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Moodle provides students with a rich environment of information, resources, and activities to enhance what is being taught in the classroom. In Moodle Essential Training for Students, Chris Mattia walks step by step through a typical Moodle course and shows students how to be successful. Chris shows how to post materials to a custom database, participate in a live chat with other students, and even access and complete assignments online.
After changing your password the most common thing that you're going to want to do next is to go and edit your profile for your user account inside of Moodle. To do this go back up to the upper right-hand corner of your screen where you see that you are logged in as and click on your name. I will click on Elvis McNamara. And then you want to click on the tab for Edit Profile. Here you will find a bunch of information. Some of this information maybe locked out from editing by your institution. In this case though, I have got my First name available. I could change my Surname or my last name.
My Email address. I can choose how I want my email address to be displayed. Currently it set to allow other members of my course to be able to see my email address. I can allow everyone to see my address, if I would like. This way anyone at my institution can send me an email just by simply logging into Moodle and finding my information. Next, I can go in and set whether or not this email address is enabled. If I leave it set to Enabled, then any messages that are sent to my account inside of Moodle will automatically be sent to this email address. I'll go ahead and leave this set. I can then go in and set the city and town that I live in.
Right now it's sent to Somewhere. I live in Ventura, California. So I'll go ahead and set Ventura as my city. I can then select a country. United States. That's correct. Timezone, the server's local timezone. Well, I live in the same location that my institution is. So where my server is located is fine for having the local time set. My preferred language is English, and in the installation that I'm using English is my only option. However, there are many language packs available from Moodle and your institution may have those set up for you so that you can change the default language for your Moodle installation and have your entire Moodle system show up in your native language.
As I go ahead and scroll down, I have a place where I can type in a Description of myself. I'll simply put in Biology Major. But you can add any information that you would like to convey to other students at your institution to give them an idea about who you are. You can also use any HTML that you would like to provide additional formatting to the information that you provide. We'll go over all of these functionalities in a later movie, but for now just know that you can type in some text here. Let's go ahead and scroll down a little bit further.
The next major section is Picture of. Here you can upload a picture of yourself. To do this simply click the Browse button, navigate on your hard drive to find a picture of yourself. I have got a picture here of myself that's located on my desktop. I'll go ahead and click on that picture and click the Open button. I can then give the picture a description. My Picture. As I scroll down a little further, I have a place where I can list some interests. My interests are scuba diving and sailing. If you click the button for Show Advanced, you get a lot of other options. Let's go ahead and scroll back up to the top of the page and we can see some of these advanced options that are available to us. They are all highlighted in green.
Here we can set what format that we want our emails to come into us as. We can go ahead and leave it set to Pretty HTML Format and then any emails that come into us will be formatted using HTML. We can set the default character set, whether or not we want a digest. Here, you can set whether or not you want all of the postings that come in from any discussion forums that you are subscribed to inside of your courses to come in as individual messages, meaning No Digest. Complete, meaning every day email with all of the full posts will be concatenated altogether into a single message or an email that comes into you everyday that just has all of the subject lines of any discussion post for your course. This way you have a shorter message in your Inbox, but then you have to go to your course to be able to read all of the messages.
I like to have all of my messages come in one by one. So I'll go and leave it set to No Digest. There is an option for how to subscribe to the various different discussion forums. We'll go ahead and leave this set to Yes: when I post subscribe me to that forum. A lot of instructors set the discussion forums to automatically subscribe all of the students to all the discussions forums. So in a lot of cases this wouldn't be necessary, but we'll go ahead and leave this set to Yes as well. The next option is to Forum Tracking, and by default in many institutions it's set to No: don't keep track of the forum posts that I have seen. It would be a good idea for you to go ahead and change this over to Yes though and that will allow you to keep track of what messages you have already read when you go into a discussion forum. This way you can streamline your workflow a little bit more so that next time you go into a discussion forum, all the messages you've already read are already showing that you read them.
You can choose whether or not when you go into edit text inside of Moodle, if you are going to use just a standard web form where you can just simply type in text or if you can use the HTML Rich Editor. The HTML Rich Editor is this one that's down here. And it has all the different buttons available to you to add formatting, links, images and so forth. It's a good idea if your browser supports it to use the HTML editor. In most cases, if you are using the Firefox web browser you want to leave this set to use HTML. If you are using any of the other browsers, you may need to test and see whether or not your browser is going to work properly with the HTML editor that's built in to Moodle.
I'll go ahead and type in my Skype ID, which is elvis@lyndau, my AIM ID, elvis@lyndau, my Yahoo, MSN, my Institution's ID number, which is 00009. I'll also go ahead and put in my mobile number. That way any of the students that are in my class if they need to get a hold of me in the evenings outside of class, they can simply call me on my cellphone. I'll put in the number of 555-555-1212.
If I'm a commuter student, I may want to go ahead and type in my address to allow other students to be able to send me additional information and know how to find me at home. I'll leave this blank for now. You then simply click the button for Update Profile. All your information is saved and you get links directly to all of your personal information that's right up on your profile page so that anybody in any of your courses can be able to get a hold of you, find out what your interests are and know what courses you are currently enrolled in.
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