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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.
Now that we have a good understanding of what the calendar that's built into Moddle is and how it functioned, let's go ahead and begin adding events so that our students know about upcoming assignments that are going to be due. To add a new event, make sure you're inside of your calendar and then click on the New Event button in the top right corner. Since we're a teacher, we have the ability to create not just a user event for ourself, that will only appear on our own calendar, but we also have the ability to create a course event that will appear for all users that are enrolled in our course.
We're going to create a course event. So click on the Radio Button for Course Event and click the OK button. Next, we need to give the event a title. Let's go ahead and jump over to our course syllabi and if you're following along in the Chapter 14 Exercise Files, there is another copy of our course syllabi called Coral Reef Ecology Syllabus.doc. If you scroll down to the Project Assignment section, you can find where we've got a draft of our final papers due on April 15th. We'll go ahead and select that whole section all the way down to the due date of April 15th. Then we'll copy it by hitting Command+C or Ctrl+C.
We'll jump back over to Moodle and for the name of our event we'll put Final Paper Draft Due. Then we'll click in the Description field, and paste with Command+V or Ctrl+V. Now, our students have more information about what assignment is going to be due. We then need to set the due date information down at the bottom. So we'll scroll down and we'll select the date of 15 April, 2009. We then need to select a time. Remember that the times inside of Moddle are all set on 24-hour clock. So since this assignment is going to be due at the end of the lab period and our lab session runs until 04:10 pm, we'll click on the Time field and select 1600 hours and 10 minutes. This is the same as saying 04:10 pm.
We can then set a duration if we want to have for our assignment to be due. In our case, we're not going to have a duration set. We just want a bullet point to appear inside of our students' calendar on this particular date and time. We don't need to set any date ranges or durations in minutes, nor do we want to have this event to repeat over any period of time. We'll go ahead and click the Save Changes button and now on the April 15th date, we can see the upcoming event that's listed as a course event for our students. If we return back to our main course by clicking on BIOL432, we can also see that in the Upcoming Events block, there is a listing for Final Paper Draft Due and it's listed for tomorrow.
You do need to note that because I'm recording this particular movie on April 14th, my screen is going to show this event to be due tomorrow. You are likely going to be watching this at a later time. So this event may not appear as an upcoming event on your schedule. But when you do create your own events for your own course and the events are going to be coming up in the near future, they will appear under your Upcoming Events. Let's go ahead and return back to our calendar by clicking on the Go to calendar link. Next, we'll go ahead and create an event that will be a repeating event, so that the students know what day and times our classes are set for.
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