One of the benefits of Moodle in the workplace is that it is so much more than a traditional LMS. Moodle was created as a collaborative learning system, long before the term ‘social learning’ became popular. We know that most learning in the workplace is done informally, so we have focused our infographic on how Moodle can be used to support the 70:20:10 learning framework, whereby 70% of learning is through experience, 20% through other people and 10% through formal, structured learning.
Moodle for School, the latest initiative from our MoodleCloud team, has been designed especially for (you guessed it) schools.
Every detail of the Moodle for School package has been carefully considered with primary and secondary schools in mind, which is why the complete course management system includes a friendly new configurable theme and a range of additional fun features and creative teaching tools that educators of all kinds have told us really work.
We understand that teachers aren’t always tech experts, so with Moodle for Schools there is no lengthy installation or set-up process. The package is hosted by us in the cloud (we look after it for you) and we’ll also take care of upgrades – so you will always have the latest Moodle features.
The Moodle for School package comes in three sizes. Choose between the tiny, small or medium plans for an option that best suits your school’s size and number of students.
Whether your school is making the transition from classroom to blended learning, or simply needs to streamline its online teaching and learning experience, Moodle for School is the easy, hassle-free solution.
Moodle is open source and users use it in many different ways in places all over the world, without any central control. As such, there is no clear picture of which plugins, both those distributed with the standard Moodle distribution and those distributed separately via the Moodle Plugins Directory, are actually used.
This survey is part of our research to help discover what plugins Moodle users use, in order to focus development efforts and to determine how Moodle is used in different educational sectors. Results from this survey will also complement download and update information from the Plugins Directory
Martin Dougiamas is best known as the founder of Moodle, and leading the team of software developers at the heart of the Moodle project. His major goal for the future is to improve the quality of education by encouraging social constructionist and collaborative practices within online learning communities.
The Harvard Business Review named elearning badges as one of the most innovative trends to watch in 2013, and two years later, lms badge functionalities have only gotten better. A digital Moodle badge is essentially an online recognition of your achievements and skills. If a user has a number of certifications, for example, they can receive and display lms badges online to recognize their achievement or competency. Moodle badges can be given out based on a number of different achievements or criteria. With the ability to track a recipient’s communities of online interaction, a Moodle badge will show the work completed, and the outcomes learned to achieve said badge.
Moodle Badges are a great motivation and engagement tool to award students for their progress and hard work. It is a simple, yet effective way of accrediting learning. Moodle Badges motivate students who have received them to work hard to gain more, and they motivate other students to work hard to gain their own badges. Badges can be managed at either the course or site level.
Badges come in two varieties. First, there are site badges. These can be used across Moodle, and are offered for activities that are site-wide, such as completing a set of courses. Second there are course badges, which are awarded for activities within a specific course.
Students can view each other’s badges by going to the “Participants” tab on the Navigation bar, and clicking on the user’s course profile. Teachers can both add, and manage badges in their courses, as long as the administrator has enabled course badges in Administration>Site administration>Badges settings. Teachers can also add their own badges, with a title, issuer (i.e. teacher) detail, badge expiry date, and criteria for receiving the badge.
If you are managing your own Moodle badges, you can do so by going to Navigation>My profile>My badges. You can also view all available course badges at Navigation>Current course>Badges. You can see what badges other students in the course has, by going to Navigation>Participants, and clicking on the user’s profile.
Pull to refresh, slide out for the menu, fresh new messaging design; the new official Moodle Mobile apps for iOS, Android, and Windows are a pretty slick addition to your ability to provide a usable Moodle for all users no matter what device.
2.0 has been under development for a time and has now been released. This new version works with Moodle 2.4 and up and features all sorts of goodies. New in this most recent release:
Pull to refresh: just like with any modern app (Facebook, Twitter, Chrome, etc) you can refresh the page you’re on just by swiping down with a finger.
In a surprising announcement this morning at the Australia Moot, founder Martin Dougiamas announced the launch of MoodleCloud, free Moodle classroom hosting for educators worldwide.
The service will provide educators around the globe the ability to sign up, create courses, and host their classes online for free all on a current Moodle version without needing their local IT staff or administrators to setup a site or fees for hosting.
The official free course hosting launch is a welcome service for Moodlers who for years have used a slew of “freemium” Moodle hosting sites which have suddenly pivoted, languished versions, or slowly become defunct due to latency or lack of a sustainable business model (see a list here).
While the site is not designed for running a MOOC or larger course (users are limited at 50) it does come with free access to BigBlueButton web conferencing for up to 6 users at a time, potentially a great resource for online tutoring sessions and live instruction.
The service will be supported through “minimal advertising”.
This question type by Marcus Green (who showcased the easy to use DDMarker type last week) has also released the Gapfill Question Type for Moodle which Mr. Green says “can be explained in just this 7 word sentence: ‘Put square braces around the missing words'”.
The question type allows you to create sentences as questions which are missing several of their words (however the words aren’t just missing, they’ve been enclosed with square brackets during the question creation and those words are now part of a jumble to be dragged and dropped back into place. The question type is similar to Moodle Cloze but admittedly much simpler to use.
Marcus has created a quick walk through of the benefits of the Gapfill qtype for last year’s IE/UK Moodle Moot through a presentation which is available here: http://goo.gl/SaKPln
Jenny Gray recently posted a deck to Slideshare that I found facinating, inspiring and energizing. Jenny is the Head of Centre of Excellence (Technical), IT Architecture at Open University and her deck captures the past decade th
When it comes to creating a course in Moodle, we often focus on the outcomes we need to cover and the assessments we want students to complete. And while these two aspects are important, there is another missing factor: the design of the course.
The Financial Times famously commented on the design of big online courses
Another new feature introduced in Moodle 2.9 is the “Dashboard,” which replaces the old “My home.” The dashboard is a convenient and customizable landing page where users can quickly see information about their courses, activities and assignments.
Instructors who want to take advantage of an innovative way of updating, tracking, importing and reporting their grades should make sure that they are looking at moodle grade book. Moodle grade book is an idea software system for teachers who need a one-stop shop for keeping up with their students academic activities in their classroom. It helps with cutting down on all of the hustle and bustle of manual recording processes since it provides the teacher will an automated option that makes her or his work much more efficient and accurate as well. For those who are interested in this automated classroom grading system, here are some of the top features that instructors can look forward to.
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