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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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TubeSnack | Flash video player for Web - Embed YouTube playlists

TubeSnack | Flash video player for Web - Embed YouTube playlists | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
TubeSnack is a Flash video player that enables you to create customizable video playlists and publish them on your website / blog. Embed YouTube playlists.
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This is SO easy to do and incredibly effective!

 

Create YouTube playlists that you can link to or better still EMBED in Moodle. I use them lots and embed the code on a Moodle Page.

 

Here is a silent video of one in action - http://screenr.com/pbJ7

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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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Making an OpenBadge in Moodle: Part 5

Making an OpenBadge in Moodle: Part 5 | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

With the help of Totara's free Moodle installation and the wonderful Karl Goddard, I set about making an openbadge in Moodle that could be earned by a student, issued by Moodle and displayed and saved in a Mozilla backpack.

 

Here is the fifth of 6 videos - Connecting the student account to my Mozilla backpack

 

Problems here..... very naive!

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gideonwilliams's comment, April 3, 2013 6:01 AM
Coming soon - Part 5 the Alternative ending as I now have a bespoke student account set up - watch this space...
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Making an OpenBadge in Moodle: Part 3

Making an OpenBadge in Moodle: Part 3 | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

With the help of Totara's free Moodle installation and the wonderful Karl Goddard, I set about making an openbadge in Moodle that could be earned by a student, issued by Moodle and displayed and saved in a Mozilla backpack.

 

Here is the third of 6 videos - The quiz now done - I tackle the Badge block

 

Unchartered territory

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Making an OpenBadge in Moodle Part 1

Making an OpenBadge in Moodle Part 1 | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

With the help of Totara's free Moodle installation and the wonderful Karl Goddard, I set about making an openbadge in Moodle that could be earned by a student, issued by Moodle and displayed and saved in a Mozilla backpack.

 

Here is the first of 6 videos -  How I made the quiz in Moodle

 

Sense my bewilderment!

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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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Why Mahara – and how to help others get it

Why Mahara – and how to help others get it | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
Lets get one thing straight – I love Mahara. Unfortunately I love it in the way a parent loves a child who has gone off the rails and ended up...

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An entertaining read and thoughtful read. Oh for more people with his passion! The comments after are equally as valuable and of interest - especially the seond to last one. It is a bit of a shame that so much of this work is being discussed by people outside of my secondary school (11-16yrs)  interests.

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PascaleHP's curator insight, March 14, 2013 9:28 PM

a resource for trainers

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The VLE is Dead, Long Live the VLE!

The VLE is Dead, Long Live the VLE! | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
VLE's are a very interesting concept having been involved with Assimilate with a secondary I used to work at and getting our feeder primary schools involved, and then Fronter with 11 secondary scho...
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Simple Interactive Moodle Content (Part 2) | Anything and everything about eLearning

Simple Interactive Moodle Content (Part 2) | Anything and everything about eLearning | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
The quickest way to add content rich quizzes to #moodle? http://t.co/ozXyclGrNG #edtech #elearning
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How have I missed this? This is AWESOME!  A Clozed task generator to make missing word questions.

 

Best options are in line drop down but I also like the short answer gap where you have to type in the words yourself.

 

Simple copy the text into a Cloze question option in Moodle. How easy!

 

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e-PDP Implementation Using Mahara @ Adam Smith : JISC RSC-Scotland Showcase

e-PDP Implementation Using Mahara @ Adam Smith : JISC RSC-Scotland Showcase | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
RT @FionnCarmichael: iTech case study: e-PDP Implementation Using Mahara @AdamSmithCol http://t.co/Zlcrm7v4rl
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An interesting case study off how a college set up Mahara for student Personal development plans.

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Metacognition

An introduction to an important aspect of learning.
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Just a reminder so I don't seem too stupid when talking about things and also because it backs up some of the things we want to do with Mahara/Moodle

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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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Making an OpenBadge in Moodle: Part 6

Making an OpenBadge in Moodle: Part 6 | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

With the help of Totara's free Moodle installation and the wonderful Karl Goddard, I set about making an openbadge in Moodle that could be earned by a student, issued by Moodle and displayed and saved in a Mozilla backpack.

 

Here is the last of 6 videos - How I really earned my badge

 

Karl comes to the rescue!

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Jasmin Hodge's curator insight, April 2, 2013 7:24 PM

This is a great resource for the masses who have 'Badge Fever'!

