Moodle 2.1 Essential Training for Teachers
Illustration by Esther Watson

Moodle 2.1 Essential Training for Teachers

with Chris Mattia

Video: Configuring a Dropbox repository

Let's go ahead and set up a Dropbox repository for our user. The first thing we're going to need to do is make sure that we're logged in to our Moodle server as the Administrator user. So, log out if you're currently logged in, log in as Admin, and use the password 12345 if you're following along with me. When your admin page loads, simply scroll down to the bottom of the left-hand column and in the Settings block click on the link for Site administration. Then scroll down again until you find the section for Plugins.
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  1. 3m 26s
    1. Welcome
      1m 14s
    2. Course overview
      1m 34s
    3. Using the exercise files
  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

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9h 53m Beginner Aug 22, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Installing and configuring Moodle
  • Creating assignments students can complete online
  • Posting instructions on the course home page
  • Messaging students
  • Configuring Dropbox, Google Docs, Flickr, and YouTube repositories
  • Creating a custom course web page
  • Building a live chat room
  • Designing surveys
  • Setting up course-specific glossaries
  • Seeding a forum with questions
  • Creating a wiki for students to contribute content
  • Developing multimedia exams to assess course comprehension
  • Handling course administration and settings
  • Backing up and restoring a course
  • Importing a Moodle 1.9 course into Moodle 2
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Configuring a Dropbox repository

Let's go ahead and set up a Dropbox repository for our user. The first thing we're going to need to do is make sure that we're logged in to our Moodle server as the Administrator user. So, log out if you're currently logged in, log in as Admin, and use the password 12345 if you're following along with me. When your admin page loads, simply scroll down to the bottom of the left-hand column and in the Settings block click on the link for Site administration. Then scroll down again until you find the section for Plugins.

Click on the links for Plugins. You may need to scroll down again and find Repositories. In the Repository section, click on the link from Manage repositories. This is where all the repositories are managed for your Moodle Server. Again, you must be a Moodle administrator in order to access this section. Currently, you can see that there are a couple of repositories that are already configured for you: Server files, Upload a file, Recent files, and Private files. These are the ones that you've been seeing all along in your standard File picker.

Go ahead and scroll down on the page until you find the section for Dropbox. In the dropdown menu to the right of Dropbox click the dropdown menu and select Enabled and visible. This will take you to the Dropbox confirmation and configuration page. You're asked to enter in a Dropbox API key and a Dropbox secret. In order to enter these files, we need to go to the Dropbox web service and create that information. So, in your browser, press Command+T or Ctrl+T to open a new tab and then go to the Dropbox site.

Go to If you do not already have a Dropbox account, or if you're not sure exactly what Dropbox is, they have a video right here that you can watch and you can download the Dropbox application and install it locally on your machine. I've already gone ahead and done these steps, and you can tell that I've got the Dropbox application installed because in the upper right-hand corner you can see the small Dropbox icon up here. If you don't already have an account, you can click the Login link in the upper right, and there is a link for Create account, and you can create a free Dropbox account.

Once you have your Dropbox account, go ahead and click the Login dropdown menu and log in to your account. I am going to log in to mine, which is I'll type in my password, and I'll click the Login button. Now that I am logged in to my Dropbox account, I can scroll all the way to the very bottom of the page and I can see the links that are down here in the footer section of the Dropbox site. The link that we're looking for is the link for Developers.

It's in the Community column, down near the bottom. So, go ahead and click on the link for Developers and this will take us to a page that will explain information about the API. There is links for information and announcements, a Quick start guide to get you going, and then a section for My apps. This is the place that we want to begin with. So, go ahead click on the link for My apps and this will take us to the Dropbox API access. There is a User License Agreement, or ULA, that you need to read through and then check the box that says "I agree with the Dropbox Developer terms and conditions" and click the Submit button.

Next, all you need to do is click the button that says Create an App. We give the application a name. In this case, I am going to call mine MoodleESST, for Essential Training, for Teachers. In the Description, I am going to go ahead and type in "Moodle Essential Training for Teachers Test Site." Hit the Create button and your new application information is all created for you, and you'll see right here in the top section you'll see a link for App key and App secret.

The information that's listed inside of these two sections is the information that we need to add into our Moodle server. Now, one word of caution: what we've created here is a test account into our Dropbox account. So, currently anyone who uses this application key will only be able to link to your own personal Dropbox account. If you're a Moodle administrator and you want a truly set this Dropbox repository up for all users on your server, then what you would need to do is after you've gone through testing to make sure that the application works, you would come back into this page and you would then click on the link for Apply for a production status license.

You'll have a few more questions that you'll have to answer about your server and then once that is done and your application has been approved, then Dropbox will be available to all of your users. But for the purposes of this video training series, what we've got set up here will work just fine for us. So, go ahead and select all of the information that's listed in blue under the App key section and simply press Command+C, or Ctrl+C, on your keyboard to copy that to the clipboard. Then we're just going to click back over to the first tab in our browser where we have our Moodle site set up, and we're going to click into the section for Dropbox API key and press Command+V, or Ctrl+V, to paste that information in.

Let's click back into our Dropbox tab and this time select the text in the App secret, press Command+C, or Ctrl+C, to copy it, go back over to your Moodle course, go back into the Dropbox secret, and press Command+V, or Ctrl+V, to paste that in. When you're finished, go ahead and click the Save button. Okay, your Dropbox should now be properly configured in your Manage repositories section. In the next movie, we will show you how to go ahead and put this into practice.

So, in order to get into that movie, you can now go up to the upper right-hand corner and click the Logout button and safely log out of Moodle. And in the next movie, we will log back in as our teacher account and step through how to use this Dropbox repository.

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