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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.
Now that we have our audio files compressed and they've been uploaded to our course, let's go ahead and begin creating a species identification guide where we can post the name of an organism, the pronunciation, and an image of that organism. So to begin make sure that editing is turned on on your course and scroll down to Week 2, where we are going to talk about Coral Reef Structure and Diversity. Click the dropdown menu for Add a resource, and let's select Page. We will give this page a name, Coral Reef Species Identification.
In the Description, we will simply go ahead and type in "Learn how to identify and pronounce the names of common reef species." Go ahead and scroll down to the Page content section, and now we are going to make a couple of really simple headings. We are going to type in "Name," hit Return and type in "Pronunciation," hit a colon and hit Return. Let's go back up to the Name field and put a space in here, and let's type in the name of the coral, "Acropora palmata." Go ahead and select the name and since this is a proper scientific name, we should italicize it, so we will hit the Italicize button.
For the Pronunciation hit the spacebar, and we are going to use the Insert Moodle Media tool, which is down here on the toolbar, so go ahead and click on that. Under the General section click the space that says Find or upload a sound or video file. This should open up our File picker. You want to make sure that you're in your Private files section and navigate into your BIOL432 folder. Go into your Audio folder, and you should have a listing of all the audio files that we compressed from earlier, and this first one right here the Acropora palmata, this should be right up in the front.
I will go ahead and click on that. The name looks good here. We will go ahead and select the file. Now you may get a pop-up warning saying that QuickTime needs some components in order to be able to play this file. Go ahead and hit Cancel if that does pop up for you. There's no need to worry about it. You don't really need to have QuickTime to be able to play this. Moodle is going to be able to identify and play the file just fine. So come down to the bottom and hit the Insert button, and here we go. We have got the Pronunciation: Acropora_palmata.
There is just right now a link to this MP3 file, but don't worry; when we refresh the page it's going to show up properly. Go ahead and click down on the last line where we had that extra return, and we want to go ahead and insert an image this time. Let's use the Insert/edit image tool, and it's going to ask us, what do we want to do? We want to Find or upload an image. Make sure you're in your Private files section. Again, in the File picker, go into BIOL432. Let's go into the Images folder, and we are going to go into the large folder. And your file names may be a little odd.
They may not have the exact names of the organisms, but the one that we're looking for, if you have uploaded it from the exercise files, is 1001110222.jpg. If you used another image compression tool than I used, that file may already be named properly, and the correct name for this should be Acropora_palmate. So notice I have got the underscore in between the two names here, so that there are no spaces in that file name. So then Select this file.
We can see that that is the correct image. Come back up here to Image description, and we need to go ahead and type in Acropora palmate. That will make our image accessible to screen readers. Then come on down here and click the Insert button, and that image should then appear inside of our page. We can scroll down and look and see. Yes, in fact that is the Acropora palmata coral that we wanted to show. Now we have got everything added to our page that we want. We can go ahead and scroll down to the bottom, click Save and return to course. Our screen should refresh and bring us right back down to Week 2 where we were working, and here's that Coral Reef Species Identification guide.
Let's go ahead and drag that up into the Lecture Materials section, and we will go and indent that over to the right to make it align nicely with our other items, and let's go ahead and check our work. Go ahead and click on the Coral Reefs Species Identification link that we just created, and notice that before even though we weren't seeing the little player, here's our audio player right here. We have the proper name of the organism, we have an image of the organism, and we can go ahead and press the button to listen to it. (text-to-speech reader: Acropora palmate.) So now the students have a very good way to strongly identify the organism with the name of the file, both the spelling and pronunciation.
Let's go ahead and hit back on the BIOL432 link in our breadcrumbs to take us back to the main page, and in the next movie we will start exploring how to compress video.
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