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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.
One of the types of resources that we can add into our course is something called an IMS package, which is a self -contained learning object that is a fully self-contained lesson. Building one of these packages is outside of the scope of this course. But I've used an open source project called Exe that you can get to by going to www.exelearning.org. It's a group that's based out of New Zealand that's put together this package.
There is also a lot of other tools out on the Internet and a lot of other information as to how to go about building an IMS and a SCORM compliant learning object package. In this exercise we're going to show you how to take one of those resulting packages and publish it inside of your course. So to begin, let's go ahead and scroll down o the 2nd week of the semester, and here we're going to click the dropdown menu to Add a resource, and we want to select the Add an IMS Content Package option. For the name of this, we'll say Reef Creatures Identification Guide, and for the summary, an example of an IMS Learning Object.
We'll then come down to the space for Add an IMS Content Package. Click the Choose or Upload a file, then we're going to go ahead and click on the Documents folder, and we want to upload a file. So click the button for Upload a file on the lower right-hand corner, and then click the Browse button. If you're following along with the exercise_files, I'm in the Chapter 5 Exercise Files and there is a file in there called Gymnothorax_funebris_IMS_SCORM.zip. IMS packages and SCORM packages are bundled up as zip files. So we'll simply upload the zip file that was exported out of the program that we used to create it. In this case I created in a program called Exe. Click the Open button, and then we'll click the button for Upload this file.
We now have the Gymnothorax_funebris_IMS _SCORM.zip file, and we'll go ahead and click the button for Choose in the Actions column. Go ahead and scroll down to the bottom of our Window. We have a couple of different parameters we can set. We can set how we want the IMS package to be displayed. The default settings of Navigation slide menu, yes; Table of contents, no; Navigation buttons, no. Skip sub-menu and Up button are all fine. So we'll go ahead and click the Save and Display button.
Moodle is telling us that this IMS package has not yet been deployed. So we'll click the button for Deploy. The package has now been loaded into the system, and we can now view the IMS Content Package. We'll click that button. These resulting pages are all contained inside of that IMS package. So we have on the left-hand side an outline of the content that's available to us. We have some objectives. Students should be able to identify the organism Gymnothorax funebris.
We then have a link for some background information and the background information that's been provided here just simply says, Gymnothorax funebris is commonly referred to as the Green Moray Eel. We then have an image gallery where there is one image in here, and we can actually click on that image, and it will show us a little bit larger version of it. Close that. Then we have a quiz that's embedded as well. We'll go ahead and click on the Quiz and there is a simple true/false question that's been provided here, and the question says the common name of Gymnothorax funebris is Purple Moray.
Well, that is not correct. I'm pretty sure that Gymnothorax funebris is the Green Moray. I believe I saw that up in the background information. So I'll select False. I can see that I'm correct. That is the correct answer. So an IMS package has a fully self- contained set of information, background. There can be quizzes, there can be audio, video, there are lots of different materials that can be incorporated inside of one of these packages, I'd encourage you to go ahead and explore how to create some of these packages on your own, or find some of that are available already for download on the Internet and explore using them in your courses.
So we'll go ahead and click back on the BIOL432 link, and return back to our course Now what students would see if we scroll down to the bottom here, here's our guide that we have just created, Reef Creatures Identification Guide, and students would simply click on that and the package would open for them.
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