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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.
In the previous movie, when we were setting up the data fields for our database, we checked the box for enable autolinking on the Species_Name. What autolinking will do, if it's enabled on your server, is it will allow Moodle to-- anytime it encounters this particular phrase, Gymnothorax funebris, Acropora palmata, whatever is in the Species_Name. Anytime Moodle encounters that word or phrase throughout your entire course, it will autolink that text directly into this database and select the record that is associated with that name. In order to do this though, you have to make sure that Enable Autolinking is on inside of the configuration of the server. And it may not be on by default.
So in this example, we'll show you how to turn that on. But let's go ahead and first return back to our course. Click on the BIOL432 and scroll down to the second week in the semester where we created the webpage called Green Moray Eel Overview. Go ahead and click on that page and we can see that we have the scientific name Gymnothorax funebris here and down here it's repeated as well. Neither of these two listings are hyperlinked right now. Let's go ahead and turn on autolinking in databases so that we can see how this function will work. Go ahead and return back to your course one more time then go up to the upper right hand corner and Logout.
And if you are following along with the test server that we created earlier, you will need to Login as the Administrator. So go ahead and select your user name and type in admin and type in the password, which is set by default to 12345. Click the button for Login. And now on the left hand side under Site Administration, go down to the Modules link and click on Modules, then click on Filters, then click on Manage filters. There's a filter called database Autolinking that we need to enable. Go ahead and click the icon to enable, disable and the eye should be showing.
Now simply return back to the main site by clicking on lyndaU in the upper left corner, logout of the Administrator account by clicking Logout in the upper right. Then go ahead and log back in as yourself. Or if you are following along with me, my Login name is Chris and my password is 12345. Go ahead and click the Login button. And we'll return back to our Coral Reef Ecology class. Scroll down to the Green Moray Eel Overview in the second week of the semester. This time when we click on he link, we can see that the term Gymnothorax funebris both in the species listing and at the top are both now hyperlinked.
If we click on that link, it takes us directly into the database and brings up the record that we associated with that name and we turned autolinking on for. This is just a simple example as to how you can use the autolinking feature inside of the database of Moodle. You can imagine, if you had more data and data fields associated with each record, you could build a very rich environment for your students to have contextual information available to them throughout your entire course.
And in the next movie, we'll go ahead and enhance this database by adding some more data fields to it. That will accomplish another one of the goals of our course.
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