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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.
The next type of question that we are going to create is a matching question. To do this, make sure we're still in our Ecology category and then click the Create a new question button. Select Matching from the left-hand column and then click the Next button. When the page loads, for the Question name, let's simply type in Matching. For the Question text, let's enter in Identify each organism and select the correct scientific name from the list of choices. Go ahead and scroll down and we are going to make sure that our Default mark or point value for this question is set to 1 as we've set for all other questions.
We're going to skip, providing any general feedback to the students. The next option here is for Shuffle and we want to make sure that there's a check inside of that box so that any time a student clicks into this question, all of the matching items on each column will be shuffled. Go ahead and scroll down and now we can go in and begin entering our questions. The questions are set up in a pair with a question and answer and for this question type, we need to make sure that we have at least two questions and at least three different answers.
So for the Question, rather than typing in some text, let's go ahead and use an image. So click inside the field for the first question, and then click the Insert/edit image tool. Click the button for Find or upload an image, make sure you are in your Private files section and go into your BIOL432 folder and go into your images folder. In an earlier exercise, we uploaded a whole series of images into a folder called DropBoxImages. If you don't have this folder, I've included it in the Chapter 12 exercise files.
Next, go ahead and scroll down towards the bottom of the list and the first image we're going to add is this one called Montastrea_annularis. Go ahead and select that image and then where it says Save as, what I'd like to do is go ahead and select that text, copy it to my clipboard using Command+C or Ctrl+C so I can get back to the correct spelling of this, and then I want to change the name of this image because I don't want students when they are taking the exam to be able to simply click on the image and find the name of that file and get the answer. So instead of calling it Montastrea annularis, we'll simply call this M for Matching, I for Image and a number 1.
Then we'll hit Select this file. The image appears inside of our standard image editor. For the Image description, we'll type in Image, and now as I am looking at this image, this image is a bit large. So let's go ahead and reduce the size of the image right here. Go ahead and click on the Appearance tab, and we can see that this image is 321X500 pixels. Select the 500 pixels and as long as you have the check box for Constrain proportions, you should be able to simply type in 300, click outside of the box, and the other dimension will automatically adjust keeping the image in proportion.
We click back to the General tab and then hit Insert, and now we can see that our image is a much more appropriately sized image. Unfortunately, this box doesn't really open up a whole lot for us to able to look at the image. For the answer, simply click inside of the Answer field and press Command+V or Ctrl+V on your keyboard to paste in the answer. Then simply backspace over the underscore and put a space back in, so that the correct name of the file is listed. Let's go ahead and add a few more of these to the next to questions. For the next question, click inside the Question field and then hit the Insert image tool, hit Find or upload an image, go back into your BIOL432 folder, go back into your images folder, back into DropBoxImages, then scroll down to the bottom and this time we want Montastrea_cavernosa.
Go ahead and click on that image, select the name of the image, copy it with Command+C or Ctrl+C, type over top of it and type in M for Matching, I for Image and 2 for the second one. Click the Select this file button. The image appears. We'll click into the Image description field and again, type an image, we'll go over to Appearance, this time we want to change the width proportion from 500 to 300, making sure the Constrain proportions is on.
We can click the Insert button and that image now appears inside of our window as well. We can click inside the Answer field, press Command+V or Ctrl+V on our keyboard to paste in the correct spelling of this coral and then get rid of the underscore. Let's do one more. Go ahead and scroll down, in this field, click inside and click the button for insert an image. Click Find an image, go under your BIOL432 folder into your images folder, into your DropBoxImages folder, scroll down to the bottom and this time, we want Porietes_asteroides.
Go ahead and click on that image, once more, select the text, copy with Command+C or Ctrl+C, type in MI3, hit Select this file. We'll change the Image description to be simply Image. We'll go over to Appearance and again, change the width parameter from 500 to 300, making sure that Constrain proportions is checked. Hit the Insert button, go into the Answer field and paste in the name, Porietes asteroides, and get rid of the underscore.
Now we could simply stop there, but it would be nice to add in an additional answer into the mix so if the students had four names, but only three images to match. To do this, simply hit the button for blanks for three more choices and when the page reloads, scroll down in your window until you find Question 4. We don't need to enter anything into the Question field, but inside of the Answer field, type in Porietes Porietes. Then simply scroll down in the page until we can see that continued feedback section.
Here if we wanted to provide any additional feedback to the students for any correct responses, we could do that. for partial responses, we could enter that here. We could also add for any incorrect responses. We are going to leave all of these blank for now, go ahead and scroll down. If we want to set a penalty for the students so if they are making incorrect choice, it takes points away from them, we can set that here for Penalty for incorrect try. I'll go ahead and leave this set to 33%. So if they make an incorrect selection, they'll lose one-third of a point.
We could add additional hints if we wanted to as well. we are going to go ahead and leave those blank and simply scroll down at the bottom and click the Save changes button. Now we have our matching question. Let's go ahead and preview that by hitting the Preview button. Here we can see our three images that have been laid out for us. If we click the dropdown menu, we have the four choices that we can select from. Let's go ahead and make a quick selection here. This one happens to be Montastrea cavernosa, the next one is Porietes asteroides, and the following one is Montastrea annularis.
Go ahead and scroll down, click the Submit and Finish button and check our answers. Look at that. We got all three right. Perfect! Go ahead and scroll down and click the Close preview button. The matching question is a very flexible type of question where you can have a long list of items that you want the students to match from one side to another.
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