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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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Learning Analytics

Learning Analytics | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Plugin that can be customised by teachers to measure student engagement in Moodle (course). Looks amazing and part of a number of important tools for this purpose (see this excellent post - http://salvetore.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/analytics-getting-helpful-information-out-of-an-lms/)

The plugin is available on Moodle at: https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=block_engagement

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Looking forward to getting this installed on our Moodle. Now installed - report to follow...

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JESS KLEIN: BadgeKit: An Invitation to Innovation

JESS KLEIN: BadgeKit: An Invitation to Innovation | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
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Discussion on Mozilla's Badge Kit ideas. What I do like is the list of 8 doing verbs associated with badging (and innovation):

 

 

Design badges: Enable organizations (or individuals) to visually design their badgesDefine badges: Enable organizations (or individuals) to define the information behind the badge according to the open badges standard, i.e. metadata specificationAssess badges: Enable organizations to define rubrics for assessment and assess the badges accordinglyIssue badges: Enable organizations (or individuals) to issue their badges once the criteria is metCollect and manage badges: Enable learners to see all the badges they have earned in one place, organize and manage themShare badges: Enable learners to share their earned badges easily across the webDiscover badges: Enable learners, issuers (and down the road employers) to discover new badges and badge owners

 

Taken from: http://bananigans.tumblr.com/post/64678362239/badgekit-is-coming ;

 

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Open Badges lessons from October (BlogPost)

Open Badges lessons from October (BlogPost) | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Important post and update on OpenBadges from Lucy Atkins with lots of excellent links and pictures taken from a recent MozFest event on OpenBadges

 

The Leicester Open Badges Interest Group looks a positive way forward

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SkyDrive and Mahara Part 4: Can you do the same thing?

SkyDrive and Mahara Part 4: Can you do the same thing? | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

So, is it possible to do the same thing with SkyDrive and Mahara?

 

YES!!!

 

I get a bit carried away in this presentation but the potential of this features is AWESOME. Has huge impact for collaborative work and sharing resources.

 

Also makes Mahara pages far more visual and allows students to "seamlessly" move from day to day work on Office applications to a Mahara platform.

 

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SkyDrive and Moodle Part 3: Viewing as a student

SkyDrive and Moodle Part 3: Viewing as a student | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

What does an embedded and linked document look like to a student viewing on Moodle....?

 

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Julian Ridden - There is no such thing as eLearning - iMoot 2013

Another Julian Ridden masterclass from iMoot 2013.

 

Draws on some features from gamification link below and explores similar themes about engagment and interaction when creating Moodle courses and elearning resources

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Moodle Quizzes INSET course

Moodle Quizzes INSET course | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

A meander through the Moodle course I made for the INSET training session on Moodle Quizzes. Tried to cover all of the quizzes and give teachers and opportunity to see how they could be used in lessons. Used the Progress Block as well so teachers could instantly see the progress they had made when the activity was ticked off.

 

I really enjoy Moodle quizzes - so much you can do with them - really challenges you to create a resource which does not simply focus on testing recal.

 

Quiz training looked at Self marking and manual marking varieties. Had a brief play with the poodLL plugin too (has mileage!)

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Gamification - What is it and What it is in Moodle

The ever busy Gavin Henrick presents his ideas on gamification and Moodle. The really interesting (and practical ideas) stuff comes from about slide 30 when he mentions badges and Moodle and conditional activities.

 

Good to see mention made of the very useful Progress Bar which can be downloaded here - https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=block_progress 

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Open Badges

Open Badges | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Good discourse through Moodle badges showing progres being made on this feature. Links to Mozilla as repository but no mention of Mahara :O(

 

Great to see different contributions from other locations although all mainly colleges.

 

Interesting to read about the complaints for badges (slide 12) and the idea that badges are showcasing skills in the same way CVs do (slides 15-17).

 

Really interesting to see developing use of badges to assess staff skills (slides 28-36)!

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Using Styles in Moodle Labels (Grid Format)

Using Styles in Moodle Labels (Grid Format) | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
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For years I just clicked on a label and did not bother with the Styles feature - preferring to alter the paragaph style and change fonts and sizes.

 

Using the Grid format makes it very difficult to carry on and get a clear layout. Nothing mind boggling but simply changed to use Heading1 for titles and Heading2 for subtitles with some changes to font and colours. When you use these styles then you no longer need to worry about the <p> tag.

 

BIG improvement.

