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Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers

Creating a first question


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Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers

with Chris Mattia

Video: Creating a first question

To get started creating our first question, we'll simply select the dropdown menu for Create a new question. We'll come down to the bottom option, which is True/False. This is a very simple question type. We'll use this to illustrate a few points about online quizzes. So go ahead and click True/False from the dropdown menu and we are presented with the form to create our first question. The top of the form allows us to select the category that this question is going to be related to. The question that we are going to create is going to be related to the Ecology section of the course.
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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 a first question

To get started creating our first question, we'll simply select the dropdown menu for Create a new question. We'll come down to the bottom option, which is True/False. This is a very simple question type. We'll use this to illustrate a few points about online quizzes. So go ahead and click True/False from the dropdown menu and we are presented with the form to create our first question. The top of the form allows us to select the category that this question is going to be related to. The question that we are going to create is going to be related to the Ecology section of the course.

We will go ahead and select Ecology from the dropdown menu. We'll then give the question a name. Typically, you'll want to enter a question name that will allow you to readily identify the question in the overall listing of all of the other questions that you are going to be creating. For the purposes of the training videos though, we are going to put titles of our questions that will relate back to the specific movies that they are going to be related to. So in this case, we are going to go ahead and select question type of 'A simple first question.' We'll then come down to the box where we are able to add our question that we want to ask. The question is Hermatypic coral and zooxanthellae have a symbiotic relationship. We are going to go ahead and leave this text created as it is and we'll come back to this in just a minute.

If we scroll down on the page, we can look at some of the various options that are available to us. The question is going to be in HTML format, meaning any HTML code that we want to use up here in the top of the question will be executed. We are going to dive into this fact throughout the rest of this chapter in great detail, because this will allow us to really unlock the power of an online quiz. The next option is for image to display. By clicking on the dropdown menu, you are able to select any image that has already been uploaded into the Files and Folders section of your course. So all the work that you have already done creating images, uploading them into your site and organizing them will now be able to be leveraged inside of your test and quizzes. You will be able to quickly select images and have them displayed as part of the questions that you are asking.

For this particular question, we are going to leave this set to none. You're then given the option for default grade of the question. We are going to go ahead and leave all of our questions set to be worth one point, but you can choose any point value that you would like for any specific question. Some question types allows you to select a penalty factor, meaning that if a student enters a wrong answer, they can be penalized for some value of points. You then have the ability to add some general feedback to the students once they answer the question. If we scroll down, you can select the correct answer for the question. In this case the correct answer is True. So we'll select True from the dropdown menu, then we can provide additional feedback to the student in this blank. For this answer we'll simply add Good Job.

As we continue to scroll down in the page, the next section allows us to provide feedback for any false answers. In this case, we'll simply put Try Again. We'll then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the Save Changes button. This then enters the first question into our question bank pool. We can see that we are inside of the category Ecology and there is now one question that's listed inside of the category of Ecology. If we click this dropdown menu, we could choose to see just the Identification of Organism questions, Phylogeny, or default for Coral Reef Ecology which would show us all of the different questions that have been created underneath of this category.

To preview the question, let's go ahead and click the magnifying glass to the left of the first question. This pops open a new window for us and we can see the question that we've created and the answers that have been provided. If we select False and click Submit, we can see that the answer is marked wrong and the feedback that we provided is given to the student. We can click the button for True, click the Submit button, and we can see the feedback that we provided as well. Now you may have noticed that the two words hermatypic corals and zooxanthellae are both hot linked. If we click on the word zooxanthellae, it's going to open up the main glossary that we set up earlier to give the students a definition of that term.

Now more than likely, you do not want to provide this level of interactivity inside of a quiz, you may want to. So it's a good idea to show you that it's possible that it's here. But let's go ahead and show you how to turn this off. We'll go ahead and close this window for the Glossary. Then we'll close the window for the preview of the question. Next we'll go back in and we'll edit the first question. To do that, simply click on the hand with a pencil icon to the left of the first question and we are taken back into the editing section of our question. We know that the terms hermatypic corals and zooxanthellae are both linked to terms inside of our Glossary. So we'll select hermatypic corals, then we'll click on this icon for Prevent automatic linking.

What this will do is it will prevent the linking of the Glossary items to this term. We'll go ahead and select zooxanthellae and select the Prevent auto linking as well. Now you could select all of the text inside of this box and choose Do not auto link any of it. So let's scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the Save changes button and then preview the question again by clicking on the magnifying glass. Now when we preview the question, neither hermatypic corals nor zooxanthellae are hot linked back to their Glossary terms. Let's close the preview. Next, we'll step to creation of each of the different question types. We'll even include a bunch of multimedia including audio, images, video, and maps to be able to enhance the students' experience.

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