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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.
Now, let's go ahead and get Moodle installed on our Windows machine. In this movie, I am going to show you how to install Moodle on Windows. And we're in our Firefox browser and we're on moodle.org/downloads, and what we want to do is we want to look for the Moodle for Windows link, which is right here. So go ahead and scroll down to that link if you're not there and click on it. This page tells us a little bit about the installation. And then if we scroll down a little further, we can see the Windows Moodle Distributions.
As of the time of this recording, there are three versions available; 2.1, 2.03, and 1.9. We'll start down here at the bottom talking about these. 1.9 is the previous major version of Moodle, and this is the one that's installed at a lot of different institutions still that have not upgraded to the Moodle 2 platform yet. If you find out that your institution is still using Moodle 1.9 then you may want to go ahead and watch the Moodle 1.9 Essential Training that's on lynda.com to follow along with that version, rather than this series.
The next one up here is Moodle 2.0. Moodle 2.0 was the first major release of Moodle 2, and they did a major rewrite of the entire underlying structure of Moodle. It was a big release. And they have since released Moodle 2.1, which is the current stable version, and so that's the one we're going to be using for this training title. So go ahead, and for the Moodle 2.1, go ahead and click the Download link, and we'll download the installer. When your browser pops open little window here asking what you want to do, go ahead and click the Save File button, and click OK. And the download should only take a few seconds, depending on the speed of your network.
It's about an 89-MB file. Once the download completes, you can come on up here, and let's just go ahead and right-click on MoodleWindowsInstaller here and click the link for Open Containing Folder. Once you get down to your Downloads section, go ahead and just right-click on the Zip file here, and we'll say Extract All. Where we want to put this is, let's go ahead and browse, and we're going to go to our Desktop, and we're going to make a new folder up on our desktop, and we're just going to call this Moodle and go ahead and click OK.
It's going to point the file right to our desktop. You can choose another location if you'd like. This will just be convenient for us to be able to access these files while we're doing the training. Go ahead and click the Extract button. Now that the file is finished unzipping, we should be taken directly to our desktop into the Moodle folder, and you will find four folders there: you'll find the server folder, a README file, Start Moodle, and Stop Moodle. Before we go ahead and start the installation process, I'd like to go in and make a slight change to one of the server configuration files, to make our life a little bit easier throughout the installation.
One of the limitations of this installation, as of the recording of this video, is that the PHP installation, which is the programming language that much of Moodle is running on, has a limitation of only 8 megabytes per file to be able to upload, and we want to change that to a larger value. So, simply double-click on the server folder and come on down until you find the php folder, and let's go inside of the php folder, and then we're going to scroll down through our list of files, and we're looking for this grouping that are just listed as php, and the one that we want is php.ini.
It's the third one down that has little page and the gear icon and the Type section that says Configuration settings. Go ahead and double-click on that file, and it should open up in your Notepad, and let's go ahead and search. We're going to use the Edit function and Find, and we're going to search for post_max. Go ahead and hit Find and when you find that line of text right there, post_max_size, we want to change that value to 128 M, or 128 megs.
This is going to be a lot more flexible for us, and it's a good thing to do this now before we go ahead and get the server installed. The other parameter that we just want to double-check and make sure it's right is the post_max file, and we'll go ahead and search first down. I can't find it down there, s we will hit the up, and go ahead and find next. There it is, post_max_size, and that one is already set to 128 in this distribution. So that's perfect. We can go ahead and close our Find.
That's all the changes that we need to make to this file. So we'll just go to File and Save, and we'll go ahead and close the php.ini file. Then we'll just use the breadcrumbs up here at the top to navigate back to our Moodle folder. What we want to do is we're going to go ahead and start Moodle, so we'll just double-click this Start Moodle. So anytime you want to follow along with this training title using your local install of Moodle, just double-click the Start Moodle. The first time we're going to get a little security warning, warning us that we've downloaded this. Are we sure we want to run this? Yeah, go ahead and hit Run.
Windows there, trying to keep us all safe, and this Command Prompt window opens up, and it's running some scripts in the background, and it's resetting a few permissions and setting up a few things. Once this comes up, it says Run "Stop Moodle.exe:" in order to stop the Moodle server. Normally, we start working with Moodle. Right now, what I'd like to do is go ahead and minimize this window, and I'd like to stop Moodle right away, so just go ahead and double-click Stop, and then we'll hit the Run, and again another little command prompt will start up, and it will go through the process of shutting Moodle down.
