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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, while we can certainly upload individual files one-by-one via other method that we use to upload the syllabus in a previous movie, it will be very helpful to have a directory structure for us to post lots of files at one time into, so that we can keep them all organized inside of Moodle before we are ready to began using them inside of our content blocks. To do this, go over to the Administration block on the left-hand side, and click on the link for Files. This will open up the File Manager in full screen.
Now while you can certainly just continue to post files inside of this File Manager, eventually you'll end up with the long list of all kinds of files that you are going to have to sort through every time you go looking for something. To make your life a lot easier, it's a good idea to make a series of folders to organize your information. To do that, simply click on the Make a folder button at the bottom of the File Manager, we'll create a series of folders to store our documents in. The first folder we'll create is called Documents, we'll click the Create button.
We'll make another new folder, we'll call this one Images, another folder called Movies, another folder called Audio, a folder for any animations that we are going to have in our site, and we'll create one more folder for all of our Lectures.
Next, we'll upload some slide presentations from our lectures so that we'll be able to distribute them to our students. To do this, simply click on the folder for Lectures. Now we'll go ahead and upload our lecture presentations. Click on the Upload a file button in the right- hand side, and then click the Browse button. If you are following me along with the Exercise Files, navigate to the Chapter 2 folder and select Lecture_01_01.ppt, which is a PowerPoint file that has the lecture slides for the first lecture.
We'll select that file, and then click the Open button. Click the Upload this file button, and the PowerPoint lecture is uploaded to the site. You can notice that the icon has been set to a PowerPoint icon because Moodle have auto detected that it is a PowerPoint file. How about if we want to upload a PDF file? It works the same way. Simply go over to the Upload a file button, click the Browse button, and then select the PDF version of the same lecture, Lecture_01_01.pdf. Click the Open button.
Click the Upload this file. You'll notice that the icon has also been selected as the PDF icon. How about if you use Keynote? Go ahead and click on the Upload a file button, click the Browse button, select the Keynote file, then hit the Open button, click the Upload this file button. The Keynote file uploads as well. In the later movie, we'll show you how to upload multiple files all at the same time and do some advanced file management. But for now, you have a good idea to how to go ahead and upload these files.
If we click the link for parent folder, it will take us back up the directory tree. Let's go ahead and return back to our course by clicking on the BIOL432 link and we now have files that are available to us inside of our course. In the next movie, we'll show you how to post those lecture files directly into the first week session.
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