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Posting a URL for a web resource

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The next type of resource that I'd like to explore with you is the URL type. Now, a URL is just a universal resource locator, or a web address. You can use this type of resource to simply provide a link to your students out to some web site that you want them to be able to go to. Now, in this movie, we are going to go ahead and we are going to create a link out to Google Scholar, and we are going to do a custom search in Google Scholar, so that the students always have the latest information about what papers are available for a particular topic. Now, the topic of our first week is Introduction to tropical marine ecosystems, and our overall course is about Coral Reef Ecology.

Posting a URL for a web resource

The next type of resource that I'd like to explore with you is the URL type. Now, a URL is just a universal resource locator, or a web address. You can use this type of resource to simply provide a link to your students out to some web site that you want them to be able to go to. Now, in this movie, we are going to go ahead and we are going to create a link out to Google Scholar, and we are going to do a custom search in Google Scholar, so that the students always have the latest information about what papers are available for a particular topic. Now, the topic of our first week is Introduction to tropical marine ecosystems, and our overall course is about Coral Reef Ecology.

So let's go ahead and scroll down to the bottom of the first week's block, click the dropdown menu for Add a resource, and let's go ahead and add a URL resource. Let's go ahead right here into the Name section, and we're going to type in a name, and this will be what the students are actually going to click on. So we will type in "Coral Reef Ecology Current 2011 Papers." In the Description field type in "This web site will display the current research papers on Coral Reef Ecology." Go ahead and scroll down on the page until you find the Content section.

This is the place where you'll go ahead and enter in your external URL. Now, if you know the URL, you can just go ahead and type it right into here. You can also choose a link, but in this case, what we are going to do is we are going to go ahead and open a new tab in your browser by pressing Command+T, or Ctrl+T, on your keyboard, and then go to scholar.google.com. Google scholar is a fantastic tool and if you've never used this, this is just a really great tool for any type of research that you're doing within your course. In order to use Google Scholar, all you do is come down here into the Search field and type in the search query that you want to use.

So in this case I am just going to type in "Coral Reef Ecology." Now, what will happen when we search is this is going to search only for articles that are specifically related to this particular topic. Before we hit the Search button though, go ahead and uncheck the box for include patents. Now, there probably are not very many patents related to Coral Reef Ecology, but it may be the case that the particular subject matter that you're searching for may have patents included, and that's not going to be something that's necessarily going to be appropriate for your students, although if that is something that you're searching for, go ahead and leave it checked.

So with this set up, we will simply go ahead and hit the Search button and now what we get back in the search results is a listing of all papers and resources in Google Scholar related to this particular search field, Coral Reef Ecology. Now, you'll notice if we look over here on the right-hand side, we are only displaying results 1 of 10 of 101,000 results. That's probably a bit much for students to have to pore through. So let's go ahead and narrow our results down a little bit. We can come over here in the dropdown menus for Google Scholar and now we can select just a particular time period.

So if we want all the papers since, say, 2009, we can select that, and we see now there is only 11,500 results. Well, let's go ahead and narrow it down a little bit further, and we will say since 2011. Now, as of the recording of this movie, there are currently 2,260 articles that have been published about Coral Reef Ecology and that are noted inside of Google Scholar. You'll notice as you look through some of these links, some of them are PDF files. So if you click on the link, you can download a reprint of this article and be able to read it immediately.

This is a fantastic resource for students. Not every article that's listed here in the results will have a full text of the article, but many of them will be able to at least display an abstract of the article. We could spend an entire day exploring Google Scholar, bur for right now what we want to do is we want to just get this particular search results to our students, so that anytime they click on the link, they're going to get the results for any paper that's published that has Coral Reef Ecology in it, and it's going to be since 2011. All we need to do is take the URL that's at the top of our URL field, select that URL, copy it to our clipboard by pressing Command+C or Ctrl+C on our keyboard.

Then go back to the editing URL tab, come down here to where it says External URL, click inside of that field, and press Command+V, or Ctrl+V, to paste the URL in. All of these extra characters that are here inside of the link is the actual search query for that Google Scholar search. To be sure that this is what's happening, go ahead and close the Google Scholar tab. Now, go ahead and scroll down to the next section here. Under Options, we can choose to display--right now it's set to Automatic.

We can have this link work in a variety of different ways. We can have it Automatic, which more than likely is just going to refresh our main page; that would take our students out of our Moodle course and take them to some new site. What I like to do when I set an external link is to set it to open in a pop-up. If we come over and we click the Show Advanced button, now we can control the size of that pop-up window. By default, it is showing up here on mine as 1020x750. Well, that's a little bit of an odd size, so I will go ahead and set 1024x768.

Since we've chosen to open this in a pop-up window, our options to be able to display the URL name or the URL description are grayed out from us. Some of the other options would allow us to select these options but wouldn't allow us to select the dimensions of the pop-up window. Go ahead and scroll down a little bit further. Here you have some options for parameters. Now if you wanted to, you could go ahead and form your own parameters to have other content to be displayed. We are not going to go ahead and set any of those. Let's go ahead and come down to the bottom section where we have the Common module settings.

Here, it works just as we've seen before. The Show and Hide allows us to make this content visible to our students, by saying Show or Hide allows us to still see it as the faculty member, but the students would not see the content anymore. So we will go ahead and leave this set to Show, so that the students can still see the file. We are not going to worry about the ID number, and simply click Save and return to course. When our page refreshes, we are taken back to our Week 1 block. So go ahead and scroll down to the bottom where that link has been posted. It's right here. This is something that we would like the students to be able to read, so let's go ahead and add it up to the Required Readings section.

So we will simply grab the Move tool and drag it up into the Required Readings section, and we will use the Move Right tool to tab that in one link. Now, let's see what happens. Notice we don't have any other tabs opened in our browser. We don't have any other browser windows opened, so we will go ahead and click the link. A new browser window opens, we are taken to Google Scholar, our search parameter has been entered in for us, and we are still getting the options for since 2011. We have the same number of papers that we had earlier. It's exactly what we wanted to have happen.

Now we can close this window and we are still inside of our course. Being able to add a URL link to any web resource really opens your course up to have access to any bit of information that's available out on the world wide web.

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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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