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Moodle 2.1 Essential Training for Teachers

with Chris Mattia

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To get started using Moodle, you're going to need a couple of things. First of all, you're going to need a web browser, and you're going to need an Apache web server, you're going to need a MySQL database, and a current copy of Moodle. Now that may sound like a lot stuff, but it's really pretty easy. The first one to tackle though is your web browser, and for this I would really suggest using Firefox. There are a variety of different browsers out there. The open standards browsers such as Firefox, Safari, and Chrome all work quite well within Moodle.
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  1. 3m 26s
    1. Welcome
      1m 14s
    2. Course overview
      1m 34s
    3. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 1h 10m
    1. What you need to get started
      4m 27s
    2. Installing Moodle on a Mac
      9m 23s
    3. Configuring Moodle for the Mac
      5m 29s
    4. Installing Moodle on a Windows computer
      11m 35s
    5. Configuring Moodle for Windows
      7m 21s
    6. Creating a custom theme
      10m 0s
    7. Creating user accounts
      6m 4s
    8. Creating a new course
      6m 35s
    9. Just enough site administration
      9m 51s
  3. 1h 20m
    1. Logging in and getting oriented
      4m 23s
    2. Managing private files
      3m 41s
    3. Customizing your profile
      8m 26s
    4. Customizing course settings
      10m 14s
    5. Editing the header block
      5m 18s
    6. Posting a course syllabus
      3m 43s
    7. Communicating news to students
      4m 4s
    8. Managing files and folders
      6m 14s
    9. Posting lecture slides
      4m 37s
    10. Organizing course content
      12m 31s
    11. Setting up the Gradebook
      5m 4s
    12. Creating a simple assignment
      9m 45s
    13. Messaging students
      2m 49s
  4. 26m 45s
    1. HTML Editor overview
      5m 9s
    2. Formatting text
      5m 10s
    3. Creating internal links
      3m 14s
    4. Creating external links
      2m 42s
    5. Inserting local pictures with HTML
      4m 26s
    6. Creating equations
      6m 4s
  5. 47m 28s
    1. Preparing images
      5m 19s
    2. Posting image files
      3m 18s
    3. Posting a photo gallery
      3m 23s
    4. Creating header graphics in Fireworks
      7m 58s
    5. Preparing audio
      9m 41s
    6. Posting audio files
      4m 49s
    7. Preparing video
      7m 21s
    8. Posting QuickTime video as .mov files
      2m 43s
    9. Posting Flash video as .flv files
      2m 56s
  6. 36m 9s
    1. Understanding repositories
      3m 5s
    2. Configuring a Dropbox repository
      6m 13s
    3. Using a Dropbox repository
      4m 43s
    4. Configuring a Google Docs repository
      1m 15s
    5. Using a Google Docs repository
      5m 20s
    6. Configuring a Flickr repository
      6m 13s
    7. Using a Flickr repository
      4m 5s
    8. Configuring the YouTube videos repository
      1m 7s
    9. Using the YouTube videos repository
      4m 8s
  7. 38m 50s
    1. Understanding resources and activities
      1m 9s
    2. Posting a file or document
      8m 36s
    3. Displaying a folder of documents
      4m 33s
    4. Using a label to bring your course to life
      6m 42s
    5. Creating a custom web page
      10m 33s
    6. Posting a URL for a web resource
      7m 17s
  8. 25m 51s
    1. Assignments overview
      1m 43s
    2. Advanced uploading of files assignment
      11m 32s
    3. Online text assignment
      4m 20s
    4. Uploading a single file assignment
      3m 42s
    5. Offline activity assignment
      3m 21s
    6. Assignment and Gradebook interactions
      1m 13s
  9. 35m 34s
    1. Creating a live chat room
      4m 57s
    2. Understanding Choice, Feedback, and Survey activities
      1m 23s
    3. Creating a Choice activity
      5m 10s
    4. Creating a customized Feedback activity
      4m 47s
    5. Adding a multiple choice question
      3m 14s
    6. Adding a dependent followup question
      3m 7s
    7. Adding a rating question
      2m 39s
    8. Adding an open response question
      2m 36s
    9. Analyzing Feedback results
      4m 16s
    10. Adding a standardized survey
      3m 25s
  10. 17m 18s
    1. Creating a main glossary
      5m 29s
    2. Adding concepts to the glossary
      2m 53s
    3. Enabling glossary auto-linking
      2m 53s
    4. Creating a secondary glossary
      6m 3s
  11. 11m 56s
    1. Creating a forum
      4m 40s
    2. Seeding a forum with questions
      3m 9s
    3. Participating in a forum
      4m 7s
  12. 31m 24s
    1. Creating a wiki
      4m 15s
    2. Wiki editing basics
      5m 28s
    3. Creating new pages
      2m 47s
    4. Creating lists
      3m 42s
    5. Adding images
      3m 53s
    6. Creating external links
      4m 24s
    7. Creating a table
      6m 55s
  13. 1h 4m
    1. Online assessment overview
      1m 20s
    2. Creating question pool categories
      2m 24s
    3. Creating a first question
      7m 10s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      3m 1s
    5. Creating multiple choice questions
      8m 22s
    6. Creating short answer questions
      8m 19s
    7. Creating essay questions
      4m 59s
    8. Creating match questions
      7m 10s
    9. Creating a quiz
      9m 0s
    10. Adding questions to a quiz
      2m 20s
    11. Changing the order of questions
      3m 1s
    12. Assigning quiz points
      1m 35s
    13. Previewing a finished quiz
      5m 50s
  14. 39m 38s
    1. Gradebook overview
      4m 53s
    2. Moving an assignment into a category
      1m 33s
    3. Completing assignments as a student
      11m 31s
    4. Grading assignments
      5m 5s
    5. Using quick grading
      1m 28s
    6. Grading assignments with uploaded files
      1m 58s
    7. Grading offline assignments
      1m 26s
    8. Grading an online quiz
      5m 1s
    9. Exporting grades to Excel
      2m 48s
    10. Importing grades from Excel
      3m 55s
  15. 9m 55s
    1. Calendars and events overview
      4m 8s
    2. Creating a new event
      2m 40s
    3. Creating a repeating event
      3m 7s
  16. 50m 41s
    1. Course administration overview
      2m 54s
    2. Managing course settings
      9m 5s
    3. Enabling completion tracking
      2m 20s
    4. Setting tracking for resources and activities
      3m 38s
    5. Managing tracking settings
      3m 51s
    6. Reporting on course tracking
      1m 32s
    7. Managing user roles
      4m 2s
    8. Backing up your course
      3m 36s
    9. Restoring data from a backup
      4m 50s
    10. Restoring a Moodle 1.9 course into Moodle 2.1
      6m 25s
    11. Importing content to another course
      3m 46s
    12. Resetting a course
      4m 42s
  17. 2m 6s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 37s
    2. Goodbye
      29s

