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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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Sneak Peek at the Social/Facebook/Edmodo course format for #Moodle

Sneak Peek at the Social/Facebook/Edmodo course format for #Moodle | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

This could be a big game changer. Having moved from a Moodle school to one that uses Edmodo I recognise the pros and cons of both systems.

 

Replicating an Edmodo style interface in Moodle but backed up by Moodle second to none functionality and range of tools could have a huge impact in bring Moodle to a wider audience.

 

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More information regarding the new Social/Edmodo format

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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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Professional ePortfolio: Don Presant - Savvyfolio.net

Professional ePortfolio: Don Presant - Savvyfolio.net | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Want to see an amazing Mahara page used by a professional? Look no further than Don's page. Amazing design and one I show our students who sometimes think that mahara has no future beyond school lessons.

 

Notice the badges plugin which links his mozilla backpack to the site

 

Wonder what theme this is?

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Moodle Do's and Moodle Don'ts

Moodle Course Creation. The Do's and the Don'ts. by Sandy Hirtz

 

Some interesting and valuable points about course design and layout in the first 30 or so slides then a range of tools that you can use to create more exciting, dynamic and interactive courses.

 

Valuable lessons...

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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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Moodle plugins directory: Flexpage Activity

 How much potential does this have. It could be a real game changer in Moodle design with a real opportunity to create engaging, dynamic and personalised designs (and content).

 

More details about how to set it up at http://kb.moodlerooms.com/article/50/administrator#427

 

Looking forward to see some examples...

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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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Altering the Moodle Gradebook

How to make simple changes to your gradebook
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I made a video for @jmdh22 to show how we had made some changes to our Gradebook to make it easier for Year 7 students to understanding their work. Here it is. Sorry for the opening bit...

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Using Tables to format in Moodle

Nice little idea for using invisible tables to improve formatting when writing lists or timetables etc

 

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