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Managing files and folders


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Moodle 2.1 Essential Training for Teachers

with Chris Mattia

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We've already seen how to upload an individual file into the My private files section, and we've even created a folder to be able to contain a lot of the materials for our course, but we were only able to upload a single document at a time, and in this movie I'd like to show you how you can go ahead and upload multiple documents at a time using the Zip function. So, the first thing we want to set up here inside of our course is a way to be able to quickly access our Private files section. So, to do that, make sure you have editing turned on and then scroll down in the right-hand column. You should find an Add a block block and a dropdown menu for Add.
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  1. 3m 26s
    1. Welcome
      1m 14s
    2. Course overview
      1m 34s
    3. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 1h 10m
    1. What you need to get started
      4m 27s
    2. Installing Moodle on a Mac
      9m 23s
    3. Configuring Moodle for the Mac
      5m 29s
    4. Installing Moodle on a Windows computer
      11m 35s
    5. Configuring Moodle for Windows
      7m 21s
    6. Creating a custom theme
      10m 0s
    7. Creating user accounts
      6m 4s
    8. Creating a new course
      6m 35s
    9. Just enough site administration
      9m 51s
  3. 1h 20m
    1. Logging in and getting oriented
      4m 23s
    2. Managing private files
      3m 41s
    3. Customizing your profile
      8m 26s
    4. Customizing course settings
      10m 14s
    5. Editing the header block
      5m 18s
    6. Posting a course syllabus
      3m 43s
    7. Communicating news to students
      4m 4s
    8. Managing files and folders
      6m 14s
    9. Posting lecture slides
      4m 37s
    10. Organizing course content
      12m 31s
    11. Setting up the Gradebook
      5m 4s
    12. Creating a simple assignment
      9m 45s
    13. Messaging students
      2m 49s
  4. 26m 45s
    1. HTML Editor overview
      5m 9s
    2. Formatting text
      5m 10s
    3. Creating internal links
      3m 14s
    4. Creating external links
      2m 42s
    5. Inserting local pictures with HTML
      4m 26s
    6. Creating equations
      6m 4s
  5. 47m 28s
    1. Preparing images
      5m 19s
    2. Posting image files
      3m 18s
    3. Posting a photo gallery
      3m 23s
    4. Creating header graphics in Fireworks
      7m 58s
    5. Preparing audio
      9m 41s
    6. Posting audio files
      4m 49s
    7. Preparing video
      7m 21s
    8. Posting QuickTime video as .mov files
      2m 43s
    9. Posting Flash video as .flv files
      2m 56s
  6. 36m 9s
    1. Understanding repositories
      3m 5s
    2. Configuring a Dropbox repository
      6m 13s
    3. Using a Dropbox repository
      4m 43s
    4. Configuring a Google Docs repository
      1m 15s
    5. Using a Google Docs repository
      5m 20s
    6. Configuring a Flickr repository
      6m 13s
    7. Using a Flickr repository
      4m 5s
    8. Configuring the YouTube videos repository
      1m 7s
    9. Using the YouTube videos repository
      4m 8s
  7. 38m 50s
    1. Understanding resources and activities
      1m 9s
    2. Posting a file or document
      8m 36s
    3. Displaying a folder of documents
      4m 33s
    4. Using a label to bring your course to life
      6m 42s
    5. Creating a custom web page
