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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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11,200 Free Icons

11,200 Free Icons | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Looking to create icons for your VLE then this is an excellent site with lots of great designs

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Free Book: How to Use Moodle 2.7 (360+ pages of Moodle)

Free Book: How to Use Moodle 2.7 (360+ pages of Moodle) | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
This digital text created by Jaswinder Singh based on Jason Cole & Helen Foster's Using Moodle 2nd Edition is available for free to Moodlers who are using 2.7. The text is 350+ pages and focuse...
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Fantastic! The direct link is:  https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=0B05o8d_2libJbWZIcEFScVpaU2s.

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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.

 

Watch this space......

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More information regarding the new Social/Edmodo format

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Moodle Activity Module: Dynamic Game design

Moodle activity module to create dynamic games based on the question bank.

 

Students procastinating too much? Are they playing games instead of studying? Well now you can motivate them by allowing them to do both at once!

 

Quizventure is an activity module that loads quiz questions from the course it's added to. The possible answers come down as space ships and you have to shoot the correct one.

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Reality check - Open Source LMS: a costly affair - eLearning Industry

Reality check - Open Source LMS: a costly affair - eLearning Industry | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

What is the Cost of an Open Source LMS? This article is for demystifying the actual cost of Moodle - The most popular open source LMS. Article written for US business/organisations but very useful for schools, colleges, nonetheless.

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Not something that should be taken lightly but then again without local expert knowledge these costs have to be borne somehow - especially at a school level.

 

Would be interesting to compare these costs against those of the companies who will support your VLE eg Synergy, WebAnywhere etc

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JISC RSC > City College Brighton & Hove: Moodle course ladder

JISC RSC > City College Brighton & Hove: Moodle course ladder | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

How City College improved their 

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How City College successfully implemented a Moodle Ladder to improve traction and engagement with all of their Moodle courses.

 

Detailed explanation, analysis and evaluation of a seven year project with a range of super resources for you to try.

 

JISC study. Brilliant.

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RASE Pedagogical Model: Moodle

RASE Pedagogical Model: Moodle | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
About RASE Pedagogical Model - Moodle and Pedagogical Design Workshop

 

RESOURCE

ACTIVITY

SUPPORT

EVALUATION

 

A series of pins added by Dan Bowen
 

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Making a Moodle Glossary for GCSE History

Making a Moodle Glossary for GCSE History | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Creating a Moodle Glossary for History to look at the most significant events of the Cuban Missile Crisis.


How the Head of History at Perins School worked with the Director of eLearning to create a Moodle Glossary for a task where students evaluated the relevance of images related to the Cuban Missile crisis.


The PowerPoint slide explains the rationale behind the task, how the Glossary was made and what settings were chosen. 


There is an evaluation of the task from the teacher and feedback comments given by students who carried out the task.

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7 ways to improve uptake of your LMS | Business e-Learning and Web Solutions

7 ways to improve uptake of your LMS | Business e-Learning and Web Solutions | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

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Personally I think that this applies across the board from business to school and would not disagree with any of these points. I particularly like Point 1 and think it is key to engagement and interaction.

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eLearning Case Studies

This may be a useful site to take a look at. It is a link to all of Jisc RSC case studies across all the areas of e learning but you can filter out to VLE or whatever you require

 

many thanks to Tracey Duffy at Jisc for this post

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Free SCORM eLearning Authoring for Diagrams and Picture Dictionary

Free SCORM eLearning Authoring for Diagrams and Picture Dictionary | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

This is amazing AND free. Download the software. Parapal Hotspots allows you to take any jpeg image and add interactive regions so students can learn new terms and then test themselves. 

 

SCORM compliant so works brilliantly in Moodle for self marking. This is a brilliant tool and so incredibly simple.

 

How can it be free!

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This program is brilliant in its simplicity. It allows the user to take any jpeg image and add interactive regions for labels and annotations.

 

From labelling the structure of the Earth to explaining the

water cycle, diagrams make for great learning in the diverse classroom. The use of visuals as a teaching and learning strategy supports both student comprehension, retention and promotes communication.  

