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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.
The next assignment type for us to look at is the uploading of a single file. Now when we look at our course syllabi, and this document is included in the Chapter 7 exercise files, we can see that on February 8th we want the students to hand in their thesis statement. This is a brief (1-2 page) summary of their research topic. Well, this is a perfect single file assignment. So to save ourselves some typing, simply go ahead and select the text here for the thesis statement assignment right from our syllabi and copy it using Command+C, or Ctrl+C, on your keyboard and then go ahead and click back into Moodle.
Scroll down until you find Week 3-- I have gone ahead and just highlighted it here--and click the dropdown for Add an activity and then select Upload a single file. For the Assignment name, go ahead and type in Thesis Statement, and for the Description, just go ahead and press Command+V, or Ctrl+V, once you've clicked into the Description field. All the description directly out of our syllabi pastes right into here, so the students were able to see all that information and they know exactly what it is that they need to do. If we scroll down a little bit in our page, we can see the other options that are available to us.
We have the Available from and Due dates. We will go ahead and uncheck both of the Enable boxes for those, because we want this assignment to be available to the students the entire semester. We want to go ahead and leave the Prevent late submissions set to No. For the Grade, we know that this assignment is worth 35 points, so go ahead and click the dropdown menu here and scroll down until you find the 35 listing here, and that was listed in our syllabi. For the Grade category we know that the thesis statement is part of the Group Evaluation grade, so we will go ahead and select Group Evaluation.
We don't want to allow resubmitting, and we don't want to get an email every time that one of our students submits their assignment. For the Maximum size, 128 MB, is probably a bit generous, so we'll go ahead and set that down about 20 MB. So we can scroll down just a little bit further. We are going to leave the Group mode set to No groups, the Visibility is set to Show, because we do want this assignment to be available to our students. We will leave the ID number blank and we will go ahead and hit Save and return to course. When the page reloads, we can see that our Thesis Statement assignment has been added right here in our Week 3.
We can go ahead and hit the Move Right button, and we can bump that over to the right so it will align with the left- hand side of all of our other Moodle items that we've added. And let's go ahead and click on the Thesis Statement link, so we can see what the assignment looks like. Here we can see the text of the assignment. We can see that currently no attempts have been made on the assignment, although that is a link, and it will take us directly to the Grading section for this assignment once students began handing in assignments. To see how this assignment would look to a student, we can come over to the left-hand side into the Settings box, click on the link for Switch role to, and select Student from the dropdown menu.
Here we can see the only real change in the user interface is that the students now have an Upload this file button, where they'd be able to hit that an upload their thesis statement directly to us, handing in and completing this assignment. Let's go ahead return back to our normal role by clicking on the Return to my normal role button and then go back to the Main course page by clicking on the BIAOL432 link, up in the breadcrumbs. We can go ahead and jump back to our overall view and Show all weeks by toggling that box and scroll back up to the top of our page.
The uploading a single file assignment type is the perfect assignment if you want to have your students just upload one file. It's very quick and very easy to set up, and its very explicit to the students as to what it is that they need to do.
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