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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.
As we read to the course syllabi, we can see that on January 28th we want the students to submit a listing of their choices for possible projects that they are going to complete during the field research study and believes. An easy way for us to collect this information is to have the students submit an assignment through Moodle. To do this, go to the appropriate content block, in this case January 26th to February 1st, and click the dropdown menu for Add an activity. A simple activity for the students to complete is an online text. This will give them a form with a single field, they can type in their information and hit submit, and the results will come into the faculty.
So we'll select the link for Online text, we'll name the assignment Project Ideas, and then in the Description field we'll enter what we want the students to do. Please submit your top 3 choices for research project ideas. Possible topics will be discussed during the first lecture. Because this assignment is going to be graded as part of the class participations, we are going to assign the point value of only 10 points. We are going to disable the Available from and Available to, so this assignment is always available up on the site for students to go in and complete. We don't need to worry about preventing late submissions.
So go ahead and scroll down to the bottom to where the group settings are. We also do not have any groups setup yet, so we'll go ahead and change this option from Separate groups to No groups. We want this assignment to be Visible to all the students so we'll leave visibility set to Show, and under the Grade category we'll click the dropdown menu and select Individual Evaluation. We'll click the Save and return to course button and we can now see that an assignment has been created called Project Ideas.
If we look over in the Activities block, we can see that there is a new link that's been created also for Assignments. If we click on this link, you can see that it works very similar to the Resources link that we saw earlier. We have the Week that the assignment is associated with, the Name of the assignment, what type of assignment it is, if there is a due date associated with that assignment, and a listing of any Submitted results and the Grades that have been submitted for that. Let's return back to the course by clicking on the BIOL432 link in the upper left, we'll go down to the Administration block and see what changes got made to the Grade Book. Click on the link for Grades and you can see that under the Research Projects heading for Individual Evaluations there is a new heading for Project Ideas with the place for us enter in the grades for this particular assignment.
If we return back to the course one more time, and go up to the upper right hand corner and click the dropdown menu for Switch role to, we can select Student and we can see what the course looks like from the students point of view. All the information is looking correct and we can click on the Project Ideas assignment, we can see that we have not submitted any assignments yet, we'll click Edit my submission and we can see what a student would see if they were to click on this assignment and be able to submit their choices for Research Project ideas.
You scroll down to the bottom. The Submission options are pretty simple. They can simply save the changes. Now when they do that, we scroll back up to the top, return back to the course, change our role back to my normal role, turn editing on. So now you have all the basic skills that you need to begin building a course inside of Moodle. Throughout the rest of this training series we are going to do a deep dive into a lot of the other tools and functions and give you a lot of ideas as to how you can use these tools as you build your own course.
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