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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.
Inside of every course in Moodle the main content of the course is located in the center section, and it's broken down as a series of blocks of content. Since we set up this course as a weekly course, you can see that there's one block for each week of the term. At the very top of the course though, there's one special block called the header block, and this is a place to post general information that's relevant to the entire course. It's a good place to post a little header graphic maybe or a description of your course and a good place to post things like your course syllabi, and that's what we're going to get started doing in this movie.
So to begin, go to the upper right-hand corner and click on the button for Turn editing on. Now this button is the first button that you want to click on when you first come into your course all the time as the instructor, because this is the button that gives all of the different controls for your course. Now to edit the header block, we can begin by coming up here to the very top of the header block and click on the little icon of the hand with the pencil which says Edit summary. This will take us into the summary for this block.
Every single one of the blocks within your course, all of the weekly blocks as well as the header block, has one of these summary headers. Now there are a couple of ways to go about setting up this header, and we're going to step though each of them real quick. The first one is to go ahead and uncheck the Use default section name. And then in the blank for Section name, we'll simply type in the name of the course, BIOL432:Coral Reef Ecology. We'll come on down at the bottom and hit Save changes to see what effect that has in our course.
Now we can see that there is a light header that's shown up here at the very top of the header block that just denotes what the name of the course is. You can see that it's listed in gray just as the dates are listed in gray at the top of each of their blocks. So that's what that little section does. Let's go ahead and hit the Edit summary link again and click back on the Use default section name so that nothing shows up in that part. Now we'll come down here to the Summary section. In this part we could type in the same thing, BIOL432: Coral Reef Ecology.
And we can apply some formatting to this. We'll go ahead and select the text and come up here to the third dropdown menu that says Paragraph, click on that, and come on down to Heading 1. And this will apply a little bit of HTML styles to this. It makes some nice big text there, and then we'll come down at the end of this, hit Return, and we'll type in that simple tagline: "A general course on Coral Reef Ecology." We'll go ahead down at the bottom and click the Save changes button, and we can see how that looks.
It applies the HTML formatting for us, for the Heading 1, and then it has our single line of text description underneath. Well, that does work, but its a little plain vanilla; it's not quite very nice. Let's go ahead and let's edit this one more time. I'm going to hit the Edit summary. This time I'm going go ahead and just select all of the text that we've typed in so far and I'm going to hit Delete on my keyboard to get rid of it all. And what I've done is I've gone ahead and I've created a header graphic. And we're going to insert that right here.
So what we're going to do is in this lower line where you see the little icon of a tree, go ahead and click on that and that's going to take us to the Insert/edit image tool. Let's go ahead and click the Find or upload an image link right here at the top and it takes us to our standard File picker. We can go over here to our Upload a file, and we're going to go over and hit the Browse button. And we're going to go into the Chapter 02 exercise files, and go ahead and select the logoBIOL432.png.
If you don't have access to this, you can go ahead and create your own header graphic. This is just a very simple file. It's about 500 pixels x 80 pixels high, and it's just got some text written in here. So go ahead and select that and hit the Open button. And I'm going to leave the Save as blank, because the name that I've chosen in file name is just fine. It's got my author and a specific license, all rights reserved, and I'll go ahead and upload this file. And you can see that image gets added right here. You don't want to just go ahead and hit Insert; what you want to do is you really do need to go into the Image description and fill something in here.
This is going to make your image 508-compliant. It's going to accessible to screen readers. So we're going to go ahead and type in BIOL432:Coral Reef Ecology. Go ahead and hit the Insert button, and that image is inserted right here at the top of our page. Go ahead and hit Save changes. And there we go! We now have our Coral Reef Ecology with a nice graphic up at the top, and we've been able to include all of the pertinent information for our course.
We've got the course number, we've got when the course meets, and the room number information. If you wanted to add some additional course description information, you could go back into the Edit and add that underneath of the text. But I like having my screen nice and clean like this. And in the next movie, we'll go ahead and post our course syllabi into the header section.
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