Moodle 2.1 Essential Training for Teachers
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Creating a new course


Moodle 2.1 Essential Training for Teachers

with Chris Mattia

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Video: Creating a new course

Now that we have our users created, we need to go ahead and create our test course that we're going to use throughout this title. But if you look down in the lower left-hand corner, you'll notice that the server settings are no longer there. And that's because we are logged in as ourselves. So the first thing we need to do is make sure any time you want to administer the server, go ahead and log out and log back in as the admin user. So go ahead and here we're going to type in admin, and the password is 12345, and hit the Login button.
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  1. 3m 26s
    1. Welcome
      1m 14s
    2. Course overview
      1m 34s
    3. Using the exercise files
  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

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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.

Topics include:
  • Installing and configuring Moodle
  • Creating assignments students can complete online
  • Posting instructions on the course home page
  • Messaging students
  • Configuring Dropbox, Google Docs, Flickr, and YouTube repositories
  • Creating a custom course web page
  • Building a live chat room
  • Designing surveys
  • Setting up course-specific glossaries
  • Seeding a forum with questions
  • Creating a wiki for students to contribute content
  • Developing multimedia exams to assess course comprehension
  • Handling course administration and settings
  • Backing up and restoring a course
  • Importing a Moodle 1.9 course into Moodle 2
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Creating a new course

Now that we have our users created, we need to go ahead and create our test course that we're going to use throughout this title. But if you look down in the lower left-hand corner, you'll notice that the server settings are no longer there. And that's because we are logged in as ourselves. So the first thing we need to do is make sure any time you want to administer the server, go ahead and log out and log back in as the admin user. So go ahead and here we're going to type in admin, and the password is 12345, and hit the Login button.

Now we're going to scroll down in the left-hand side and go to Site administration. And scroll on down again and this time click on Courses and hit the Add/edit courses link. In the Add/edit courses, we're going to simply add a new course. And for the full course name, we're going to go ahead and type in Coral Reef Ecology. And for the short name, I'm going to type in BIOL432. It's the course number for my course here.

Now the Course ID, we're going to go ahead and leave that blank. That's used in many systems where you've got a course ID that is tied directly to your campus information system. And this is a field that is not necessarily required, but it is available for you to use. For the Course summary, I'm going to go ahead right now and type in "A general course on coral reef ecology." Normally, what would be populated in here as the official course description, and we'll show in a later movie where that could be edited at.

But for right now, we'll just put a very generic message right inside of here. And if you wanted to, you could add a little bit of formatting to that, but we're going to scroll on past that. And for the Format, we have a couple of options. And the two most common options that most teachers use for their courses is either a Topics format or a Weekly format. Now the Weekly format is going to start off on a particular day in the term, and it's going to calculate all of the individual weeks of your class, and it will populate in the dates for when that course is being taught.

So in the case of our course, I'm going to go ahead and use the Weekly format for our course. We've got a 15-week semester, so I'm going to go ahead and select down 15. And the Course start date, I'm going to build a course for the spring of 2012, so I'll click the dropdown menu here, and I'll be able to scroll forward in time. I'm going to go down to January, and the first week of the course is going to start on the 23rd of January here, in 2012. And I'm going to scroll on down a little bit further.

I've got Hidden sections are going to be completely invisible. I'm going to take my news items and only have those set to 5. My Gradebook I do want to show. I'm not going to show any activity reports, and I want to make sure that my maximum upload size is 128. On the Windows install, we did some php configurations in order to reset our maximum upload file size, so this is where we're reaping that benefit, so make sure that you've got that set all the way up to 128 there.

Go ahead and scroll on down. We're not going to log guests in. The Groups, we're going to leave those all set to None. Availability, we're going to set this. The course is available to students. Language, we're not going to force right now, and the only edit that I want to make here, Role renaming. These are the roles that Moodle has called out for what the different roles within your course are going to be. And Manager, we're not going to use. Teacher is you. You may want to go ahead and type in Professor here if you are professor at a university and you prefer that over teacher.

But for Non-editing teacher, this is really your teaching assistant, or your TA, as most universities call it. And Student is fine to call that. This is not the actual name of your TA. This is just the name TA is what that role is going to be called within the course. So go ahead and hit Save changes. Don't worry about all of the details of the specifics of those settings that we made just there. We're going to go into those in a little more detail in a later movie, but for now, let's go ahead and get this course set up. Now we want to go ahead and enroll our users. So we're going to come over here and hit the Enroll users button.

There's one at the top and the bottom; it doesn't matter which one you hit. The first thing we want to do is we want to set up our teacher, so hit the dropdown menu at the top and select Teacher as the role. And you want to find your account. In this case, here's my account right here, Chris Mattia. And I'm going to hit the Enroll button, and that adds me as the teacher here. Now we're going to go up to the dropdown menu at the top and we're going to select Student, and we're going to go ahead and enroll all of the other students. We'll enroll Sally Jones, Elvis McNamera, Eugene Sanches, Johnny Smith, and Al Uminium.

To make this all finalized, you need to click the button at the bottom that says Finish enrolling users. A very important thing to do inside of Moodle is anytime you make some setting changes, always look at the bottom of the screen and look for a Save option of some kind because just because you've made a setting change, doesn't mean it actually got saved somewhere. Let's check over our work here. We've got all of our users installed here. We've got ourselves set up as the teacher. You can see our role here. And we've got a bunch of students set up and if we decide that Johnny is actually going to be our TA also, we can even hit the little plus sign right here and we can add an additional role.

We can add him as the TA, and there we go. Now Johnny is not only a student, but he can also be a TA if we want to grant those privileges. If we decide that we don't want Johnny to be our TA, we just hit the little X next to it. Do you want to remove this privilege from him? Yeah, sure, go ahead and remove it, and Johnny is back to being a regular student in the class. Let's go ahead and check this real quick. Go ahead and hit the Home button. We can now see in our Available courses Coral Reef Ecology with us listed as the Teacher. So let's do one final check.

Go ahead and log out of the of the admin account, log back in. This time log in as yourself, so I'll log in as Chris with my password 12345, hit the Login button. And there we go! Our course is set up right there, and we're ready to go. In the next movie, we'll go through a couple of final checks of server administration things and then get on to building our course.

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