Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers
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Preparing video files


Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers

with Chris Mattia

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Video: Preparing video files

Compressing video for the web truly is an art form in and of itself. There is a dizzying array of options that are available to you. These includes things like which file format that you are going to choose, including QuickTime, Flash, Windows Media, then you need to start thinking about which codec are you going to use, then how are you going to setup your compression settings for your video, for your audio, a ton of different options out there well beyond the scope of this course.
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  1. 8m 21s
    1. Welcome
      2m 8s
    2. Course overview
      5m 22s
    3. Using the exercise files
  2. 34m 55s
    1. Getting started
      2m 59s
    2. Installing Moodle on a Mac
      8m 45s
    3. Installing Moodle on a Windows computer
      14m 24s
    4. Creating user accounts
      3m 55s
    5. Creating a new course
      3m 0s
    6. Just enough site administration to get you going
      1m 52s
  3. 41m 16s
    1. Logging in and getting oriented with Moodle
      5m 8s
    2. Customizing your profile
      4m 7s
    3. Customizing course settings
      3m 49s
    4. Editing the header block
      1m 33s
    5. Posting a course syllabus
      3m 55s
    6. Communicating news to students
      3m 5s
    7. Managing files and folders
      3m 41s
    8. Posting lecture slides
      3m 11s
    9. Setting up the gradebook
      5m 35s
    10. Sending email to the class
      2m 54s
    11. Creating a simple assignment
      4m 18s
  4. 51m 24s
    1. HTML editor overview
      10m 11s
    2. Formatting text
      8m 42s
    3. Creating tables
      9m 32s
    4. Creating internal links
      7m 27s
    5. Creating external links
      7m 2s
    6. Inserting local pictures with HTML
      3m 55s
    7. Inserting pictures from Flickr
      4m 35s
  5. 49m 24s
    1. Preparing images
      6m 53s
    2. Batch-uploading files
      5m 58s
    3. Posting image files
      2m 33s
    4. Posting a photo gallery
      3m 45s
    5. Preparing audio files
      10m 14s
    6. Posting audio
      3m 51s
    7. Preparing video files
      7m 45s
    8. Posting video
      3m 48s
    9. Inserting video from YouTube
      4m 37s
  6. 37m 11s
    1. Creating a text label
      6m 14s
    2. Linking to a web site
      6m 2s
    3. Creating a text page
      4m 45s
    4. Creating a web page
      10m 56s
    5. Linking to a folder of documents
      4m 18s
    6. Inserting an IMS content package
      4m 56s
  7. 27m 23s
    1. Assignments overview
      2m 13s
    2. Advanced uploading of files
      10m 32s
    3. Online text
      4m 26s
    4. Uploading a single file
      5m 1s
    5. Offline activity
      5m 11s
  8. 11m 39s
    1. Creating a live chat room
      5m 13s
    2. Creating a choice
      6m 26s
  9. 15m 45s
    1. Setting up a simple database
      4m 14s
    2. Creating database fields
      2m 49s
    3. Customizing a database template
      1m 33s
    4. Entering data into a database
      1m 43s
    5. Enabling database auto-linking
      3m 23s
    6. Enhancing a database with file uploads
      2m 3s
  10. 17m 16s
    1. Creating a main glossary
      4m 45s
    2. Adding concepts to the glossary
      3m 16s
    3. Enabling glossary auto-linking
      3m 38s
    4. Enabling students to edit a glossary
      2m 5s
    5. Creating a secondary glossary
      3m 32s
  11. 9m 58s
    1. Creating a forum
      5m 21s
    2. Using a discussion forum
      4m 37s
  12. 32m 17s
    1. Creating a wiki
      7m 3s
    2. Wiki editing basics
      4m 26s
    3. Creating lists
      6m 1s
    4. Subdividing a class wiki
      3m 43s
    5. Adding attachments and images
      2m 54s
    6. Creating external links
      2m 27s
    7. Creating a table
      5m 43s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Online assessment overview
      1m 38s
    2. Creating question pool categories
      1m 58s
    3. Creating a first question
      6m 24s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      4m 39s
    5. Creating multiple choice questions
      7m 23s
    6. Creating short answer questions
      6m 59s
    7. Creating essay questions
      6m 22s
    8. Creating match questions
      6m 38s
    9. Creating numerical questions
      4m 56s
    10. Importing question pools from Blackboard
      6m 24s
    11. Creating a quiz
      9m 9s
    12. Adding questions to a quiz
      6m 50s
  14. 39m 16s
    1. Gradebook overview
      2m 6s
    2. Completing assignments as a student
      9m 34s
    3. Grading an assignment
      4m 52s
    4. Quick grading
      2m 25s
    5. Grading assignments with uploaded files
      2m 18s
    6. Grading offline assignments
      1m 16s
    7. Grading an online quiz
      3m 30s
    8. Quiz data analysis
      3m 4s
    9. Adding assignments
      2m 3s
    10. Exporting grades
      3m 55s
    11. Importing grades
      4m 13s
  15. 20m 4s
    1. Calendars and events overview
      3m 51s
    2. Creating a new event
      3m 21s
    3. Creating a repeating event
      3m 15s
    4. Exporting a calendar to iCal
      4m 5s
    5. Exporting a calendar to Outlook
      5m 32s
  16. 44m 41s
    1. Course administration overview
      3m 4s
    2. Managing course settings
      12m 48s
    3. Managing user roles
      2m 59s
    4. Managing groups
      4m 51s
    5. Backing up your course
      4m 34s
    6. Restoring data from a backup
      3m 14s
    7. Importing content to another course
      4m 53s
    8. Resetting a course
      3m 24s
    9. Running reports
      4m 54s
  17. 4m 13s
    1. Additional resources
      2m 58s
    2. Goodbye
      1m 15s

