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Moodle Changes its Approach to Mobile « Technology, Innovation ...

Moodle Changes its Approach to Mobile « Technology, Innovation ... | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Moodle HQ has decided to move away from native mobile Moodle app development and will switch to developing with HTML 5 and the open source mobile development framework Phonegap. This will allow developers to ...
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Why is Moodle the Best LMS? - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Why is Moodle the Best LMS? - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Moodle (acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is an open source Learning Management System (LMS ) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE ). It is rising in popularity among the educators around the world, as a tool for creating dynamic websites for students. It is open source, since it is customizable, has no contracts or user costs to pay and is widely available for free use. It can be efficiently integrated with your management system and allows you to support personalized learning, which is effective even outside the classroom and encourages the involvement of the broader community of the institution.


Moodle has constantly maintained its top spot among the LMS tools and has been ranked 11th overall among the top 100 tools for learning in 2013 . Many factors have contributed to Moodle being highly successful. On top of being a great LMS, it is also free to use. Teachers can teach their own online courses using this and find it stable and easy to use and being customizable, it fits to its user’s needs with ease.

 

 Moodle has several advantages over other LMSs, here’s the list of a few:


- It is an open source learning platform, which is utilized by millions of people worldwide. This open source nature allows anybody to tinker with its code or add new things. Users can share changes with the Moodle community for others to use for free. All this leads to the extension and reformation of the software.

- It makes use of simple technologies, as a result of which its developers are easy to find.

- It is built on some of the most reliable technologies, such as PHP, MySQL, Apache.

- It has a fully cooperative development model which offers constant scope for improvement by allowing many high quality contributions to acquire new modules, features and enhancements.

- It makes use of the more advanced programming approach, the object-oriented programming which makes its functionality all the more efficient and allows users to proceed at their own pace, as well as customize it according to their needs.

- It focuses on making the learning and teaching experience constructivist. This process encourages the involvement of learners in the learning process, rather than letting them receive knowledge passively. The learning environment becomes more democratic with interactive and student-centered activities.

- It is convenient for educational institutions and organizations for learning and course management.

- It can be quickly deployed in your organization, without the requirement of any extra efforts.

- It is highly cost-effective, since it has a low risk startup and a low initial investment.

- It provides you with fast and reliable updates of information.

- It provides you with regular support, all the time you use it. Its support feature is active twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and addresses to its developers, members and users.

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Free course on Moodle.net: Web Design Fundamentals

Free course on Moodle.net: Web Design Fundamentals | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Free courses are published all the time to Moodle.net (formerly the MOOCH), one of the most recent to be enrollable is a 6 lesson Web Design Fundamentals course by AntilleanCollege.com. The course features videos (from Youtube), quizzes and assignments. The structure utilizes conditional release with required assignments to be submitted before moving on.

 

 

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Moodle Plugins Directory: Level up!

Moodle Plugins Directory: Level up! | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Engage your students! Gamify your students' learning experience by allowing them to level up in their courses.

 

Features
- Automatically captures and attributes experience points to students' actions
- Block that displays current level and progress towards next level
- Report for teachers to get an overview of their students' levels
- Experience points are earned per course
- An event is fired when a student levels up (for developers)

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Only for Moodle 2.7.

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Use webcam to take Moodle profile picture via PoodLL - YouTube

Take a snapshot using a webcam via the PoodLL repository and set it as your Moodle profile picture.

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20 tips for mobile learning in Moodle – Moodlemoot 2014

Epic's Head of Learning Platforms Mark Aberdour presented a Pecha Kucha presentation at Moodlemoot 2014 in Edinburgh. This quickfire session presents 20 tips for making the most of Moodle in mobile learning, including the use of audio, creating mobile learning logs and using QR codes.

