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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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Using Meta courses in Moodle 2 | Business e-Learning and Web Solutions

Using Meta courses in Moodle 2 | Business e-Learning and Web Solutions | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Good read and easy to follow - one of a number of posts on their site

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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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Tweaking Moodle’s Text editor. – Moodle Blog

Tweaking Moodle’s Text editor. – Moodle Blog | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

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Oh my - this is very exciting, especially the ability to set styles. It would be great if the styles are linked to the user so that I could keep these as I moved from one course to another.

 

Great stuff!

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Lesson Starters using Moodle Quizzes - Year 7 History: The Tudors

Lesson Starters using Moodle Quizzes - Year 7 History: The Tudors | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

 

Showcasing the use of 3 different Moodle quiz types to create starters for a Year 7 topic on Tudors.

 

Designed by Head of History who up until this year has never used Moodle before.

 

Confirms to me that the best use of Moodle is when it is in the hands of someone who is creative, innovative and wants it to work for them.

 

One question uses matching and the other two 3rd party plugins - Open University drag and drop features and re-ordering task feature.

 

Really amazing stuff. Hope I didnt sound too patronising..

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Badger Block brings Open and Custom Badges to a Moodle near you

Badger Block brings Open and Custom Badges to a Moodle near you | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

A block to manage all your badges!

 

While this block hasn't yet been released, it is a great preview of what's to come when badges can be pulled directly into Moodle and displayed or can be customized by and displayed on a specific site.

 

Some great work here by Ian Checkland. Read his other posts somewhere else on this Scoopit

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Rob Watts's curator insight, April 21, 2013 8:12 AM

Gamifification in education, rewards for achievement and meeting goals great way to engage learners.

Jasmin Hodge's curator insight, April 22, 2013 5:19 PM

I hope I hear when it is released as it looks like something I would definately use and need in our new Moodle 2 release this summer along with our new badge proposals :)

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A Moodle 2 version of the Moodle Tool Guide

A Moodle 2 version of the Moodle Tool Guide | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
Many of you will have used and maybe still use Joyce Seitzinger's Moodle Tool Guide (@catspyjamasnz)  which she released nearly two years ago. As her blog ment

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A superb tool!

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Improving the Everyday

Improving staff and students' VLE experience through user testing, PELeCON 2013, 11th April 2013
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Great presentation about making Moodle user interface and user experience better. Lots of good links along the way.

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Gamifying a Moodle course. What difference does it make? Week 2

Gamifying a Moodle course. What difference does it make? Week 2 | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
Week 2 of my ‘gamified vs. non-gamified‘ Moodle course and school has been closed since Wednesday 27th March due to the Easter break. Since there hasn’t been much activity on ...
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Fred explains in clear and consise detail the features he used when developing this course.

 

Some super nuggets here including the vocabulary treasure hunt using orphaned activities.

 

If you enjoyed reading this then you MUST read - http://www.iteachwithmoodle.com/2013/01/20/increase-student-engagement-with-moodle-conditional-activities/ which is one of the best reads about actual use of conditional activities in schools (that I have found)

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Free QuizMaker by iSpring | Free Quiz Software

Free QuizMaker by iSpring lets you create Flash online quizzes and surveys easily, quickly and for absolutely free.

 

Limited to 3 question types (True/False, Multiple Choice and Multiple Select) but SCORMs for Moodle and you can add "slides" in between.

 

You can also add in images, sound and video to the questions

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Moodle | Blog | gshaw

Moodle | Blog | gshaw | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Posts about Moodle written by gshaw

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Gerrard does some really exciting work with Moodle and has an excellent blog. This is a link to the Moodle section of it...

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Use of Block Badger

Use of Block Badger | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
Scenario Imagine in a school site defining three courses: English, Drama and ICT Each is delivering its own curriculum content and assessing students understanding through digital artifacts. These ...

