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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.
One of the most powerful features of Moodle is its ability to post information, resources, and documents to your students, so that your students always have access to the latest information about your course. In this movie we're going to go through posting a lecture slide file, such as a PowerPoint file, into your course, so that your students always have access to it. All you need to do is make sure that editing is turned on. You go to the appropriate week in your course. In this case we're going to go to the 23rd January to 29 January week, and hit the dropdown menu for Add a resource.
From here simply select the File option and we'll be taken to the Add a new file to this week option. We're going to go ahead in the name and simply type in "Lecture 1 Slides." I like to put a dash in here and then type in PPT. You don't really need to put in that this is a PowerPoint file or a Keynote file or PDF because Moodle is going to automatically detect that information from the file extension itself and it's going to post a small icon.
I like to do it just because it's one more little piece of information that the student gets just by simply looking at the link, and they know then exactly what kind of file that when they click on they're going to get. Here is the Lecture 1 Slides - PPT, and then in the Description we'll put--go ahead and scroll down a little bit and in the Content section you click the Add button. We're going to go to the Private files section of the File picker, go into BIOL432, and you want to look for the Lecture_01_01.p and if it's displaying more characters there for you, it's going to be the full extension of that.
So we will just go ahead and click on that file. It's got the PPT file extension on there. We know who the author is, and we'll simply hit Select this file. The file gets attached right here as part of the document. Go and scroll on down to the Options, Display > Automatic. That's fine. Moodle is going to detect this file and figure out what's the best option to do with this document. We do want it to be visible to our students, so I'm going to simply hit Save and return to course. When the screen refreshes--let me scroll back up here--we can see that Moodle did in fact detect that this was a PowerPoint presentation, and it posted the little PowerPoint icon just to the left of that slide.
You may want to post your slides as both PowerPoint or Keynote format and as a PDF format, so that any student, regardless of if they have a copy of Microsoft Office or if they've got a copy of Keynote or whatever different presentation program that you're using, that they can always access the file. So I like to go in here into the Add a resource section and just add a second one. I am going to go ahead and do this Lecture 1. Actually, we can even go down here and we can select it right from there, and we can back up and type in PDF as our file format there.
Scroll on down, hit the Add button. Again in the Private files we're going to go to BIOL432, and look for the PDF now this time. Go ahead select that and hit select this file. You can see it's got the PDF icon there. We'll scroll on down. We'll leave all of these other settings just the same as they were, Save and return to course. Both of those files have been added to our first week. So if we click the Turn editing off button so we see pretty much what the student would see, they can come into our course, they can see our syllabi, and they can see our lecture slides.
If they go ahead and click on one of those files, they're presented with it. There they have to click on the file to actually view it. It's going to open that file up, and there we are. We've got the slides to the major tropical ecosystems. I'll close that and we come on back to here, and let's return back to our course by clicking on the BIOL432 in the breadcrumbs. Now if you're like to, you're able to go in and post all of your slides for all of the upcoming lectures. It is a good idea to go ahead and post your slides before your lectures; that way students can have time to go ahead and grab those files.
They can print them out. They can copy them onto their computers. And then when they come to class, they've got the slides in front of them. They can take notes on what is that you're saying rather than trying to copy down all the information that's on the slide. They're also much more likely to focus and pay attention on the information that you're saying and that you're discussing in class, rather than trying to worry about copying down all of that information, because they know they've got it available to them.
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