Moodle 2.1 Essential Training for Teachers
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Configuring Moodle for Windows


Moodle 2.1 Essential Training for Teachers

with Chris Mattia

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Video: Configuring Moodle for Windows

Now that we have Moodle up and running on our Windows machine, the next thing we want to do is make a few tweaks to the user interface, so that what you see on screen is the same thing that I'm going to be showing on my screen throughout the rest of the training. So in order to follow along, simply come on down here to the Site administration link in the lower left-hand corner, go ahead and click on that, and scroll down until you find Appearance. Go ahead and click on Appearance and then click on Themes. Then we want the second link here, which is Theme selector.
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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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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 Moodle for Windows

Now that we have Moodle up and running on our Windows machine, the next thing we want to do is make a few tweaks to the user interface, so that what you see on screen is the same thing that I'm going to be showing on my screen throughout the rest of the training. So in order to follow along, simply come on down here to the Site administration link in the lower left-hand corner, go ahead and click on that, and scroll down until you find Appearance. Go ahead and click on Appearance and then click on Themes. Then we want the second link here, which is Theme selector.

This is where you go in and you set up what theme that you want to use. The default setup is the one that we are looking for, here the Device types is default, and then over in the right-hand side you want to click the button for Select theme. Now, in a later movie, we'll go ahead and explore some of these themes in more detail, but for right now let's go ahead and set up the Formal White theme. So I am going to scroll down until we find Formal White and then simply click the Use theme button right here. We get a little information about the new theme.

We get a preview of it, and everything is all set up. We'll go ahead and click the Continue button. This takes us to our Notifications page. These things are actually not going to affect us right now, so we are going to go ahead and click the Home button in the upper-left corner just underneath of the Moodle logo here, and that takes us back to our Moodle Home. We want to do a couple of tweaks to the user interface here on the Moodle Home page. So we are just going to go ahead and scroll down just a little bit until we get to the Settings section. Then we're going to click the link for Turn editing on.

This turns on the editing functionality for Moodle, and it gives us a few other things that show up. You will notice that we now have a Main menu, and this is a set of tools that allow us to add content here to this first page. But we're going to go ahead and work with a few other blocks. In the upper right-hand corner here is this block right here that says Welcome to Yondo University. I am going to go ahead and get rid of that block for right now. We are not going to use that one. So we are going to hit the little x next to that and that gets rid of that block. Now, we're going to add a block, and you do that down here in the lower right, where the Add a Block block is. Hit the dropdown menu here, and the one that we want to add is the Courses block.

So go ahead and find Courses in the pop-up menu and select Courses. After a few seconds, the Courses block will appear, and now we want to move it in to a location over here on the left-hand side. And to move the block, all you need to do is hit this little up-and-down move arrow right there, hit that one time, and after the screen refreshes, you'll notice these little dotted lines that have started to appear around on your screen. So go ahead and scroll down, and we want to click inside of the set of dotted lines that are right above the Settings and just below Navigation.

So click one time inside of that section, and that tells Moodle where you want to put the Courses block. This is a block that will just have a listing of the courses that are on the system. Now that we've added the Courses block, let's go ahead and add one more block. If we come back over here to the right-hand side and click on the dropdown menu for Add under the Add a Block area, go ahead and select the Online users block. When you select Online users a new Online users block should appear when the screen refreshes, and you can see currently that just the Admin User is listed as previously logged in within the last so many minutes.

So in my case I've got it set to the last five minutes on screen. This way, you can tell who has been logged in to your system. Next, let's come over here on the left-hand side and scroll down and click on the Edit settings link inside of the Settings block. We're going to go ahead and edit the homepage settings for Moodle. And we have already got our Site name and our Short name and our Front page description, but we are going to scroll down a little bit further, and we want to go down here and make sure that Front page has the top option which is List of courses, and Front page items when logged in also has List of courses.

So just go ahead and verify that both of those are set there like that. We can scroll all the way back down to the bottom and click Save changes. The last set of setting changes that we need to do is, during the installation I mentioned that the password restrictions are a bit excessive for having a testing server just running on our local machine. So let's go ahead and reset those settings now. So we scroll down on the left-hand column again, and we're in the Site administration section. You want to find the link for Security.

Go ahead and click on Security, and then we want to click on the link for Site policies. In the Site policies section, we are going to scroll down pretty far down the page, and what we are looking for is this Password policy. By default, it's checked on. As you can see in the description here, it's applying all of these different password properties to it, so a password of eight characters with a digit, and a lowercase letter, an uppercase letter, and alphanumeric characters. That's a bit excessive, so we'll go ahead and uncheck this box.

If you were deploying Moodle out on to the Internet, and if this was a live production server, then yeah, you would want to have a lot of these restrictions put in place to make sure that your passwords were not accessible. But this version of Moodle that we are installing right now is not going to be accessible to the outside world. So we'll go ahead and scroll all the way down to the bottom now and click Save changes. And the final change that we want to make is to actually go ahead and reset our administrator password. So let's go up here and click on the Home button back up here in the breadcrumbs.

We are going to scroll down in the Settings section to the section that says My profile settings. Go ahead and click on that, expand that menu out, and you can see there is a link for Change password. Go ahead and hit Change password. Now, it's going to ask us to type in our current password. Now, the current password is the one that we set in the last movie during the installation. It's the one that is the Qwerty!1. That was the temporary password that we set up for the Admin account.

For the New password, and the one that I am going to be using throughout this training title, is going to simply be 12345. So type that in and then click in the Next field and type it in again, 12345, and click the Save changes button, and there we go! It says, our password has been changed. Click Continue and there we are. We have our Admin User account. Go ahead and click back to Home in the upper left, and let's go ahead and test this now. So we are just going to go up to the upper-right corner now and there's a link for Logout. Let's go ahead and hit Logout.

That will effectively log us out of our Moodle server. You can see the URL is set back to localhost. To log in, we're just going to come up here to the upper-right, click on the Login link, and it asks us what username. We are going to type in admin, and the password is now 12345. I am going to go ahead and hit the Login button, and there we go! We were able to log in. We can tell that we were able to log in because it tells us right here, "You are logged in as Admin User." Excellent! That's exactly what we want. So in the next movie, we are going to be back with everyone who is watching both on the Mac and Windows, and we are going to go into a few more configuration and setup changes that we are going to want to play with here inside of Moodle.

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