Now, all this is doing is it's really setting up the XAMPP system quite nicely and getting everything configured. We can press any key-- I am going to go ahead and hit the spacebar--to continue. So once Moodle finishes stopping, go ahead and now just double-click that Start Moodle window again, and again it's going to ask us to verify the security warning. We'll go ahead and hit Run, and the XAMPP system will go ahead and start up for us here. Once the screen comes up to this point, we'll just go ahead and minimize this window. Don't close it; just minimize it there, so it's just there out of the way.
One thing that I want to point out before we go any further and go and look at the Moodle installation: in a later movie, we're going to go in and we're going to copy a file into the Moodle Home directory, and so where I want you to copy that to is inside the server folder and inside this Moodle folder right here. So you just copy that file out of the exercise file into there at a later time, so I just want to point that out real quick. All right! We're going to close that, go ahead and get rid of this, and in our Firefox browser, we're going to go to http://localhost.
If you have a problem getting local host to come up, you may want to try going to http://127.0.0.1, and sometimes that works on some installations of Windows when localhost doesn't actually start up. But in Moodle 2.1 build this should start working now just fine by just going to localhost. We need to step through the installation process for Moodle, so we're going to just scroll down a little bit. We're going to hit the Next button after we select our language--our language there is English--and we're going to come down here to Confirm paths, and everything should be set up for us automatically.
It should have our web address as localhost, our Moodle directory should be all set up. We can go ahead and hit the Next button. Next, we're going to come down here to Database settings, and we can again leave all of this set. The Database password can be left blank because we're not setting this Moodle server up as a production server. If we were, then you'd want to set something that was a lot more secure than just blank, but for the purpose of this training video and to follow along, a blank database password will work just fine. Go ahead and hit the Next button.
Now we have the User License Agreement, or the ULA. Go ahead and read through that and go ahead and hit Continue. Now, Moodle is going to do a quick check on our server setup and make sure that everything is configured properly. So I am gong to scroll down, and I can look down the right-hand column and see the status of OK, little green lights all the way down, and we get a nice "Your server environment meets all minimum requirements." Excellent! Go ahead and hit the Continue button. Now, the installation process is going to run pretty much without any additional information given to you for a little while.
So you may think things are frozen or is not working. It is actually working fine. You can see in the lower left-hand corner it says Transferring data from a localhost, and in the upper left, you see the little green spinning circle thing right there, indicating that something is going on in the background. So just be patient and soon you'll start seeing things show up on screen. When it's finished doing all of this, it'll automatically jump you down to the very bottom of the screen where there will be a Continue button. When the installation is ready to move on, you'll notice that the screen refreshes and jumps all the way down to the bottom and you get this little Continue button, go ahead and click Continue, and in the next screen, we'll set up our administrator account.
The default Username for the admin account is admin, and it's a great one to use for the purpose of the training video. For the Password, the initial installation has some pretty restrictive password settings. We're going to go in and we're going to change these settings at a later time, and we'll reset the password. But for right now, if you want to follow along with me, I am going to go ahead and use the password Qwerty!1 and to see what that is, to make sure I typed it right, I am going to check the little Unmask so we can see.
So we're going to set the first name here to Admin and the Surname to User. That's fine. And for the Email address we're going to go ahead and set up email@example.com. I will go ahead and scroll down. Now, I will warn you though: if you use your own email address here, later on when you create your own user account, you won't be able to use that same email address. So I like to use just admin@ and the name server. For City and town, you can put it whatever you want them. I will go ahead and use Ventura. And for the Country, I'm in the United States, so I am going to click the Select country.
I am going to hit U on my keyboard, jump down to the U section, and scroll down a little further and there is the United States. I will go ahead and scroll down to the bottom of the page now and click the Update profile button. Moodle will go ahead and create that account for us. Now, we'll go ahead and set up a few more things for our site. Next, we'll enter a full name for our site. For this, we're going to use a Yondo University. Go ahead and type in Yondo University. You can call the site whatever you'd like. I am going to go ahead and give it a short name of YondoU and for Front page description, I am just going to say Welcome to Yondo University, and we'll go ahead and scroll down a little bit.
We'll leave Self registration disabled and simply click the Save changes button down at the bottom. Once this comes up, we can see that we are now logged in as the admin user, and everything looks like it's working now properly. So in the next movie, we're going to go ahead and we're going to do a few setup and configurations of the Moodle install so that everything is going to look the same as what I am going to be showing on screen throughout the rest of this training series.
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