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Making an OpenBadge in Moodle: Part 4

Making an OpenBadge in Moodle: Part 4 | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

With the help of Totara's free Moodle installation and the wonderful Karl Goddard, I set about making an openbadge in Moodle that could be earned by a student, issued by Moodle and displayed and saved in a Mozilla backpack.

 

Here is the fourth of 6 videos - Making my Mozilla backpack account to store and display the badges externally from Moodle

 

Home stretch... or so I thought!

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Making an OpenBadge in Moodle: Part 2

Making an OpenBadge in Moodle: Part 2 | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

With the help of Totara's free Moodle installation and the wonderful Karl Goddard, I set about making an openbadge in Moodle that could be earned by a student, issued by Moodle and displayed and saved in a Mozilla backpack.

 

Here is the second of 6 videos - using Conditional activities so the badge had to be earned by acheiving a certain score.

 

 

Blundering along...

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OpenBadges User Documentation - MoodleDocs

OpenBadges User Documentation - MoodleDocs | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

Link to documentation and test Moodle site that you can both be a teacher (to make and issue badges) and student (to earn them).

 

This is still very early days but highly encouraging.

 

Works best if you also have a Mozilla backpack set up at http://beta.openbadges.org/

 

Hugely encouraging and highly exciting work from Totara.

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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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Gamifying a Moodle course. What difference does it make? Week 1

Gamifying a Moodle course. What difference does it make? Week 1 | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
I will post my findings every week, and will draw a summary at the end of the experiment. This post retraces what has happened in the first week of ...
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A fascinating and illuminating post by Fred Nevers comparing two classes taught exactly similar Moodle content only differing in the rewards they get for doing so (gameification).

 

This is his Week One post.

 

Some good insights into how Moodle is used and lots of accessible ideas for all of us to try out.

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gideonwilliams's comment, April 2, 2013 2:07 PM
Fred has now included much larger picture of both courses which show just how impressive they are. The use of conditional activities is something that needs more investigation.
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Video: Setting up Rubrics in Moodle 2.x

Video: Setting up Rubrics in Moodle 2.x | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
Here's a handy video by Mike McHugh of Bismarck Public Schools recorded via Google Hangouts and published to Youtube.  The video highlights the use of advanced grading in Moodle and defining and im...

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iSpring, PowerPoint and SCORM...

iSpring, PowerPoint and SCORM... | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it

I always knew that iSpring could convert PowerPoint in to Flash and HTML for Moodle but with Moodle 2+ there were issues about presentation size as linking to a flash file directly meant the presentation played in a very small size.

 

What I didn't know is that you can convert your PowerPoint into a ZIP file and add it as a SCORM or IMS package!

 

Not only will the presentation play full size but you can also track it too.

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gideonwilliams's comment, March 28, 2013 12:50 PM
Having a few issues with this Jasmin when uploading as an IMS package. Lose the the scroll bars, navigation menus and ispring menus. We are on Moodle 2.3 - Can you try?
Jasmin Hodge's comment, April 3, 2013 5:56 AM
Hi Gideon, is it a PowerPoint you are using iSpring to convert into a IMS package??
gideonwilliams's comment, April 3, 2013 6:00 AM
Yes, although Im not sure why Im bothering - could just SCORM it - although SCORM is still new territory and not quite sorted out all the features I want on it... I see you got an account with Karl - he is awesome!
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Moodle Plugins Directory: Simple

Moodle Plugins Directory: Simple | Moodle and Mahara | Scoop.it
Simple: by E-Learning ZHAW.  Simple design, follows the best practice of responsive web design. http://t.co/0kVVQS7cqI #moodle

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This looks a really interesting template design - I like the multiple images at teh front and flexible controls

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Mahara 1.7 user manual — Mahara 1.7 user manual


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gideonwilliams's comment, March 26, 2013 1:06 PM
Let me know which app/feature - this sounds quite exciting!
Lee Ballantyne's comment, March 26, 2013 3:29 PM
It's direct...no app required with 1.7. Only photos though (well that's all I checked)
Suhad's curator insight, March 27, 2013 8:04 AM

Here is a very useful guide for using Mahara and understanding the effectiveness and usefulness of each part of it, so you can make the best use of it. But the good part of Mahara is its flexibility and being customizeable for the user so that you can make it your own representation.