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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 that we've created our Wiki and we are inside of the Home page's edit tab, let's go ahead and begin adding some text and formatting that text inside of our Wiki editor. Now you could just begin typing text directly here inside of this box, but I've gone ahead and I've added a text file under the Chapter 11 exercise files called Wiki Text Page.txt. Go ahead and select the contents of that document, press Command+C or Ctrl+C on your keyboard to copy it to your clipboard. Then go back into your browser, and press Command+V or Ctrl+V to paste that text into the text field.
Now before we go much further, I should note that there are a couple of bugs in the current Wiki that's included in Moodle as of the recording of this movie. Now some of these bugs may be cleaned up by the time you're watching this and you're downloading a later version of Moodle. But as of right now, you will notice a couple of things. First of all, it does not stretch all the way over to the right-hand side. This is because of the screen resolution that I have my browser set to, and I don't have enough space in order to get that text to show up. Furthermore, if I scroll down a little bit, you will notice that I'm not getting a scrollbar to be able to scroll over to the right.
Well, this is easily remedied. Simply come over to the left-hand side where the Settings block is and click the button to be able to move this item over to the Dock. When we click that, our Settings tab jumps over here into a pop-out menu that's one of the features of Moodle 2.0. And many times by simply doing that, we get enough space to get our textbox to display properly. The next bug that we have to deal with is if we simply scroll down to the bottom of our page and we click the Preview button so we can see what content that we've already added into our page, we see that clearly displayed here.
When we scroll down a little bit, we should be able to begin applying formatting by simply selecting a line of text and hitting the icon on the toolbar to apply formatting. However, if you do this inside of the preview, at this time, this option does not work. So in order to get the formatting to be applied, you need to scroll down to the bottom, click the Save button to save the changes, then go back into the Edit tab, and now we can continue editing our text. So let's go ahead and apply a top-level heading to this top line of text Coral Reef Ecology Class Wiki Homepage.
Select the line of text and then click the icon with the largest A in it. This applies the standard Wiki markup language which is an equal sign and then a space and then the text that we want to have that formatting applied to and then a apse and then another equal sign. Further down on our page where we have Additional Pages, we want that to be the second-level down heading because it's essentially a subheading of the first item. So we could select the text and use the icon for the next smaller A,, or we could simply come directly in front of Additional Pages and type in the code ourselves, which is ==, space, then go to the end of that line of text, put another space, and then ==.
Let's go ahead and see what that looks like. Scroll down on the page and instead of hitting Preview, let's just go ahead and save the changes by hitting the Save button. And now we can see that the top- level heading has been applied. And if we scroll down a little bit further, we can see that the second-level heading has also been applied. We can either go back to the Edit tab, or over here on the right-hand side, we can simply hit the Edit link to go directly back into the Editor and edit this content. Now that we've seen how to apply some headings, let's apply some other formatting to our text. We can see in the second paragraph that we want our students to not forget to include a hypothesis, their experimental design, a sample data table, and links to a current research project on their group page.
Well, let's go ahead and highlight each of these items so that the students don't forget to do them. So we will go ahead and select hypothesis and experimental design as one group, and then we will hit the Bold tag. We can see that the code for applying Bold are two individual apostrophes both before and after the text. This is not quotation marks, these are individual apostrophes. So let's go ahead and type that in to highlight our sample data table. So we will go ahead right in front of sample data table and we'll type in '', and then at the end of the data table, we'll type in again ''.
We'll do the same thing around links to current research, so we will type in ''. And then at the end of research, we'll type in two more ''. Let's go ahead and save the changes and see how that looks. So scroll back down to the bottom, click the Save button, and here we can see that our text has been bolded directly in line within our Wiki. Well, now that we know how to bold text, let's go ahead and italicize some text. Go ahead and hit the Edit button again. And this time where we have Be sure to include all equipment, let's go ahead and make all italicized.
So we'll go ahead and select all and then click the Italicize button. Now we can see that the code for Italicize is three individual apostrophes before and three apostrophes afterwards. If we go back down to the bottom and we click the Save button, now we can see that all has been italicized. The Wiki markup language is very easy to learn. There are some simple codes to be able to use. And this markup language is consistent across most Wikis that you will find out on the Web. Go ahead and go back into the Edit tab, and in the next movie, we'll show you how to create and link additional pages.
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