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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 video files that we have compressed using QuickTime Pro, and we've uploaded them into our File Manager, now let's go ahead and post some of those videos up for our students to be able to take a look at. So to begin, go ahead and scroll down to the February 2nd through February 8th block of content, and we are going to Add a resource and we are going to Link to a file or website. We'll go ahead and give this a name, we are going to say it Green Moray Eel - QuickTime and we'll just give a little description, Video of the Green Moray Eel.
Now we'll go ahead and link to the file or website, so we'll choose the file and come over to our Movies folder and here is the GreenMoray.mov file that we have just uploaded, that we have just created. We'll come over and click on the Choose button next to that, scroll down in the list all the way to the bottom and click Save and return to course. Now if we scroll down to our week two, we can see here is our link, it's given us a custom icon that showing that it's a movie and if we click on that link, the Green Moray video that we just compressed is posted here for our students to be able to take a look at.
So let's go ahead and return back to our course and we also uploaded that FLV video and so I just want to take a second and show you that there really is no difference whatsoever in posting a FLV video. So we'll scroll back down to week two and we'll add another resource and we'll link to a file or website and again, we'll type in Green Moray Eel and this time we'll type in Flash, come down to the bottom and say Video of Green Moray Eel.
Choose or upload a file. We'll click on the Movies link and here is the GreenMoray.flv file and I'll go ahead and hit Choose for that and we'll scroll all the way down to the bottom and save and return to course. And scroll down and let's go ahead and click on the link GreenMoray - Flash. Go ahead and click on that and there is our Green Moray Eel. It is compressed as a Flash video, this one the aspect ratio did change when it was compressed but that's just in the compression settings that were used. So there you go. It's pretty straightforward to go ahead and include video. Let's return back to our course BIOL432.
Now you should note that the file types that are available by default inside of Moodle would be .MOV, the .FLV and the WMV for Windows Video files. Any of the other video files that you may want to include, you may have to work with your IT department to make sure that they can configure the Moodle server so that it will serve out those files by default. The default settings will make it so that if you try and link another file like an M4V, those files will actually try and just download to your user rather than playing directly inside of the browser.
So just something to be aware of, but linking video is really easy and in the next video, we are going to show you how to actually include video from another website such as YouTube and push it directly inside of your Moodle course.
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