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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.
The next question that we are going to create is going to be another True/False question but in this case we are going to incorporate an image into the question. To do this, simply click the dropdown menu for create a new question and select True/False from the dropdown menu. For the Question Category, we'll select Identification of Organisms. Next, for the Question name, for simplicity sake of the training, we'll go ahead and type in True False. Next, we'll come down to the Question text. The question is the animal depicted here is a sponge named Aplysina fistularis.
Now as we have mentioned several times, any time a scientific name is displayed, you want to make sure that you select the name, and click on the Italics button to italicize the text. Next there is two ways that we can insert an image directly into this question.
The first way is to simply come down to the dropdown menu for Image to display, then scroll down and find the image that you want to display. In this case, we'll choose Images/Aplysina_ fistularis_colony.jpg. We'll then go ahead and scroll down to the place where we can select the correct answer. In this case the correct answer is True. We will scroll down to the bottom and then click the Save changes button. We'll click the Preview button next to the True/False question. Notice that the only question that's being displayed is the True/False question because we have selected in the Category for Identification of Organisms. If we want to see all the questions, we can select Default for Coral Reef Ecology, and all the questions will be displayed.
Let's click the magnifying glass to preview the question. The image is being pulled from our files and folders where we have uploaded the image in a previous exercise. We can test the answer by simply checking the box for True and clicking the Submit button and the question is graded properly. Let's go ahead and close this window, go back and edit this file again, scroll down to the window where we can see the name of the file, and now let's go ahead and import and image from an outside website. To do this, let's first find the image that we want to link to by hitting Command+T or Ctrl+T on our keyboard to open a new tab, then let's go to Flickr, www.flickr.com.
We will type into the Search field, moodle_esst_teachers. We'll click the Search button. We'll scroll down in the window until we find our Aplysina image, then we can right-click or Ctrl- click on the image and select View Image from the dropdown menu. The URL that's displayed at the top of the page is the direct URL to this image. So let's select that URL, copy it by hitting Command+C or Ctrl+C on our keyboard, then go back to our Moodle tab, and inside of our test question, we'll hit Return one time then click the button to insert an image.
For the Image URL this time, we'll simply paste by hitting Command+V or Ctrl+V on our keyboard into the Image URL field. For Alternate text, we'll type, Image of a sponge, because we don't want to give this specific information to the student so that the pop-up text would show up and tell them the correct answer. We can then select any alignment, border thickness, spacing, or size that we want to use. In this case, we'll leave all of these blank and simply click OK. The image is then pulled directly from Flickr and input into our field.
If we scroll own to the bottom the page, click the Save changes button, and we preview the image by clicking the magnifying glass. Now we can see that we have two images that are being displayed: one that's being pulled directly from Flickr, and one that is being pulled from our internal file directory, both of which allow your students to scroll down in the page and answer the question with true or false. Go ahead and close the window for the preview. Next we'll build a multiple choice question.
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