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Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers

Exporting a calendar to iCal


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Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers

with Chris Mattia

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A great feature of the built-in calendar inside of Moodle is the ability to export its calendar information into the open standard iCal format. Any calendar program that you use on your desktop system that will work with the open iCal format can then import this calendar directly into your desktop calendar program. In this movie, we're going to show you how to do this on the Mac. In the next movie, we'll show you how to do this in Windows. So if you're following along with the Mac, simply scroll to the bottom of your calendar page and click on the button for Export Calendar. Now, we can set up the parameters as to how we want our calendar to be exported.
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  1. 8m 21s
    1. Welcome
      2m 8s
    2. Course overview
      5m 22s
    3. Using the exercise files
      51s
  2. 34m 55s
    1. Getting started
      2m 59s
    2. Installing Moodle on a Mac
      8m 45s
    3. Installing Moodle on a Windows computer
      14m 24s
    4. Creating user accounts
      3m 55s
    5. Creating a new course
      3m 0s
    6. Just enough site administration to get you going
      1m 52s
  3. 41m 16s
    1. Logging in and getting oriented with Moodle
      5m 8s
    2. Customizing your profile
      4m 7s
    3. Customizing course settings
      3m 49s
    4. Editing the header block
      1m 33s
    5. Posting a course syllabus
      3m 55s
    6. Communicating news to students
      3m 5s
    7. Managing files and folders
      3m 41s
    8. Posting lecture slides
      3m 11s
    9. Setting up the gradebook
      5m 35s
    10. Sending email to the class
      2m 54s
    11. Creating a simple assignment
      4m 18s
  4. 51m 28s
    1. HTML editor overview
      10m 11s
    2. Formatting text
      8m 42s
    3. Creating tables
      9m 36s
    4. Creating internal links
      7m 27s
    5. Creating external links
      7m 2s
    6. Inserting local pictures with HTML
      3m 55s
    7. Inserting pictures from Flickr
      4m 35s
  5. 49m 22s
    1. Preparing images
      6m 53s
    2. Batch-uploading files
      5m 58s
    3. Posting image files
      2m 33s
    4. Posting a photo gallery
      3m 45s
    5. Preparing audio files
      10m 14s
    6. Posting audio
      3m 50s
    7. Preparing video files
      7m 45s
    8. Posting video
      3m 48s
    9. Inserting video from YouTube
      4m 36s
  6. 37m 11s
    1. Creating a text label
      6m 14s
    2. Linking to a web site
      6m 2s
    3. Creating a text page
      4m 45s
    4. Creating a web page
      10m 56s
    5. Linking to a folder of documents
      4m 18s
    6. Inserting an IMS content package
      4m 56s
  7. 27m 23s
    1. Assignments overview
      2m 13s
    2. Advanced uploading of files
      10m 32s
    3. Online text
      4m 26s
    4. Uploading a single file
      5m 1s
    5. Offline activity
      5m 11s
  8. 11m 39s
    1. Creating a live chat room
      5m 13s
    2. Creating a choice
      6m 26s
  9. 15m 45s
    1. Setting up a simple database
      4m 14s
    2. Creating database fields
      2m 49s
    3. Customizing a database template
      1m 33s
    4. Entering data into a database
      1m 43s
    5. Enabling database auto-linking
      3m 23s
    6. Enhancing a database with file uploads
      2m 3s
  10. 17m 16s
    1. Creating a main glossary
      4m 45s
    2. Adding concepts to the glossary
      3m 16s
    3. Enabling glossary auto-linking
      3m 38s
    4. Enabling students to edit a glossary
      2m 5s
    5. Creating a secondary glossary
      3m 32s
  11. 9m 58s
    1. Creating a forum
      5m 21s
    2. Using a discussion forum
      4m 37s
  12. 32m 17s
    1. Creating a wiki
      7m 3s
    2. Wiki editing basics
      4m 26s
    3. Creating lists
      6m 1s
    4. Subdividing a class wiki
      3m 43s
    5. Adding attachments and images
      2m 54s
    6. Creating external links
      2m 27s
    7. Creating a table
      5m 43s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Online assessment overview
      1m 38s
    2. Creating question pool categories
      1m 58s
    3. Creating a first question
      6m 24s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      4m 39s
    5. Creating multiple choice questions
      7m 23s
    6. Creating short answer questions
      6m 59s
    7. Creating essay questions
      6m 22s
    8. Creating match questions
      6m 38s
    9. Creating numerical questions
      4m 56s
    10. Importing question pools from Blackboard
      6m 24s
    11. Creating a quiz
      9m 9s
    12. Adding questions to a quiz
      6m 50s
  14. 39m 16s
    1. Gradebook overview
      2m 6s
    2. Completing assignments as a student
      9m 34s
    3. Grading an assignment
      4m 52s
    4. Quick grading
      2m 25s
    5. Grading assignments with uploaded files
      2m 18s
    6. Grading offline assignments
      1m 16s
    7. Grading an online quiz
      3m 30s
    8. Quiz data analysis
      3m 4s
    9. Adding assignments
      2m 3s
    10. Exporting grades
      3m 55s
    11. Importing grades
      4m 13s
  15. 20m 4s
    1. Calendars and events overview
      3m 51s
    2. Creating a new event
      3m 21s
    3. Creating a repeating event
      3m 15s
    4. Exporting a calendar to iCal
      4m 5s
    5. Exporting a calendar to Outlook
      5m 32s
  16. 44m 40s
    1. Course administration overview
      3m 3s
    2. Managing course settings
      12m 48s
    3. Managing user roles
      2m 59s
    4. Managing groups
      4m 51s
    5. Backing up your course
      4m 34s
    6. Restoring data from a backup
      3m 14s
    7. Importing content to another course
      4m 53s
    8. Resetting a course
      3m 24s
    9. Running reports
      4m 54s
  17. 4m 14s
    1. Additional resources
      2m 58s
    2. Goodbye
      1m 16s

