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In this course, author Chris Mattia explores Moodle's rich learning environment and helps students successfully navigate a typical Moodle course. Serving as a reference guide, the course provides instruction on key Moodle functions, such as posting materials to student's blog, participating in live chats with other students, completing assignments online, accessing grades and instructor feedback, and more.
Now let's go ahead and customize our profile. In the last movie, we navigated to this page from the homepage. Another way to access this page is simply to click on our name in the upper right-hand corner. When I click on my name, it reloads the page to exactly where we just were. What we're looking for is we're looking for over here in the Settings block, this link for Edit profile, so I'll go ahead and click on the Edit profile link. And this is all of my personal profile settings for my campus Moodle server. And the settings that are in here, you may be able to edit all of these; you may not be able to edit any of them.
It's going to be completely dependent on the specific security permissions that have been set up at your institution. But in this case, I am able to go ahead and edit my First name and my Surname or my last name. I am able to go ahead and set up my Email address and I have this set to my campus email address, and it's usually important to make sure that you have your email address using your campus email address rather than some outside personal email account. That way you know that all your email is coming to you. The Email display, you can choose whether or not you want other members of your campus community to be able to see and access your email address directly from here.
So it's a personal privacy setting that you have. You can also choose how you want that email to come in to you. The default is set to Pretty HTML format, which is pretty standard for most of us these days. It used to be the time when most people just used plain text email, but times have changed these days and most people now just use the standard HTML formatted email. The next is Email digest type, and this is a really nice setting because let's face it, we all get a ton of email every single day, and when you're working in a class, you may not need to get a brand-new email every time some member of your class posts an item into one of the discussion forums.
It would be pretty nice to be able to just get one email at the end of the day that has all of the discussion forum items throughout that entire day. And to do that, what you can do is you can go ahead and select the Complete (daily email with full posts) or just the Subjects (daily emails with subjects only) and then go into your Moodle class and look at all the detailed information. Personally, I'd like to get the Complete (daily emails with full posts) and that will come in a digest format, so just one email with all of that information.
For Forum auto-subscribe, I do like to make sure that when I post, I should be automatically subscribed. That way I can keep track of any of the discussions that I participate in either within my course or within any of the institutional forums that are using Moodle. For Forum tracking, I definitely like to set this to Yes: highlight new posts for me. That way when I go in and I click on a post and I know I've read it, Moodle will go ahead and keep track of that information for me and I don't have to remember which ones I have and have not read yet. The next one When editing, Use the HTML editor, this is great because the HTML editor will allow you to add a lot of formatting directly to your documents.
You need to make sure that your city or town is typed in here and right now, I've got a default setting of Somewhere, so I'll go ahead and change that to Ventura, which is where I am currently at. And I can select my country from this list and there is a listing of most all the countries around the world which you can choose from. Moodle is used pretty much pervasively around the world throughout education. You can choose how your time zones are set up and your preferred language. If you have a preferred language other than English, that may be available on your Moodle site. Moodle has been localized in a lot of different languages and so you may find out that your Moodle server has many other languages available to you that you can choose to view all your content in.
The next section for Description is a place for you to add some general description about yourself. So I'd like to put in here that I'm a Biology Major and I am currently in my 3rd Year. Let's go ahead and scroll down a little bit. The next option here is for a User picture and this is a nice thing. You can have a little picture of yourself which shows up on your page anytime you make a posting anywhere in your course. So for New picture, I'm going to go ahead and click the Choose a file button, and this will bring up my standard File picker.
And you'll notice that there is a lot of different options. Your institution may have these options. It may have some other ones available to you. I'm going to go ahead and click the Upload a file button and hit the Browse button now and I'm going to navigate on my hard drive up here on my Desktop. And I've got a folder called elvis, which is my folder, and I've got a headshot.jpg picture. It's a picture of me right there. I'll go ahead and hit Open and that'll attach that file right there and I can hit the Upload this file button. The headshot shows up.
Now it's a good idea to go ahead and put a Picture description, and I'll go ahead and type in Elvis. The next section allows us to type-in some interests, especially if you're interested in some different clubs that are going on on-campus or you've got some different hobbies that you'd like to participate in, this is a great way to share that information with your fellow students that may or may not know about some of those interests. So I'll type in some of my interests. Sailing, swimming, and scuba. Next we can come on down here to the bottom and set up some optional items.
Now if you have your own personal website, you can go ahead and set that up right here. Just type in the URL, and that'll provide folks with a link out to that website. If you use any of the social networking sites, you can go ahead and type-in those addresses here. So for instance if you use Skype, you can type in, let's see, I'm just going to use a fake name here Elvis@yondo.edu. If you use the AOL Instant Messenger, you can type in that screen name right there. Same thing for Yahoo, MSN.
Your campus ID number may be filled in for you already. If not, you could look at your ID card and go ahead and type that in. I'm going to type mine in, 0000912. My Institution then is a lot of times it's already filled in for you, but if not, you can go ahead and type that in right there. If you're associated with a particular department, so for instance I'm a Biology Major. I'll go ahead and type that in here, Biology. If you want to give other students on campus access to your phone number, you can do that here, but I know many of us these days only use a cell phone.
So I'll go ahead and type in my cell phone number. That way other students that are taking the class that need to get a hold of me, they can just give me a call on my cell phone and we can set up a study session. So I'll go ahead and type in my cell phone number, 555-555-1212, and if you're a commuter student, it may be helpful for you to go ahead and type in your address and leave that information here. That way other students that are living near you, if you may want to be able to set up a rideshare or have an outside study session or something like that. All right, that should be all we need to set up for our user profile.
We'll go ahead and hit the Update profile button at the bottom and now we can see our user picture has been added in here, our description is added up here at the top, and all of our personal information has been added in here. Now notice that the phone number, mobile number does not display by default. Folks would have to be able to message you in order to be able to access that information directly.
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