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.
There are 300+ tracker items that are part of the upcoming 2.9 release. I’ve looked through them all and pulled some of those that I found to be the most interesting. Based on that this is going to be a great release, but without the major changes that were ushered in with previous releases. A lot of the changes will be more minor (but in aggregate should go far in creating a much more usable Moodle site for you and your users).
Learning analytics and elearning reporting offer insights into the progress of learners and ensure that objectives are being met. Viewing trends of participation, submissions and other data can assist educators improve the elearning experience, vastly helping retention rates and student successes. Here we explore 7 ways to view trends, analytics and data in your Moodle site.
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
The Moodle addon database got a new addition recently, that of a category for projects which are “incubating”. According to the category description,
Moodle plugins listed in this category do not yet meet all the different standards and criteria to be listed in the matching plugins category. They may be eventually re-evaluated and propagated once the detected issues are fixed.
Important Plugins here may requires special attention during the installation, and sometimes even needs hacks to core.
Plugins in this category are excluded from automatic updates. The code here is more likely to break when you upgrade Moodle and we generally do not recommend installing it unless you have Moodle developers on hand to help maintain it.
Think of it as the testing grounds for new Moodle plugins that might do something awesome but also might need additional help in maintaining on your site if you were using it in production. Recently I showcased the Bookmarks (within book chapter) plugin which is available in this category. Three additional plugins now also reside in the category: My Feedback, Exam, and SNA SUNYU.
Each is available to either use at your own risk or to play around with on a non-production site. If you’re a developer you can also offer to help get these plugins out of incubation and into the standard plugin repository where they’ll benefit from automatic updates and install like the rest of the addons.
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