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Creating external links

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Video: Creating external links

We're inside of our Coral Group page for our course wiki. Now we've just gone ahead and add an image. Now we want to go ahead and add some links, but before we go in and add any links I want to point out something that Moodle has done for us automatically. In an earlier movie, when we created our glossary and we added a few terms to those and we returned on hyperlinking, hyperlinking works within our wiki as well. Inside of our proposed method, we can see that the students are going to be investigating the relationship of Zooxanthellae density in Hermatypic Corals.

Creating external links

We're inside of our Coral Group page for our course wiki. Now we've just gone ahead and add an image. Now we want to go ahead and add some links, but before we go in and add any links I want to point out something that Moodle has done for us automatically. In an earlier movie, when we created our glossary and we added a few terms to those and we returned on hyperlinking, hyperlinking works within our wiki as well. Inside of our proposed method, we can see that the students are going to be investigating the relationship of Zooxanthellae density in Hermatypic Corals.

If we move our mouse over top of Zooxanthellae, we can see that we get an indicator that this is a link and if click on the link, we see that Moodle has auto-linked directly into our glossary and is bringing up that term. We can hit OK and Hermatypic Corals works in the exact same way. Once again, we're seeing the power of being able to build our content inside of Moodle and use some of these auto-linking features. Okay, let's go ahead and create a link to an outside site. To do this, make sure you scroll up to the top of the page and click on the Edit tab.

Now underneath of our image, put a couple of line returns and now we're going to create a link out to a Google Scholar Search. So open up a new tab in your browser by pressing Command+T or Ctrl+T on your keyboard, and go to scholar.google.com. In the search field, simply type in a search for Zooxanthellae adaptation and depth. This way, all of these terms will be searched for. Go ahead and hit the Search button and now we can see that right now, there is about 2700 articles.

So in the dropdown menu here on the first bar, go ahead and make sure that we're only searching for articles and were excluding any patents. Then under the next dropdown menu where it says anytime, select since 2011. Now your number may vary from mine, but as of the recording of this video, there are currently only 106 papers that have been published that have to do with Zooxanthellae adaptation to depth in 2011. So this looks like a pretty good starting point to be able to add some references into our site.

So at the top, make sure you select the entire URL. Then press Command+C or Ctrl+C on your keyboard to copy that to the clipboard and let's go back over to our Moodle tab. Then inside of our wiki page, simply press Command+V or Ctrl+V to paste in that URL. If we wanted to, we could just leave the page as is and to view that, simply scroll down to the bottom and hit the Preview button. Now we can see when we scroll down below our image, we have the text, we have the link and if we hover our mouse over top of it, we can see that that is an active link and it will take us to the page and do the search for us.

But this is a little messy. we wouldn't want to necessarily show all of the parameters of the URL. So let's scroll down a little bit further and let's add a little bit more markup to clean this up. To make it so that we just have a listing that says Google scholar search for Zooxanthellae adaptation and depth, at the beginning of the URL, put one left-hand bracket and at the end of the URL, put a space and then type in the text that you want to appear. In this case, Google Scholar Search for Zooxanthellae, adaptation and depth.

Put a right-hand square bracket and then let's preview our work. Scroll to the bottom of the page, click the Preview button, and when we scroll down, we see that instead of having the long URL, we simply have a line of text we can click on and it will take us directly to that page. We can hit the Back button in our browser to make sure that we're still inside of our text, scroll all the way to the bottom of our page, and click the Save button. When we scroll down now, we can see that that link has been formalized.

When you're creating a link to an outside resource within the wiki, all you need to do is put a left-hand square bracket, pasting the URL, type a space, type in the text that you want to be hyperlinked and then close it all off with a right-hand square bracket. Now you can link to any page and any resource that's out on the web directly inside of your wiki. In the next movie, we'll show you how to add a data table directly to this page.

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Moodle 2.1 Essential Training for Teachers

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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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