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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.
Now that we've looked at a variety of different ways to create your own questions inside of your question bank, let's go ahead and look at a way to import questions from an outside resource. In this case, we're going to import a question bank that's come directly from an export from blackboard. To begin, click on the Import tab. Next select the file format of the type of questions that you're going to be importing. In our case, we're going to be importing questions from a copy of Blackboard that's version 6 or above. So we'll select the radio button for Blackboard V6+. There are a variety of other formats that are here available to you.
Next, scroll down to the General section. We'll select the category that we want to import our questions to. In this case, we want to import our questions into the Default category for Coral Reef Ecology. So we'll select that. Then we'll uncheck the box for Get category from file, just in case the categories that were used inside of the other learning management system are not the same as the ones that we're using inside of our Moodle course. Next, we have an option to set how we want Moodle to deal with the grades. The two options are Error if grades are not listed or Nearest grade if not listed.
We want the Nearest grade if not listed. That way Moodle will make its best guess as to how to match the grading scale between the Blackboard import and the built-in grading structure inside of our Moodle course. We do want to have Moodle Stop on error, in case there are any problems importing the file, we want to know about it right away. So we'll go ahead and leave this set to Yes. Next, we want to upload the file. So we'll click the Browse button and if you're following me along with the Exercise Files, navigate to your Exercise Files, Chapter 12 and select BlacboardQuestionPool.zip. Click the Open button and then click the button to upload this file.
We're then given a preview of all of the questions that Moodle has been able to read inside of this Import file. We can see that there are three questions that are going to be brought in. These look to be the correct questions. So we'll click the Continue button and now we're taken back to our main question bank to the Default category for Coral Reef Ecology. We can see the three questions that were imported. Their names are _103015_1, _103016_1 and _103017_1. Each of these questions have come in. We can see the type of question that they were imported as, as well. In this case, questions 15 and 16 were imported as Essay questions while question 17 was imported as a Multiple Choice question.
Let's go ahead and edit question 17 in order to make it match the rest of our question types. We'll do this by clicking the Edit button to the left of question _103017_1. Here we can rename the question. We'll follow with the same format that we've been naming earlier. So select the Question name and simply type in Import from Blackboard. We can then scroll down. We can see the question that was added from Blackboard says, "What specific type of body cavity is found in the organisms depicted in the figure above?" We do not bring any images along with our import. There is a way to do this inside of Blackboard, but the exported file that we got from Blackboard did not have any images attached to it.
So we'll select an image from our default gallery. Click the dropdown menu for Image to display and find the file Images/Flatworm.jpg. This is an image that we uploaded in an earlier exercise. Next, scroll down and select the Default question grade. We'll go ahead and leave this set to 1 as all of our other questions have been set to 1 point with a Penalty factor of 0.1. We can provide any General feedback that we want. Then scrolling down, the type of answer is going to be Only one answer will be allowed. We do want to have all of our answers shuffled. "Number the choices?" are a, b, c in lowercase. Then we can select the correct answer.
Since the image that we're displaying is a flatworm and flatworms are all acoelomates, we'll select the Grade of 100% for the first answer that's imported here. We'll also go ahead and edit the answer a little bit. Instead of having it say, "None. It is an acoelomate," we'll get rid of the None so that it simply just says, "It is an acoelomate". We'll also change the Feedback instead of saying incorrect, simply says correct. We can then scroll down and see the other choices that were available to us.
The next answer is blastocoel. We've changed the type of organism by changing the uploaded file. So here, we'll change the Feedback question to incorrect and change the Grade value back down to None. Scroll down and let's check the other answers. Enterocoel, Grade of None, Feedback of incorrect, schizocoel, Grade of None, Feedback incorrect, gastrocoel, Grade of None, Feedback incorrect. And those are all the options that we need to add.
To maintain consistency, let's make one more changed or correct answer. Since all of the other answers were given simply with just the name, gastrocoel, schizocoel, enterocoel, blastocoel, let's change the answer for Choice 1 so that it simply says acoelomate. We're finished making all the modification to this question, so let's scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen and click the Save changes button. Now when we preview the question for Import from Blackboard with the magnifying glass icon to the left-hand side, we can see that the question is showing up correctly.
We have the correct image being displayed, the flatworm. Then as we scroll down a little bit further, we have all the different options available to us. We can select the correct answer of acoelomate. Click the Submit button and we're shown that this was the correct answer. Go ahead and close the Preview window. Now that we've seen how to create a variety of different types of questions, let's go ahead and create a quiz.
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