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Introduce Your Class To Mobile And Ubiquitious Moodle With QR Links

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The QR Links plugin has received a lot of stability fixes in its latest release. QR Links lets you to involve physical spaces and mobile phones in your Moodle experience. With a little creativity you can get your version of subject-savvy Pokémon Go!

Did you know: When students activities involve physical spaces, not only their spatial skills improve. Improvement in spatial skill tends to improve basic math skills such as arithmetic. This according to an article published in the Developmental Psychology Journal.

Besides providing an easy way for your students to access, save and share part of your course, QR codes have proven to be an easy and flexible solution to many related information problems. So why should learning be the exception?

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Friday Funtastic: Add New Emoticons / Emojis To Moode

Friday Funtastic: Add New Emoticons / Emojis To Moode | Moodle and Web Stuff | Scoop.it
“ There has been some talk about the need to update the Emoticons (or Emojis) in Moodle. Whether or not this ultimately happens in the near future as a part of the core/default software, you can update them today from GitHub. Click here to get new Emoticons/Emojis for Moodle. Which Emojis, you ask, are available? Everything you’d expect: angry, approve, big grin, blush, cool, dead, evil, heart, kiss, mixed, no, sad, shy, sleepy, smiley, surprise, thoughtful, tongue out, wide eyes, wink and yes.”
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Moodle plugins: Side bar

Moodle plugins: Side bar | Moodle and Web Stuff | Scoop.it

It functions by associating a course section with a sidebar block instance. This is done by mirroring the contents of an “orphaned” section. Here’s an example:

- Let’s assume that a course has 10 sections

- When you create a Sidebar block, this block will automatically be associated with the next section 11, which is hidden (orphaned)

- You can now add resources and activities directory to this Sidebar block. Note that these objects will actually get created in section 11, but they are also shown in the Sidebar block. Any changed made in the Sidebar block will be applied to section 11, and vice-versa.

You can create multiple Sidebar blocks. Each instance will be associated with a different orphaned section. You can also manually select the orphaned section, if needed.

All resources and activities within a block can be edited and moved around just like normal activities when editing is turned on. Adding label resources allows you to add text to the blocks as well.


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Updates on the Autosave Feature in Atto

Moodle HQ is moving forward with its Autosave feature for Moodle’s text editor which has spent 5 years in the tracker. It’s currently being actively developed by Damyon Wiese at Moodle HQ who has already created a proof of concept and put it through the motions of automated testing.

A few things up in the air currently and being discussed in the Tracker:

* will there be a visual cue that saving was successful/failed
* how will information be saved for the end user and where (the aim initially is to prevent technical errors that might cause a user to lose their imputed work)
* ramifications when Atto’s autosave meets the quiz autosave

In any event, lively conversation for a feature that will be an amazing asset to Moodlers (whether you have shoddy internet, are prone to letting your session timeout mid-sentence, or just wish that you could autosave what you’re typing.

Interested in following along, watching or voting up this feature? Check out https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-18014

 

 


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Coming soon: replying to forums directly from email

Coming soon: replying to forums directly from email | Moodle and Web Stuff | Scoop.it

Listening in on Martin Dougiamas’s keynote this morning at the MountainMoot there were a few new bits about the Moodle Roadmap that were new. The most interesting though is that coming soon to Moodle’s Forum enhancements will be the ability to reply directly to a forum thread from you email (no need to login to whatever Moodle site the thread is from).

 

This is both a huge improvement to usability and accessibility.

