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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've gone ahead and uploaded the slides for our lecture presentation, let's go ahead and post those slides in the appropriate week, so that students are able to download the slides. Now this is obviously a personal preference if you want to transfer your slide presentations out to your students. But it is a good idea to do so, and especially a good idea to provide those files to them before the lecture starts. And here is why: if you provide the files to the students before the lecture begins, the students are able to print those files out and bring them with them, or even if they have a laptop, take notes directly on the slides themselves.
This will allow them to pay attention to what it is that you are saying, rather than spending all of their time trying to copy down and reproduce all of the information that's included on the slides that you are showing up on the screen. To post your lecture slides, simply go to the appropriate weeks worth of content, click the dropdown menu for Add a resource, and select Link to a file or website. The same options appear that we saw when we posted the course syllabi. So let's go ahead and fill this out. The Name of the first lecture is Introduction to major tropical ecosystems. For the description, we'll simply add, Lecture slides for week 1.
Next to post the file, click the button for Choose or upload a file. The same file browser that we saw before opens up. We can now simply click on the folder for Lectures, and we see all the lectures that we have already uploaded to the site. If we were to click on one of the file names here, it will try and download and open that file for us. What we want to do is we want to select under the Action column to choose a particular file. Here you can choose if you want to have the PowerPoint, the PDF, or the Keynote. I'm going to go ahead and choose the PowerPoint file.
So I'll click the Choose link. I'll scroll down. Again I want to select the Force download, so that every student who comes to the site is going to have the same experience when they click on the file. This will make it easier on the students and on the instructor, so that everybody knows what to expect when they click on a link. We'll scroll down to the bottom and click the Save and return to Course button. When we written to the course, we can see that Introduction to major tropical ecosystems is listed here, it's showing the PowerPoint icon and if we go up to the Resources link, as we did before inside of the Activities block, we can see that not only is the course syllabi posted inside of the header block, but week 1 has the appropriate link and the Summary is appearing as it should.
Let's return back to our course, and now you could have a pretty good idea how to upload a variety of different files, and link them directly into your course. The next step in getting started with building our site is to go in and setup our grid book so that all assignments can be added to their appropriate categories. And we'll do that in the next movie.
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