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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.
The next assignment type for us to take a look at is the Offline activity. Now an offline activity is any type of activity that does not take place in Moodle, so in the case of our course we want our students to be able to participate in the poster symposium at our university and present their research findings there. But there's nothing that they need actually upload into our Moodle course, so an offline activity is actually perfect for this. To begin with, let's go ahead and open up the Syllabus.doc file from our Chapter 7 exercise files, and here we have the detailed description is to what it is that we want the students to do.
Go ahead and select the text under Poster Preparation and copy to your clipboard using Command+C, or Ctrl+C. This way we don't have to type it. Let's back into our Moodle course and then scroll down to Week 14. I've gone ahead and highlighted it here for us. We can click the dropdown menu for add an activity and select Offline activity. For the assignment name we'll simply click in the box there and type in "Poster Presentation" and for the Description we can go ahead and click inside of the box and press Command+V, or Ctrl+V, to paste in the description that we have already written out from our course syllabus.
Here we can see that we want the students to present their drafts on the 25th of April and on the 27th of April, we want them to go ahead and present at the poster symposium. Let's go ahead and set up the rest of the parameters for this assignment. If we scroll down on the page, we can see the available from and due dates are both set for us, but we can go ahead and uncheck those boxes so that this assignment is always available to our students. We want to go ahead and make sure we have Prevent late submissions set to No, because the students are going to do this on their own time.
When we look at our syllabus we can tell that this assignment is were 35 points, so we'll go ahead and scroll down in the list of points available and we'll select 35 from the dropdown menu. Now this assignment is going to be graded as part of our group evaluation, so we'll select Group Evaluation from the Grade category. The Bottom, we're going to go ahead and leave this set to No groups; for Visible, we're going to set it to Show; and for ID number, we're going to go ahead and leave that blank. Go ahead and hit the Save and return to course button, and now let's go ahead and move the poster presentation assignment over to the right one by pressing the Move Right button and then let's look and see what this assignment looks like.
Go ahead and click on the link, and we simply have the text description, and we have our standard link, No attempts have been made on this assignment. If we come over to the left-hand side in the Settings block and we click on Switch role to and select Student, the student view looks virtually the same as what our view was. There's nothing for the students to do, because we're just providing information to the student as to what they need to do. They're going to complete this assignment outside of Moodle, so they don't have any upload features or even any notes features for us. Go ahead and return back to your normal role and then go back to the main course page by clicking on BIOL432 in the breadcrumbs.
Let's go ahead and un-highlight if you've highlighted Week 14 and scroll all the way back up to the top. The Offline activity is the perfect assignment type if you need to set up an assignment where you're going to grade the students on doing something but they're not going to complete that assignment online.
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