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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.
Another very common type of assignment that you are going to have to complete inside of most Moodle courses is an assignment where you have to upload a file that you've created in another program on your local computer. This can be a file such as a Word document, PowerPoint presentation, Excel document, Keynote file, or other type of file that you have written on your local machine. To find an assignment of this type, I'm going to go over to my Activities block on the left-hand side and click on the link for Assignments. Here I can see listed all the different assignments for this course that I'm currently taking.
In week 15, there is a link for my final research paper or I can upload a copy of the final paper that I have been working on all semester long. I will go ahead and click on this link and I'm taking to the assignment page for the final research paper. Here my instructor's provided me with instructions as to how I should complete this assignment. I should upload my final paper in Microsoft Word format and submit all tables and figures as separate documents. I want to make sure that I follow my Instructions to Authors in which my instructor has created a link to, right here inside of this page.
The next section of this page shows me my Submission draft section where I can see a listing of all the different files that I have already attached to this assignment. I have not submitted any files yet. To do this, I'll come down here to this next section. I want to first make a note of this line right here, where I can see that my Upload Maximum file size is set to 32MB. This size is going to vary depending on the Moodle server that you are working on and so you want to make sure that the files that you are uploading are smaller than this maximum file size. Otherwise, you won't be able to upload those documents. I'll show you an easy way to test when we go to upload the file to Moodle.
To upload the file to Moodle, simply click the Browse button to the right-hand side of this blank and then navigate on your local computer until you find the document that you want to upload. In this case, I have got the file right here on my desktop called Final_Research_Paper.doc. I can also see, once I have selected the file, the size of that document, in this case, 28 KB. Well the maximum upload size on my system in 32 MB. So this document will easily be uploaded and not give me any problems. With the document selected, I'll simply click the Open button and then click the button for Upload this file. The file is uploaded. I can see the icon over to the left-hand side of my link. It's showing me that Moodle has already detected that this is a Microsoft Word document that I have uploaded. I see a link to the full name of the document and an X that's to the right-hand side.
If I want to delete this document and upload a different one, I could simply click the X and then repeat the same process for uploading a document to replace that document with. If I need to upload additional documents, I can do so by simply clicking the Browse button, finding the other documents and then uploading those as well. The last section in this particular assignment is a place for me to add notes that I can send a note to my instructor if I want to that's attached to this particular assignment. To add a note, I can simply click the Edit button under the Notes section and now I've got a blank where I can add in some additional note to my instructor.
I will just add a quick note saying, All the figures will be attached tomorrow, still working on those but my final draft of my paper is attached. I'll go ahead and scroll down at the bottom of the page now and click the Save changes button. Now my instructor has more information for me letting them know about this document and also letting them know that I'm going to go in tomorrow and upload the figures that I'm still working on. When I'm all finished with my assignment and I'm ready to hand it into my instructor, I can click the button that says for Send for marking. Until I click this button, I can leave this assignment and return to it, as many times as I need to, before the assignments do and I have got a holding place where I have got all the documents that I'm attaching to this assignment and any notes that I'm adding to my instructor. But I'm not saying that I want my instructor to begin grading this assignment until I click this button that says Send for marking.
I will go ahead and click the button that says Send for marking now, and I'm given a warning letting me know that once this assignment is sent for marking, I'll no longer be able to delete or attach any files. Since we are only doing a demo of this, I'll go ahead and say yes. Now we can see that this assignment has been submitted for marking and is not able to be updated anymore. If I do need to make any change to this document, I need to contact my instructor and let them know that I need to make some additional changes. You can always get in contact with your instructor by returning back to your main course, clicking on the Participants link inside of the People block and then making sure that the sorting is showing all of the different users in your course. Your instructor should be listed inside of your course here.
Here is my instructor's name, I can go ahead and click on the instructor's name and send them a message and let them know that I may need to make some additional modifications to that assignment. Let me go ahead and return back to my main course by clicking on Biology432 in the upper left-hand corner.
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