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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.
Now let's go head and create an essay question. We are still in our Ecology category and we are going to click the button for Create a new question. This time select Essay from the radio buttons and click Next. For the Question name simply type in Essay and for the Question text type in, The attached map shows the barrier reef of Belize and Turneffe Atoll. Please discuss the formation of these two structures. Now hit Enter or Return on your keyboard and let's go ahead and generate a custom Google map to paste into here.
Press Command+T or Ctrl+T on your keyboard and go to maps.google.com. Drag around the map and zoom in to Belize, and then go ahead and click on for Satellite view and get the map set up so that you're able to clearly see, Turneffe Atoll, Belize City and the Barrier Reef System of Belize. In the upper right, you should find a button for Link, click on that button and a new pop-down menu should appear. Click on the link for Customize and preview the embedded map.
By default, a Medium size map is selected for us. Let's go ahead and select a Large size map so the students have lots of room to be able to view the map. Go ahead and scroll down on the page and now we want to just drag the map around until we have just the information displayed on screen that we want to show. We should be able to clearly see Belize City, so that the students know where they are at, they should be able to see a large section of the Barrier Reef of Belize and they should also be able to clearly see Turneffe Atoll. Go ahead and scroll all the way to the bottom of this window and here we can see the HTML text that's going to generate this embedded map.
Go ahead and select all of that text. Now make sure you get all of it. So just in case you don't, scroll down, hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and click at the very end. That way all the text gets selected. Then press Command+C or Ctrl+C on your keyboard to copy all of that code to your clipboard. We can go ahead now and close this window and we can return back to our Essay question. Now we can't just paste the text directly into here, we need to first go into the HTML view by clicking on the button here and then pressing Command+V or Ctrl+V on our keyboard to paste in all of the code.
When we click the Update button, we can see that that code has now been executed and if we scroll down on the window we can clearly see the Google map is being displayed properly inside of our window. Go ahead and scroll down on the page, we are going to make sure that the point value for this question is still set to one as we've been setting all of our questions to. Below that you're able to provide some General feedback if you want. If you scroll down a little further, we can now see the Response format. Here we can choose whether or not we want to have the HTML editor, the HTML editor with the file picker, if we want them to be able to add additional text, or we can give them a Plain text editor that will allow them to be able to enter in text, but they would not be able to add in any formatting.
I like to give the students the full flexibility of being able to use the HTML editor. So go ahead and leave it set with that. The next section allows us to control how large the HTML editor window is, 15 lines is a fairly good size, so we will go ahead and leave the default set to 15. We can choose whether or not we want to Allow the students to add any attachments to this document. For this particular essay, I am going to go ahead and leave this option set to No. Next, we are able to provide some additional feedback to our graders. This is very helpful if you're having a teaching assistant or another faculty member to do the grading, and you're not the one that is going to be reading these essays.
You can provide some basic information to those graders such as parameters or key pieces of information that you want to make sure that the students include within their answer. This is also a very helpful thing for you to enter in for yourself especially if you reuse these questions term after term. That way you know what your intention was when you go through to grade the question the next term and some students have answered the essay question. Go ahead and scroll down in the window and click the Save changes button. Now let's go ahead and preview our work.
To do this simply hit the Preview icon next to the Essay question and here we can see our text for our question is listed out clearly, we can scroll down now, we have the map that's available to the students. They can click and drag around inside of the map. They can even change the overall view of the map to some of the other different views, then we can scroll down a little bit further and here we have the HTML editor for them to be able to enter in their responses. Moodle is not going to grade the essay question. It's simply going to save the text. You will have to go in afterwards, download all of the responses from the students and grade them on your own, and then enter those grades into your Grade Book.
Let's go ahead and hit the Close preview button, and now you know how to create a very nice multimedia essay question for your students to be able to complete.
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