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Moodle 2.1 Essential Training for Teachers

with Chris Mattia

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Now that we've had a chance to look at the HTML Editor that's built into Moodle, let's go ahead and put some of those tools into practice. To begin, make sure editing is turned on in your course and then scroll down to the bottom of Week 1. We're going to add some text into the REQUIRED READINGS section to let our students know what things they need to read for this first week's lecture. Go down to the bottom of the block and click the dropdown menu for Add a resource and simply select Label. Now the Label will allow us to display text right on this front page.
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  1. 3m 26s
    1. Welcome
      1m 14s
    2. Course overview
      1m 34s
    3. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 1h 10m
    1. What you need to get started
      4m 27s
    2. Installing Moodle on a Mac
      9m 23s
    3. Configuring Moodle for the Mac
      5m 29s
    4. Installing Moodle on a Windows computer
      11m 35s
    5. Configuring Moodle for Windows
      7m 21s
    6. Creating a custom theme
      10m 0s
    7. Creating user accounts
      6m 4s
    8. Creating a new course
      6m 35s
    9. Just enough site administration
      9m 51s
  3. 1h 20m
    1. Logging in and getting oriented
      4m 23s
    2. Managing private files
      3m 41s
    3. Customizing your profile
      8m 26s
    4. Customizing course settings
      10m 14s
    5. Editing the header block
      5m 18s
    6. Posting a course syllabus
      3m 43s
    7. Communicating news to students
      4m 4s
    8. Managing files and folders
      6m 14s
    9. Posting lecture slides
      4m 37s
    10. Organizing course content
      12m 31s
    11. Setting up the Gradebook
      5m 4s
    12. Creating a simple assignment
      9m 45s
    13. Messaging students
      2m 49s
  4. 26m 45s
    1. HTML Editor overview
      5m 9s
    2. Formatting text
      5m 10s
    3. Creating internal links
      3m 14s
    4. Creating external links
      2m 42s
    5. Inserting local pictures with HTML
      4m 26s
    6. Creating equations
      6m 4s
  5. 47m 28s
    1. Preparing images
      5m 19s
    2. Posting image files
      3m 18s
    3. Posting a photo gallery
      3m 23s
    4. Creating header graphics in Fireworks
      7m 58s
    5. Preparing audio
      9m 41s
    6. Posting audio files
      4m 49s
    7. Preparing video
      7m 21s
    8. Posting QuickTime video as .mov files
      2m 43s
    9. Posting Flash video as .flv files
      2m 56s
  6. 36m 9s
    1. Understanding repositories
      3m 5s
    2. Configuring a Dropbox repository
      6m 13s
    3. Using a Dropbox repository
      4m 43s
    4. Configuring a Google Docs repository
      1m 15s
    5. Using a Google Docs repository
      5m 20s
    6. Configuring a Flickr repository
      6m 13s
    7. Using a Flickr repository
      4m 5s
    8. Configuring the YouTube videos repository
      1m 7s
    9. Using the YouTube videos repository
      4m 8s
  7. 38m 50s
    1. Understanding resources and activities
      1m 9s
    2. Posting a file or document
      8m 36s
    3. Displaying a folder of documents
      4m 33s
    4. Using a label to bring your course to life
      6m 42s
    5. Creating a custom web page
      10m 33s
    6. Posting a URL for a web resource
      7m 17s
