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Creating a Choice activity

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Video: Creating a Choice activity

During the first week of our term, we need to ask the students about any specific dietary requirements that they may have, so that when we go on our field trip during spring break, we know what to tell the cooks on the Island where we are going. The perfect tool for doing this is to use a choice. So make sure that Editing is turned on and then scroll down to the bottom of Week 1 and click on the dropdown for add an activity and select Choice. For the choice name, let's simply go ahead and click inside of that field, and enter in Dietary Requirements.

Creating a Choice activity

During the first week of our term, we need to ask the students about any specific dietary requirements that they may have, so that when we go on our field trip during spring break, we know what to tell the cooks on the Island where we are going. The perfect tool for doing this is to use a choice. So make sure that Editing is turned on and then scroll down to the bottom of Week 1 and click on the dropdown for add an activity and select Choice. For the choice name, let's simply go ahead and click inside of that field, and enter in Dietary Requirements.

Then click down on the Introductory text section and give the students a little bit of instructions as to what it is that you want them to do. Please let us know about any dietary requirements you have. I am a, and we'll just add a colon there at the end, so that the students have a prompt, and then they can select their answers. Go ahead and scroll down a little bit and let's look at some of the options that we have now. Limit allows us to limit the number of responses allowed.

If we were to select yes for this then if we only have ten students and we limit the number of responses for particular question, then all of the students would not be able to answer the same question. So we want all the students to have an independent survey in this case. So we'll leave this set to Disable. For Options, these are the specific responses that we want our students to be able to select. So in regards to dietary requirements, we'll simply type in Vegetarian. for Option 2, we'll type in Carnivore.

for Option 3, we'll type in Omnivore and for Option 4, we'll type in Other - Please contact me. If we needed to add additional fields, we could click the button to add three more fields at a time. Any fields that are left blank will simply be ignored by the Moodle choice. Go ahead and scroll down a little bit further. Now if we want to restrict this choice activity to a particular time period, we could check the box here and set the Open and Until dates to restrict the time period for the choice.

We're not going to do that. So we're going to uncheck this box. Go ahead and scroll down a little bit further, a couple of display parameters that we'd like to use. The first is how we want to display our questions. do we want them to be displayed horizontally or vertically. I like having mine displayed vertically. So we'll go ahead and select the dropdown here and change it from Display horizontally to Display vertically. Next is Publish results, and here we can choose whether or not as soon as the students finish this survey that they can see the responses from other students, we can say whether or not they can only see those responses after this activity time period has ended, or we can say always show the results to the students.

Well, in this case, because we're asking them specific dietary requirements, the other students in the class do not need to see those responses. So we'll go ahead and leave it set to Do not publish responses to students. That way only the teachers of the course are able to see it. If we had chosen to reveal results to students, we would have some options here as to how to set the privacy settings for the students. In other words, we could publish the results, but they would all be published always anonymously to protect the privacy of each student. The next option is Allow choice to be updated.

This would be if you wanted the students to be able to go in, answer the choice activity, and then later go in, and change their mind and select a different item. So in this case, we're going to go ahead and set No, because the student should know the first time that they going into the survey whether or not they are vegetarian, carnivore or omnivore. We could also choose to show a column for any unanswered questions that were listed in the top, but we don't want that to show, so we're going to go ahead and leave that set to No. In the bottom Common module settings, we can set the Group mode, if you're having this choice targeted group specifically.

We're not in this case, so we're going to leave this set No groups. We're going to leave the Visibility set to Shows so that the students all are able to see this activity and we're going to ignore the ID number. Go ahead and click Save and return to course. And when the page refreshes, we're taken back to the top of Week 1. Go ahead and scroll down in our list of Week 1 activities and we'll go ahead and use the Move right tool to move the dietary requirements in under the Assignments for the week and let's go ahead and click on Dietary Requirements choice to see what it looks like. Here we can see the question that we asked the students and then the prompt of IMA and they can simply select their response.

In this case, I'm an omnivore, so I'll go ahead and select Omnivore and click Save my choice. Once the choice has been answered for ourselves we can see that the results are not currently viewable, but if we look in the upper-right, we can see that we can view one response and click on that link and you can see how the responses will begin to come into you. You can see each different column for each choice that was available to the students, you can see who answered and in which column, you can download the data into an ODS or Open Document format, you can download it as an Excel file, or you can download it as Text file.

Let's go ahead and return back to our course by clicking on the BIOL432 link in the breadcrumb section and now I have a simple way of being able to create a single multiple source survey for your students by using the choice activity.

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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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