 

Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies Knowledge and Understanding 4.2

khinde's comment, April 29, 2014 6:47 AM
fantastic resource
Corinne Owen's comment, May 13, 2014 3:17 AM
Definitely useable khinde
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JISC RSC > Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology: Increasing staff engagement with the VLE

JISC RSC > Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology: Increasing staff engagement with the VLE | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Very impressive case study involving analysis of department VLE courses. Link later on showing criteria used for "marking" courses

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Auto Linking in Moodle

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Here is a neat and useful but often ignored feature on Moodle, Auto Linking. A feature that has been around on Moodle for a while now but may not be visible or enabled on your server. So What does it do?

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Auto Linking in Moodle - Course Wide - Site Wide - Make your moodle course more interactive

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Enable Auto Linking and its Benefits

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Edu Apps for Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI)

Edu Apps for Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Shouldn't every VLE/LMS provider now allow the users to plug in to these amazing external applications?

 

Surely the days of systems that only offer a fixed set of features, decided upon by the business itself, are coming to an end?

 

Can you imagine a VLE that allows users integration with these features - imagine much richer, rewarding and personalised the learning environment would be?

 

Simplistic I know but no harm dreaming about it. http://www.imsglobal.org/lti/7things.pdf has much more on this subject

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Requirements for VLE

Requirements for VLE | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

A document I made up to put down my thoughts on what features I would like to have in my VLE.

 

Might be of help to anyone considering purchasing one.

 

The document is open so please feel free to add or comment

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Can you use Moodle to deliver e-learning to Smartphones and Tablets?

Can you use Moodle to deliver e-learning to Smartphones and Tablets? | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
Some people wonder what they may need to do in order to access interactive
Moodle content in a mobile device.

Via Rui Guimarães Lima, Laurent Picard
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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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Moodle Database and Form design

Moodle Database and Form design | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Developing the Moodle Database by adding some html in the header and footer leads to some interesting and impressive designs

 

http://www.moodlenews.com/2014/quick-tip-for-databases-a-nice-layout-for-the-list-view/

 

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QR Moodle Orienteering Quiz

A video explaining how I linked QR codes to Moodle Quiz questions to create an orienteering challenge for my students.

 

Worked pretty well and has lots of potential. Am sure there are lots of improvements I could make next time but the students enjoyed it.

 

Students used their own phones with free QR readers. The QR codes contained hidden text messages. We are in a rural area with pretty poor reception and wireless coverage.. Students worked in pairs..

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Mobile phone emulator (by COWEMO)

Mobile phone emulator that enables you to test the display of any website in many cell phones.
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Super free tool that lets you see what your website or LMS looks like on a mobile phone. 

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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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Return of the Random short -answer matching Moodle question type | Moodle Blog

Return of the Random short -answer matching Moodle question type | Moodle Blog | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

In older versions of Moodle there was a question type called “Random short-answer matching” It was like the matching question type except that the answers to be matched actually came from previously made short-answer questions. It stopped working three years ago and has only just been fixed (thanks to French Moodling quiz enthusiast Jean-Michel Védrine) This week the question type has been put back into Moodle, so if you have the lastest Moodle versions, 2.5.5 and 2.6.2, you will be able to use it.

 

Many people however only started using Moodle recently and won’t even know of is prior existence. So this post is just to explain it and introduce it. Jean-Michel has added some detailed documentation on the Random short-answer matching question type.

 

If you have Moodle 2.5.5 or Moodle 2.6.2 then when you add a quiz question you will see this new type available:

 

There are two things to be aware of. (1) You can’t just add this question and make it there and then, like any other question type,  because you need first to have some short-answer questions pre-made and (2) those questions need to be connected in some way, share a theme.


Via Miloš Bajčetić, Laurent Picard
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Why use multiple-choice questions?

Why use multiple-choice questions? | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Included this in the Moodle section as I think it is a welcome reminder and fairly powerful argument to put to those "multiple choice quizzes aren't really effective assessment" people.

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Ofsted | Virtual Learning Environments: e-portfolio

Ofsted | Virtual Learning Environments: e-portfolio | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Materials on Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) reflects what we have been seeing on inspection, or as the result of visits and research, and offers resources and ideas for those looking to improve their Virtual Learning Environments.


Loads of excellent case studies and links to colleges. Many of the case studies using Moodle.

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