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Creating a table

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Video: Creating a table

We're inside of the Coral Group page inside of our course Wiki. The next thing that we want to add is a data table down at the bottom of this page so that the students can enter in the data for depth, salinity, temperature, and photosynthetic radiation that they're going to be collecting on the field trip. So let's go ahead and scroll up to the top of the page and click on the Edit tab so we can go into the Edit mode for this page. Then scroll down and at the bottom of our block of text Put in a couple of Line Returns and then type-in a subheading by typing an == Data Table==, hit Return.

Creating a table

We're inside of the Coral Group page inside of our course Wiki. The next thing that we want to add is a data table down at the bottom of this page so that the students can enter in the data for depth, salinity, temperature, and photosynthetic radiation that they're going to be collecting on the field trip. So let's go ahead and scroll up to the top of the page and click on the Edit tab so we can go into the Edit mode for this page. Then scroll down and at the bottom of our block of text Put in a couple of Line Returns and then type-in a subheading by typing an == Data Table==, hit Return.

Now to create a table is a little bit tricky inside of a Wiki, but follow along and we'll get through it, no problem. The first thing we need to do is we need to define the region for the table. And you do that by opening and closing a curly brace. So I like to put an open curly brace on the left-hand side, then typing a pipe character that we mentioned earlier, hit Return, and then type-in another pipe character and close it with a right-hand curly brace. Now use the Up Arrow on your keyboard to back up to the first line and put in a Return.

Now we have the definition as to where our table is going to go in the page. Now we need to define the first row. To do this, type-in another pipe character and then a dash. I'd like to separate out all of my headings on separate lines. So I make sure that I put a space after my dash, I hit Return, and now if I'll type-in an exclamation point to denote that this is my first heading. I'll put a Space and then type-in Depth. Hit Return, I'll put another exclamation point, another Space, Salinity, hit Return.

exclamation point, Space, Temperature, and of course we're going to record our temperatures in Degrees Celsius. So I'll put a parenthesis, a capital C, and another parenthesis, and I hit Return. One more exclamation point, a Space, and then type in PAR in all uppercase. Hit Return and that just defines our first row. Next we need to define the second row which is going to be the first row of data that we're going to be, including in our table. So we'll start off this row the same way we started the last row with a pipe character, again the vertical bar and a dash.

Then hit Return, another pipe character, Space, 1m for 1 meter, and then hit Return. We're now going to type-in a pipe character on the next three lines and make sure you put a space after the character. If you don't put a space, it's not going to create that cell for you. What we're doing right now is we're creating first the header row and now each additional row of data. So let's continue creating the second row by typing in a pipe character, a Space, a Return, a pipe character, a Space, a Return, and one more pipe character, and a Space.

Now let's go ahead and check our work. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Preview button. When we scroll down on the page, we now can see that we have our data table already set up for us. We have our first row of headings and these headings have been added in here by having that exclamation point and it's formatted this first row. We then have our second row where the first cell has the 1m for the first meter in depth and then additional spaces for our students to be able to fill in the data later.

Now let's go ahead and add the additional rows that we need to go to 2 meters, 3 meters, 4 meters, and 5 meters. To save ourselves a little typing, we can scroll down on the page and then scroll down inside of our Edit window. And now we can go ahead and simply select the pipe with the dash that's just above the 1m all the way down to the last pipe that's before our closing brackets. So altogether, you should have five lines selected. one, two, three, four, five.

Press Command or Ctrl+C on your keyboard to copy those five lines. Then at the end of the last line, hit Return, press Command or Ctrl+V to paste in the text. Hit Return, paste again with Command or Ctrl+V. Hit Return, paste again, hit Return, and press Command or Ctrl+V one more time. So now when we go down the list, we should have one, two, three, four, five 1 meters. Okay, let's go ahead and edit those now.