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Conditional activities poster

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Welcome to South Devon College's Community Moodle known as ComMoodle!
This is a version of Moodle that can be accessed by members of the public and educational community without requiring a college login.
This site is used for sharing good practice, community activities and to provide resources linked to events.
Please note: This is not the main Moodle for staff and students (click here instead if you want the main Moodle).
To fully engage with the content on this site it is recommended that you create yourself a login here.  Some pages allow guest access whilst others allow you to view as a guest but need a login to join in with activities.
Any content shared by individuals is not the responsibility of the college. However, please do report any inappropriate use here.

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Laurent Picard's curator insight, April 17, 6:05 AM

Une pratique à généraliser pour "personnaliser" un tant soit peu les parcours de formation.

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Moodle Plugins Directory: Newman Projections

Moodle Plugins Directory: Newman Projections | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Drag and drop question that tests students knowledge of drawing and interpreting Newman Projections.  Ask question such as;

- Draw (S)-butan-2-ol looking up its C2-C3 bond?- Draw the most stable conformation of 2-methylbutane?

 

EasyONewman supports staggered and eclipsed conformations as well as options for setting the conformations and perspective.  

 

Features

- Interactive - students drag and drop to construct Newman projections.

- Staggered and eclipsed conformations.

- Settings for conformation and perspective.

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What are Moodle Filters? | Moodle Tuts

What are Moodle Filters? | Moodle Tuts | Moodle Best LMS | 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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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 Best LMS | 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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Standard based Moodle themes are now available in the Addon Repository

Standard based Moodle themes are now available in the Addon Repository | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Each of the familiar themes which used to ship with Moodle releases are now part of the plugin database in advance of them not being available by default to your fresh Moodle install. The themes that have been moved to a repository home rather than installing with any new Moodle include Binarius, Sky High, Nonzero, Nimble, Magazine, Fusion and others (many of which were part of Moodle since the 2.0 release).

 

The removal of these themes makes way for the inclusion of only two themes with new Moodle installs, Clean and More which are both Bootstrap-based responsive themes. Don’t worry though, themes are easy to add from the Moodle.org site through the plugin administration on your own Moodle install.

 

Browse the list  of themes at https://moodle.org/plugins/browse.php?list=category&id=3

 

 

 

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Moodle Plugins Directory: Online Audio Recording

Moodle Plugins Directory: Online Audio Recording | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Finally putting an end to the need for a streaming server (or a Java applet) to allow students to record audio clips for Moodle assignments, the Online Audio Recording assignment uses Flash (10.1+) to record audio from a microphone, convert it to MP3 format and upload it to Moodle via HTTP POST.

 

Installation note: since this is an assignment type (not a standalone plugin),it needs to be placed in /mod/assignment/type/ - not straight in the /mod/ directory.

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Moodle Plugins Directory: Dataform

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The dataform module is a major enhancement of the standard Database activity module and is meant to offer all the functionality offered by the Database module and much more in a more flexible way.

The module allows the course manager to design and construct an entry form from various input elements (text and rich text fields, urls, files, pictures, etc.) in a flexible layout. Users can then add information records to a collection, which can be viewed in various ways and searched for particular items.

The dataform features include (among other things):

- A multiple views system - allows the instructor to design several different views of the entries in a datform activity. Each view can show a designated subset of the entries in a designated layout.
- Enhanced template tags - A new template tags system allows for exposing many more bits of information and makes it easy to add designated patterns in new field and view types.
- Enhanced entry actions - Bulk edit, duplicate, delete, approve etc. Inline editing. Form editing options such as required fields (via Moodle forms).
- New packaging system - based on Moodle backup/restore and allows for packaing a dataform instance and restoring into an existing instance.
- Enhanced filtering system - allows the instructor to define different filters each of which can determine sort (including nested sort) and search options (various search criteria). Filters can be fixed to particular views or applied on the file from the activity main page (if included in the view template).

New view/field types include (among others):

- Tabular view - a view type which allows for displaying the entries in a table. The design of the entries table has been simplified to drawing the desired table with optional header row and an entry row in the moodle editor.
- Nanogong field - a field type for adding audio content to an entry via the nanogong applet.
- Calculated field - a field type which can display a result of a simple calculation on one or two number fields in the entry.

