Thursday, June 12, 2014

Adding Google Docs to Multiple Folders

Q: Can I add a single Google Doc to more than one folder?
A: Yes!  Rather than dragging the file into a folder, check the box next to the file, then click the folder icon at the top.  Hold down the Ctrl key (Windows) or Command key (Mac) as you check each folder to add the doc to.

Note that you are not making copies of the file when doing this.  It is the same document going into each folder, so any changes you make in one place will carry over to the others.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Resetting Your Moodle Course

Before starting a new term, you may want to clean up the content in your courses.

  • You can hide activities (or entire topics) from view by clicking the "eye" icon.  
  • You can also delete items entirely with the "X" icon.

You can also "reset" your course, as follows:
If you want to keep a forum, database, feedback, or other activity but delete the posts or data in that activity (essentially, "clear it out"), you can use the Reset feature of Moodle.

Click "Reset" under Administration, then choose the activities from which to clear data.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

gMath creates graphs in Google Docs

Need to insert a mathematical graph into a Google doc?  Now you can, without having to copy and paste.  Try the gMath add-on for Google Drive (go to Add-ons...Get add-ons, then search for it) . One limitation is that it only graphs from -10 to 10 in both x and y.

 It also has an equation editor, but that requires LaTeX, which is harder than just using the built-in equation editor (Go to Insert..Equation).

Also, there is now the ability to insert graphs into Google spreadsheets and forms, which could be useful to create an assessment.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Simple animation technique for presentations

When creating a series of slides in Powerpoint, Google Presentations/Slides, Keynote, etc., it is often effective to have elements appear one at a time (as opposed to all at once).  These applications have the ability to apply those kinds of animations on slides, but there's another very easy way to accomplish the same effect.
  • Create the final version of the slide (with all the text, images, etc. on it)
  • Make several copies of that slide 
  • Moving back through the slides, selectively remove elements
Here it is in action:

And here is a very short screencast on how to do it:

Thursday, May 22, 2014

End of course surveys in Moodle


As in the past, there is now a template in Moodle that you can copy (and edit, if desired) to create an anonymous end-of-course instructional feedback survey.

Here’s how:

1. Turn editing on and create a new activity in your course.  Choose “Feedback.”

2. Name and describe it however you like. Then click Save and Display
3. Click the Templates tab at the top, choose “Instructional Feedback Survey Template” in the pulldown menu and click “Use this template.”

4. On the next screen, just click “Save changes.”

5. You will now see the default survey questions from past years.  You may add your own items, as desired (by clicking the Select pull-down menu).

Questions? See Charlie in 127.