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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 course is to edit the header block. The top block of every course is often referred to as the header block. If you click the Edit icon at the top of this block, you brought into the basic HTML editor from Moodle. Inside of this block, let's add a header to our course. To do this simply type in a message, such as Welcome to Coral Reef Ecology, hit Return. And now, if you have access to the Exercise Files, go ahead and open up the course Syllabus from the Chapter 2 Exercise Files and copy the objective for the course. You can do this by selecting the Objective and hitting Command+C or Ctrl+C on your keyboard.
Next, jump back into Moodle and hit Command+V or Ctrl+V to paste the description in. Let's go ahead and format the Welcome to Coral Reef Ecology by selecting it and clicking the third dropdown menu and telling it it's Heading 1. This will apply formatting to that block of text. We'll go ahead and hit Save Changes and now we have a nice welcome that shows up at the top of our course and then the description as to what a student is going to learn inside of the course. You can add anything you want into the top of this heading. You simply type in the information into the Web Editor.
We'll go into more detail in later movies, as to how to use the Web Editor. This same heading section is available in all of the other content blocks throughout the course. Simply look for the Edit Summary icon and you can edit the summary for that area. The next step in setting up our course is to post the course syllabi, and we'll do that in the next movie.
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