So the second one should be listed as 2. The third one should be 3, scroll down a little bit. The fourth one should be 4, and the fifth one should be 5. And we'll go ahead and preview this by clicking the Preview button, and then we'll scroll on back down. And there we go! We have our data table and it's all set up. Now I want to show you something that could be something that fools you a little bit. So go ahead and scroll back down, I'm going to go back into our data table. Now at the row just below the 1 meter mark, if we click our mouse just at the end of that line, we can see that there is currently a pipe character and then a Space.

What I want you to do is I want you to Backspace and get rid of that one space that was right there. Let's go ahead and scroll down on our page and preview the page to see what happens. When we scroll down in the list, now we can see that in the first row we're not getting the correct number of columns. And that's because that space is really important. It really separates out and tells the Wiki that we really do mean to have a column of data right here. So in order to remedy that, scroll back down in our list, go down just to the line just below the 1 meter where we got rid of that space, and put the space back in place.

Now scroll all the way to the bottom of our page and click the Save button. And when we scroll down in our window, we have our data table that's been added properly for us. Creating a data table inside of a Wiki can be a little tricky, but it's not bad. You just need to start off by using the curly brackets, use a pipe character to define each of the rows. And if you want to define the header row, just use the exclamation point instead of the pipe characters to get this nicely formatted header row. There is a lot of other tricks that you can use inside of a Wiki.

I'd suggest spending some time playing around with this module to see what are the things that you can do and how you can implement a Wiki for your class. Let's go ahead and return back to our course by scrolling back up to the top of the page and clicking on the link for BIOL432 in the breadcrumbs. We'll also move our Settings block back out to the main course by clicking on the Undock this item link in the top of the dock. Now everything is set back up the way that we've been working all along and we're ready to move on to the next chapter.