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Moodle Plugins Directory: Drag and Drop Organic Chemistry Nomenclature

Moodle Plugins Directory: Drag and Drop Organic Chemistry Nomenclature | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Students construct the names of organic molecules by dragging and dropping.

 

Learning organic chemistry nomenclature is not extremely difficult and most students acquire the basics quickly.  Unfortunately a good percentage of students mangle the format, punctuation and/or spelling, losing valuable points on exams and quizzes.  With this in mind a new question type was designed to reinforce IUPAC nomenclature with an emphasis on formatting and punctuation.  Students must construct names by dragging and dropping parent chains, prefixes, suffixes and punctuation symbols to form the correct name.

 

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Confronting the Myth of the 'Digital Native'

Confronting the Myth of the 'Digital Native' | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Professors at Northwestern University are training students to build online identities that can advance their academic and professional careers.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, April 22, 12:02 PM

"Because a 2-year-old can swipe their finger on an iPad, suddenly every young person, every child, is just universally knowledgeable about digital media," she says. "But there is so much more to using digital media than turning it on or starting an app."

Inma Contreras's curator insight, April 22, 5:25 PM

Siempre he dicho que lo de los nativos digitales era un cuento chino,ahora,documentado.

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Moodle Plugins Directory: Wikipedia

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The Wikipedia block is a Moodle block to search in Wikipedia.

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Making Moodle Multi-device Friendly with Bootstrap

Making Moodle Multi-device Friendly with Bootstrap | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

This presentations show the history of Bootstrap, some example themes and samples of plugins for Moodle created with the Bootstrap framework.

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Legacy Files Go Poof | How to remove pld legacy files in Moodle 2.x

... Thats when I hit a wall … legacy files.  These are files that remain from the old 1.9 Moodle days. Moodle is not aware of which legacy files are needed where. So just includes the whole lot in the backup file. The result was that my little course turned out to have a  2GB backup file. Since Moodle 2.4 or so there is no way to eliminate legacy files from the back up, even turning them off in the course settings doesn’t help.

 

Fixing the Backup File

It turns out to be a fairly simple change to one  file to force Moodle to leave out legacy files. To do that edit the /backup/moodle2/backup_stepslib.php file.

i) Around line 435, is  list of backup steps. Remove “legacyfiles” from that list of steps

The unaltered list, looks like this:

$course = new backup_nested_element(‘course’, array(‘id’, ‘contextid’), array(
‘shortname’, ‘fullname’, ‘idnumber’,
‘summary’, ‘summaryformat’, ‘format’, ‘showgrades’,
‘newsitems’, ‘startdate’,
‘marker’, ‘maxbytes’, ‘legacyfiles’, ‘showreports’,
‘visible’, ‘groupmode’, ‘groupmodeforce’,
‘defaultgroupingid’, ‘lang’, ‘theme’,
‘timecreated’, ‘timemodified’,
‘requested’,
‘enablecompletion’, ‘completionstartonenrol’, ‘completionnotify’));

ii) And around line 515, comment out this line:

$course->annotate_files(‘course’, ‘legacy’, null);

 

A New Problem

 

But then I had another problem. The legacy files are actually still used in my course. If I removed them I would cripple the course. Replacing each legacy file is an arduous task, involving opening up each activity selecting the file in the html editor, deleting it and then adding it via the repository system. Gaaargh. “Is there no easier way?” I thought. But I found no easier way. Sooo ,  I wrote a TinyMCE  (html editor) plugin to at least do part of the process.  You select all, or part of, the contents of the html editor and click the “poof” icon. Poof fetches any legacy files it find in there and copies them over into the Moodle file system, then it updates the links in the html area.