      10m 33s
    6. Posting a URL for a web resource
      7m 17s
  8. 25m 51s
    1. Assignments overview
      1m 43s
    2. Advanced uploading of files assignment
      11m 32s
    3. Online text assignment
      4m 20s
    4. Uploading a single file assignment
      3m 42s
    5. Offline activity assignment
      3m 21s
    6. Assignment and Gradebook interactions
      1m 13s
  9. 35m 34s
    1. Creating a live chat room
      4m 57s
    2. Understanding Choice, Feedback, and Survey activities
      1m 23s
    3. Creating a Choice activity
      5m 10s
    4. Creating a customized Feedback activity
      4m 47s
    5. Adding a multiple choice question
      3m 14s
    6. Adding a dependent followup question
      3m 7s
    7. Adding a rating question
      2m 39s
    8. Adding an open response question
      2m 36s
    9. Analyzing Feedback results
      4m 16s
    10. Adding a standardized survey
      3m 25s
  10. 17m 18s
    1. Creating a main glossary
      5m 29s
    2. Adding concepts to the glossary
      2m 53s
    3. Enabling glossary auto-linking
      2m 53s
    4. Creating a secondary glossary
      6m 3s
  11. 11m 56s
    1. Creating a forum
      4m 40s
    2. Seeding a forum with questions
      3m 9s
    3. Participating in a forum
      4m 7s
  12. 31m 24s
    1. Creating a wiki
      4m 15s
    2. Wiki editing basics
      5m 28s
    3. Creating new pages
      2m 47s
    4. Creating lists
      3m 42s
    5. Adding images
      3m 53s
    6. Creating external links
      4m 24s
    7. Creating a table
      6m 55s
  13. 1h 4m
    1. Online assessment overview
      1m 20s
    2. Creating question pool categories
      2m 24s
    3. Creating a first question
      7m 10s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      3m 1s
    5. Creating multiple choice questions
      8m 22s
    6. Creating short answer questions
      8m 19s
    7. Creating essay questions
      4m 59s
    8. Creating match questions
      7m 10s
    9. Creating a quiz
      9m 0s
    10. Adding questions to a quiz
      2m 20s
    11. Changing the order of questions
      3m 1s
    12. Assigning quiz points
      1m 35s
    13. Previewing a finished quiz
      5m 50s
  14. 39m 38s
    1. Gradebook overview
      4m 53s
    2. Moving an assignment into a category
      1m 33s
    3. Completing assignments as a student
      11m 31s
    4. Grading assignments
      5m 5s
    5. Using quick grading
      1m 28s
    6. Grading assignments with uploaded files
      1m 58s
    7. Grading offline assignments
      1m 26s
    8. Grading an online quiz
      5m 1s
    9. Exporting grades to Excel
      2m 48s
    10. Importing grades from Excel
      3m 55s
  15. 9m 55s
    1. Calendars and events overview
      4m 8s
    2. Creating a new event
      2m 40s
    3. Creating a repeating event
      3m 7s
  16. 50m 41s
    1. Course administration overview
      2m 54s
    2. Managing course settings
      9m 5s
    3. Enabling completion tracking
      2m 20s
    4. Setting tracking for resources and activities
      3m 38s
    5. Managing tracking settings
      3m 51s
    6. Reporting on course tracking
      1m 32s
    7. Managing user roles
      4m 2s
    8. Backing up your course
      3m 36s
    9. Restoring data from a backup
      4m 50s
    10. Restoring a Moodle 1.9 course into Moodle 2.1
      6m 25s
    11. Importing content to another course
      3m 46s
    12. Resetting a course
      4m 42s
  17. 2m 6s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 37s
    2. Goodbye
      29s

