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In this course, author Chris Mattia explores Moodle's rich learning environment and helps students successfully navigate a typical Moodle course. Serving as a reference guide, the course provides instruction on key Moodle functions, such as posting materials to student's blog, participating in live chats with other students, completing assignments online, accessing grades and instructor feedback, and more.
Another type of activity that you may need to participate in as part of your Moodle course is the creation of a class wiki. In the Coral Reef Ecology course that we're looking at is a Class Wiki Research Project that's available inside of the header block of our course. To get into the wiki, I'll simply click on the link for it and now we're immediately into the View tab of our wiki. So I scroll down on the page. You can see that this page simply has some instructions for us as to what it is that we need to do and there are some links to some additional pages.
But that's just the surface. I'm going to go ahead and click on the Edit tab and that will reveal the formatting for the wiki. The big advantage to using a wiki inside of one of your classes is that anyone in the class is able to contribute content to the wiki. And you don't need to know a whole lot of HTML or any other special languages in order to contribute content. You can basically go to the Edit tab and just start typing in text into here and it will appear inside of the Wiki. You can use the Formatting tools along the top to add formatting such as increasing the font size or creating links to additional pages.
But if you look down in the Edit field, you'll notice that there are some odd characters. So around the Coral Reef Ecology Class Wiki Homepage, you'll see some equal signs denoted around that. Well, that is denoting a top-level heading. The Additional Pages is a little bit smaller heading and that's got two equal signs. A smaller heading yet would be three equal signs on either side, and so forth. To bold text, you'd use two single quotation marks on either side of the text and that will cause that text to be bolded. To create a link to a new page, all you need to do is put double square brackets on either side of any block of text and it will create a link to a brand-new page.
To see this in action, we'll go ahead and hit the View tab again. And now we can see here's that top- level heading that had the one equal sign on either side of it. Here's the Additional Pages that had two equal signs on either side of it, our bolded text that had to single quotation marks on either side of it, and then our list that had some square brackets around it. If I go ahead and click on the Packing List link, I'm taken to a brand-new page that has no content on it yet. So let's go ahead and add some content. I know that I'm a member of the Coral Group and I need to create a packing list for the Coral Group.
So I'll start off with a top-level heading by clicking on the largest A icon, and that gives me the Equal sign on either side of a Level 1 Header. I'll just simply select the text that says, Level 1 Header and type directly over top of that Coral Group Packing List. Then I'll come down to the next line, I'll begin making a bulleted list. If I don't know the code for a bulleted list, I can start off by using the icon here in the toolbar and clicking on that.
And then I can see that the notation for creating a bulleted list is to simply put an asterisk in front of any item. Well, as part of my packing list, I know I'm going to need some duct tape. And then if I hit Return, I can simply just type in another asterisk and continue making my list. I'll also need some cable ties. Now the research project that my group is going to be completing will also need a digital camera. So I'll make one more Return, I'll type in another asterisk, and I'll type in Digital Camera.
Now anytime you bring a digital camera, you're going to want to make sure that you have some spare batteries with you. So I'll hit Return on my keyboard and this time I'll put two asterisks indicating that I want a next level down bullet. And then I'll go ahead and type in Batteries. Along with the batteries, I'll probably also need to bring a laptop with me to download the images, so two more asterisks, type in Laptop. And if I'm going to bring a laptop, I should probably bring a variety of different assorted cables.
So I'll type in two more asterisks and type in Assorted Laptop Cables. Hey, that's all the things that I need here. Now I'm going to make one more link down here in the bottom. I'm going to put down two Returns and now I'm going to make a link back to the homepage. I'll type in two left-hand square brackets and simply type in Home and then two right-hand square brackets. Then when I scroll down to the bottom of the page and I click the Preview button, I can see a preview as to what all of my text looks like. Here's my top-level heading, here's my bulleted list, here's my tabbed-in list.
And then if I move my mouse over top of the link for Home, I can see that it is actually a link that will take me back to the homepage. I'll go ahead and scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click the Save button, and now all my content is saved into the course wiki. Also notice that there's a Table of Contents here at the top with a top-level heading of 1 that has my Coral Group Packing List. Well, that was automatically created for me because I used the top-level heading. The wiki will automatically create a Table of Contents for your page if you separate the parts of your page by using those headers.
Let me go ahead and navigate back to the homepage by clicking on the Home link that I made. And it takes me right back to the homepage of my wiki. That red link that used to be taking me to a blank page now will take me directly back to my Packing List and I can navigate back and forth between the two pages. There's a lot of other markup that you can use when you're creating your wiki, and I encourage you to explore the use of that toolbar. Let's go ahead and go back to our course by clicking on the link for Biology432 up in the header block.
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