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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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Badges for Your Moodle

Badges for Your Moodle | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
The folks over at Moodle have launched a platform for 100 badges released by http://LearnBrite.com for Moodlers everywhere to use for free:
“ We have put up 100 badges as a free resource for all...
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Good range of badges to use and to influence your own designs

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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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SkyDrive and Mahara

SkyDrive and Mahara | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

A Mahara page showing embedded Word, PowerPoint, Excel and PDF files via SkyDrive. Publisher does not work so well

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Screenr: Using rubrics for Moodle assignments & PoodLL for audio feedback.

Screenr: Using rubrics for Moodle assignments & PoodLL for audio feedback. | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Bit of a ramble through how we we use Moodle rubric assignment and PoodLL audio feedback to mark students presentations.

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SkyDrive and Moodle Part 2: Embedding and linking SkyDrive files to Moodle

SkyDrive and Moodle Part 2: Embedding and linking SkyDrive files to Moodle | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Having made a SkyDrive and added the files I then added them to a Moodle course.

 

This video shows three different ways of doing this - all with background washing machine accompaniment

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SkyDrive and Moodle Part 1: SkyDrive links

SkyDrive and Moodle Part 1: SkyDrive links | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Inspired by Phill Timmins presentation on twitter about embedding SkyDrive resources in a Frog VLE, I thought I would try to see if it works for Moodle.

 

This first video shows the SkyDrive set up and how to embed and link to a file...

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Frederic Nevers - Increase student engagement using conditional activities and badges - iMoot 2013

iMoot 2013 session recording.
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Frederic puts together all his ideas from other blogs into this one presentation on creating a conditional activity led course.

 

Sadly the sound quality is awful but the picture explain lots and there are links to aspects of his work on other scoops below.

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Julian Ridden - Dissection of a game based Moodle course - iMoot 2013

iMoot 2013 session recording.
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A recording from iMoot from 2013 in which Julian Ridden (@moodleman on twitter) explains and takes apart his game based learning course.

 

The first 25 minutes or so are taken over to a discussion on engagment and pedagogy and is a very entertaining watch. The second part of the video is spend in discussion of his course.

 

The presentation is interactive and part of a workshop so it may seem a little unusual in places.

 

A great watch nonetheless and a very valuable contribution to an approach that is gathering some momentum (see other posts on this site under gamification, conditional activities etc)

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Interactive Moodle Tool Guide (choose your way to the right tool in Moodle)

Interactive Moodle Tool Guide (choose your way to the right tool in Moodle) | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
If you like Choose your Own Adventure stories then this version of the Moodle Tool Guide, originally created by Joyce Seitzinger is a great way to explore different pedagogical scenarios to discove...
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This is a BRILLIANT tool and what a clever idea. Drawing on the original Moodle Tool Guide, this takes it to a whole new level via an interactive screen.

 

I might just try to repeat this for our school using Quandary (http://www.halfbakedsoftware.com/quandary.php

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Badge Design Canvas | DigitalMe

Badge Design Canvas | DigitalMe | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Over the past 12 months DigitalMe have been creating Open Badges with the support of Mozilla, MacArthur Foundation and the Digital Media and Learning Competition.

 

They have  condensed all their badge design experience into a simple canvas which will guide you through the process of creating your own open badge.

 

The link to this is: http://newsletter.digitalme.co.uk/DigitalMe/BadgeCanvas.pdf with a worked example (as well as other things) here: http://www.slideshare.net/timriches96/digitalme-badge-design-canvas-workshop-slides

 

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Spotlight on Mahara 1.8

Presentation by Kristina D.C. Hoeppner on Mahara 1.8 at the October Mahara User Group meeting online on 8/9 October 2013. Audio also available at https://archiv
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Some really good things coming in v1.8

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Makebadges - the badge design tool for schools - by Makewaves

A free tool for designing badges, avatars and banners for schools. Provided by Makewaves the safe social learning platform for education
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Brilliantly simple site for making badges. I take the basic design and then do some simple editing in Fireworks to make them more relevant to our school.

 

Here are some examples: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7336564/badges2.png

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Retractable feature in Mahara 1.7

Retractable feature in Mahara 1.7 - love it!
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A silent video showing the retreactable feature in Mahara v1.7. Works really well particularly when you are creating Mahara pages with loads of details

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BOLT Open Badge Showcase

BOLT Open Badge Showcase | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
BOLT Open Badges
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Great introduction to badge use at Higher Education and designs

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