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Moodle 2.1 Essential Training for Teachers
9h 53m Beginner Aug 22, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Installing and configuring Moodle
  • Creating assignments students can complete online
  • Posting instructions on the course home page
  • Messaging students
  • Configuring Dropbox, Google Docs, Flickr, and YouTube repositories
  • Creating a custom course web page
  • Building a live chat room
  • Designing surveys
  • Setting up course-specific glossaries
  • Seeding a forum with questions
  • Creating a wiki for students to contribute content
  • Developing multimedia exams to assess course comprehension
  • Handling course administration and settings
  • Backing up and restoring a course
  • Importing a Moodle 1.9 course into Moodle 2
Subjects:
Elearning Teacher Tools Education Educational Technology Higher Education LMS
Software:
Moodle
Author:
Chris Mattia

Managing files and folders

We've already seen how to upload an individual file into the My private files section, and we've even created a folder to be able to contain a lot of the materials for our course, but we were only able to upload a single document at a time, and in this movie I'd like to show you how you can go ahead and upload multiple documents at a time using the Zip function. So, the first thing we want to set up here inside of our course is a way to be able to quickly access our Private files section. So, to do that, make sure you have editing turned on and then scroll down in the right-hand column. You should find an Add a block block and a dropdown menu for Add.

We'll go ahead and select that and click on My private files. Now, the screen will refresh, and we'll scroll back down, and there is the Private files section. You can see the folder that we created previously and the JPEG image that we uploaded for our profile picture, and there is a single link here that says Mange my private files. Go ahead and click on that, and it's going to take us to the private files manager. We ca, of course go into the folder for BIOL432, and we're able to see the one lecture file that we posted earlier, but if we were to click the Add button, we'd still only be able to upload one file at a time.

It would be nice to be able to do multiples. In order to do that, we need to a little bit of set up on our desktop first. So, let's come on up here and minimize our browser, and now we are back in our exercise files. We have a bunch of documents that are in here that we want to upload all at one time. We want to upload some graphics and some additional presentations which are listed here. Now to do a multiple selection on the Mac, you are going to hold down the Command key, and on the PC, you are going to hold down the Ctrl key, and simply click on the assignments.png. We are going skip the PDF for Lecture_01, but we are going to select the PowerPoint, the keynote for Lecutre_02, another PDF, another PowerPoint.

We are going to get the PNG file for the lecture materials and the one for reading materials. Now, that I have all of those done, I can let go of my Command or my Ctrl key, and now if you are on the Mac, you can Ctrl+Click, or on the PC, right-click. And the Mac side you are going to go ahead and select Compress 8 Items from the dropdown menu. On the PC, you are going to select Send To and Compressed (zipped). Now, what your operating system is going to do is it's going to take all of these files and stuff them all together in this one single document.

On the Mac, it's called Archive; on the PC, it will choose a different name, but it will have the .zip file extension, and this one file has all of these other documents contained in it, and that's what we are going to upload. We are going to essentially kind of pull a fast one on Moodle by telling it we're only uploading one file, but in reality, we've got a whole bunch in here. Let's go ahead and go back to our browser. We are going to go back down to our dock and grab that, and we're going to come back up here. We are going to hit the Add button, and we're going to make sure we are on the Upload a file section, and we're going to simply hit the Browse button, and we're going to navigate to the exercise files and find that Archive.zip file, select it, and then come on down to the bottom and click Open.

Now, we don't need to save it as any special name. We'll just go ahead and hit the Upload this file button and the Archive.zip came up here. Now if you look just to the right of that file, you'll see a little menu icon. We'll go ahead and hit that, and it gives us a few options, and the second option in the list is the one that we want, Unzip. Go ahead and click Unzip and all of those files that were packaged up have now been expanded out into our file structure. Now, you'll notice that in my screen I've got both Archive.zip and I have this _MACOSX, and I have that one because I packaged this up on a Mac.

If you did this on PC, you wouldn't have this file. And what we are going to do is we are going to go ahead and get rid of both of these documents, so we can just click the little menu next to the _MACOSX file and select Delete and confirm, yes, we want to do that, and we can also get rid of the ZIP file. So we can hit the little menu next to it, come on down here to Delete that one, and say Yes, and there we go. That has all those files in. This is the part that is going to get you, over and over and over, and that is, you think you've got all of these files up here and everything is great and golden, but nothing has been saved.

You have to come down here to the bottom and you have to click Save changes. If you don't click Save changes, those uploads that you made are not going to be retained, and as soon as you click Save changes, Moodle returns you right back to your course. You don't have to navigate anywhere else. It's going to take you right back here. If you're trying to get back into your course and you notice there is no link in there, that's because you haven't saved. So, take that as a warning. Go ahead and save that. Let's go ahead and check our work. Scroll on down and look for the My private files block down in the lower right-hand corner.

You can hit the little plus sign next to the BIOL432 folder, and there are all of your files that you are able to access right from here. Where this becomes incredibly helpful-- if we go ahead scroll back on up in the course--is if you click on Add a resource, and we're going to just point to File and do this in the top header block, and we're going to skip the top part because we just want to have a quick look at this. Hit the Add button. We can come over here to My private files from the File picker, BIOL432, and there are all of those files that we're able to access.

It's exactly what we wanted. So, I am going to go ahead close this file picker and I am going to come on all the way to the bottom and hit Cancel. That's how you can better organize your files and keep them organized. Create some ZIP files on your local machine and be able to batch-upload lots of files. Many of you have already created an entire folder that contains all of the materials for your course, and a great way to get all those materials posted up into your Moodle course quickly so you can start building and presenting those files to your students is to batch-upload them by creating a ZIP file.

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