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Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers

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The next thing we want to modify inside of our course is the actual topic outline. Right now, our course is set up as a series of different topics or units or sections if you will. They are listed out here, 1 through 5. But the course that we are teaching will be better served if we had it configured so that there was a different block of content available for each week of our semester. Our semester is a 15-week semester but during Spring break, we are going to be taking our students to Belize to do a field study with them. So in that case, we are going to want a course that's set up with 16 different weeks. We also know that our semester starts on January 26th. So let's go and make these changes.
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  1. 8m 21s
    1. Welcome
      2m 8s
    2. Course overview
      5m 22s
    3. Using the exercise files
      51s
  2. 34m 55s
    1. Getting started
      2m 59s
    2. Installing Moodle on a Mac
      8m 45s
    3. Installing Moodle on a Windows computer
      14m 24s
    4. Creating user accounts
      3m 55s
    5. Creating a new course
      3m 0s
    6. Just enough site administration to get you going
      1m 52s
  3. 41m 16s
    1. Logging in and getting oriented with Moodle
      5m 8s
    2. Customizing your profile
      4m 7s
    3. Customizing course settings
      3m 49s
    4. Editing the header block
      1m 33s
    5. Posting a course syllabus
      3m 55s
    6. Communicating news to students
      3m 5s
    7. Managing files and folders
      3m 41s
    8. Posting lecture slides
      3m 11s
    9. Setting up the gradebook
      5m 35s
    10. Sending email to the class
      2m 54s
    11. Creating a simple assignment
      4m 18s
  4. 51m 28s
    1. HTML editor overview
      10m 11s
    2. Formatting text
      8m 42s
    3. Creating tables
      9m 36s
    4. Creating internal links
      7m 27s
    5. Creating external links
      7m 2s
    6. Inserting local pictures with HTML
      3m 55s
    7. Inserting pictures from Flickr
      4m 35s
  5. 49m 22s
    1. Preparing images
      6m 53s
    2. Batch-uploading files
      5m 58s
    3. Posting image files
      2m 33s
    4. Posting a photo gallery
      3m 45s
    5. Preparing audio files
      10m 14s
    6. Posting audio
      3m 50s
    7. Preparing video files
      7m 45s
    8. Posting video
      3m 48s
    9. Inserting video from YouTube
      4m 36s
  6. 37m 11s
    1. Creating a text label
      6m 14s
    2. Linking to a web site
      6m 2s
    3. Creating a text page
      4m 45s
    4. Creating a web page
      10m 56s
    5. Linking to a folder of documents
      4m 18s
    6. Inserting an IMS content package
      4m 56s
  7. 27m 23s
    1. Assignments overview
      2m 13s
    2. Advanced uploading of files
      10m 32s
    3. Online text
      4m 26s
    4. Uploading a single file
      5m 1s
    5. Offline activity
      5m 11s
  8. 11m 39s
    1. Creating a live chat room
      5m 13s
    2. Creating a choice
      6m 26s
  9. 15m 45s
    1. Setting up a simple database
      4m 14s
    2. Creating database fields
      2m 49s
    3. Customizing a database template
      1m 33s
    4. Entering data into a database
      1m 43s
    5. Enabling database auto-linking
      3m 23s
    6. Enhancing a database with file uploads
      2m 3s
  10. 17m 16s
    1. Creating a main glossary
      4m 45s
    2. Adding concepts to the glossary
      3m 16s
    3. Enabling glossary auto-linking
      3m 38s
    4. Enabling students to edit a glossary
      2m 5s
    5. Creating a secondary glossary
      3m 32s
  11. 9m 58s
    1. Creating a forum
      5m 21s
    2. Using a discussion forum
      4m 37s
  12. 32m 17s
    1. Creating a wiki
      7m 3s
    2. Wiki editing basics
      4m 26s
    3. Creating lists
      6m 1s
    4. Subdividing a class wiki
      3m 43s
    5. Adding attachments and images
      2m 54s
    6. Creating external links
      2m 27s
    7. Creating a table
      5m 43s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Online assessment overview
      1m 38s
    2. Creating question pool categories
      1m 58s
    3. Creating a first question
      6m 24s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      4m 39s
    5. Creating multiple choice questions
      7m 23s
    6. Creating short answer questions
      6m 59s
    7. Creating essay questions
      6m 22s
    8. Creating match questions
      6m 38s
    9. Creating numerical questions
      4m 56s
    10. Importing question pools from Blackboard
      6m 24s
    11. Creating a quiz
      9m 9s
    12. Adding questions to a quiz
      6m 50s
  14. 39m 16s
    1. Gradebook overview
      2m 6s
    2. Completing assignments as a student
      9m 34s
    3. Grading an assignment
      4m 52s
    4. Quick grading
      2m 25s
    5. Grading assignments with uploaded files
      2m 18s
    6. Grading offline assignments
      1m 16s
    7. Grading an online quiz
      3m 30s
    8. Quiz data analysis
      3m 4s
    9. Adding assignments
      2m 3s
    10. Exporting grades
      3m 55s
    11. Importing grades
      4m 13s
  15. 20m 4s
    1. Calendars and events overview
      3m 51s
    2. Creating a new event
      3m 21s
    3. Creating a repeating event
      3m 15s
    4. Exporting a calendar to iCal
      4m 5s
    5. Exporting a calendar to Outlook
      5m 32s
  16. 44m 40s
    1. Course administration overview
      3m 3s
    2. Managing course settings
      12m 48s
    3. Managing user roles
      2m 59s
    4. Managing groups
      4m 51s
    5. Backing up your course
      4m 34s
    6. Restoring data from a backup
      3m 14s
    7. Importing content to another course
      4m 53s
    8. Resetting a course
      3m 24s
    9. Running reports
      4m 54s
  17. 4m 14s
    1. Additional resources
      2m 58s
    2. Goodbye
      1m 16s

