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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.
Now that we have some audio files that have been added to the File Manager, we are ready to go ahead and post those files in our course and make them available to our students. So let's scroll one down to the Week 2 of the semester, February 2 - February 8 and click the dropdown menu for Add a resource and we are going to select Link to a file or website. In the Name blank we are going to type in Pronunciation of Acropora palmata and in the description, we'll type in Pronunciation of Acropora palmata. We are going to go ahead and select that and copy it, and I'll show you why in just a second, we can do that by Command+C or Ctrl+C, there is actually two pronunciations for this coral and depending on the group of researchers that you are working with, they may also called it Acropora palmata and so we want to post both versions of that.
So we'll go ahead and select the text so we don't have to type it again and come down here to the Link to a file or website and click the Choose or Upload a File. We'll come over to the Audio folder and the mp3 folder. Here are all of the audio files that we just prepared and uploaded in the previous movie and here are the two different versions of these audio file. Here's the first. We'll go ahead and click on the link for it. (Male voice: Acropora palmata.) And that is the first one that we want to use. We'll go ahead and close that window and simply click on the Choose link over in the Action column, scroll all the way down to the bottom and click the Save and Return to course button. Scroll down here. You can see the Pronunciation of Acropora palmata and we'll go ahead and click on that now and what is brought up on screen is the built-in Flash Player that is being used to playback the MP3 file.
So we'll go ahead and click the Play button on that. (Male voice: Acropora palmata.) All right. Now we'll go back to our course and we'll add the other version. So we'll scroll back down and we'll add another resource and Link to a file or website. I'll go ahead and just paste by Command+V or Ctrl+V and instead of Pronunciation, we'll call this the Alternate Pronunciation of Acropora palmata.
Go ahead and select that, Command+C or Ctrl+C, and paste it into the Summary blank with Command+V or Ctrl+V. Then at the Link to a file or website, we'll click the Choose to upload a file. Again, go back to our Audio folder and our mp3 folder, come down and select the second listing. I'll go ahead and preview that for us. (Male voice: Acropora palmata.) That is the second pronunciation. Close that window and again click the Choose button under action and scroll all the way down to the bottom and click the Save and Return to course, and scroll down to where we have our Week 2 and we can see now we have both the initial pronunciation and the alternate pronunciation. We'll go ahead and click on that to make sure it worked and test it.
(Male voice: Acropora palmata.) There we go. Let's go ahead and return back to our course. So linking to an audio file is just the same as posting any other document. The real trick here is in the previous movie where we step through the process of compressing that audio file so that it's going to work smoothly within the built-in Moodle player.
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