 

You can get it from here: https://github.com/justinhunt/moodle-tinymce_poof

 

And here is a screencast showing it in action. http://www.screenr.com/Ho8N

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Moodle Theming : Adding your CSS to Existing Theme - YouTube

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Moodle Plugins Directory: Sharp

Moodle Plugins Directory: Sharp | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Sharp is a two-column, fluid-width theme coded for Moodle 2.x. It makes use of custom menus that appear above the site title on every page, giving it a user friendly structure. It comes in a variety of colors and is designed to provide a lower contrast interface for reading while maintaining clear visibility.  It also includes a basic settings page allowing you to change your custom logo, link color, add a tagline above the site name on the front page, and add text to the footer.

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Moodle Plugins Directory: Fischer Projections

Moodle Plugins Directory: Fischer Projections | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Drag and drop question type that assesses students knowledge of constructing and interpreting Fischer Projections.  Ask question such as;

 

 Features

- Interactive - students drag and drop to construct Fischer projections.

- Choose between 1 to 4 stereocenters.

- Option to allow rotation.

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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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Michelle Moore's pecha kucha presentation from this year's Moodle Moot at Edinburgh

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Lovely powerful idea from an amazing elearner.

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Totara releases Seedlings to the community, cutting edge features though not "suitable for production"

Totara releases Seedlings to the community, cutting edge features though not "suitable for production" | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Totara LMS has announced that it will be releasing a full featured version of it’s Moodle distribution which includes all Totara features in addition to those that are merely experimental. “Seedlings”, as the unsupported version is called, will be released in it’s 2.6 version and includes all of the features expected in Totara plus others that are still being developed. The release is not intended to be used on production sites, rather is provided to help businesses and developers learn the feature set, experiment and grow familiar with the code base.

 

The first release, Totara Seedlings 2.6 will be released at the end of April, every 6 months after a new release will follow.

 

For the full press release visit http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11760512.htm,

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Moodle Plugins Directory: Dataform view

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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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This plugin is part of set Dataform. - https://moodle.org/plugins/browse.php?list=set&id=4

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Moodle Add-on Analysis Canvas

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As part of the session today at the Moodlemoot Edinburgh on Moodle Add-ons, we have released an Analysis Canvas to help you assess plugins for use in your Moodle. It based on the work of Michael de Raadt and Gavin Henrick in the book Moodle Add-ons

 

The Moodle Add-on Canvas is based on the Business Model Canvas BusinessModelGeneration.com and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 Un-ported License

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http://www.somerandomthoughts.com/blog/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=13

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Moodle in English: Help needed with Moodle 2.7 Quality Assurance testing

Moodle in English: Help needed with Moodle 2.7 Quality Assurance testing | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

With Moodle 2.7 due for release next month, we're once again running a Quality Assurance (QA) testing cycle, starting today: Moodle 2.7 QA. The list of over 400 tests has been expanded to include tests covering new features in Moodle 2.7.

If you'd like to have a play with Moodle 2.7 on our QA testing site and at the same time help with QA testing, please read the QA testing guide and contact me if you'd like to be added to the testers group in the Moodle Tracker. New testers are always welcome.

 

We're aiming for a 100% pass rate of QA tests within the next few weeks, so all help is much appreciated!

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Moodle’s top four killer features which support and evidence quality teaching and learning

Moodle’s top four killer features which support and evidence quality teaching and learning | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

As an online system, Moodle LMS provides tools to track and monitor effective online education and training which is not possible in traditional learning and assessment settings.  This information can then be used to improve learning outcomes.

 

The information can also be used to provide the evidence needed by regulatory bodies, such as ASQA, TEQSA, professional accreditation/registration agencies, to demonstrate that your organisation is delivering quality teaching and learning programs which meet learners’ needs.

 

Here are Moodle LMS’s top four killer features which support and evidence quality teaching and learning:

1. It provides tools to create educationally sound and engaging learning experiences

2. It provides useful learning analytics and ways to motivate learners

3. It provides an effective way of storing and retrieving past learners’ work, feedback and results

4. It provides an easy way to gather feedback from learners for continuous improvement

 

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