  8. 25m 51s
    1. Assignments overview
      1m 43s
    2. Advanced uploading of files assignment
      11m 32s
    3. Online text assignment
      4m 20s
    4. Uploading a single file assignment
      3m 42s
    5. Offline activity assignment
      3m 21s
    6. Assignment and Gradebook interactions
      1m 13s
  9. 35m 34s
    1. Creating a live chat room
      4m 57s
    2. Understanding Choice, Feedback, and Survey activities
      1m 23s
    3. Creating a Choice activity
      5m 10s
    4. Creating a customized Feedback activity
      4m 47s
    5. Adding a multiple choice question
      3m 14s
    6. Adding a dependent followup question
      3m 7s
    7. Adding a rating question
      2m 39s
    8. Adding an open response question
      2m 36s
    9. Analyzing Feedback results
      4m 16s
    10. Adding a standardized survey
      3m 25s
  10. 17m 18s
    1. Creating a main glossary
      5m 29s
    2. Adding concepts to the glossary
      2m 53s
    3. Enabling glossary auto-linking
      2m 53s
    4. Creating a secondary glossary
      6m 3s
  11. 11m 56s
    1. Creating a forum
      4m 40s
    2. Seeding a forum with questions
      3m 9s
    3. Participating in a forum
      4m 7s
  12. 31m 24s
    1. Creating a wiki
      4m 15s
    2. Wiki editing basics
      5m 28s
    3. Creating new pages
      2m 47s
    4. Creating lists
      3m 42s
    5. Adding images
      3m 53s
    6. Creating external links
      4m 24s
    7. Creating a table
      6m 55s
  13. 1h 4m
    1. Online assessment overview
      1m 20s
    2. Creating question pool categories
      2m 24s
    3. Creating a first question
      7m 10s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      3m 1s
    5. Creating multiple choice questions
      8m 22s
    6. Creating short answer questions
      8m 19s
    7. Creating essay questions
      4m 59s
    8. Creating match questions
      7m 10s
    9. Creating a quiz
      9m 0s
    10. Adding questions to a quiz
      2m 20s
    11. Changing the order of questions
      3m 1s
    12. Assigning quiz points
      1m 35s
    13. Previewing a finished quiz
      5m 50s
  14. 39m 38s
    1. Gradebook overview
      4m 53s
    2. Moving an assignment into a category
      1m 33s
    3. Completing assignments as a student
      11m 31s
    4. Grading assignments
      5m 5s
    5. Using quick grading
      1m 28s
    6. Grading assignments with uploaded files
      1m 58s
    7. Grading offline assignments
      1m 26s
    8. Grading an online quiz
      5m 1s
    9. Exporting grades to Excel
      2m 48s
    10. Importing grades from Excel
      3m 55s
  15. 9m 55s
    1. Calendars and events overview
      4m 8s
    2. Creating a new event
      2m 40s
    3. Creating a repeating event
      3m 7s
  16. 50m 41s
    1. Course administration overview
      2m 54s
    2. Managing course settings
      9m 5s
    3. Enabling completion tracking
      2m 20s
    4. Setting tracking for resources and activities
      3m 38s
    5. Managing tracking settings
      3m 51s
    6. Reporting on course tracking
      1m 32s
    7. Managing user roles
      4m 2s
    8. Backing up your course
      3m 36s
    9. Restoring data from a backup
      4m 50s
    10. Restoring a Moodle 1.9 course into Moodle 2.1
      6m 25s
    11. Importing content to another course
      3m 46s
    12. Resetting a course
      4m 42s
  17. 2m 6s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 37s
    2. Goodbye
      29s