 

Amazing work from Ian Checkland showcasing his current project on open badges. Super blog post with lots of details and explanations. Would be great to install this on our test site.

 

Hoping it might develop to Mahara?

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Creating Moodle Quiz questions in Microsoft Word

Creating Moodle Quiz questions in Microsoft Word | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Moodle innovation and programming hacks by Malaysia programmer and teacher, Frankie Kam.

 

This first appeared years ago with Word 2003 and now it back. Will it work with Word 2010? How much quicker can it actually be?

 

Time to investigate... 

 

Spent about 2hrs on it. For Word 2010 you need to use the CopyPasteEditUsethisoneforWord2010 file (found that eventually in a forum)

 

All question items just about worked. The adding in image feature was very hit and miss and the formatting it leaves is not great (centred after title).

 

Without doubt though if you want to create quick multiple choice questions this is by far the easiest tool but it HAS definite limitations!

 

I guess you can always go into the question and alter formatting after?

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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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Forth Valley College Moodle Channel

Forth Valley College Moodle Channel | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Not just any Moodle Channel but Forth Valley College's own video help guides for supporting Moodle2. Awesome stuff.

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Quick way to create a Moodle Glossary using an XML generator

Quick way to create a Moodle Glossary using an XML generator | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
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This is brilliant. Download the Spreadsheet and enable macros. Write in your list of definitions and explanations and then run the maro to save as an .xml file.

 

Import the .xml file to a Blank glossary you have made already.

 

Job done...

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Cohorts in Moodle 2.0

Great video from Mary about site wide groups and works well in conjuction with this article on Moodle.org - http://docs.moodle.org/22/en/Cohorts and this one on synching: http://docs.moodle.org/23/en/Cohort_sync

 

We set up Cohorts for Moodle and Mahara training to make it easier to move groups between courses. What's more, we have also create a range of fun and popular users to our course which those attending can randomly pick from a generator like http://primaryschoolict.com/random-name-selector/ - its a great ice-breaker!

 

Here were the users from yesterday - can you spot a few famous ones? https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7336564/cohorts.png

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Cloze Question generator: Moodle Quizzes

Cloze Question generator: Moodle Quizzes | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Dodgy demonstration on how to use the amazing Cloze question generator at  http://projects.ael.uni-tuebingen.de/quiz/htmlarea/index.php make a Moodle quiz question.

 

Need to say that this generator is amazing and so easy to use. Much easier than listening through this :o)

 

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Moodle 2.0 for Teachers:- An Illustrated Guide. by Mark Rollins (eBook) - Lulu

Moodle 2.0 for Teachers:- An Illustrated Guide. by Mark Rollins (eBook) - Lulu | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
Buy Moodle 2.0 for Teachers:- An Illustrated Guide. by Mark Rollins (eBook) online at Lulu. Visit the Lulu Marketplace for product details, ratings, and reviews.
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Well worth the £5.00 - an absolute bargain and a great book. Super to see lots of thought given over to pedagogy and impact of Moodle in classroom.

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Gamify your Moodle courses in under 20 minutes

It is possible to gamify any Moodle 2 course using out-of-the-box Moodle features. Watch this video to learn how to gamify your Moodle courses in under 20 mi...
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Previously I have scooped Fred's entire blog but he has now responded to peer pressure :O) and created a fabulous 20minute video on how to "gameify" your course.

 

Brilliant work. Clear, concise and incredibly effective. A must for any designer

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Helena Afonso Dos Santos's comment, April 17, 2013 8:08 AM
Yes... there's a course free at https://www.coursera.org//course/gamification
Luís Filipe Barata's curator insight, May 15, 2013 9:20 AM

Já gostava do moodle... mas as atividades adaptativas estão quase disponíveis com o moodle!

Um agradável descoberta!

Goly Rabbanim's curator insight, June 21, 2013 12:57 AM

סרטון ממצה ובהיר כיצד להפיח חיים בקורס עם גרסאת מודל 2 ומעלה.

