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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.
Now that we have created our Course Wiki, let's begin editing some content inside of the Wiki. To do this, simply click on the link for Research Project Wiki that we created in the last movie. When you first enter your Wiki, you will notice that there is a series of tabs that are available to you. The first one being View normally would be the pages you would use in order to browse the content inside of you Wiki. Every time a new page is created, the View tab and the Edit tab, both show exactly the same thing. They both show the Editing tab of the Wiki.
But once content is added to your page, the View tab will display the content and all links will be activated so you can click around with inside of the content. The next tab of Links will show you all of the links that are available to you on the current page that you are at. Since we are starting with a new page, we currently do not have any links available to us on this page. The next tab of History would give you a detailed history of all of the edits and modifications that have been made by every student or user inside of your course and will allow you to be able to back in time and pull up a previous version of your page and restore its content, if you need to be able to do that.
The next tab for Attachment will give the ability to add specific attachments to every single page and would also list any documents that have been attached to the current page that you are working in. Let's begin editing our Wiki by clicking on the Edit tab and we'll add a Title to this page called Research Project Wiki. We can click the Preview button at the bottom of the window and we can see that the text has been added into this preview section of our page.
We can save those changes by simply scrolling down on the window and clicking the Save button and now when we are in our View tab, we can see the content that we have added, if we click on the Edit tab, it takes us back to the editing window of our content. Let's add a little formatting to Research Project Wiki and make it appear as if it's a heading. To do this, simply click in front of the word Research and then add three exclamation points. The three exclamation points define the rest of the entire line of text as a heading 1. To see what this looks like simply click the Preview button at the bottom of the screen and we can see that Research Project Wiki has been formatted as a top level heading.
We will scroll down in the list, click at the end of the first line and hit Enter or Return on your keyboard. Now we'll create a secondary page, so that students will be able to post the listing of all of the items that they are going to need for the Research Project. To do this, we'll begin by typing a square bracket, then type the word Packing List, then we'll put another square bracket to enclose the phrase Packing List inside of a set of square brackets.
When we click the Save button, you will see that we have our Research Project Wiki heading. We also have the word Packing List that we typed, but it's not a link. At the end of it there is a Question mark. This indicates that a page is waiting for us to be created, but there is no content for us to go to yet. To add content to the second page, simply click on the Question mark at the end of Packing List and we are taken to the Packing List page that was created for us inside of the Wiki. Now, we can edit some content. Let's add a heading called Packing List by adding the three Exclamation points, like we did earlier and simply typing the word, Packing List. Now we'll click Save and the page has some content on it, inside of a heading 1 listing. We'll then return back to the main page down in the bottom by clicking on the referring links, Research Project Wiki. This takes us back to the homepage for our Wiki.
You can now see how you can navigate back and forth between the various different pages by simply clicking on the link and then returning back to the main page. The next step in creating our Wiki is to add some additional formatting and additional content to our page to make it stand out a little bit better.
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