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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.
Now that our discussion forum is all set up, we want to seed the discussion by adding some discussion topics to get the conversation rolling. To begin, simply make sure that you're inside of your discussion forum, and then click the Add a new discussion topic. Filling out this form couldn't be easier. All we need to do is give the message a subject, type in a message. We can then set how we want the subscription for this message to be set, whether or not we want to add an attachment, and then whether or not we want to have this message go out via email immediately or be sent out on the server's normal schedule.
Since we have our discussion forum turned off by default, we're going to leave the Mail now unchecked, and we want to make sure that Subscription is set to I don't want email copies of posts to this forum. Now, let's work on setting up the subject and the messages. Because we're going to set up four different questions, we want the fourth question to show up at the bottom, and then the other questions to show up above that. So we're going to start off our first posting with Question 4. So type-in Question 4 for the subject, and then in the Message, I've gone ahead and included a file called forum questions.txt in the Chapter 10 exercise files.
Go ahead and select the fourth question, press Command+C or Ctrl+C on your keyboard to copy it to the clipboard, then go back to your browser and in the Message field press Command+V or Ctrl+V to paste that message in. Hit the button Post to forum, Moodle confirms that the message was posted, and here's Question 4 noting that we've started the discussion topic. Let's go ahead, and add the additional questions now. So click the Add a new discussion topic button. This time for the Subject we're going to type-in Question 3.
For the Message, go ahead and minimize your browser, go back over to the forum questions.txt file from Chapter 10 Exercises, press Command+C or Ctrl+C when you select Question 3, go back into your browser, Command+V or Ctrl+V to paste that question, scroll down, notice that Moodle has automatically set the Subscription model to the one that we chose in the previous posting. Hit Post to forum and now we can see that Question 3 up here is above Question 4.
Let's go ahead and add Question 2, and then following that, Question 1. Hit Add a new discussion topic. for the Subject, Question 2, for the Message, we'll jump back over to our forum questions.txt file, select it, press Command+C or Ctrl+C to copy, back into our browser, Command+V or Ctrl+V to paste, scroll on down, verify our settings are correct, Post to forum, one more to go. Add a new discussion topic, for the Subject, Question 1, for the Message, we'll jump back over to our forum questions.
Command+C or Ctrl+C when we copy Question 1. Then go back into our browser, Command+V or Ctrl+V to paste in that question, scroll down to the bottom, and press Post to forum. Now, we have our four questions added into our discussion forum, in the next movie, we'll go in and begin working with these questions.
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