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Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers
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Creating external links


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Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers

with Chris Mattia

Video: Creating external links

Now as we are providing information to our students inside of Moodle, another great kind of resource that we want to add is links to the outside web. There is tons of information out there as you already know. In this exercise, what we are going to do is we are going to go in and we're going to create a web page that is going to be a list of links to outside web resources, and it's something you can constantly be coming back to and editing and pointing your students out to additional sites. So to begin, click on the Add a resource dropdown menu and select Compose a web page. For the name of this, we are going to call this Coral Reef Web Links. For the Summary description, we'll just say Links to Coral Reef related websites.
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  1. 8m 21s
    1. Welcome
      2m 8s
    2. Course overview
      5m 22s
    3. Using the exercise files
      51s
  2. 34m 55s
    1. Getting started
      2m 59s
    2. Installing Moodle on a Mac
      8m 45s
    3. Installing Moodle on a Windows computer
      14m 24s
    4. Creating user accounts
      3m 55s
    5. Creating a new course
      3m 0s
    6. Just enough site administration to get you going
      1m 52s
  3. 41m 16s
    1. Logging in and getting oriented with Moodle
      5m 8s
    2. Customizing your profile
      4m 7s
    3. Customizing course settings
      3m 49s
    4. Editing the header block
      1m 33s
    5. Posting a course syllabus
      3m 55s
    6. Communicating news to students
      3m 5s
    7. Managing files and folders
      3m 41s
    8. Posting lecture slides
      3m 11s
    9. Setting up the gradebook
      5m 35s
    10. Sending email to the class
      2m 54s
    11. Creating a simple assignment
      4m 18s
  4. 51m 28s
    1. HTML editor overview
      10m 11s
    2. Formatting text
      8m 42s
    3. Creating tables
      9m 36s
    4. Creating internal links
      7m 27s
    5. Creating external links
      7m 2s
    6. Inserting local pictures with HTML
      3m 55s
    7. Inserting pictures from Flickr
      4m 35s
  5. 49m 22s
    1. Preparing images
      6m 53s
    2. Batch-uploading files
      5m 58s
    3. Posting image files
      2m 33s
    4. Posting a photo gallery
      3m 45s
    5. Preparing audio files
      10m 14s
    6. Posting audio
      3m 50s
    7. Preparing video files
      7m 45s
    8. Posting video
      3m 48s
    9. Inserting video from YouTube
      4m 36s
  6. 37m 11s
    1. Creating a text label
      6m 14s
    2. Linking to a web site
      6m 2s
    3. Creating a text page
      4m 45s
    4. Creating a web page
      10m 56s
    5. Linking to a folder of documents
      4m 18s
    6. Inserting an IMS content package
      4m 56s
  7. 27m 23s
    1. Assignments overview
      2m 13s
    2. Advanced uploading of files
      10m 32s
    3. Online text
      4m 26s
    4. Uploading a single file
      5m 1s
    5. Offline activity
      5m 11s
  8. 11m 39s
    1. Creating a live chat room
      5m 13s
    2. Creating a choice
      6m 26s
  9. 15m 45s
    1. Setting up a simple database
      4m 14s
    2. Creating database fields
      2m 49s
    3. Customizing a database template
      1m 33s
    4. Entering data into a database
      1m 43s
    5. Enabling database auto-linking
      3m 23s
    6. Enhancing a database with file uploads
      2m 3s
  10. 17m 16s
    1. Creating a main glossary
      4m 45s
    2. Adding concepts to the glossary
      3m 16s
    3. Enabling glossary auto-linking
      3m 38s
    4. Enabling students to edit a glossary
      2m 5s
    5. Creating a secondary glossary
      3m 32s
  11. 9m 58s
    1. Creating a forum
      5m 21s
    2. Using a discussion forum
      4m 37s
  12. 32m 17s
    1. Creating a wiki
      7m 3s
    2. Wiki editing basics
      4m 26s
    3. Creating lists
      6m 1s
    4. Subdividing a class wiki
      3m 43s
    5. Adding attachments and images
      2m 54s
    6. Creating external links
      2m 27s
    7. Creating a table
      5m 43s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Online assessment overview
      1m 38s
    2. Creating question pool categories
      1m 58s
    3. Creating a first question
      6m 24s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      4m 39s
    5. Creating multiple choice questions
      7m 23s
    6. Creating short answer questions
      6m 59s
    7. Creating essay questions
      6m 22s
    8. Creating match questions
      6m 38s
    9. Creating numerical questions
      4m 56s
    10. Importing question pools from Blackboard
      6m 24s
    11. Creating a quiz
      9m 9s
    12. Adding questions to a quiz
      6m 50s
  14. 39m 16s
    1. Gradebook overview
      2m 6s
    2. Completing assignments as a student
      9m 34s
    3. Grading an assignment
      4m 52s
    4. Quick grading
      2m 25s
    5. Grading assignments with uploaded files
      2m 18s
    6. Grading offline assignments
      1m 16s
    7. Grading an online quiz
      3m 30s
    8. Quiz data analysis
      3m 4s
    9. Adding assignments
      2m 3s
    10. Exporting grades
      3m 55s
    11. Importing grades
      4m 13s
  15. 20m 4s
    1. Calendars and events overview
      3m 51s
    2. Creating a new event
      3m 21s
    3. Creating a repeating event
      3m 15s
    4. Exporting a calendar to iCal
      4m 5s
    5. Exporting a calendar to Outlook
      5m 32s
  16. 44m 40s
    1. Course administration overview
      3m 3s
    2. Managing course settings
      12m 48s
    3. Managing user roles
      2m 59s
    4. Managing groups
      4m 51s
    5. Backing up your course
      4m 34s
    6. Restoring data from a backup
      3m 14s
    7. Importing content to another course
      4m 53s
    8. Resetting a course
      3m 24s
    9. Running reports
      4m 54s
  17. 4m 14s
    1. Additional resources
      2m 58s
    2. Goodbye
      1m 16s

