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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.
We have already seen how to create links to outside websites by using the HTML Editor that's embedded inside of Moodle, but you can also create links directly on the home page for your course inside of your content blocks. Earlier in the training we were creating a document called Coral Zooxanthellae Symbiosis and it provides a lot of background information on the nature of the relationship between coral and zooxanthellae. We also provided a document that has Required Readings that has a bunch of references that we want to make sure that the students read. But it will be very helpful to provide access to the current articles that are coming out in a scientific literature, and we can do that by linking directly to a custom search that's been done inside of Google Scholar.
Now if you are not familiar with Google Scholar, it's a great tool to use. Let's go ahead and go there now. So hit Command+T or Ctrl+T on your keyboard to open up a new tab inside of your Firefox browser. And we'll simply go to scholar.google.com. Now Google Scholar is going to go out and it's going to search a lot of the current scientific journals. So let's go ahead and do a search for Coral Zooxanthellae Symbiosis. We'll click the Search button. And you can see that there is roughly around 3000 articles that are showing up inside of Google Scholar. And it's doing a search joining these keywords together as and.
So all of these articles have Coral and Zooxanthellae and Symbiosis in them. But 3000 articles is overkill for what we want to give to our students. So we just want to look at the current articles or the recent articles. Go ahead and click on at the top of the page, the link for Recent articles. And what this is going to do is, according to the parameters that are set in its dropdown menu, is just going to show all the articles since 2004. Now that's going show us a little over 1000 articles. And it would be nice if we could trim that down even further. So we'll click the dropdown menu here that says Since 2004 and select Since 2009.
This is going to show us roughly around 40 articles, and it's a much more manageable list. It's just the current articles that are coming out in the scientific literature related to Coral Zooxanthellae Symbiosis. And this is not going to give you the full text of all of these journals, but it is going to give you a lot of information about the reference to this article, and usually the abstract for the article. So it's a great resource to provide out to our students. And all the parameters of this search, the search terms, the parameters of Recent articles since 2009 are all contained right here inside of the URL that's been formed inside of Google Scholar.
So go ahead and select that URL and copy it by hitting Command+C or Ctrl+C and then let's go back over to our course inside of Moodle. Now in the first block of content for week one, let's scroll down a little bit and select Add a Resource, and choose a Link to a file or website. For the Name of this link, we'll just say Recent 2009 Articles about Coral Zooxanthellae Symbiosis.
Then in the Summary we'll go ahead and type in Recent Articles about Coral Zooxanthellae Symbiosis. Then in the link to file our website, we'll just go ahead and select the entire location there, the http:// that's been added for us, and hit Command+V or Ctrl+V on our keyboard which is going to paste the entire URL that we just found inside of Google Scholar.
We'll go ahead and scroll down a little bit, and make sure that you have got your Advanced options showing, and you want to change the dropdown menu for Window and say New Window. So that when Google Scholar opens up, it's going to spawn a new window, so that the students do not leave your Moodle site. We'll scroll down a little bit further, and you can see that the Default window size for this new window is going to be 620X450, and that's a little bit small. Let's go ahead and change that to a little bit larger size. We'll change it change to 1024X768. And we'll scroll all the way down to the bottom, and now click Save and Return to Course.
We'll go ahead and close the previous tab, just to make sure that that's out of the way, so it will be clear that this is going to work. And we'll scroll down a little bit further, and here is our Recent 2009 Articles about Coral Zooxanthellae Symbiosis. Let's go ahead and test it by clicking on the link. And there it's done the search for us. It's taken us directly to Google Scholar, and it has access to all the current information and the articles were constantly be being updated as new articles come out. So your Moodle site is going to be up-to-date.
So go ahead and close this window, and the last thing we want to do is we want to move this web link inside of the Lecture Materials. So we'll click the up and down arrow associated with this website. And then we'll go ahead and just point directly underneath of the Coral Zooxanthellae Symbiosis article that we already have for our students. And we'll scroll down, and we can see there that it has moved the web link with the web resources directly underneath of the article that we provided to them. So now we have a way for the students to come in and watch the presentation that we gave in our lecture. We have a listing of Required Reading that we want them to do. We have an article with some background information about the nature of the Symbiosis. We have additional resources for them to go out and find various specific information about that and then we have a list of web links that are going to provide even more information of websites out on the Internet.
So now we are starting to really develop a nice flow of material and information for our students to follow along with.
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