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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.
Now let's use the Flickr repository to access images from our photostream. To begin, open up a new tab in your browser if you don't have one already open and go to Flickr.com. You'll need to log in to your account that you have created already, and then you want to go to the You menu, click the dropdown menu for that, and click the button for Upload Photos and Videos. It's going to ask you to go ahead and Choose some photos that you want to upload, so I am going to hit that Choose link. I am going to navigate to my Desktop, to my exercise files, to the Chapter 5 exercise files, and click on the folder for Flickr images.
I have included an image called Caiman.jpg that's got a picture of a caiman, or an American crocodile. Go ahead and click the Open button and you can see the file has been added right here for you. You can scroll down a little bit, make sure that the Link is set for Public, and click Upload Photos and Video. If you would like, you can upload additional images of your own into your Flickr account. Once it's finished, it's going to ask you if you would like to add a description to the page. That's not necessary for right now, so we'll go ahead and scroll on up to the top, click back on the You dropdown menu, and select your photostream.
You should now see your caiman picture that's posted here in your photostream. Let's go ahead and add that image into our Moodle course. So we'll click back over into the first tab where our Moodle site should be and then go ahead and click the Login button in the upper right-hand corner, and we will log in as our normal user account. So in my case I am going to log in as Chris and my password, if you're following along, is 12345. Click the Login button, go ahead and go back into your Coral Reef Ecology course, turn Editing on, and I'll go ahead and scroll down to the Week 2 section.
Inside of Week 2 we have our Coral Reef Species Identification page that we've been working on previously. Let's go and add another page that will link to that photo. So down at the bottom click the dropdown menu for Add a resource and let's simply link to a file. In the Name field we will type in "Image of a Caiman from Flickr." In the Description, we will go ahead and put "Image of a Caiman from Flickr," and then we can scroll down to the Content section and click the Add button.
Now inside of our standard File picker we see yet another repository type. This time it's listed as Flickr. We can go and click on that link, and we are given another log in button. We hit the Login button, and let's go ahead and expand this page. It's now telling us that our Flickr account is trying to be accessed through this API that was set up. If we want to go ahead and access it, we can click the button that says, okay, I'll authorize it. Click that button. Your page should refresh and your entire photostream should flow directly into the main window here inside of your File picker.
This is pulling all of these images directly in from Flickr. It's incredibly helpful when you're going to choose images that you want to have posted into your course. Let's go ahead and click on the Caiman.jpg image and click Select this file. The Caiman image is added. We can now scroll all the way to the bottom and click Save and return to course. When our page refreshes, we will go ahead and drag the image of a caiman from Flickr up into our lecture materials, tab it in one time to the right, so it aligns with the rest of the items.
Go ahead and click on that link and let's find out if it worked. There we go. There is our image of the caiman posted directly in from Flickr using the new Flickr repository. Let's go ahead and return back to our course by clicking on BIOL432. Then go ahead and click the Logout button in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. Now you have seen how to configure the Flickr repository and how to access images from your Flickr photostream directly inside of your Moodle course.
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