 

 


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5 Best CSS Tutorials to improve your skills | CSS Tutorials

5 Best CSS Tutorials to improve your skills | CSS Tutorials | Moodle and Web Stuff | Scoop.it
There are various CSS tools are available in internet which you can study to boost your knowledge and skill to excel in your technoogy field. Let’s have a look at 5 Best CSS tutorials. 1) Decorative CSS Galleries 2) 3D Book Animation with CSS 3) CSS 3D folding list with social buttons 4) Awesome Wheel Menu with CSS3 5) E-Commerce Web Element with CSS3
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Why Data Is the Key to Successful Course Redesign - Edudemic

Why Data Is the Key to Successful Course Redesign - Edudemic | Moodle and Web Stuff | Scoop.it
Course redesign can be a major undertaking, but utilizing the data derived from your existing course can inform your decisions on what areas need to be targeted. When you combine the four factors I mentioned and use them to form a holistic, summative picture of your course redesign project; you can be certain that what is currently working in your course remains, and what is not working is revised.
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9 Free Icon Sets to Diversify your Library | Freebies

9 Free Icon Sets to Diversify your Library | Freebies | Moodle and Web Stuff | Scoop.it
Every designer needs to be ready to go wherever their projects take them. This is why you need to have a diverse library to count on.
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If You Give a Mouse a Moodle . . .

“ If You Give a Mouse a Moodle... Michelle Moore @michelledmoore”
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Get A Sneak Peek At New Features In Moodle 3.1

Get A Sneak Peek At New Features In Moodle 3.1 | Moodle and Web Stuff | Scoop.it

It is no secrete that there are high expectations around version 3.1 of Moodle that will be coming out later this month. Many have even said that 3.1 is what 3.0 was actually “meant” to be, in terms of new functionality and just general “wow.”

True to form, Moodle has already started creating the documentation for 3.1 and I happened to check out the “New Features” page, currently under development. There are already 20 new features that are slated for showcasing. Click here to follow along.

New stuff for Teachers:

1. Full support for Competency Based Education
2. Smoother and more intuitive Assignment grading
3. The ability to download select assignments for offline viewing
4. The recycle bin for easily restoring deleted content
5. The ability to pin forum posts to the top of the discussion
6. A permalink function to easily link to forum posts
7. The ability to share activities between more than one Moodle site
8. Tagging of courses for easier searching
9. Editing and creating sections without leaving the course
10. Searching for courses that are meta linked and adding them together in one step
11. The ability to restrict file types in workshops

New stuff for Admins:

1. The ability to create competency frameworks across your Moodle site
2. The development of global learning plans
3. Globally search your Moodle
4. Annotate directly on different file types
5. Search the file system repository
6. Setting default values for a lesson to make creation easier

New stuff for everyone:

1. Bulk downloads of course files to a .zip folder
2. Global search functionality


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Moodle plugins: Course Files

Moodle plugins: Course Files | Moodle and Web Stuff | Scoop.it

This block provides information on the file usage on a given course.

The block_coursefiles plugin has three views:

The main block view will show an overview of the file storage used as well as the largest 5 files on a course

The block has a report page that will show a list of all the files on a course, ordered by size.

The block also has a global report page that will show a list of all courses and their total storage usage.

The global report is available in the Reports section of the Site Administration block.


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Results of the Gradebook Survey (part II) and the Gradebook Workshop

Results of the Gradebook Survey (part II) and the Gradebook Workshop | Moodle and Web Stuff | Scoop.it

Bob Puffer has posted his notes on the Gradebook Workshop which was held in Long Beach, CA, USA a few weeks ago to Moodle.org along with some handy resources to start making sense of what may come of the gradebook in Moodle. Generally, he mentioned, all attendees reached consensus on a number of items both minor and major which will be incorporated or worked towards in the next Moodle releases starting with 2.8 and 2.9 but focusing on a major revamp for 3.0.

One of the most major changes will be a UCLA modeled grader report with fixed columns and row headers which should greatly improve the usability of a large gradebook (similar to the LAE grader).

If you’re interested in the full notes that Mr. Puffer shared and all of the great links he provided check out his post at Moodle.org: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=263318

You’ll also find a link to the gradebook survey part 2 in that discussion. There’s some great information but one specific question response summary jumps out as highlighting the various things that users are hoping to have improved over time. It seems that there’s a lot of room for improvement in ANY gradebook area:


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Digital ‘Badges’ Emerge as Part of Credentialing’s Future | ICE : ICE Digest : 2013 Q2

Digital ‘Badges’ Emerge as Part of Credentialing’s Future | ICE : ICE Digest : 2013 Q2 | Moodle and Web Stuff | Scoop.it

Digital ‘Badges’ Emerge as Part of Credentialing’s Future
By Frank Catalano

 

For decades, the most common form of a professional or educational credential has been a paper certificate (or, for college graduates of a certain age, a “sheepskin” on parchment).

