 20s
    2. Creating question pool categories
      2m 24s
    3. Creating a first question
      7m 10s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      3m 1s
    5. Creating multiple choice questions
      8m 22s
    6. Creating short answer questions
      8m 19s
    7. Creating essay questions
      4m 59s
    8. Creating match questions
      7m 10s
    9. Creating a quiz
      9m 0s
    10. Adding questions to a quiz
      2m 20s
    11. Changing the order of questions
      3m 1s
    12. Assigning quiz points
      1m 35s
    13. Previewing a finished quiz
      5m 50s
  14. 39m 38s
    1. Gradebook overview
      4m 53s
    2. Moving an assignment into a category
      1m 33s
    3. Completing assignments as a student
      11m 31s
    4. Grading assignments
      5m 5s
    5. Using quick grading
      1m 28s
    6. Grading assignments with uploaded files
      1m 58s
    7. Grading offline assignments
      1m 26s
    8. Grading an online quiz
      5m 1s
    9. Exporting grades to Excel
      2m 48s
    10. Importing grades from Excel
      3m 55s
  15. 9m 55s
    1. Calendars and events overview
      4m 8s
    2. Creating a new event
      2m 40s
    3. Creating a repeating event
      3m 7s
  16. 50m 41s
    1. Course administration overview
      2m 54s
    2. Managing course settings
      9m 5s
    3. Enabling completion tracking
      2m 20s
    4. Setting tracking for resources and activities
      3m 38s
    5. Managing tracking settings
      3m 51s
    6. Reporting on course tracking
      1m 32s
    7. Managing user roles
      4m 2s
    8. Backing up your course
      3m 36s
    9. Restoring data from a backup
      4m 50s
    10. Restoring a Moodle 1.9 course into Moodle 2.1
      6m 25s
    11. Importing content to another course
      3m 46s
    12. Resetting a course
      4m 42s
  17. 2m 6s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 37s
    2. Goodbye
      29s

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