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In this course, author Chris Mattia helps educators create online courses that complement classroom-based instruction and foster student interaction using the free learning management system Moodle. The course details the basics of setting up a test environment, disseminating course information, creating forums, and assessing student progress. Tutorials on building course materials with Moodle's built-in HTML editor, preparing and posting various types of media, uploading assignments, and evaluating tests automatically are also included.
Now we need some user accounts to be able to work with throughout the training series. So in order to create those, simply come on down here in the left-hand side and look for the Site administration section and scroll down a little bit further and click on Users and then click on Accounts. The first thing we want to do is we're going to add a single user account for ourselves, so go ahead and hit the Add a new user link, and that will bring up the Create a new user account page. So we'll simply give ourselves a username. I'm going to give myself the username of chris in all lowercase, and I'm going to set my password to 12345.
Again, this is just going to be very easy. You can create any username you want to use, any password you want, but if you want to follow along and do what I'm doing, go ahead and use chris and set your password to 12345. For my First Name I'm going to use Chris, C-H-R-I-S. Surname is Mattia, M-A-T-T-I-A. My email address, I'm going to go ahead and use firstname.lastname@example.org. This is not my actual email address, by the way. So we'll go ahead and scroll on down here a little bit further and we go to City/town.
I am in Ventura, and I'm going to hit the Select a country. Now I'm just going to go ahead and hit the U on my keyboard and it's going to automatically jump down to the U section, and I can scroll down just a little bit further and there I find the United States. If you're watching this video from another country, go ahead and feel free to select the country that you're in. Now we're going to scroll on down, all the way down to the very bottom, and click the Update profile button. There we go. We can see now that we have our own user account with our email address set up in here and all of our information, and that's going to be fine for the teacher account that we're going to be using to manage our course, but it would be very nice to be able to have some students in our course, so that we can see what students see as well.
We could step through that exact process, clicking Add new user and creating a whole series of different users, but instead, what I've gone ahead and done-- if you go ahead and minimize this window down out of the way--I've created a Users.csv file. It's just a plain text file that's a comma-separated file, and in here it's pretty simply set up. If you don't have access to the exercise files, just go ahead and pause the screen and type all the stuff in exactly as you see it; username,emailaddress,firstname, no space in there,lastname,password,country, and there's no spaces between any of these different things.
Put a single line return, and then I've just created the following users, chris, and this is all my information right here. That way we can test to make sure that the import process is going smoothly. It should go ahead and skip over this account because we already have it. And I've created the user of Sally, Johnny, Al, Eugene, and Elvis. Go ahead and close that file now. Let's go back to our Moodle install, and what we want to do now is we want to go to Upload users link. This is in Accounts and under Upload users.
It's going to ask us to choose a file. Go ahead and hit Choose file, and we're going to go the Upload a file link on the left, and under Attachment hit the Browse button, and it should take us out to our desktop. We're going to go to Exercise Files/Chapter 01/Users.csv. This is the file we just showed you. Hit Open and go ahead and hit Upload this file. Everything should be all set up right here. Go ahead and hit the Upload users button, and we can see that Moodle successfully brought in all of these users.
It's giving us a preview of what their first and last names are. We'll go ahead and scroll on down, and we'll just check a few of these settings here. We are going to leave New user password, password, Create password if needed, so all of these users are brand-new users and it is going to create a password and it's going to set it what we've set here, 12345 for everything. We're not going to force the password to be changed. We don't need, every time one of these test students logs in, which is going to be us, that we're going to want to have to change the password because it's the first time we're logging in.
We do want to make sure that we're preventing email duplications, so if you took and you changed the administrator password in an earlier movie when you had the Edit screen up for that, then if you change the administrator's email address to your own email address, you weren't able to use your own email address here. Let's go ahead and scroll on down, and we can see in the Default values we can set a few of those right now. The City/town, we can go ahead and set that to Somewhere because we only set the country code; we didn't set the actual city. If you wanted to change this to some other city, you can go ahead and change that there.
And for Institution, I'm going to go ahead and add in Yondo University because that's the university that all of these students are attending. Let's go ahead and hit the Upload user button, and there we go. We've now created all of those user accounts. Go ahead and hit the Continue button. That just solidifies everything now. Go ahead and go back to the Home link in the upper left-hand corner, and let's test one of those. Go to the upper-right and click on Logout, and the Logout button goes ahead and changes and it now shows you Login, so just go ahead and hit Login.
And this time on the Login screen, instead of typing "admin," go ahead and type in your username that you set up for yourself. I have set up chris, and I'm going to set type in my password 12345, and hit the Login button. And there we go. I can see that I am logged in as me. You can log in as any of those additional users. You have the list of the student user names. If you want to test those, you're more than welcome to. In future movies when I go ahead and log in as one of those student accounts, I'll call out the username and password throughout the training series.
In the next movie, we're going to go ahead and set up our default course.
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