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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.
In the last movie we used Adobe Bridge to create a web photo gallery for us. Here it's on my desktop called Week 2 Gallery. It's also in the Chapter 4 exercise files, under the Exports from Bridge folder. Let's go ahead and batch-upload this image gallery and the two internal folders that we'll go through and work with in just a second. If you're on a Mac, go ahead and Ctrl+Click on Week 2 Gallery folder. If you're a Windows, right-click and choose Send To > Compressed (zipped).
On the Mac choose Compress "Week 2 Gallery." What this is going to do is it's going to create a zip file for us that contains all of the individual files that are inside of this Week 2 Gallery folder. Once that file is created, go ahead and double-click on the Week 2 Gallery folder and then go into the contents folder, scroll down until you find the bin folder, and then find the images folder. This folder contains both large and the thumb folders. Again, right-click or Ctrl+Click on images and on a Mac choose Compress "images" and on Windows choose Send To > Compressed (zipped).
The ZIP file will get created and go ahead and make sure that gets dragged out to the desktop as well. Since we compressed the images folder rather than the individual large and thumb folders, that's going to save us a step later on, because now we've compressed not only just a folder, but all of the containing subfolders as well. Let's go ahead and upload all these files into our Moodle course. We go back to our browser and we're logged into our Coral Reef Ecology course, go ahead and scroll down until you find the My private files block on the right-hand side and click the button for Manage my private files.
Go into your BIOL432 folder and then click the Add button. This'll bring up our standard File picker. Go ahead and click the Upload a file button and under the Attachments link, click the Browse button. Now navigate back out to your desktop and you want to upload the images.zip file, click Open, and press Upload this file, and then go ahead and add, press the Browse button again, and this time we want to upload the Week 2 Gallery.zip file.
Press Open and press the Upload this file button. So now both of the zip files have been uploaded. Let's go ahead and unzip just the images.zip file. Don't unzip the Week 2 Gallery folder, though. So we're going to hit the little icon to the right of that file and press the button for unzip. Now if you're on a Mac, you've got this _MacOSX file. Simply go ahead and hit the dropdown next to that and hit Delete. That's a resource file that's created only on the Mac and it's not necessary, so go ahead and just delete that file.
Now you can see we have our images folder that you can go into, where we have our large and our thumbnail size images, and there we can see each of those files that we've uploaded. Go ahead and scroll all the way to the bottom now and press Save changes. This will make sure that all of our folders that we've just created in our course have been saved properly. Now we have those images' files and we're able to use those images now anywhere within our Moodle course. In the next movie, I'll show you how to display that web photo gallery that we created.
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