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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.
Beginning in the second week of the semester as part of the Individual Evaluation, we want to have every single student to be able to give us an update as to their individual contributions that they have made throughout the week to their groups' project. So a great assignment type for us to collect this information is the online text assignment. So go down to the second week of the semester and click on the Add an activity dropdown menu and choose the Online text.
We will set an Assignment name for Week 2 Personal Contribution. In the Description all we want to do is just give them a little instruction to say Please describe your individual contribution to your group research project.
Scroll down a little bit and we'll set the Grade for this one. Because there is just small little notes, we are going to set the grade for this to just simply 5 points. We are going to disable both the Available from and the Due date, so that it's always available, it's always going to show up for the students and we don't want to worry about preventing late submissions. We'll go ahead and scroll down a little bit and now we can set to Allow resubmitting of this assignment and we want to say No in this case because we want to have the student just come on once a week and fill out a quick little description as to what their contribution was and submit it. We don't want them constantly going in and making revisions over and over. So we'll just say No in this case.
We don't want to go ahead and email the teachers in this case. We are going to have all of our students submitting these assignments every single week and once a week, we'll be able to login and just see that the students have completed the assignment or not. Comment inline, we don't need to do this either because the assignment is basically to go in and note about what your contribution is, so there shouldn't be any additional information that they need to provide to us to complete this assignment. So we'll go ahead and leave that set to No. For Group mode we'll go ahead and set this one to No Group because this is going to be part of the Individual Grade. Visible, Yes we want to show that.
We are not going to set an ID number and for Grade Category, we are going to go ahead and set this to Individual Evaluation. Again these values are coming directly from the Grade Book that we set up in the previous exercise. We'll then go ahead and click the Save and return to course and if we scroll down in our list, we can see here is our Assignment section for week two and we have our Assignment Week 2 Personal Contribution. Go ahead and click on that and you can see that it's got the text that we entered in for what this assignment is. No attempts have been made, if we need to make any updates or modifications to the assignment, we can do that by simply clicking on the Update this Assignment button and it will take us right back to the same form.
We'll just add to create the assignment. Let's go ahead and return back to the course. Click the dropdown menu to Switch role to and we'll change to the Student role, so we can see what a student would see if they were to click on this assignment. We'll go ahead and scroll down and click on week 2 Personal Contribution in the Assignment section and here it's got the description as to what we want them to do. They have not currently submitted anything, but there is an Edit my submission button, if they were to click on that. They get a simple text field. They can come in, they can type in whatever they need to, into this blank and then come down and simply hit Save changes and that would post that text for that particular week directly into the course for us. So we'll go ahead hit Cancel and return back to the course BIOL432.
We will click the button on the upper right to return to my normal role and turn Editing back ON, so we are ready to continue building our course. And that's all there is to a simple online text. Now just be aware that students are not going to be able to attach any documents. So if you choose this type of file, make sure what you want them to do is really just type in some plain text into the assignment blank and submit that to you. They will not be able to upload any type of documents that go along with the assignment. That's a different type and we'll cover that in the next movie.
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