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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.
As we continue to look at our Required Readings section, we'll notice the last item down here, NOAA's Coral Reef Information System. What are Coral Reefs? page is a website that we want the students to look at. I've gone ahead and opened up that page here in my browser. This is a great resource that has a lot of information about coral reefs that we want our students to be able to read. Let's go ahead and go back to our course. Let's go ahead and edit the Required Readings. Scroll on down to the bottom of our page where we have our references.
The next thing we want to do is to go ahead and enter in that URL. So I'm going to jump over to my tab, I'm going to select that URL, and press Command+C or Ctrl+C on my keyboard to copy it to the clipboard. Now I'm going to back to my Moodle page, hit the spacebar one time, and press Command+V, or Ctrl+V, to paste that URL. Because my text was right up against to where I had bolded the web site link, my URL is showing up in bold. Well, I don't want that, so I'll go ahead and select that URL and go ahead and use the Remove formatting button from the toolbar to get rid of all the current formatting.
I'll go ahead and press the Insert/edit link tool so that I can convert this text into an actual link. Inside of the link URL now all I have to do is press Command+V, or Ctrl+V, on my keyboard again to paste that same URL into the Link URL. I then tell Moodle how I want that link to open. By default, it would open in the same window, which would clear out my Moodle page, and I don't want to do that. I want the students to have a new window opened up with that link in it, so they can always get back to my Moodle page.
So I'll click the dropdown menu, and I'll select the second item, Open in a new window. I'll give the page a title. So this is the NOAA CoRIS - What is a Coral. I'll hit the Insert button. That will convert all of that information into an active link. We want to make sure that this link shows up in a color that's different from what our default theme would have it show. So I'll simply select the link one more time.
Then I'll hit the Select text color button dropdown menu and select the top blue item that I have here. Next, I'll hit the Save and return to course button. Now I can see that my web site URL is listed in blue and when I hover my mouse over it, I get my title text and when I click on the link, a new tab is automatically opened up for me that has the page in it. I'll go ahead and close both of these tabs and simply return back to my course.
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