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Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers

Creating a live chat room


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Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers

with Chris Mattia

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We are partly through the semester and we have just learned that Dr. Walter Hatch from St. Mary's College of Maryland will be giving a live webcast about his work on Chemical Communication in Soft Corals that was conducted at the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Since we'll be in lab at that time, the class is going to watch the webinar live. We have been in contact with Dr. Hatch and he has agreed to conduct a live chat with our class following the seminar. So we want to use Moodle to set up a live chat room so our students will be able to interact with and ask questions directly to Dr. Hatch. So to do this we'll simply scroll down to the week of April 13 to April 19. And we'll click on the dropdown menu for Add an activity and we'll select Chat from the options.
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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 live chat room

We are partly through the semester and we have just learned that Dr. Walter Hatch from St. Mary's College of Maryland will be giving a live webcast about his work on Chemical Communication in Soft Corals that was conducted at the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Since we'll be in lab at that time, the class is going to watch the webinar live. We have been in contact with Dr. Hatch and he has agreed to conduct a live chat with our class following the seminar. So we want to use Moodle to set up a live chat room so our students will be able to interact with and ask questions directly to Dr. Hatch. So to do this we'll simply scroll down to the week of April 13 to April 19. And we'll click on the dropdown menu for Add an activity and we'll select Chat from the options.

We will give the chat room a name, Live Chat with Dr. Hatch. And in the Introduction section we'll simply put 'At 5pm PST, Dr. Hatch will be available for a live chat with the class to discuss his work on Chemical Communication in Soft Corals.' So we'll go ahead and scroll down and we are going to set the next time the chat is going to be available and that's going to be on the 15th April 2009 at, remember this is in 24-hour time, and so we'll scroll down to 17:00 hours. We are not going to repeat any session so we are not going to publish any additional chat times but if we were setting up a chat, then we wanted to have live chats with the class on a repeating basis, we could do so here.

We do want to go ahead and Save past sessions, so that this live chat can be archived and be accessed later on. So we'll go ahead and say 365 days. And everyone can view past sessions, so we'll say Yes. This is an extra activity that we want to be able to provide this opportunity for our students to be able to go back and review the chat session. For Group mode, we'll go ahead and set to No groups, because we want everybody in the class to participate on this. We do want the Visibility to set to Show. We don't need an ID number. And we are not going to grade this assignment, so we'll go ahead and leave this as Uncategorized.

So then go ahead and click the button for Save and return to course. And we can see that a new Live Chat with Dr. Hatch has been added to our Lecture Materials. We'll go ahead and click on that button to see what a live chat would look like. We are given the description as to what's going to happen inside of this chat and we have a link here to go into the chat session. There is also a version that does not have frames and does not use JavaScript if your browser does not support that, but ours will.

So we are going to go ahead and click the top option and you can see that it has logged us into the chat room and any responses that we go ahead and type up here would be appearing up in the top. And it's going to show our name and our picture that we added as part of an earlier movie. And the Auto Scrolling is set to on. So if wanted to go ahead and type in a quick note here, I'll just say Hello. And hit Enter or Return on my keyboard, it's going to just simply pop up that message up into the chat room. Now if we had additional people inside of the chat room right now, we would see their names listed here on the right hand side and we would also see any messages that they were chatting about, showing up in the middle of the chat session.

We will go ahead and close the chat window now. And we can go ahead and return back to the course. And that's all there is to setting up a chat. It's pretty straight forward, it's pretty easy and it's a great tool to use if you have the opportunity to bring in either a guest speaker or if for some reason you need to hold a class session online and you need to be able to chat back and forth live with your students. Another great use for the live chat is office hours. If you have regular office hours, you can go up and set a recurring chat session to be open during your office hours and then any students in your class, if they need to get additional help from you, they can actually log into Moodle, go into the chat room and have a live chat with you.

This is a really nice feature because you may find that a student is more likely to approach you for additional help through a mechanism like an online chat. And as they begin asking questions back and forth and interacting with you, you can prompt them to show up to your office and get more face-to-face time with the student and really figure out what is the issue that the student is having and work through it. So there are several different uses for the live chat. It's a great feature that's here in Moodle for you to enhance your course with.

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