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Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers
8h 34m Beginner May 28, 2009

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Moodle is an online tool that allows educators to interact with students outside the classroom and manage a course from anywhere. In Moodle Essential Training for Teachers, Chris Mattia shows how this program works for teachers on three levels: disseminating information, creating a forum where ideas are exchanged, and assessing the progress of students. Chris shows how to build course materials with Moodle's HTML editor, post assignments, and save time by using Moodle's grade book to evaluate tests automatically and organize scores. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Installing and configuring Moodle
  • Preparing media files for distribution inside a Moodle course
  • Posting instructions on the course home page
  • Setting up course-specific glossaries and databases
  • Building assignments students can complete online
  • Using Moodle's built-in email and discussion boards
  • Creating a wiki inside Moodle for students to build and contribute content
  • Developing multimedia exams to assess course comprehension
Subjects:
Elearning Teacher Tools Education Educational Technology Higher Education Student Tools
Software:
Moodle
Author:
Chris Mattia

Creating external links

Now as we are providing information to our students inside of Moodle, another great kind of resource that we want to add is links to the outside web. There is tons of information out there as you already know. In this exercise, what we are going to do is we are going to go in and we're going to create a web page that is going to be a list of links to outside web resources, and it's something you can constantly be coming back to and editing and pointing your students out to additional sites. So to begin, click on the Add a resource dropdown menu and select Compose a web page. For the name of this, we are going to call this Coral Reef Web Links. For the Summary description, we'll just say Links to Coral Reef related websites.

So go ahead and scroll down in the window to the Compose a web page, and we'll give a nice heading of Coral Reef Websites, and we'll hit Enter or Return, so that our cursor stand on the next line. The two links that we are going to begin with here are Wikipedia and we are going to point directly to the Coral Reefs site, because there is a lot of good information on Wikipedia for this. It may or may not be appropriate for the particular grade level that you are teaching, but in the case of this example, it will be a good site for us to go to.

