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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.
We now have a single location inside of our course for our students to be able to post content that is relevant to the entire class such as the packing list of all the materials that are going to be needed for the Spring Break Trip to Belize. But it would be great if each group had their own Wiki that they could continue to add content and document the research project as they are going along. To do this, simply click on the Research Project Wiki link at the bottom of the page that will take us back to the main page of our Wiki. Now we'll go ahead and click the Edit tab so we can edit the content on the front page. We currently have a link to our Packing List, but let's go ahead and make that a bullet now by typing an asterisk in front of the left hand square bracket.
We'll now go down to the next line, we'll add another bullet point and we'll type in a left hand square bracket and then Coral Group, a right hand square bracket, hit Enter or Return, another asterisk, left hand square bracket, Fish Group and a right hand square bracket. Now when we save this page, our Wiki is starting to have more structure to it and we now have a page that's going to be created for our Coral Group with the question mark at the end, indicating that the page is ready to be created, but is not yet created and a page for our Fish Group.
Let's go ahead and begin adding content to our Coral Group page by clicking the question mark at the end of Coral Group. The Coral Group page is created for us and we are ready to add some content. If you are following along with the Exercise Files, go ahead and open up the file Coral Group Experiment.txt in your Chapter 11 folder. Go ahead and select all of the text that's in that document, copy it by hitting Command+C or Ctrl+C, then return back to your Wiki, click inside the text box and paste with Command+V or Ctrl+V.
We now have some sample text similar to what the students may be uploading. Let's go ahead and add some formatting to this text by making the Hypothesis a heading 2 by typing two exclamation points in front of Hypothesis and the same thing for Proposed Method. Let's go ahead and preview our page to see how it's looking. We have our Hypothesis. We have our Proposed Method. We even have a link inside of our Proposed Method where Acropora palmata is linked because it's being pulled from the database that we've created in an earlier exercise. However, every time a scientific name is displayed, it needs to be differentiated in some way, either italics, underline or bolded. So let's go ahead and do that.
If we scroll down to the bottom inside of our Editing window, to make the text Acropora palmata in italics, simply click right in front of the first word and then put 2 single quotation marks in front of the word Acropora and 2 single quotation marks after the word palmata. Now when we preview our page, not only is the link here taking us to the database listing, but it's also italicize the text inside of that page. Let's go ahead and scroll down to the bottom and save our changes by clicking the Save button.
Let's go ahead and test the link that's being created for Acropora palmata to make sure that it's linking back to our database properly. So simply click on that link and we can see we are taken directly to the listing inside of the database we created for Acropora palmata and the students would have additional information for anything that was added into the database. Let's go ahead and hit the Back button in our browser, so we can go back into our Wiki. The next thing that your students are likely going to want to do is to add an image inside of their Wiki page.
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