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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.
It's a wonderful feature that's built in the Moodle that's going to save you an enormous amount of time when you teach multiple courses, and that's the Import function that's built into the Administration block. The Import function allows you to import material that you are building in one course and have it import into another course that you are teaching on the same Moodle system. To demonstrate this though, we are going to need to create another course that you are enrolled as the instructor on. To do this, go up to the upper right hand corner of your screen and click the Logout button.
If you are following along with one of the test servers that we installed in a previous movie, then you can go ahead and follow along with me; otherwise you'll need to contact your IT department and ask them to create a separate course for you. To create the course, simply select the Username under Login and type in admin. Then under the Password, type in the administrator's password, which on our test servers is 12345. We'll click the Login button, and then in the left hand side under Site Administration, click on the link for Courses.
Then click on the link for Add/Edit courses and click the button for Add a new course. We'll select the Full name of the course to be Import Course, and then for the Short name, we'll simply select import101. Now, we'll scroll all the way to the bottom of the page because none of the other settings are going to make any difference whatsoever. We'll then click the Save Changes button and we are taken to a location where we can assign local roles to all the users. We want to click on the Teachers link and then select their name from the list of potential users and click Add.
We can then go ahead and enroll the students into this course by clicking on the dropdown at the top for Role to assign, selecting Student, and then holding down the Command or Ctrl key on your keyboard, individually select the other students, and then click the Add button. This will add all of the students into this course as well. Our course is now created and it's ready for us to demonstrate the import process. Let's go ahead and click the Logout button in the upper right hand corner of the screen, and then Log back in as ourself. If you are following along with my login, my login user name is Chris and my password is 12345. Click the Login button and now we can see that we have a second course that we are listed as the instructor on.
Let's go ahead and go into that course by clicking on the link for Import Course. You can see that the topic outline is completely blank. We'll go over to the left hand Administration block and click on the Import button. Now, the top option shows courses that I have taught and it lists the Coral Reef Ecology course that we've been building throughout these exercises. We'll click the button for Use this course and then we are given the ability to select which resources and assignments that we want to import. We'll go ahead and leave these set to All, which is the default.
If we scroll all the way to the bottom, we can then click the Continue button. Scroll to the bottom again, click the Continue button again, and after a few seconds, the Import Course function will run. We can then scroll all the way to the bottom, clicking Continue one more time, another process runs. We scroll to the bottom of the screen again, click Continue, and now we are inside of our new course.
We can tell that we are in a different course from our normal Coral Reef Course because in the upper left hand corner, we can see the link for lyndaU and then we see the link for import101. This is a different course than our BIOL432 course that we've been building, but all the materials that we've been working with are now inside of this new course. You will also notice that since we took the default settings when we created the course, we have discourses created in the form of a topics listing, which is the default for the server that we are using.
So if you look any material that doesn't fit inside of the first 10 weeks of the course, then get add it to the top block of content. Here you can see we've got the listing for the final exam, and other items that show up in later Content block in our main course. But overall, all the materials from our main course have now been imported into this new import101 course. The Import feature is a great feature to save you a lot of time especially, when you are teaching multiple courses using a lot of materials that you are sharing between the same courses, or if you are teaching similar courses from one semester to the next and you have built some content that you want to move from one course to another.
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