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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've seen how to create an individual event, let's go ahead and create a couple of repeating events so that the students know what day and time our lecture and our laboratory sessions are set for. To do this, simply go inside of your calendar and click on the New Event button. We want to create a course event. So we'll click the Radio Button for Course Event and click OK. Then we'll give the event a name. In this case, we'll just say Coral Reef Ecology Lecture. We can leave the Description blank for right now, because all we want is a listing inside of the students' calendar that let's them know of the date and time of every different lecture.
Next, we'll select the start date. In our case, the semester is starting on the 27th of January. So we'll scroll down until we find the 27th, then select January 2009. The time that we can find from our course syllabi is in 08:00 am to 09:50 am class. So we'll jump back over to Moodle and we'll set the starting time in our 24-hour clock to 8 o'clock and 0 minutes.
Then we want to set the duration for this event in minutes. The duration of our class is 110 minutes. So we'll type in 110 and then select Repeat weekly, creating altogether a total of 16 events because we have 15 weeks in our semester plus we need to take into account Spring break. So we'll click the Save Changes button. Now, on our calendar, we can see that on every Tuesday of the semester, we have an event listed and it lists out just as Coral Reef Ecology lecture. If we jump back to our main course by clicking on BIOL432 in the upper left, we can also see the upcoming events for our lectures are being added into our Upcoming Events course block.
Let's go ahead and add in our lab session. To do this, we can either click on the Go to calendar or simply click the New Event link. Now, we can create our course event. Click OK. For the name of this event, we'll type in Coral Reef Ecology Lab. We'll leave the description blank. We'll select the starting date of January 28th, which is the first lab of the semester, and our laboratory starts at 01:20 pm, which would be 13:20.
We want to set our duration in minutes and our lab session according to our course syllabi is going to end at 04:10 pm, which is 160 minutes. We do want to repeat weekly and again creating a total of 16 events. Now, we'll click the Save Changes, and our calendar is updated with all of the events for our laboratory. Go ahead and create an event for the Thursday session of our lecture series starting on January 29th and including 16 events. Then when you're done, return back to the main calendar.
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