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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.

Topics include:
  • Installing and configuring Moodle
  • Preparing media files for distribution inside a Moodle course
  • Posting instructions on the course home page
  • Setting up course-specific glossaries and databases
  • Building assignments students can complete online
  • Using Moodle's built-in email and discussion boards
  • Creating a wiki inside Moodle for students to build and contribute content
  • Developing multimedia exams to assess course comprehension
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Chris Mattia

Preparing video files

Compressing video for the web truly is an art form in and of itself. There is a dizzying array of options that are available to you. These includes things like which file format that you are going to choose, including QuickTime, Flash, Windows Media, then you need to start thinking about which codec are you going to use, then how are you going to setup your compression settings for your video, for your audio, a ton of different options out there well beyond the scope of this course.

But what we are going to do is we are going to step through the process of compressing video that will give you pretty good results, and will work inside of Moodle. So let's get started by minimizing our Firefox browser. We'll come back out to our Desktop and if you are following along with the Exercise Files, I'm in Chapter 04/Movies and there is a file in here called Go ahead and open that up in QuickTime. To use the technique that we are going to show you, you need to have a copy of QuickTime Pro, and if you don't have QuickTime Pro, on the Mac, you go up to the QuickTime menu and you come down to Registration. On Windows, you would go to the Edit menu, go down to Preferences and then select Registration.

It will have a button in there for you to be able buy a license for QuickTime Pro.

It's $29 and it's well worth it. It's going to unlock a whole bunch of additional features for you, including the ability to record audio, record video, and compress audio and video directly inside of the QuickTime player. So to compress this video right now, if we look at it over here on the Finder, we can see that this video is roughly 9. 5 MB, it's only 12 seconds of video and the dimensions of it are 640 by 360, let's go ahead and preview this video here. There is no sound that's associated with it. It's just some underwater video that I shot in Belize of a green moray, and we want to be able to take this video and we want to include it inside of our Moodle site. So I'll back up the video back to the beginning and I'll go up to the File menu and come down and choose Export. Now there is an Export for Web option but this option is going to create a video file that is very difficult to incorporate into Moodle at the present time. So we are going to setup our own custom settings inside of the main Export menu. So File > Export.

