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Using Moodle by Jason Cole

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Chapter 3. Creating and Managing Content

Adding Content to Moodle

The first thing most people want to do when they create a course in Moodle is add some content, such as syllabus or a course outline. As I explained in Chapter 2, you can add content to your course using the “Add a resource” menu in the content blocks of your course (see Figure 2-16). In this chapter, we’ll use all of the tools in the resource menu. Chapters 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11-,12 will cover the tools in the “Add an activity” menu.

Tip

Remember that you need to turn Editing Mode on to see the “Add a resource” and “Add an activity” menus.

The first two tools, “Compose a text page” and “Compose a web page,” can be used to develop content directly in Moodle. The second two, “Link to a file or web site” and “Display a directory,” are used to manage content developed in other programs, such as Word or PowerPoint . You can also add content from other web sites and take advantage of the rich library of information available on the Web.

Let’s begin by creating a simple text page for your course.

Compose a Text Page

A text page is a simple plain-text page with little formatting, such as the example in Figure 3-1. You can add paragraphs and whitespace, but that’s about it.

A text page in Moodle

Figure 3-1. A text page in Moodle

Text pages are very easy to create, however. To create one:

  1. Turn Editing Mode on.

  2. From the “Add a Resource” menu, select “Compose a text ...

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