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Moodle 2.1 Essential Training for Teachers
9h 53m Beginner Aug 22, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Installing and configuring Moodle
  • Creating assignments students can complete online
  • Posting instructions on the course home page
  • Messaging students
  • Configuring Dropbox, Google Docs, Flickr, and YouTube repositories
  • Creating a custom course web page
  • Building a live chat room
  • Designing surveys
  • Setting up course-specific glossaries
  • Seeding a forum with questions
  • Creating a wiki for students to contribute content
  • Developing multimedia exams to assess course comprehension
  • Handling course administration and settings
  • Backing up and restoring a course
  • Importing a Moodle 1.9 course into Moodle 2
Subjects:
Elearning Teacher Tools Education Educational Technology Higher Education LMS
Software:
Moodle
Author:
Chris Mattia

Formatting text

Now that we've had a chance to look at the HTML Editor that's built into Moodle, let's go ahead and put some of those tools into practice. To begin, make sure editing is turned on in your course and then scroll down to the bottom of Week 1. We're going to add some text into the REQUIRED READINGS section to let our students know what things they need to read for this first week's lecture. Go down to the bottom of the block and click the dropdown menu for Add a resource and simply select Label. Now the Label will allow us to display text right on this front page.

The standard HTML Editor opens up. Go ahead and click inside the box and then open up the week 1 references.txt file from the Exercise folder. I've gone ahead and typed out some references for you. Go ahead and select the references, press Command+C or Ctrl+C on your keyboard to copy. You can go ahead and minimize that file. Then come back to your browser and simply press Command+V or Ctrl+V to paste the text. Let's go ahead and look and see what we've got so far. Simply press the Save and return to course button and then as we scroll down, we can see that our references are showing up, but they're not quite in the right place.

So use the little Move tool to drag your text up into the REQUIRED READINGS section and now as we look at this, we can see that the information is laid out here, but it's not very pretty right now. So hit the Edit tool, which is the hand with the pencil, and let's go back in and apply some HTML formatting. The first thing that we want to do is convert all of this text into a bulleted list. So simply click and drag to make a selection of all the text and then press the Unordered list button. As we scroll back up in the listing, you'll see that the very first item got a bullet point, but the rest of the listings did not, and you can see there's some blank spaces in here and the returns have not been set correctly.

To fix this, simply click to deselect and then click your mouse right in front of the second reference and hit the Delete, or Backspace, on your keyboard a few times, until you get rid of all those extra spaces and the previous reference wraps up to the end of the first one. Then hit Return on your keyboard, and now you can see that the second reference has a bullet in front of it, indicating that this is now a proper list item. Let's go ahead and repeat that process for the rest of the items. So scroll down a little bit, put your cursor right in front of the next reference, press Delete, or Backspace, on your keyboard a few times and then hit Return.

Let's do that again, pressing Delete, hit Return, scroll down, and one final time, press Delete a few times and then hit Return. I'm going to scroll to the very bottom and make sure there are no extra spaces down here at the bottom by clicking into the blank space. I can see my cursor is jumping up here. Let's go ahead and see how that looks. Press Save and return to course, and now we can see we have bullet items out in front of each of the different references, but they're much harder to read now, because there's no empty white space that's left in between the references.

Let's go ahead and fix that and apply a little bit of other formatting. Go ahead and hit the Edit tool. Now click your mouse at the end of the first reference. Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and press Return. This is going to put a single line break at the end rather than an entire paragraph return. Go ahead and do the same thing for the rest of the references. Hold down the Shift key and press Return. Scroll down a little bit, Shift+Return, and one more. Click Shift+Return.

We've got those in now. Go ahead and scroll back up to the top, and let's go ahead and bold the text for our journals. So click and select around the entire reference at the end of the first article and then simply hit the Bold button. Do the same thing for the rest of the articles. Here we'll select Coral Reefs all the way down to 17, make sure that's bolded, scroll down a little bit further. Now we're going to select The Coral Reef Journal and bold that. Come down a little bit further, Proceedings the Royal Society of London, we're going to bold that, and the very final one, we're going to go ahead and for right now we're going to bold web site.

Okay, one last thing we need to do. If we scroll all the way back up to the top, we can see that in the first reference, here we have Acropora palmata and that is a proper scientific name, so it needs to be italicized. So we'll go ahead and simply select that text and press the Italics button. Now I'll go ahead and click the Save and return to course button and as we scroll down, we can see that all of our text is much better formatted. The only thing we have left to do is make sure that we indent this entire block of text and just bump it over a little bit, and we can simply use the Move Right button that's built into Moodle and that formats our text properly.

Let's go ahead and turn editing off so we can see what this looks like. So scroll back up to the top, hit the Turn editing off button, and scroll back down, and now all of our students can very clearly see all of the articles that they need to read for this first week's lecture.

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