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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, thus far in the training we've seen lots of examples as to how to post an individual document up to our students. But what if we've already created several resources for our students that we want post to them as one group? Now there is a couple of ways you can do this. You can of course create a zip file of all of the documents as we have seen in previous exercises, and then post that zip file here directly inside of your course. But that adds extra steps for the students. You have to make sure that all the students know how to unzip a file and it just adds a couple of extra layers of complexity.
But what if we can just simply post a folder full of files. And that's what we are going to do in this exercise. So to get set up here, let's make sure that we have all of our week showing. We still have just week two showing. Click the box in the upper right hand corner. And scroll up to the Assignments section for week one. This is where we are going to post our directory of files. We need to go ahead and upload that directory though first. So go over here to the Administration block on the left hand side and click on the link for files. And we'll go inside of the Documents folder. And this is where we are going to go ahead and post that file. So go ahead and click the button on the lower right that says Upload a file. And then we are going to click the Browse button. So we can find the file that we are looking for.
And if you are following along with the Exercise Files, go into the Chapter 5 folder and you should find a Zip file called Research_Paper_Resouces.zip. Go ahead and select that file and click the Open button. Then click the Upload this file and the zip file will be uploaded. Now if you wanted to you could actually link directly to this zip file. Your students will be able to get all of those files. But let's make it a little bit nicer for the students. So we'll come over here to the right-hand side and click the button for Unzip, and all of the files unpack.
Click OK and you can see, now we have a folder that has been created for us and if we click inside of that folder. We can see that there is an Outline for Research Proposal as a word document. A Sample Data Table in an Excel spreadsheet. There is an example of a poster Sample Presentation that's in Keynote format and a Sample Presentation that's in PowerPoint format. And we have also included a sampleAbstract that's a Microsoft Word document. So you have a wide variety of different document types and information that we are going to send out to the students. So let's go back up to our course and click on BIOL432 and come on back down to the Assignments section again and we'll click the dropdown menu for Add a resource. And this time we want to Display a directory. We'll go ahead and give it a name, Research Paper Resources, give a little description in the Summary section, Resources for writing your research paper.
So I'll come down here to the Display a directory dropdown menu. And it's real important that you have already loaded that directory as we just did. Because when we click this dropdown menu, this is going to show us our File browser. But it's just going to show us the directory tree that's available to us. And we put our folder inside of the Documents folder and here it is its Documents/Research Paper Resources. So we'll simply go ahead and click on that listing and then hit the Save and return to course button. Now when we scroll back down to our listing for the Assignments for week one. We can see that there is a folder listed here with the title that we gave it, Research Paper Resources. We'll go ahead and click on that folder and Moodle is simply providing us links to all the documents that we posted. So in one step we were able to post a whole bunch of information up to our students.
They can click on these files; they can download them as they need them. And they are right here; it was quick for us to do. And it provides a lot of information and resources to our students. Let's go ahead and return back to the course. And just remember, the biggest key to posting a directory of resources is to go ahead and make sure that those resources have been uploaded into the File Manager before you begin adding a resource to display the directory.
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