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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.
Now let's go ahead and create some categories for our test poll questions to go into. I'm in the Settings block on the left-hand column inside the Question bank, under the heading of Categories. On this page the first thing we need to do is make sure that we have our parent category set. The parent category denotes the location that this new category is going to go into. The default category that's set up for us is called Default for our course number, in our case it's, BIOL432.
So, we will go ahead and create our first category within this parent category, and we will call this one simply Identification of Organisms. If we wanted to add additional descriptive information about this particular category, we could add that here, but in this case, we are going to go and leave the category information blank. Go ahead and hit the button for Add category and now up here at the top, there is an Identification of Organisms subcategory that has been created within the BIOL432 Default category.
Let's go ahead and add another subcategory. This time we will create one called Phylogeny, again, we will leave the Category info blank, and we will hit the Add category button at the bottom. Now we can see we have two items inside of our main category. Let's add a third one called Ecology, and one more time hit the Add category button. You will note that the subcategories are all listed out in alphabetical order, but if we know that we are going to use the Phylogeny category more than the Identification of Organisms category, we can go ahead and use the Up Arrow to move that category up to a higher level.
If we wanted to make Identification of Organisms to be a subcategory of Phylogeny, we could use the Right Arrow to tab that in. We are going to go ahead and leave this set the way that they are, and we have our category set up now. Most of the questions that we are going to be creating are going to be Ecology based, so they are going to be inside of the Ecology category. Now let's go ahead and click over in the left-hand column under the Question bank and click on Questions. Here, we can see where we are going to be creating our new questions, and the very first item we have, is the ability to select which category that our questioned that we are creating is going to be in, and those categories that we just created are listed here for us.
In the next movie we will begin creating our first question.
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