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Configuring Moodle for the Mac

From: Moodle 2.1 Essential Training for Teachers

Video: Configuring Moodle for the Mac

Moodle is now completely configured on your Mac. Throughout this training series though, I am going to be using a different theme and a slightly different layout of information. If you'd like to follow along with me on screen, go ahead and follow these steps in order to get your Moodle installation to look exactly like the one that I am going to using throughout the series. Go ahead and scroll down on the left- hand column and look for the link for Site administration. Click on that link and then scroll down again until you find a link for Appearance. Click on Appearance and then click on Themes.

Configuring Moodle for the Mac

Moodle is now completely configured on your Mac. Throughout this training series though, I am going to be using a different theme and a slightly different layout of information. If you'd like to follow along with me on screen, go ahead and follow these steps in order to get your Moodle installation to look exactly like the one that I am going to using throughout the series. Go ahead and scroll down on the left- hand column and look for the link for Site administration. Click on that link and then scroll down again until you find a link for Appearance. Click on Appearance and then click on Themes.

The second item under Themes is called Theme selector. Go ahead and click on that, and now the new Theme selector has shown up. You're looking for the Device type of default, which is the primary view of Moodle--what you're going to see inside of your browser. Come on over to the right-hand column and click on Select theme. The theme that we are going to be using for this training series is called the Formal white. So go ahead and scroll on down. We are going to scroll past a few these themes and there it is, Formal white. Go ahead and click the button for Use theme.

Now we will come back to this screen in a later movie and explore some of the other themes, but for right now go ahead and set up the Formal White theme. You can see that the new theme has been saved, and there is some information about this theme that you're able to read and then go ahead, and click on the Continue button. Let's go ahead and click on the Home link in the upper left-hand corner, and now let's do a little bit more cleanup. Go ahead and scroll down just a little bit in your window and look for the Settings section on the left-hand side and click Turn editing on.

We can clear out a few of the extra items that are here on the screen. Let's get rid of this upper left-hand block that has Moodle4Mac. So just simply click the X next to that, and that goes away, and then scroll down again, back down here to the Settings section and click on Edit settings, and now we are going to go ahead and customize the site. For the Site full name we are going to use a Site full name of Yondo University. You can use whatever site name that you would like, but if you want to follow along with me, go ahead and type in Yondo University and then for the Short name I am going to type in YondoU.

Next, under the Front page description, I am going to go ahead and select all of the information that's inside of that box and go ahead and hit Delete and simply type in "Welcome to Yondo University." Then we are going to scroll on down a little bit to these settings here for Front page and click on the first dropdown menu that currently says None and select List of courses. This way before you log in to your Moodle install you'll see the list of all of the courses that are available to you.

The next section here says Front page items when logged in. So once you've logged in, you still want to see that same list of courses. So we will take the first dropdown menu and again select List of courses. That's all the setting changes we need to make on this page. So, scroll all the way down to the very bottom of the page and click the Save changes link. At the top you should see a little listing that says Changes saved, listed in green. Okay, go ahead and click back on the Home page. We just have a few more items to fix. The next thing we want clean up is this big middle section here, and while there is a very nice graphic, it's kind of getting in the way a little bit, and we can also probably remember that our Admin name is admin and our password is 12345.

So we will go ahead and scroll down just a little bit until just to the bottom of the image and the on the left-hand side, you'll see a little hand with a pencil icon that says "Edit summary" if you hover over it. So go ahead and click on that, and this is how you go in and edit some information here in Moodle. We will and simply just click and drag to select that whole text and image inside of the HTML Editor here and then just hit the Delete key on your keyboard to get rid of all of that. And if you want to, you can just hit Delete a few times to make sure that all the content has been cleared out of there.

Then go ahead and hit the Save changes button and our site refreshes back to look like this. There is one more thing we want to do. We want to add another block to our course. So we are going to scroll down just a little bit and over here on the right-hand side, down at the bottom, you'll see a link that says Add a block. Go ahead and click that dropdown menu, and the block that we want to add is this one here that says Main menu. Go ahead and click on the Main menu block. If we scroll back down a little bit more, you'll see there is the Main menu block that has been added.

Anytime you add a block, it shows up just above the Add a block tool. Then there is a little Move tool that's got a little up-and-down arrow. Go ahead and click on that one time. Now we get little dotted lines all over the place where we can move that block to. So what we are going to do is come over here to the upper left-hand corner, to this little section of dotted lines right there. Go ahead and click inside of that. There we go. We've moved the Main menu. Now this is a tool that we will be able to use to be able to add content back to this main page later on. That's all we need to do in our setup here.

If we go ahead and scroll on down, and we can click the Turn editing off link in Settings, and there we go. This is the standard install look that we are going to use throughout this training title. In a later movie, we will go in and we'll customize this theme some, but for right now, this is the place that you want to be if you're going to follow along. The next two movies are going to be installing Moodle on Windows. So since you've already got this up and running, unless you're going to be installed this on Windows, go ahead and skip those two movies, and I will see you in the next one.

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Moodle 2.1 Essential Training for Teachers

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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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