We also want to link to NOAA's Coral Health and Monitoring home page and that's the NOAA - CHAMP page. So let's apply a little bit of formatting to this. We'll go ahead and select the Coral Reefs Website at the top and tell that is the Heading 1. For our list of links, we are going to select both of those and just make it a bulleted list, so each link will have its own bullet. The next thing we want to do is we want to make sure that we have the URL already selected for each of these links . Go ahead and use Ctrl+T or Command+T on your keyboard and that should open a new tab in your browser.

I have already gone ahead and gone to Wikipedia.org and done a search for Coral Reefs and I have got my browser already pointed at the Coral Reefs website for Wikipedia. As we quickly scroll down through this list, we can see there is a lot of really good information; there are some diagrams of what a fringing reef looks like, so the students will be able to see what the inner reef looks like, the reef crest, the outer reef or the fore reef, different distributions of Coral Reefs around the world. A lot of this information is really good and helpful for our students to have some nice background information.

So we'll go ahead and scroll back up to the top and what we were interested here is the URL. So simply select the URL at the top and copy that. You can use Command+C or Ctrl+C on your keyboard and let's go back to the tab for the Wikipedia site and select the whole listing for Wikipedia - Coral Reefs. Then what we want to do is click on the Insert Web link button in the HTML editor and it's going to ask us first for the URL. Go ahead and select the http:// and simply press Command+V or Ctrl+V because we already have a copy to our Clipboard. Paste that in and then the full URL goes in.

For a Title, let's go ahead and type in Wikipedia - Coral Reefs. What the Title is going to do is it's going to provide some Alt text for us. So as we hover our mouse over top of that link, if we just wait a second, the Alt text will appear inside of there. For Target, what I would like to do is set these to New Window because when I have my students working inside of my browser and I have them click on a link taking them to an outside site, outside of my Moodle page, I don't want them to loose my Moodle page. I want that website to remain inside of their browser. I don't want to have to have them constantly hitting back and trying to look and see where the Moodle site is.

So by selecting the Target of New Window, when they click on the link, a new window is just going to appear that's going to have this website already in it. Now we saw anchors in the previous movie, and we don't need to set any anchors in this case. So simply hit the OK button and we have a link there. The next site that we want to link to is the NOAA-CHAMP page . And again, you can open a new tab in your browser by doing Command+T or Ctrl+T and I have already gone ahead and done a search for this site and brought it up. It's a www.coral.noaa.gov and this is a fabulous site that's put together by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and it has a ton of information inside of here about Coral Reefs, Coral health and the monitoring of that.

So again, let's just go up the top and we'll go ahead and select that URL and copy it with Command+C or Ctrl+C and click back on the tab for Moodle and now we can select the text for the NOAA- CHAMP page, and click on the Insert a Link button in our HTML editor. The Insert Link window comes up and the URL is already selected for us, so we can simply hit Command+V or Ctrl+V and the URL gets pasted in. We want to give a title of NOAA-CHAMP and we again want the Target to a New Window. We'll go ahead and hit OK and we have our two links.

Now if want to add any additional links , we simply hit Enter or Return and a new bullet is created for us and we can add a new site. So let's go ahead and preview this page and see how it looks. So to do that, simply scroll all the way to the bottom and click the Save and display button. We get our header, Coral Reef Website and we'll go ahead and click on, Wikipedia-Coral Reefs and we can see that a new tab got created for us and it linked to the page and I'll go ahead and close these tabs, just so that you can really see that these are working properly.

Now we'll click on the NOAA-CHAMP page , and the NOAA-CHAMP site has opened up for us. I'll go ahead and click back on the Wikipedia site, go ahead and close that tab, so it's out of the way. We can return back out to our course, BIOL432. And there we go; we have got a HTML document now, we have links that link out to an outside resource. You can use this tool anywhere throughout your site, any document that you are creating. If you have got text that you are writing somewhere, you can select a piece of text. Click on that Insert Link tool and link to any website anywhere on the Internet.

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