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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.
When we look at the Coral Group's experiment, we can see that they are planning on using a series of vertical transects to investigate the relationship of polyp density with water depth. We'll do some calculations based on samples collected and 1 meter depth intervals. They are also going to collect some additional data such as salinity, temperature, and light or PAR, Photosynthetic Active Radiation. Let's create a sample data table that will show how the students are going to collect all of their data. To do this, make sure you scroll all the way to the top of the page and click on the Edit tab for the Coral Group page inside of your Wiki.
Next, make sure you're scrolled all the way to the bottom inside of your text window and hit Enter or Return a few times. We'll give a heading 2 by typing two exclamation points and then entering Sample Data Table. We'll hit Enter or Return a couple of times and then we'll begin creating our table. The table is going to be laid out in a series of columns that will have the headings of Depth, Number of Polyps, Temperature, Salinity and PAR.
We will then have a series of rows that are established for 1 to 5 meter intervals. To create a table inside of a Moodle Wiki, begin by typing the pipe character or the vertical bar, then type in content for the first cell. In our case, this is going to be Depth. We'll then put a space and then type in a pipe character again. We'll then enter another space and type in Number of Polyps. Another space, another pipe character, another space, Temperature. This should of course be in degree C.
We will put a space, another pipe character, another space, we'll then type in Salinity, another space, another pipe character, another space and PAR. We'll end the first row by simply entering another pipe character. Let's go ahead and test out page to see how it's looking. We will do this by clicking the Preview button and as we scroll down on our page, we can see that our Sample Data Table heading has been created and we've the first row of our table and it's been formatted for us with the lines around it indicating the table of contents. We'll scroll down in the page and then scroll down to the bottom of our text box.
From the last line we'll hit Enter or Return. We'll begin the next row on the next line by simply typing a pipe character giving the first piece of data for this row of 1 meter, then a space. We'll need to end this row by typing the same number of pipe characters that we have on the previous line. So if we look, we can see that we've got one, two, three, four, five. We'll put a space between each one, one, space, two, space, three, space, four, space, five.
Let's go ahead and preview to make sure our table is looking correct. Click the Preview button, scroll to the bottom and we can see that we now have our second row entered and the correct number of boxes are showing up. You may have an extra box showing up at the very end of the page. Don't worry. When we save the document, this will correct itself. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and then scroll down to the bottom of our text box. We can save time by selecting the row of text that we created for our second line, copying it by hitting Command+C or Ctrl+C, click to the end of the line, hit Enter or Return, then paste with Command+V or Ctrl+V. Then paste the additional rows that we are going to need for our tables.
We will do this several times until we have five additional rows and then simply go back and edit the text in the first column of each row. Let's go ahead and check our table by clicking the Save button and scrolling down on our page. We now see we have our Sample Data Table that's being created where we have the depth in one meter increments, a place for the students to enter in the number of polyps they are calculated at each of those depths.
The temperature in degree C. The salinity and a place for them to enter in, the measured values of PAR. Let's go ahead and return back to the main page of our Wiki, so we can explore all of the work that we have done thus far. To do this, simply click on Research Project Wiki and now we can browse through the entire site that we have created. We have a page called Packing List where students are able to work as an entire class to collaboratively write a single page.
Returning back to the main page of our Wiki, we then also have pages for each group to be able to individually create content to document their work. We've added some formatting to our text, added attachments, and made those images show up inline, created links to outside pages and we've even added a Sample Data Table. Let's return back to the main page of our Wiki and then return back to the main page of our course by clicking on the link for BIOL432 in the upper left-hand corner. I hope this gives you a good idea as to some of the creative uses that you can use a Wiki for inside of your Moodle course.
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