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  1. 3m 26s
    1. Welcome
      1m 14s
    2. Course overview
      1m 34s
    3. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 1h 10m
    1. What you need to get started
      4m 27s
    2. Installing Moodle on a Mac
      9m 23s
    3. Configuring Moodle for the Mac
      5m 29s
    4. Installing Moodle on a Windows computer
      11m 35s
    5. Configuring Moodle for Windows
      7m 21s
    6. Creating a custom theme
      10m 0s
    7. Creating user accounts
      6m 4s
    8. Creating a new course
      6m 35s
    9. Just enough site administration
      9m 51s
  3. 1h 20m
    1. Logging in and getting oriented
      4m 23s
    2. Managing private files
      3m 41s
    3. Customizing your profile
      8m 26s
    4. Customizing course settings
      10m 14s
    5. Editing the header block
      5m 18s
    6. Posting a course syllabus
      3m 43s
    7. Communicating news to students
      4m 4s
    8. Managing files and folders
      6m 14s
    9. Posting lecture slides
      4m 37s
    10. Organizing course content
      12m 31s
    11. Setting up the Gradebook
      5m 4s
    12. Creating a simple assignment
      9m 45s
    13. Messaging students
      2m 49s
  4. 26m 45s
    1. HTML Editor overview
      5m 9s
    2. Formatting text
      5m 10s
    3. Creating internal links
      3m 14s
    4. Creating external links
      2m 42s
    5. Inserting local pictures with HTML
      4m 26s
    6. Creating equations
      6m 4s
  5. 47m 28s
    1. Preparing images
      5m 19s
    2. Posting image files
      3m 18s
    3. Posting a photo gallery
      3m 23s
    4. Creating header graphics in Fireworks
      7m 58s
    5. Preparing audio
      9m 41s
    6. Posting audio files
      4m 49s
    7. Preparing video
      7m 21s
    8. Posting QuickTime video as .mov files
      2m 43s
    9. Posting Flash video as .flv files
      2m 56s
  6. 36m 9s
    1. Understanding repositories
      3m 5s
    2. Configuring a Dropbox repository
      6m 13s
    3. Using a Dropbox repository
      4m 43s
    4. Configuring a Google Docs repository
      1m 15s
    5. Using a Google Docs repository
      5m 20s
    6. Configuring a Flickr repository
      6m 13s
    7. Using a Flickr repository
      4m 5s
    8. Configuring the YouTube videos repository
      1m 7s
    9. Using the YouTube videos repository
      4m 8s
  7. 38m 50s
    1. Understanding resources and activities
      1m 9s
    2. Posting a file or document
      8m 36s
    3. Displaying a folder of documents
      4m 33s
    4. Using a label to bring your course to life
      6m 42s
    5. Creating a custom web page
      10m 33s
    6. Posting a URL for a web resource
      7m 17s
  8. 25m 51s
    1. Assignments overview
      1m 43s
    2. Advanced uploading of files assignment
      11m 32s
    3. Online text assignment
      4m 20s
    4. Uploading a single file assignment
      3m 42s
    5. Offline activity assignment
      3m 21s
    6. Assignment and Gradebook interactions
      1m 13s
  9. 35m 34s
    1. Creating a live chat room
      4m 57s
    2. Understanding Choice, Feedback, and Survey activities
      1m 23s
    3. Creating a Choice activity
      5m 10s
    4. Creating a customized Feedback activity
      4m 47s
    5. Adding a multiple choice question
      3m 14s
    6. Adding a dependent followup question
      3m 7s
    7. Adding a rating question
      2m 39s
    8. Adding an open response question
      2m 36s
    9. Analyzing Feedback results
      4m 16s
    10. Adding a standardized survey
      3m 25s
  10. 17m 18s
    1. Creating a main glossary
      5m 29s
    2. Adding concepts to the glossary
      2m 53s
    3. Enabling glossary auto-linking
      2m 53s
    4. Creating a secondary glossary
      6m 3s
  11. 11m 56s
    1. Creating a forum
      4m 40s
    2. Seeding a forum with questions
      3m 9s
    3. Participating in a forum
      4m 7s
  12. 31m 24s
    1. Creating a wiki
      4m 15s
    2. Wiki editing basics
      5m 28s
    3. Creating new pages
      2m 47s
    4. Creating lists
      3m 42s
    5. Adding images
      3m 53s
    6. Creating external links
      4m 24s
    7. Creating a table
      6m 55s
  13. 1h 4m
    1. Online assessment overview
      1m 20s
    2. Creating question pool categories
      2m 24s
    3. Creating a first question
      7m 10s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      3m 1s
    5. Creating multiple choice questions
      8m 22s
    6. Creating short answer questions
      8m 19s
    7. Creating essay questions
      4m 59s
    8. Creating match questions
      7m 10s
    9. Creating a quiz
      9m 0s
    10. Adding questions to a quiz
      2m 20s
    11. Changing the order of questions
      3m 1s
    12. Assigning quiz points
      1m 35s
    13. Previewing a finished quiz
      5m 50s
  14. 39m 38s
    1. Gradebook overview
      4m 53s
    2. Moving an assignment into a category
      1m 33s
    3. Completing assignments as a student
      11m 31s
    4. Grading assignments
      5m 5s
    5. Using quick grading
      1m 28s
    6. Grading assignments with uploaded files
      1m 58s
    7. Grading offline assignments
      1m 26s
    8. Grading an online quiz
      5m 1s
    9. Exporting grades to Excel
      2m 48s
    10. Importing grades from Excel
      3m 55s
  15. 9m 55s
    1. Calendars and events overview
      4m 8s
    2. Creating a new event
      2m 40s
    3. Creating a repeating event
      3m 7s
  16. 50m 41s
    1. Course administration overview
      2m 54s
    2. Managing course settings
      9m 5s
    3. Enabling completion tracking
      2m 20s
    4. Setting tracking for resources and activities
      3m 38s
    5. Managing tracking settings
      3m 51s
    6. Reporting on course tracking
      1m 32s
    7. Managing user roles
      4m 2s
    8. Backing up your course
      3m 36s
    9. Restoring data from a backup
      4m 50s
    10. Restoring a Moodle 1.9 course into Moodle 2.1
      6m 25s
    11. Importing content to another course
      3m 46s
    12. Resetting a course
      4m 42s
  17. 2m 6s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 37s
    2. Goodbye
      29s

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