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Moodle provides students with a rich environment of information, resources, and activities to enhance what is being taught in the classroom. In Moodle Essential Training for Students, Chris Mattia walks step by step through a typical Moodle course and shows students how to be successful. Chris shows how to post materials to a custom database, participate in a live chat with other students, and even access and complete assignments online.
Perhaps one of the most common activities that you will have to complete inside of your Moodle courses is taking an online assessment in the form of a quiz or exam. Quizzes or exams can all be found listed under the Activities block on left-hand side under the link of Quizzes. You can also find individual quizzes listed under the particular week that they appear inside of your course. In this case, in the last week of our semester we have our Final Exam that's going to be given as an online assessment. We can tell that this is a quiz because the white page icon that has a red check mark appears to the left of the link for Final Exam. I'll go ahead and click on the link for Final Exam and I'm given the instructions about this quiz. The instruction simply says that this is the Final Exam for this course. It lets me know the grading method for this quiz, which is going to be the highest grade that I achieve on all my different attempts.
I can then begin my first attempt of this quiz by clicking on the button for Attempt quiz now. I then enter into the quiz. I can jump to any question inside the quiz by navigating among the different pages or simply take the quiz in order. Let's go ahead and take this quiz. The first question, The coral depicted here is one commonly referred to as a brain coral. The scientific name for this coral is what? As I looked down to the bottom of the screen, I can look and see that this is a brain coral that I know is Diploria labyrinthiformis. I know it's not Montastrea cavernosa, but now I have got two different audio files that I need to listen to.
I will click on the link for the first one. (Male voice: Diploria labyrinthiformis.) That is the correct name of the file. So I'll hit the Back button on my browser and that is the option that I want to select. I'll click the Submit button and I get instant feedback letting me know that this is the correct answer. I also can see that my Marks for this submission are 1/1, meaning I got full credit for this question. Let's go ahead and go to the next question. I'll click the Next link at the bottom of the page and the next question appears. This is a different type of question. This is one where I have to match the image on the left-hand side with the correct answer. It's asking me to identify the correct scientific name of each organism that's being depicted. I'll click the dropdown menu for the first link and I can see that the coral depicted in this image is Porietes Asteroides.
Next, I'll look at the next image. I know that's Acropora Palmata. So I'll come over here to the right-hand side, click the dropdown menu and I find the listing Acropora Palmata, I'll select that as the correct answer. The third image in this question is a Mithrax crab. So I'll click the dropdown menu and there it is Mithrax sculptus. I'll select that. Click the Submit button at the bottom and I can see that I have got the correct answer. And I have also been given full credit for this question. Let's go ahead and go to the next question. Click the Next button and now I get a question asking me, What specific type of body cavity is found in the organism depicted in the figure above? The figure is showing a flat one. I'll scroll down and I'll look at the different possibilities, blastocoel, enterocoel, gastrocoel, acoelomate, or schizocoel. I'm not really sure about this one, so I'm going to go ahead and guess acoelomate. I'll check the box next to d and click the Submit button.
All right, looks like I guessed right. I got full credit for this question. Let's go ahead and go down to the next question. I'll click the Next button. Now the question is asking, Hermatypic corals have a very specific temperature range in which they survive. Please list an acceptable annual average sea water temperature (C) where you would typically find coral reefs. Well, I know that coral reefs exist only in the tropics and the average temperatures there need to be between 18 and 32 degree Celsius. So I'll choose a temperature of 28. I'll click the Submit button and I was right. I get full credit for this question because I got the green check mark next to the answer.
And I can also see that I got 1/1 point for this question. Let's go on to the next question. Here I'm asked, What's the scientific name of this animal? Here I have got a video that's been pulled directly into my course from YouTube. I can click the play button and I can see the animal in action. Oh! I remember this. This is the Green Moray Eel whose name is Gymnothorax funebris. I'll go ahead and scroll down to the bottom of the page and I'll go ahead and type in my answer, Gymnothorax funebris. I'll click the Submit button. And as I scroll all the way down I can see, aha, I got the right answer. Great! Let's go ahead and go to the next question. The next question is a true/false question. It asks me, Hermatypic corals and zooxanthellae have a symbiotic relationship. Yeah, that's right. Zooxanthellae are the small, one cell, brown algae that are living inside the tissues of Hermatypic corals. Go ahead and answer True to that and click the Submit button. Looks like I got the right answer again. And the instructor has even given me a little feedback to prompt me on my way. Good job.
All right, let's go to the next one. Here it's asking, The animal depicted here is a sponge named Aplysina fistularis. That does look correct. So we'll go ahead and answer True to that and hit Submit. As I scroll down to the bottom, I can see that yeah, I got the right answer one more time. Marks for this submission: 1/1. Proceeding on to the next. Okay, The attached map shows the barrier reef of Belize and Turneff Atoll. Please discuss the formation of these two structures.
Well, this question showing me a map that's got Google maps piped directly into the question. I can look and see the barrier reef is listed right here and Turneff Atoll is listed right here. We can tell this in the Atoll because it's got the lagoon in the middle of it and it's a ring of a reef that goes all the way around. I can also look at the Satellite view of this, if I want to see a live view as to what the reef actually looks like from a satellite. Let's go back to Terrain view. Scroll on down to the bottom and here I have got an essay question. I'll simply go ahead and add in, A barrier reef forms parallel to the shoreline and grows out away from shore in a perpendicular direction.
Now for most essay questions you are obviously going to want to write a lot more information. But for the purpose of this training, I'll go ahead and just leave that as my answer and click the Submit button. When I scroll down at the bottom of this answer, I'm not given any feedback that lets me know that this answer is right or wrong. That's because my instructor is going to have to go in and read this essay question and answer it individually and it's not going to be graded automatically by Moodle. Well, I have completed all the different questions so I'll click on the button now for Submit all and finish. And I get a dropdown menu that says I'm about to close this attempt, and once I close it I'll no longer be able to change any of my answers.
I will click OK and now I get an automatic grading of my quiz. I can see how long it took me to take the quiz. The grade that I got currently, 7/8, which is 88%. Keep in mind that the last question is the essay question that my instructor still needs to grade. So I still have the opportunity to gain a few more points depending on how well I have answered that final question. I now want to click the button that says Finish review and it takes me back to the main page for this final exam.
Here I can see my first Attempt, the date and time that I completed the attempt on, the Grade that was automatically assigned to me by Moodle, and any Feedback that the instructor has put into Moodle based on the particular grade that I have already gotten. If the quiz allows me to retake the quiz, I can take a second attempt by clicking the button here or I can simply return back to my main course by clicking on the link for Biology432 in the upper left-hand corner.
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