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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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.
If you’re selling enrollment to courses using Moodle or showcasing a demo of a new Moodle plugin or feature, giving potential customers a chance to review the materials/functionality before they commit to purchasing might help increase conversions and sales overall. Just like the reset feature on Demo.Moodle.Net which resets the courses to a base stat every hour, the Sandbox plugin for Moodle 2.x allows you to set a course up and systematically/automatically reset the course so that even the same users will get a fresh experience every X duration.
It was another busy year for Moodle, marking some key milestones and big numbers from the hard work of Moodle HQ, the community and many others around the globe. Thank you to everyone for your large and small contributions over the year. Enjoy this look back at the achievements of 2014 for Moodle.
Moodlerooms has released Flexpage for Moodle 2.7 this week. Flexpage is an innovative set of Moodle plugins which provides you the ability to create a course more like a webpage. Each topic could be it’s own page, each activity added anywhere on the page, a totally custom and more linear presentation-like navigation enforced as the course developer sees fit. While the format may not be responsive or as usable for mobile users it does provide a unique way to create and manage a course. Here is an example of a course laid out with the Flexpage format:
Learn how to use graded activities in Moodle such as assignments and quizzes and how to set up the gradebook.
A while back I wrote a post on the igrades plugin that I build for a client. The plugin showed all the students grades, regardless of whether that were enrolled in the course or not.
The block_login_userinfo plugin has two views: As long as the user is logged out, it displays a login form just as block_login does. As soon as the user is logged in, block_login dispears. In contrast to this, block_login_userinfo displays pleasant information about the logged in user like his/her username, his/her avatar. Additionally, it displays a logout button where the user expects it to be: exactly at the position where the login button was previously.
Furthermore, for teachers and admins, block_login_userinfo shows exactly the same information as the login info section which is normally found in the top right corner of your moodle page - especially information about role changes and about failed user logins.
Moodle Mobile continues to impress, most recently with the release of 1.11 and Calendar Integration with reminders as local notifications.In addition to the calendar integration fixes also addressed issues with forum display, error messages and content saved for offline viewing.
a basic brain dump of task and other things I do relating to support / setup/ administration / training / explaining / problem solving / etc with moodle. I will organize later
Remote-Learner, a Moodle Partner in the US, UK and Canada recently released a set of plugins to work with Microsoft Office 365 and Sharepoint. Read more at the Remote-Learner Blog. The integrations provide easy ways for students and teachers to authenticate, access files, sync calendars and much more.
Łukasz Sanokowski, developer of the MindMap Course block and Timestat block recently released an updated version of the MindMap course format for Moodle 2.7 and 2.8. This format can represent your Moodle course in a format that helps to illustrate the interconnectedness of your course resources and activities. See our past coverage here which was focused solely on the block version of the MindMap for Moodle.
Shows a teacher all of the assignments and manual quiz questions (essays and file responses) that have been submitted, but not graded. The block is configured to work with groups that is, teachers will only see the assignments submitted by students if they are both members of the same group. You'll have to let me know if it works with courses that don't use groups at all. You can install the block on the Front Page and it will show ungraded assignments for ALL courses, and if you put the block on a course page it will only show the ungraded assignments for that course.
Bootstrap themes have been available for Moodle for a while now, and a small issue was there that I had not seen before – until a lecturer wondered why they could not see grades in the gradebook that should have been there.
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Moodle will continue to be an open source learning platform and to try and take open source to new heights.
Unlike many .com companies in the edtech sector who may be driven to produce profit for investors, our main drive is to provide free tools for educators to use as they wish. Even though we do have a range of commercial services via our Moodle Partners (see moodle.com) all of these are designed to help pay developers to produce our free software.
Juan Leyva has released a new plugin for Moodle which provides Availability Conditions dependent on whether users are using the Moodle Mobile App to access courses. According to the description,
This block carries out a number of automated checks on a course, that are all user configurable. The checks were designed to encourage a minimum standard of course quality and highlight possible opportunities for improvement.
The block also has the option to allow users to "clear down" a course, simply removing any sections that don't have content. It won't delete any sections that have content and/or a summary.
The checks that can be carried out by this block are:
* Checks that the course has a summary, and course image set
* Checks that the course is visible to students
* Checks that guest access has been disabled on the course, to help prevent issues where enrolled students don't have permissions to do things
* Check that section headings have been renamed from their defaults.
* Check that all sections have a summary
* Check that there are no empty sections, and that they all have content
* Checks there are no assignment deadlines prior to the course start date (useful in rollover process)
* Allows site administrators to recommend blocks that should be installed on each course
Future Plans (early 2015)
* Check for old assignment dates after course rollover
* Add tool to quickly update assignment deadlines
* Make sections in block collapsable
The local_staticpage plugin is designed to fetch a static HTML document from disk, enrich it with Moodle navigation and theme and deliver it as a standard Moodle page which exists outside any course.
Static pages will be available on catchy URLs like http://www.yourmoodle.com/static/faq.html and can be linked from Moodle HTML blocks, from your Moodle theme footer and so on. Using the local_staticpages plugin, you can create information pages within moodle, but without misusing a whole course just for showing a textbox.
The Moodle Mobile team having been working tirelessly to bring to the users the latest in efficiency and usability from the mobile application. Aiming to provide a coherent and intuitive experience, the app has seen 3 major new features in the past releases.
LONDON — Jan. 19, 2015 — Microsoft Open Technologies Inc. (MS Open Tech), a subsidiary of Microsoft Corp., together with leading Moodle partner Remote-Learner.net Inc., on Monday announced integration between Moodle and Microsoft Office 365, bringing a more productive experience to teachers and students by harmonizing login credentials, calendar management and course content creation, in addition to other workflow improvements for education institutions and other Moodle users.
Audio recorder (Flash 10.1+) submission method. Records locally and uploads via HTTP POST, so there's no need for a streaming server!
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.
Using the oEmbed protocol http://oembed.com/ hyperlinks pointing to supported sites will be substituted with an embedded version.
N.B. You may need to disable YouTube and Vimeo in the Admin->Site Administration->Appearance->Media Embedding
This helps send students to videos on external sites but without leaving Moodle and being distracted by other content.
Currently supported sites
* YouTube *
* Vimeo *
* Ted *
* Poll Everywhere
* Microsoft MixSites with * also support optional "Lazy" loading. For these sites a thumbnail still of the video is shown that is swapped for the actual video when clicked upon. This speeds up page load times and reduces bandwidth.