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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 step in setting up our test environment is to go ahead and create some user accounts for us to work with. To do this, simply go over to the left-hand side to the Site Administration blog and click on the link for Users. Next click on the link for Accounts and then the link for Add a new user. I am going to go ahead and create a user account for myself. Feel free to create your own user account if you'd prefer. The first blank for username. You need to make sure that the username is in all lower case. So I'm just going to use my first name, chris. Next, we'll type in a password. For all the passwords throughout this training title, for all user accounts, we're going to use the password of 12345. Check the box that says Unmask and you can see that you have typed in the password correctly.
Next, entering your first name, I'm going to type in Chris again and surname or my last name, Mattia. For my Email address, I'll go ahead and type in email@example.com. City/town, I'm in Ventura, and for the Country, I'm going to go ahead and select that blank and start typing in United and that's going to jump down to the United Arab Emirates and I'll scroll down a little bit and there we find United States. All of the red starred fields are the ones that are required; you've got those all filled out. So I'm just going to go ahead and scroll all the way to the bottom and click the Update profile button. You can see now that we not only have an Admin user but we also have a user for ourselves. The next step is to go ahead and create several different student accounts.
To do this, we're going to use the Upload users option to be able to speed this process along. So click on the link on the left-hand side in the Site Administration blog for Upload users. We are next presented to upload a file that has all the user information embedded in it. I'm going to go ahead and minimize my browser for just a second and I'm going to open up the Exercise Files folder and inside of Chapter 01, there is a file called Users.csv. I am going to Right-click or Ctrl-click and choose to open that with TextEdit, so you can see what's inside of this file. Inside of this file is just a simple text file and it has the field names: username, email, firstname, lastname, password, country. Then I have created a whole series of different users.
I have repeated my user information so we can make sure that it works properly. Then I have also created users for Sally Jones, Johnny Smith, Al Uminium, Eugene Sanches, and Elvis McNamera. You can see that the password for all of them are 12345, they are all located in the United States. Their first name is their username and their first firstname.lastname@example.org is their email address. If you do not have this file, go ahead and create it now, you can pause the video in order to type it in. Make user you save this file as a plain text.csv file. I'm going to go ahead and close that file, and I'm going to return back to my browser and let's go ahead and browse to find that file. Click the Browse link and I have already navigated to my Chapter 01 Exercise Files. I'm going to select the Users.csv file, click the Open button. We know that the delimiter is a comma, the Encoding is UTF-8 and we can preview 10 rows.
I'll click the button for Upload users and you can see that all of the user information is all come in. We'll go ahead and scroll down to the very bottom and click the button for Upload users. Now all of these users have been created successfully and we have a bunch of students that we can work with inside of our course. I'll click the Continue button and it takes me back to my Upload users. Let's go back to the link in the upper left that says to lyndaU and it returned us back to the main screen.
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