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Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers
8h 34m Beginner May 28, 2009

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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.

Topics include:
  • Installing and configuring Moodle
  • Preparing media files for distribution inside a Moodle course
  • Posting instructions on the course home page
  • Setting up course-specific glossaries and databases
  • Building assignments students can complete online
  • Using Moodle's built-in email and discussion boards
  • Creating a wiki inside Moodle for students to build and contribute content
  • Developing multimedia exams to assess course comprehension
Subjects:
Elearning Teacher Tools Education Educational Technology Higher Education Student Tools
Software:
Moodle
Author:
Chris Mattia

Customizing course settings

The next thing we want to modify inside of our course is the actual topic outline. Right now, our course is set up as a series of different topics or units or sections if you will. They are listed out here, 1 through 5. But the course that we are teaching will be better served if we had it configured so that there was a different block of content available for each week of our semester. Our semester is a 15-week semester but during Spring break, we are going to be taking our students to Belize to do a field study with them. So in that case, we are going to want a course that's set up with 16 different weeks. We also know that our semester starts on January 26th. So let's go and make these changes.

We go to the Administration block on the left-hand side, click on the link for Settings. The top part of the course settings section is almost always set up for you by your institution, and rarely do you need to go in and change or modify the Full name, Short name or Course ID. The Summary for your course is usually used to put the catalog description for the class that you are teaching. What we are looking to change is the format. So if we scroll down a little bit and click on the Format menu, we can change from a Topics format to a Weekly format. There are a variety of other formats that are available to us but for right now, let's just change the Topics format to Weekly. We'll set the Number of weeks to 16 and we'll change our Course start date to the 26th of January 2009. This will be for a course that's being taught during the Spring term of 2009.

Go ahead and scroll down until you find the section for Groups. Inside of our course, we are going to have a variety of different student research groups. So change the dropdown menu from No groups to Separate groups. The difference here is that Separate Groups will make it through the any work that is being conducted on Moodle by a particular group of students will only be visible to the students inside of that group and all the instructors.

If we select Visible groups, then any work that the students are conducting inside of their groups will be visible to everyone in the class. This is a personal choice that you need to make while you are building your course. In our case, we want to keep the Group work Separate. So we'll go ahead and set it to Separate groups. Another function that you may want to adjust is the availability of your course. If you are building a test course inside of a live environment, you may want to set your course to be not available to other students. This way while you are building your course, no other students will be able to go into your course and see what you are working on.

But once you make your course live, make sure you go back into this setting and change it back to This course is available to students. You can also choose if you would like to allow guest to come in and view content within your course. You can choose to have them just to have full access into your course or you can require them to enter in a key. This is helpful if you want to restrict access to some users but you don't want to have to enroll them into your course. You can come up with an enrollment key like a secret word or a password that you can type in and you can give out to people to allow them into your course.

For now, we are going to leave the Do not allow guests in, option set. We can scroll down to the bottom and click the Save changes button. Now that you can see there is a block that's been created for every single week of our semester. At the top of each content block, it has the appropriate dates for that week. There are a lot of other options that are available to you inside of the Settings window. But for now, we have got enough set to get us up and started. The next thing we are going to do is edit the header block for our course.

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