Join Kevin Kelly for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating Moodle webpages, part of Moodle 2.8 Essential Training.
- In the past two videos, we've talked about uploading files you create, and linking to external websites that anyone might have created. Now, let's put chocolate and peanut butter together and create our own webpage within Moodle. These internal webpages, which Moodle calls pages, are useful for displaying content that you create, and that includes text, images, audio, video, embedded code, or some combination of these. Here's one I created to share resources about learning and the body. I'll scroll to it now.
You can see it has links, videos, and more. Now let's make one ourselves. I use the breadcrumbs to get back to my class by clicking the course title. Then I'll turn editing on with our favorite button in the right-hand corner in the top. I'll scroll to an appropriate topic area or section, and click Add an Activity or Resource. I'll scroll to the Resources part of this menu, Select Page, click the radio button, and click the Add button at the bottom.
On the "Adding a new Page" page. which sounds fun to say, Enter a name. You can also add a description. But keep in mind that you're going to make a robust webpage and you may not need to do that. At the bottom you can see a big empty canvas called Page Content. As we saw in the previous chapter, Moodle's text editor allows you to change the font size, color, formatting, and more. I'll expand the toolbar to make sure I can see all my options.
Also, as I mentioned earlier, you can add images, video, or other media types to your Moodle page. I'll use the Add Media button to do that now. You don't even need to know where the file is. I can choose YouTube videos, Wikimedia, and more. Let's say I want to add a video from Carol Dweck doing a TED talk. I can choose the video that I want, then click the "Select this file" button.
It enters the name for me, as well as the URL. So I can just click the "Insert media" button. You'll see here that it shows as a link. I'll enter some introductory text, but when we show this page to our students, the video will pop up. I'll scroll to the bottom and click "Save and display" just to make sure. And there we have it. We're on our way to creating a rich webpage.
Even before you've accomplished your goals for the Moodle page, it's a good idea to save it as I just did. If the page is complex, or you've been working on it for a while, it's a good idea to save every so often so you don't lose your work. As we've seen with other resources, you can make your choices about where, how, and when to display your work. I'll scroll down and click the "Edit settings" link in the Administration block. Under the Appearance category, you can choose to display the page name at the top. If you've included this information in the page, there's no need to show it twice.
I'll uncheck it here. Under the Common modules settings category, you can choose to show or hide the page until you're ready. I'll click "Save and return to course", and now we're done. With files, external websites, and now Moodle pages, you have three resource types you can use to share course content with your students. In the next video, we'll look at adding a block to share an RSS feed.
- Navigating a Moodle course
- Setting up learning outcomes
- Adding, moving, editing, and deleting blocks
- Uploading files for students to download
- Adding links and RSS feeds
- Adding students and teaching assistants
- Creating groups
- Communicating with announcements, polls, emails, and chat
- Facilitating discussions, peer review, and team projects
- Creating and grading quizzes and assignments
- Working with the Moodle gradebook