How to Setup a URL Resource
Note: You need Teacher or Manager access before you can perform this action.
The URL module enables a teacher to provide a web link as a course resource. Anything that is freely available online, such as documents or images, can be linked to; the URL doesn’t have to be the home page of a website. The URL of a particular web page may be copied and pasted or a teacher can use the file picker and choose a link from a repository such as Flickr, YouTube or Wikimedia (depending upon which repositories are enabled for the site).
There are a number of display options for the URL, such as embedded or opening in a new window and advanced options for passing information, such as a student's name, to the URL if required.
Note that URLs can also be added to any other resource or activity type through the text editor.
To create a URL Resource within a course page follow the steps below:
To start making changes on your course page, click on the
button then choose Turn editing on.
Step 2: Once the edit mode is activated, you can either choose to edit an existing topic or add a new one.
Adding a topic:
Step 3: Click on Add an activity or resource.
from the Activities list then click the
Step 5: Fill out the information needed and adjust the settings for the URL Resource.
(Mandatory field) enter the name of the URL Resource activity in the Name text box.
(Mandatory field) you can enter the external link here manually or by selecting the 'Choose a link…' button.
Enter the relevant description in the "Description" text area that describes the URL if needed.
Display description on course page
(checkbox) If enabled, the description of this activity will be shown on the course page.
There are four options available:
• In pop-up
The default option for pixel width is 620 but this can be customised. This is only available if In pop-up is selected. Enable the Display URL description if desired.
Pop-up height (in pixels)
The default option for pixel height is 450 but this can be customised. This is only available if In pop-up is selected. Enable the Display URL description if desired.
There are a number of Moodle variables that may be appended to the URL. Type the name of the variable in the blank field and make a selection from Choose a variable....
There are four variable options available with each option having field names to select from:
• Course (eg Course full name)
The availability option permits students to view and access assignments and resources, there are two options available:
• Show on course page
• Hide from students
|ID number||The ID number can be entered to reference the same ID number from a third-party package especially gradebook. Otherwise, the field may be left blank.|
Teachers may restrict students from accessing lessons and resources based upon a set of conditions. These conditions may be based on whether an activity has been completed or not, date restrictions when lessons can commence, a specified grade to be achieved, a certain user profile, or a set of nested restrictions based on the below settings.
Restrictions can be one, two or all of the following criterion:
There are three options available:
• Do not indicate activity completion
• Students can manually mark the activity as completed
• Show activity as complete when conditions are met
|Require view||(checkbox) If enabled, student must view this activity to complete it.|
|Expect completed on||This setting specifies the date when the activity is expected to be completed.|
|Tags||Tags will allow students and teachers to connect to other courses and content being offered.|
Competencies will not be available unless they have been set up at a course level. Administrators can set up competency frameworks and add competencies within the framework. Teachers can also add competencies to courses and course activities.
Step 6: Once everything is set, click Save and return to course.
|Course competencies||Course competencies allow you to search for competencies that you’d like to link to your existing activity.|
|Upon activity completion|
There are four options to select once an assignment has been completed:
• Do nothing
• Attach evidence
• Send for review
• Complete the competency
The URL Resource activity that has been created will now be displayed in the section where you selected ‘Add an activity or resource’.
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