That is changing in a small, but significant, way. Due to a combination of foundation activity and technology standards, the digital “badge” is rapidly gaining traction as a new representation of a credential and has the potential to become an accepted marker of knowledge, skills or achievements — up to, and including, professional credentials.


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Online Badge Maker

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“ Online Badge Maker to create your own badges, buttons and logo's. Add text, shapes and background colors. Create a badge in heart shape without the need of photoshop templates!”
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Magical World Of Snails Captured In Macro Photography By Vyacheslav Mishchenko

Magical World Of Snails Captured In Macro Photography By Vyacheslav Mishchenko | Moodle and Web Stuff | Scoop.it
“Ukrainian photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko is passionate about the less obvious and more fragile parts of nature, where little creatures like insects, molluscs, reptiles and amphibians dwell.”
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Moodle Plugins Directory: Dataform view

Moodle Plugins Directory: Dataform view | Moodle and Web Stuff | Scoop.it
A block to display dataform content on the course page. As its name suggests, the dataform_view block allows the instructor to display in a block a selected dataform view. The flexibility of the dataform views allows for a variety of applications. For instance, with the dataform's Interval view type, the content of the dataform block can be made to change periodically, sequentially or randomly, for purposes such as 'Quote of the Day', 'Weekly news', 'Random pic' etc. With the dataform's Fancybox view, the dataform block may be used to populate to the course page complete photo galleries. Since the content of a view is constrained by user permissions, the dataform block may be used to display on the course page restricted information to user's eyes only.
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Webina: Course Quality and Moodle: Exploring Best Practices -- April 24 @ 2 PM EST

Webina: Course Quality and Moodle: Exploring Best Practices -- April 24 @ 2 PM EST | Moodle and Web Stuff | Scoop.it
Anyone can download the Moodle LMS and use it on their own. But how do you ensure the quality of content, courses, and instructional design? What about all of the components that make Moodle an effective teaching and learning tool, such as hosting, training and support? Join Moodlerooms and the Adler School of Professional Psychology for a discussion about implementing course quality standards campus-wide and utilizing best practices for maintaining a Moodle installation for the long term. Takeaways and Benefits: - Discover best practices for implementing course quality standards campus-wide - Learn about Quality Matters, the instructional design standards that help institutions across the US build and sustain engaging online courses. - Discover the benefits of utilizing the services of a Moodle Partner like Moodlerooms at a small to mid-sized higher education institution - Learn best practices for preparing, supporting and monitoring online instructors - Get the perspective of a faculty member utilizing Moodlerooms and Quality Matters standards to deliver online learning to psychology graduate students on a daily basis Speaking points: - Background of Adler School of Professional Psychology - History of online learning at the Adler School - Background on Quality Matters and how Adler adopted these standards - Benefits to implementing quality matters (campus-wide and faculty-member perspectives) - How did Moodlerooms assist in making Moodle easier for the Adler School? - How does the Adler school utilize Moodlerooms, Quality Matters, and other strategies to best support its faculty semester to semester? Long term plans?
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What are Moodle Filters? | Moodle Tuts

What are Moodle Filters? | Moodle Tuts | Moodle and Web Stuff | Scoop.it
Moodle filters are a way to automatically transform content before it is output. Filters are a way to automatically transform content before it is output. For example - render embedded equations to images (the TeX filter) - Links to media files can be automatically converted to an embedded applet for playing the media. - Mentions of glossary terms can be automatically converted to links. The possibilities are endless. There are a number of standard filters included with Moodle, or you can create your own. Filters are one of the easiest types of plugin to create. This page explains how
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