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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.
The next step in building our course is to upload a copy of the course syllabi. Now you've probably already written your course syllabi in another application such as Microsoft Word. We are going to take that Word document and we are going to upload it directly into the header block for our course. You do that by clicking the dropdown menu for Add a resource inside of the header block. Then you want to select the option to Link to a file or website. We'll give the document a name, Syllabus, and we'll give a description. Now the description is not going to show on the Home page, but it is going to show on the Resources page, and we'll look at that in just a second, after we go ahead and fill this in.
So we'll enter in Course Syllabus. Now we'll come down here to where it says Link to a file or website. Click the button for Choose or upload a file. A new window will open with the Moodle File Manager. On the lower right-hand side, there is a button for Upload a file. Click that button and then click the Browse button. We are going to need to navigate through our hard drive to find our course syllabi. If you are following along with the Exercise Files, there is a course syllabus in the Chapter 2 exercise_files called Coral Reef Ecology Syllabus.doc.
Now this is a Word document, and you can upload any type of document that you want. Word documents go just fine. You don't need to modify them in anyway. Select the document and click the Open button. Next click the button that says Upload this file. After a few seconds, you should see the file appear inside of the File Manager. A Microsoft Word icon letting you know that Moodle has auto detected that this is a Word document. To select this file, simply go over to the right-hand side under the Action column and click the link for Choose.
The location of Coral Reef Ecology Syllabus has been added into the link to a file or website. As we scroll down in the list, we can see that we have a couple of different options. There is an option for Force download. This is a good idea to use this option, because it will avoid confusion for users who click on the document and they are expecting it to open inside of their web browser. By selecting Force download, any user who clicks on the course syllabi will have the document downloaded directly to their hard drive, and they will be open it in the appropriate application. If we scroll down to the bottom, we can click the button for Save and return to course.
When we'll return to the course, you can see that the course syllabi has been added underneath of the News forum. If you would like to have the syllabi show up above the News forum, simply click the Up and Down Move arrow and then click the blank that is in the position where you want the document to appear. In this case, I'll click to open box. That's just above News forum, and when the screen refreshes my syllabi has been moved directly underneath of the objective for the course. Remember, we fill not the description for the course syllabi, and I said it would show up in the Resources listing. If we come over to the left-hand column, there is a block for activities.
Now if we click on the link for Resources, which wasn't there just a minute ago, before we added our first resource, we can click on this link though, and it will show us all the resources available to the course. Here we can see the name that we provided for syllables, and then the summary that we wrote in to the Summary description. Keep this in mind throughout the rest of the training because this is where, your summary is going to show up for any type of resource or activity that we add. For now let's go ahead and return back to the Course, and now we've posted our course syllabi. The next thing to do is to learn about the latest News section, so we can communicate information directly with the students in our class.
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