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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.
The next type of the assignment for us to look at is the uploading of a single file and if we go over to our course syllabi, this is Coral Reef Ecology syllabus.doc and I've added a copy of it into the chapter 6 Exercise Files folder and here we can see that the Thesis Statement is a brief one to two page summary of research topics and we give general instructions as to what should be included inside of that Thesis Statement. So, go ahead and select the description of the Thesis Statement and we'll copy that with Command+C or Ctrl+C and then let's go ahead and return back to our course.
This is going to be due on February 11. So we'll jump back over to our course and we'll come down to the week that includes February 11th and we'll go ahead and click the dropdown menu for add and activity. Now we want to have the students upload a single file. We want them to upload this thesis statement as a separate document. So we'll choose Upload a single file and the Assignment Name comes up and we'll just say Thesis Statement. For the Description, we can go ahead and hit Command+V or Ctrl+V to paste in that description that we copied from the syllabi rather than going ahead and retyping it.
So we'll go ahead and just paste that in here for the students to be able to see. We can see when the due date is and we'll go ahead and scroll down a little bit and if we also check the syllabi, we can see that the Thesis Statement is going to be worth 50 points. So we'll change the Grade here to scroll down, until we find 50 points and we're going to set the Availability from and Due dates. We're going to check the Disable box for both of those so that it's always available to the students throughout the entire duration of the course. We're not going to worry about preventing late submissions. So we'll leave that option set to No. Allow resubmitting, we'll go ahead and leave that set to No because we want the students to just upload their statements just one time.
Emails alert to teachers, we'll go ahead and leave that set to No as well. We'll go ahead and log in after the assignment due date is passed and we'll go ahead and collect all of the papers at that time. We don't need to see as the papers are coming in, which students are submitting them and in which order. We'll go ahead and leave that set to No. For the Maximum size, this is going to be dependent on the particular server that you are using and its configuration. If you are following along with the test systems that we set up in an earlier chapter, the Mac version here is going to have a maximum value set to 32 megabytes and Windows would be set to 16 megabytes. We'll go ahead and leave that set to Maximum but 16 megabytes are higher, it should be more then enough to complete this assignment.
For our Group mode we're going to go ahead and leave that set to Separate Groups because we want those groups to be submitting their these statements as a group rather than every individual student submitting those. We want this assignment to be visible ad available to our students. So we leave Visibility set to Show. The ID number, we'll go ahead and leave blank and the Grade category; we'll come down and select Group Evaluation. All of these choices are being populated by the Grade Book as we set it up in a previous exercise. So everything is looking good here. We'll go ahead and click the button for Save and return to course and we'll scroll down a little bit and here's our Thesis Statement.
We'll go ahead and click on that. What we want the students to do has been posted right inside of here. Currently no attempts have been made on this assignment. Once students begin completing this assignment, this link will then change to have a link directly into the Grade Book. So you can begin grading the assignment and the Update this Assignment button is right up here. So that if you need to go in and make any modifications to this assignment you can click here and it will take you right back to the page we were just at. We'll go ahead and return back to our course one time by clicking on BIOL432 and then in the upper right hand corner click the Switch role to... so we can check and see what a Student would see, if they were to login and attempt to complete this assignment. So select Student from the dropdown menu here and we can come on down and click on Thesis Statement. Here we can see that this time they just get the instructions as to what we want them to do.
They have a blank here where they'll be able to upload their document. They can click the Browse button here and the standard File Browser will appear for their system, where they can go down and find the particular document that they need to upload and hand in and then they'll able to click the Open or OK button. They can click Cancel to return back to the main window and then they would simply click the Upload this file button and the document would be handed into you ready for grading. If we go back here to BIOL432 now. Make sure you Switch role back to the Normal role and we'll turn Editing back on so you are ready to continue building your course.
So there you go, using the Upload single file assignment is really straight forward and it's a great type of assignment to use if you want your students to simply hand in a single document that you are going to grade them.
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