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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.
Your Moodle account has a blog that's associated with it that you can keep other users on your Moodle system up to date with all the goings-on in your life. To access your blog, go to the upper right-hand corner of your screen to where see the 'You are logged in as' and click on your name. Then click on the tab for Blog. Here you are able to go ahead and then add entries to your blog. To do this simply, click the link that says Add a new entry. You give your blog entry a title, Welcome to my blog. And then down the next blank you are able to enter in the main text for your blog, Welcome to the personal blog for Elvis McNamera.
If you want to add additional formatting, you can do that by simply clicking any other tools that are available inside the HTML editor that appears at the top of the window. Next, go ahead and scroll down. If you would like to attach any files such as images, audio or video, you can do so by simply clicking the Browse button navigating your local hard drive to find the file you want to upload and then upload it. You can see something that says Max size and then a number with the file size limit. This is the limit that's placed on files on your particular Moodle installation. It's going to vary from installation to installation. The system that I'm working on currently has a 32MB file size limit. This should be sufficient for most files that you want to upload onto your Moodle site.
You can then choose who you want to publish your blog entry to. By default, it's set to Anyone on this site, meaning anyone inside of your Moodle installation. This means that anyone who can't log in to your institution's Moodle installation will not be able to see any of the blog entries that are posted. But it does mean that anyone who can log in will be able to see your blog entry. You can also choose to just post a draft or post this blog entry to yourself. This is a great way for you to keep track of the notes that you are taking inside of your classes and just post them as drafts to yourself. In this case we'll leave our set to Anyone on this site.
Next, you can add tags to your posting so that other users on your Moodle installation will be able to search for and find information related to the posting. So in this case I'll simply type in a tag of Welcome. But if I'm posting something about a particular event that's going on in campus such as the Mayday Parade, I may want to go ahead and simply type in Mayday Parade and then all blog entries that are being created for that event would all be grouped together inside of Moodle. We will simply go ahead and click the Save changes button at the bottom and our blog entry is been posted. We can see that it's added our picture that we added in a previous movie. We can see the date and time that the entry was added.
We can also see the message that was posted and any tags that are associated with it. There is a link on the right-hand side where we could go back and edit this blog entry, delete the blog entry or define it as a permanent link. A listing of all blog tags begins to appear on the right-hand side where we can see all the tags that have been added to our Moodle installation. This will allow you to quickly navigate between your blog entries and other blog entries for other users of your system. Let's go and return back to the main course by clicking on the lyndaU or your institution's name in the upper left-hand corner.
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