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Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers
8h 34m Beginner May 28, 2009

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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.

Topics include:
  • Installing and configuring Moodle
  • Preparing media files for distribution inside a Moodle course
  • Posting instructions on the course home page
  • Setting up course-specific glossaries and databases
  • Building assignments students can complete online
  • Using Moodle's built-in email and discussion boards
  • Creating a wiki inside Moodle for students to build and contribute content
  • Developing multimedia exams to assess course comprehension
Subjects:
Elearning Teacher Tools Education Educational Technology Higher Education Student Tools
Software:
Moodle
Author:
Chris Mattia

Exporting a calendar to iCal

A great feature of the built-in calendar inside of Moodle is the ability to export its calendar information into the open standard iCal format. Any calendar program that you use on your desktop system that will work with the open iCal format can then import this calendar directly into your desktop calendar program. In this movie, we're going to show you how to do this on the Mac. In the next movie, we'll show you how to do this in Windows. So if you're following along with the Mac, simply scroll to the bottom of your calendar page and click on the button for Export Calendar. Now, we can set up the parameters as to how we want our calendar to be exported.

We can choose to have all events or only events related to this course. We'll go ahead and set this to All Events. Then we can set the duration that we want to have our events for. Let's go ahead and select Recent and next 60 days. We can then choose to either get a calendar URL or export the overall calendar. We'll do both. Let's start with exporting the calendar. Simply click on Export and then you want to save the file down to your desktop. So click the Save File button and click OK. We'll go ahead and minimize Firefox.

Then on our desktop, we should have a file called icalexport.ics. If we simply double-click that file, it should open up our iCal calendar program that's built into Mac OS X. We can then choose which calendar we want to import these events into. By clicking the dropdown menu, we can select New Calendar, and then click OK. A new calendar is created for us and all of the events that we've created inside of our Moodle calendar have been added to our local iCal calendar. Note that all of these events are localized events. So that if an event changes up on our Moodle calendar, that event is not going to be updated inside of our iCal calendar.

However, there is a way to do this. Let's go ahead and uncheck the box next to iCal Export. This will turn off or hide away the existing calendar that we've just imported. Let's return back to our web browser and this time, click on the button for Get calendar URL. Now, we get a pop-up that has the URL of our iCal calendar that's going to be dynamically pushed out of Moodle and will pull directly into iCal.

Select the complete URL inside of this listing and then copy it with Command+C. Next, minimize your Firefox browser, go back over to iCal, and go up to the Calendar menu. Select the top option for Subscribe. Then simply press Command+V to paste the full URL that we copied out of Moodle. Click the Subscribe button, and you're given the ability to name your calendar.

We'll type in the name of Coral Reef Ecology. We can select the color that we want our calendar to appear in. In this case, we'll leave it set to Orange. You can give the calendar a description. Then you can choose how you want the calendar to react. You can select to refresh everyday, every hour or on various other time limits. We'll go ahead and tell it to refresh every 5 minutes, and then click OK. Now, our calendar is set up inside of our iCal calendar, and if an event changes on our Moodle system, that event is going to update automatically inside of our iCal calendar on our local machine.

This is a great way to keep your students informed of the various different happenings inside of your class and have it show up in their localized calendar application that they're using. Let's go ahead and return back to our course inside of Moodle and return back to the main calendar page by clicking on the link for calendar.

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