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Moodle provides students with a rich environment of information, resources, and activities to enhance what is being taught in the classroom. In Moodle Essential Training for Students, Chris Mattia walks step by step through a typical Moodle course and shows students how to be successful. Chris shows how to post materials to a custom database, participate in a live chat with other students, and even access and complete assignments online.
Moodle has a built-in calendaring system that not only keeps track of various events inside of your class, but it also keeps track of campus wide events, group events, and also your own personal dates that you have to keep. To access your calendar many Moodle installations have a calendar blog showing on the front page of their site. You can simply click on the month or any particular day and jump directly to the events for that particular day or month. I will go ahead and click on the Month link and it takes me into a Month View for my calendar. Here I can see the different calendar events that are showing up and they are all color coded to show whether or not this event is a class event or course event, indicated by this orange color on my system, or a global or campus wide event indicated by the green color that you see here.
I can find additional information about any particular event by simply clicking on the events name and it jumps directly to that day's events inside my calendar. I can also jump back to the Month View by simply clicking on the name of the month in the right-hand column again. There are a variety of preferences that I can configure to customize my calendar. I can do that by going up to the upper right-hand corner and clicking on the Preferences button. Here I can choose how I want my times to be displayed. The Default setting pulls directly from your server. But if you prefer to have all the dates displayed in the 12 hour with am and pm designation or in the 24 hour time designation, you can choose that here.
I am going to go ahead and choose 12- hour (am/pm). Next, you can choose what the first day of the week appears on your calendar. Mine is default set to Monday but I prefer to have the first day of the week to show as Sunday. This way as I'm preparing for my week's worth of classes, I know what's going on in my Monday class and I can plan for my Sunday so that I'm ready for classes Monday morning. Then I can set the maximum number of upcoming events that I want to appear in any given calendar. My system is showing 10 but I think that's more than I need to know about. I would rather have it set to 5. So I'll just go ahead and scroll down, select 5 and change that there.
Next, we can set the number of days to look ahead for events. Currently, it's set to 21 days and that's fine. That gives me a couple of weeks to look ahead on my calendar to know what's coming up so I can prepare for any upcoming assignments, papers, or projects that I have to do. Finally, I can choose whether or not I want to remember my filter settings. You can filter your calendar in a variety of different ways to only look for specific information. If you select Yes then the last set of filters that you set on this page will be activated the next time you go into your calendar.
I'll go ahead and leave this set to No and then click to Save changes button. The screen flash is showing me that the changes have been made and it returns me back to my main calendar. Now I have a much more manageable list of upcoming events. I'm only seeing 5 that are appearing here in front of me. On the right-hand side, I can see all my months and I can see color coded for events that are happening on those days based on what type of event they are. Let's go ahead and return back to the main page by clicking on lyndaU in the upper left-hand corner.
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