Let's go ahead and start by renaming the file instead of having the Master, and I'll just pull Master out and so it will just say GreenMoray and we are going to save it out to our desktop. Then under the Export menu, make sure it's selected to Movie to QuickTime Movie. You have a whole bunch of other options available to you. So I encourage you to go in and play around and try a lot of these other options. Your result will vary depending on the particular file that you have, but Movie to QuickTime Movie is the first thing that we want to set here.

Then we want to click on to this Use section and choose the Broadband - High; this is going to apply a good level of compression. It's going to setup for us all the settings for audio and video that are going to work very well for us. We still are going to have to make it change to this, but this is going to get us in the ballpark. So Use Broadband - High, and then click the Options button, and you can see all of the settings that are going to be applied by these Broadband - High Quality Settings.

It's going to do an H.264 Compression with the Quality set to High. Keyframe Rate is going to be 150. The Bitrate is 672 kbits/per second. Frame Reordering is going to be set to Yes. The Encode mode is going to be multi-pass and the Dimensions are 480 by 360. Now we don't want to change the aspect ratio of our video. We want to keep it still in the same format that it appears here, which is in the Letterbox format. So let's go ahead and click on the Size button and we'll set the Size to a custom size of 640 by 360, and we'll check the box for Preserve Aspect Ratio using Letterbox. Then we'll go ahead and click OK, and since the video that we have we do not have any audio with, we'll go ahead and get rid of the Sound Settings altogether by simply unchecking them. So that will even save us a little bit of extra space as well.

We do want to have the checkbox here for Prepare for Internet Streaming, and we want to have that dropdown menu set to Fast Start. Go ahead click OK. We have now checked that all of our settings are correct. Go ahead and click the Save button and you can see that QuickTime is going ahead and exporting out that video for us and it's dropping it out to the desktop. And there we go. We now have our file down here to our desktop. You can go ahead and double-click on that, and we do a little bit of side-by-side, we can see that it has kind of dull the color a little bit, but not too badly. The file size of this file, if we click on it and do Get Info by Right-clicking or Ctrl-clicking on the document and selecting Get Info, or on the PC, selecting Properties. We can see that this file is 1.1 MB.

So it's compressed the video from 9.5 MB down to just over 1 MB. So that's a pretty good compression. Let's go ahead and preview this movie and see how it looks. It's not too bad. We are not seeing really any pixelation and we still have a pretty good clean view of it, and it has applied quite a bit of compression to this file. So it's going to be much better for distributing over the Internet. Go ahead and close both of these files and we are going to go ahead and upload this document and we should also upload this, which has a bunch of other movie files that have already been compressed and prepared for the web, and we'll also upload the GreenMoray.flv file.

So let's go ahead and return back to Firefox and we'll go over to the left hand side in the Administration block, and click on Files, and click on the Movies folder and we'll upload a file, and we'll start with the Browse button and we are out in the desktop. We'll upload the file that we just compressed. So we'll say Open and Upload this file. We'll then go ahead and upload another file, we'll hit Browse and if you have access to the Exercise Files, go ahead to Exercise Files/Chapter 04/Movies/Greenmorea.flv, go ahead and upload that. This is one that was prepared using Adobe Video Compressor. There are a lot of other titles at that have instructions on how to do this.

So we'll go ahead and hit Open and upload that file. And we'll upload one more. We'll go ahead and hit Browse, and we'll upload that zip file that has a bunch of other movies in it as well. So hit Open and Upload this file. Now we'll go ahead and unzip that file. And we can see it's just a bunch of other videos of other organisms, so I hit OK. Now we'll go ahead and return back to our course by clicking on BIOL432 in the upper left hand corner, and in the next movie, we'll go ahead and start incorporating these videos into our site.

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