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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.
A great place to begin when building your question pool is the start by creating a variety of different categories that your questions will fall under. This will help you later down the road when you are selecting a variety of questions that come from different areas of our course. To begin, make sure you are in the Questions section of the Administration block. Then click on the Categories tab. The default category is set up for as part of our course. In this case, the parent category is set to Coral Reef Ecology. There are currently no categories that we have other than this top level category. So we'll create the first category of Identification of Organisms.
We can add additional category information, if we want to provide a descriptor in here. For now, we'll go ahead and leave this blank and simply click the Add category button. We can then add additional categories of Phylogeny, clicking Add category. We can add another one for Ecology and click Add category. Now if we wanted to create any subcategories underneath of these, when we create additional categories, we could simply select the category that we want our subcategory to be linked to and it would appear underneath of that. We can also edit any of the different categories we have created. We can see the number of questions that are associated with each category and we can change the order of the categories by moving them around here.
Let's go ahead and put Identification of Organisms at the top, because this is going to be the most common category that we are going to be using. So we'll simply click the Up arrow and the order of our categories has changed. Now that we have some basic categories for our test pool to fit into, let's return back to the Questions tab and begin creating our first question.
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