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Moodle 2.1 Essential Training for Teachers
9h 53m Beginner Aug 22, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Installing and configuring Moodle
  • Creating assignments students can complete online
  • Posting instructions on the course home page
  • Messaging students
  • Configuring Dropbox, Google Docs, Flickr, and YouTube repositories
  • Creating a custom course web page
  • Building a live chat room
  • Designing surveys
  • Setting up course-specific glossaries
  • Seeding a forum with questions
  • Creating a wiki for students to contribute content
  • Developing multimedia exams to assess course comprehension
  • Handling course administration and settings
  • Backing up and restoring a course
  • Importing a Moodle 1.9 course into Moodle 2
Subjects:
Elearning Teacher Tools Education Educational Technology Higher Education LMS
Software:
Moodle
Author:
Chris Mattia

What you need to get started

To get started using Moodle, you're going to need a couple of things. First of all, you're going to need a web browser, and you're going to need an Apache web server, you're going to need a MySQL database, and a current copy of Moodle. Now that may sound like a lot stuff, but it's really pretty easy. The first one to tackle though is your web browser, and for this I would really suggest using Firefox. There are a variety of different browsers out there. The open standards browsers such as Firefox, Safari, and Chrome all work quite well within Moodle.

Internet Explorer, on the other hand, your experience may vary, depending on what you click on, which version of Internet Explorer that you have. So for the purposes of this training video I really suggest you have a copy of Firefox and if you don't have a copy of it, you can simply go to www.firefox.com and download a current copy and install it on your machine. The next thing you're going to need is you're going to need all of those servers and everything else, and that's quite easy as well. All you need to do is go to moodle.org in your browser, and this'll take you to the Moodle project homepage, and this is where all the information about Moodle is.

You'll find forums. You'll find all of the help documents. You'll find everything you need to know about Moodle within this site. So in order to get your copy of Moodle, you can come on down here to the lower right-hand corner and there is a link to Downloads. Go ahead and can click on that link and this is where all of the Moodle distribution packages are located. This page is split up so that the top part has all of the standard Moodle packages. Now this is primarily used for servers that are going to be running as your institutional Moodle installations.

We're not going to be using the standard Moodle install packages. If you scroll down a little bit further, you'll see that there are Moodle install packages for Mac OS X and for Windows. So in the next couple of movies we'll step through the individual installations and setup for both Windows and Mac OS X. If we scroll down a little bit further on this page, you'll notes that there are few other options here on the Download section. There's the Modules and plugins section and these are extensions that have been written by third-party developers or members of the Moodle community and they've made these plug-ins and modules available to you.

There are some really great tools in here. I suggest you go in and spend some time looking around at all of the various different pools that are really available to you that the Moodle community has produced. The next section here is Themes. Now themes are the user interface, or the skins of Moodle, that make Moodle look various different ways. There are a variety of different themes that have been included with all of the standard Moodle packages that we're going to install, and we'll even explore a few of those themes in a later movie and show you how you can do a little bit of customization. But more than likely at your institution your institution will have created or designed or adopted their own theme to be able to use.

So we're going to use one standard theme for this training to keep everybody together. The final section down here are the Language packs, and if you need to have Moodle support a particular language, you may want to come in here and check out and see if a language pack is available for your target language. I'm going to go ahead and scroll back up here, so we can see our two distributions: Mac OS X and Windows. I did mention that there were two other things that you're going to need. You're going to need an Apache web server and you're going to need a MySQL database. Well, the folks at Moodle have done a fantastic job of creating these install packages, the one for Mac OS X and the one for Windows, because they've included a full Apache web server and a full MySQL database, and they have most of the configuration already done and set up.

So installation is very easy. Everything you need is going to be within just a couple of clicks. Now there is one other option for you if you don't want to go through the process of installing your own Moodle installation, if you are at an institution that already has Moodle running as your learning management system. You can contact your IT department and simply ask them to set up a test course for you and go ahead and use that test course. Now more than likely your interface is going to look different than what it is that I'm showing you in the training videos simply because your institution probably has their own custom theme, but you will be able to follow along provided they're running the current version of Moodle 2.1 or later.

In the next two movies, I'm going to show you how to install and configure Moodle for Mac OS X and then in the following two movies will be for Windows, and then we'll all meet back together and continue our configuration.

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