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Moodle and Mahara
A collection of resources, helpguides and videos in my role as Director of e-learning at Perins School. Some thoughts can be found on twitter at www.twitter.com/moodle2mahara
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New GCSE Science Moodle Course with adapted grid format

New GCSE Science grid format
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Quick video showing a design for a GCSE Biology course using Gareth Barnard's amazing grid format. Updated for Moodle 2.6 I have set it to show square images and made all the uploaded images square shape first (very important!)

 

The icon link design is one we use a lot of at Perins. External links are shown on a separate page. Internal links eg to downloadable files or Moodle activities are made to another topic that can be hidden from the students.

 

Some CSS changes made to the block. Looks not too shabby!

 

The Flash animations work well when you lnk to the SWF file. Nice hand tip from this location: http://www.wikihow.com/Save-Flash-Animation-from-Website 

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Blooms Icons - Evidencing Mahara work

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A list of Blooms icons in tag format (150 x 80) - download from my Dropbox as PNG file.

 

When students upload work to Mahara they have to provide a text box explaining the task. Students can attach the tags to show what Higher Order skill they think the task was completed to.

 

Will link in to our work on PuML Moodle course. Icons will sit in Moodle as we have single sign on so makes it easy to link to.

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gideonwilliams's comment, January 20, 2013 11:33 AM
Here is an example of it in action - https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7336564/BLOOMS/evidence.png
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WWW = What went well EBI = Even better if
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Perins Navigation Icons

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A list of icons we use in our Moodle platform - zipped up and optimised - feel free to use, modify and share.

 

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7336564/MOODLE/VLE-ICONS-OPTIMISED.zip

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Course Design: Year 7 English (Non fiction)

Course Design: Year 7 English (Non fiction) | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Playing about with new course design for Moodle for English department. The CADR is part of the 5 form lesson structure.

 

What you see is essentially 3 separate Moodle labels. Rather than make up a simple title, I have added a heading and table. 

 

Took ages to get the table design right. To create the box appearance I had to make extra "blank" columns between each section. The Moodle text editor can be quite trying!

 

Of course how good this looks depends on individual users resolutions and devices. 

 

There is a summary of the task in the text and students click on the icon to see the detail. This could be an image (Saved PowerPoint file as PNG) or link to a Moodle activity etc.

 

The icon set are meant to reflect some form of Blooms-ish taxonomy. The full set are here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7336564/MOODLE/iconstogether.png

 

The course layout is "One Topic" and all the key files are on a "Teachers Only" tab which is hidden from students. One topic and Grid format are my personal favourites.

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Designing a Practical Task in Moodle

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We wanted to create an activity on Moodle that students could follow when doing a practical task rather than simply have a blank. It was also a challenge to those who kept saying what about practical subjects on Moodle etc etc.

 

The design is a label made up of a table with various cells marged. The CADR icons on the left handside represent our 4 form approach to lessons. I designed them to look a little like elements on the periodic table. The top left icon is the Science icon on the navigation menu (not quite right yet).

 

The features for each section represent our attempts to created a personalised model of learning with a range of (higher order thinking) activities. The text gives a brief explanation of the task but students actually click on the icons to download/view the tasks.

 

The design elements could be a bit better but limited by my expertise and Moodle's text editor.

 

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Moodle Themes and Icons

We were considering changing our theme at moodle.perins.net so I went out to look at the different themes available and how schools and colleges have approached designs.

 

The slideshow was made in May 2012 and not updated since. It contains my thoughts and opinions towards the end and was later discussed with our elearning team at school.

 

From September we will be teaming up with WebAnywhere and are currently looking at different design features. 

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