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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 a class event. That is, a repeating event that will show up on our calendar everyday that we have lab. To do this, make sure you're inside of your course, and then in the right-hand column, look for the Upcoming events block, and in the bottom of the Upcoming events block, you can click on the link for New event. You'll notice now that the type of event dropdown menu not only has the ability for you to create a user specific event, but you can now create a course specific event.
This event will automatically appear on the calendar for all of the students in your course. For the name of the event, we can type -in BIOL432 Lab, for the Description, we'll remind the students what room it's in. Coral Reef Ecology Lab Session in Room 118. Next, we'll go ahead and scroll down and set the date and time for the event. Since this event is pretty far in the future, I'll go ahead and begin by setting the year of 2012, then I'll set the month to be January.
Now my pop-up window shows me the calendar for January 2012. I'll select the 25th which is the Wednesday of the first lab session. Next, I'll set the time that my lab is going to start. I know that my lab starts at 1:20 in the afternoon. So I'll click the dropdown menu, and set the time to 13:20, and then I will go ahead and set the duration of my lab. My lab ends at 4:10 in the afternoon, which is 170 minutes. So I'll set the duration to be 170 minutes.
Then I'll click the check box for repeat this event. Next, I need to set how many times I want this event to appear on my calendar. It's a 15-week semester, plus I have to take into account spring break. So I'll set this to be 16 repeating events. I'll click the Save Changes button. Now, I can see the event that appears on my calendar for the particular day. If I click on the month for January 2012, I can see that my lab session appears there, and if I go forward into February, I can see that my lab session has also shown up for my calendar for all of the additional weeks for the rest of my term.
Go ahead and create your own calendar events for the lecture session. You'll need to create two calendar events. one for Tuesday, starting on January 24th and repeating for 16 weeks, and one for Thursdays starting at January 26, and also repeating for 16 weeks. Now you know how to go in and create additional events if you need to for your course, you might want to go in and create your own repeating events for your lecture sessions. Just be aware that you'll have to create a repeating event for Tuesday, and another repeating event for the Thursday session of the class.
You can find all the information out about the class in the syllabus.doc file in the Chapter 14 exercise files. Let's go ahead, and return back to our course. In the next chapter, we'll look at some of the options that you have for administering your course in the Settings section.
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