 

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Increase student engagement with Moodle conditional activities & badges

Increase student engagement with Moodle conditional activities & badges | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
What are conditional activities? Since the introduction of Moodle 2, it has been possible for users to track which activities/resources they have completed. This means that resources/activities are ‘aware’ ...
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This is a MUST read for anyone interested in this rarely used and little understood feature. A teacher actually using this in his course to teach Year 7/8 students.

 

Full of great tips and features that show Moodle at its best (when in the hand of a highly innovative and imaginative operator!)

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grainnehamilton's curator insight, April 11, 2013 6:19 AM

Ideas and advice on how to automatically issue digital badges in Moodle. Currently, they are not Open Badges but it looks like the plan is to move across to them. Developments for issuing Open Badges from Moodle to Mahara are well underway.

gideonwilliams's comment, April 11, 2013 6:28 AM
Grainne - can you DM me with your email address - I can set you up with an account on the test server to try out badges if you want?
grainnehamilton's comment, April 11, 2013 6:54 AM
Hi Gideon, thanks for the offer. So far I've created Open Badges using WPBadger but not Moodle so it would be interesting to have a look. Thanks!
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OpenBadges in Moodle: The Alternative Ending Part 5

OpenBadges in Moodle: The Alternative Ending Part 5 | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

After all the problems I had, Yuliya and Totara made me my own student account so I could demonstrate how to export to the Mozilla Backpack.

 

Here is the new video which also shows you how to import badges gained from other sites back into Moodle.

 

Bit of a ramble but we get there in the end!

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Openbadges - MoodleDocs

Openbadges - MoodleDocs | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Moodle's Open Badges plugin. Still in alpha and planned for a Moodle 2.5 release (I think).

 

Have managed to have a play with it on a friends install and it is AWESOME.

 

See the other Scoopit entry for details on the documentation.

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Tim Hopper's curator insight, April 14, 2013 10:45 AM

Badges on Moodle, ok gamifying courses here wme come.

Johannes Maurek's curator insight, April 16, 2013 2:59 AM

Badgets as a new form of competence-improvement. Also availble in Moodle soon. Very interesting topic!

Monica Goddard's comment, April 22, 2013 5:36 PM
I am finishing a class Games In Learning and Assessment through UW-Stout. The class was a game, the player had to earn both quest and reward badges. It was created in Badgestack. Very cool way to learn.
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Linking SkyDrive and Moodle together - Microsoft UK Schools blog

Linking SkyDrive and Moodle together - Microsoft UK Schools blog | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
The Microsoft UK Blog for schools, featuring news for schools from Microsoft, case studies within education, and education ICT advice
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Blog post written last July (July 2012) and plugin suitable for 2.3 and 2.4

 

Some confusion as to what this can and cannot do which is discussed in a number of forum entries. Three key questions asked:

 

1. Can users save files from within Moodle into SkyDrive?

2. Can users access files from Skydrive within Moodle?

3. Given multiple users in our Moodle site, can they each access individual Skydrives to pull files into Moodle)?

 

The current answers to these questions appear to be:

1. No (this would need to be a portfolio plugin), it is only bringing files from Skydrive to Moodle.

2. Yes

3. The link to skydrive is a user one (each users skydrive repository is accessed by themselves)

 

Have asked for it to be installed on our development site

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gideonwilliams's comment, April 2, 2013 11:35 AM
SkyDrive now installed on our development site. All relatively pain free. Can now upload from SkyDrive Public and Personal (Documents) folder but not tested multiple users at same time.
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Davo Smith Mootie13 - Presentation Slides

Davo Smith Mootie13 - Presentation Slides | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

List of slides showing DavoSmith's plugins and location links as part of his presentation at #Mootie13.

 

Of particular interest appears the re-emergence of images in the Real Time Quiz for Moodle2+

 

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