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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.
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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