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Using Moodle: Happy 10th Birthday Moodle!

Using Moodle: Happy 10th Birthday Moodle! | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

It was on this day 10 years ago that Moodle 1.0 was initially released to the community. Starting off with just a couple of passionate, education focused coders and a thesis. Who would have known back then exactly what Moodle would mature into over the next 10 years.

 

Today we see Moodle sitting stable on version 2.3. Moodle has 66,337 registered sites online in 215 countries using 86 languages with 1,271,769 teachers creating over 6,303,949 courses. Organisations ranging from pre-schools through Primary/Junior and High/Senior schools. Special interest groups,Technical Colleges, Universities, Corporates and government now all use the system one form or another.

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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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Moodle plugins: SmartKlass

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SmartKlass™ is a dashboard that should be included as a part of the Moodle virtual learning platform to empower teachers to manage the learning journey of their students. We use xAPI 1.0 especification (aka Tin Can API) to collect user interaction with the platform. Our technology analyzes the statements collected using machine learning algorithms and builds dashboards analysis with consolidated user information.
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Moodle plugins: Course feedback

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This Block intends to give the system administrators a tool for forced evaluation of a course (or other facts). System administrators can define a set of textual questions, which can be rated from students.

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Plugin: Full Screen for Atto

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Atto’s slowly been gaining functionality through plugins released at Moodle.org. The newest plugin provides a familiar fullscreen option to help with editing a lot of html to give you self a larger canvas when editing a page that might be displayed full width of user screens as well. The plugin is maintained by Daniel Thies.

This brings the total approved Atto plugins to 15 and counting.

Download it for Moodle 2.7 or 2.8: https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=atto_fullscreen
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Free Book: How to Use Moodle 2.7

Free Book: How to Use Moodle 2.7 | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
This digital text created by Jaswinder Singh based on Jason Cole & Helen Foster’s Using Moodle 2nd Edition is available for free to Moodlers who are using 2.7. The text is 350+ pages and focuses on all aspects of Moodle’s standard modules and functionality, detailed information on all settings available to users (including administrators) and screenshots of various Moodle configuration screens.

 

If you’re looking for a (digital) desktop companion or a guide to provide new users a quick reference this updated Moodle text might be just what you are looking for. The language is clear and concise and easy to work through. Each chapter is well organized and easy to follow.

 

The text is downloadable from https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=0B05o8d_2libJbWZIcEFScVpaU2s. More Moodle-focused books are available from https://moodle.org/mod/data/view.php?d=55

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Learn Moodle MOOC #2 kicks off January 11th, 2015

Learn Moodle MOOC #2 kicks off January 11th, 2015 | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Mary Cooch and Helen Foster of the HQ staff are reprising their roles as leaders of the #LearnMoodle MOOC which was a huge success last September. The course, Teaching with Moodle, is set to begin January 11th and will run for 4 weeks ending February 8th.

Each week participants will be led through Moodle-focused activities and resources focused on

1. Getting started
2. Getting involved
3. Making the Grade
4. Taking it further

The MOOC is free to register and participate. Last year over 9000 Moodlers registered for the MOOC which was run on Moodle 2.5. The upcoming LearnMoodle MOOC will be run on Moodle 2.8.

Interested for round 2? Find more information at http://learn.moodle.net/

For more Moodle events visit Moodlenews.com/events

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Grade Boundaries and Differentiated Feedback for Students

Grade Boundaries and Differentiated Feedback for Students | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Moodle’s quiz engine has a host of excellent tools that are extremely flexible and can be used in all sorts of different ways to provide students a different experience. This week I’ve been playing with Unlimited attempts for quizzes and the best way to encourage/discourage student behavior to promote better scores by students.

For example I wanted to provide students a way to retake a quiz with large test banks which were delivered at random at their convenience, but I wanted to be sure that the students were getting meaningful feedback and also being given an opportunity to put that feedback to use. Three settings in the quiz can help accomplish this easy:
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Moodle 2.8 Release Highlight: Usability

Overview of Moodle 2.8 improvement for usability including new user menu for quick access, 'like' button rating and email attachments.

 

 

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New Feature in the Plugins Database: Playing Favorites

New Feature in the Plugins Database: Playing Favorites | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

The Plugin Database at Moodle.org has been improved through new policies like “adopt a plugin” and peer review which has cleared the backlog and helped to streamline the process of plugins being released at Moodle.org for download (or direct download and installation on your site). David Mudrák has also announced improvements of functionality to the database recently with two new small features for each plugin:

1. a counter of all downloads
2. a button to “add to my favourites”

At a glance both provide info on the plugin in the shape of the number of times the plugin has been downloaded to date and how many people have adding the plugin to their favourites list (a quick measure in popularity). This info could be used in the future to help improve the experience at Moodle.org as well,

In the future, the full list of users can be displayed, too. Together with the information on what other plugins those fans like. It could even evolve into automatically generated suggestions based on the following idea: “If Alice and Bob both like and use plugins X, Y and Z, and Alice also likes and uses the plugin W, then Bob might be interested in the plugin W too.”

Good stuff. Read the full note here: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=276197. See below for a picture of the Essential Theme’s page and the download/favourite stats shown as grey buttons.

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Moodle plugins: HTML (per role)

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This simple block allows to display distinct information for each role involved within a course workplace.

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Top 10 Moodle Plugins in 2014

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Last week we released an article that provides a detailed list of the best Moodle Plugins we curated over the past 12 years. The list is extensive so if you are wanting to know the most popular plugins by number of downloads then continue reading as we provide a brief summary for the top 10 Moodle Plugins of 2014!
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MoodleMoot US 2015 seeking your input

MoodleMoot US 2015 seeking your input | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Moodle HQ is bringing an official Moot to the US in 2015 and they are asking for your input to drive how the Moot is organized. There’s a quick survey you can complete to voice your opinion on the next US Moot.

Should it be geared to k-12, college or other organizations? Skewed to international speakers or US-based practitioners? Open sessions or curated and vetted presentations?

What is your favorite type of Moot?

Check it out and even pre-register for the Moot here: http://mootus15.moodlemoot.org/ Updated: be sure to submit your preference by December 5th.
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Our strategy for archiving student data in moodle courses

This is important as it comes up from time to time in the form of a request from my customer like this "so and so from school district x had a student take a course a while back, can we see the grades?".

In our system, we like to *reset courses at least once a year. Students who took courses in 13-14 should be moved out of the system for 14-15. Often, we have new course content anyway, so we are deploying new courses.

What to do with the student progress or record in the moodle course? - That is the question.

How to archive student grades from a course - That is the same question.
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Ten Most Popular Courses of 2014 - MOOC Report

Ten Most Popular Courses of 2014 - MOOC Report | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

We compile this list based on how many Class Central users have added a particular course to MOOC Tracker – our watchlist feature (courses have been added more than 140,000 times to MOOC Tracker).


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Moodle plugins: UI Custom CSS

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The uicustomcss module is designed to allow instructors of a course to create custom css that will only be applied to their course and, if they choose, other pages inside their course.

 

The settings allow you to enter custom CSS our link to an outside URL.

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6 Recommended Teaching Practices to Try in Moodle

At Moodle, we strive to provide the best tools for educators across the globe. In this article some recommended teaching practices that can be achieved in e-learning environments. The Mount Orange Moodle demo site allows you to experience these concepts with pre-populated course content, which you can view as a teacher or as a student. Simply log in here.
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Moodle Media - Best Practices

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Moodle media has gained its popularity as this LMS has become more widely used. This is simply because of the advantages it has especially in the current technology which most of the people have come to cope with.
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Displaying “Number Of Attempts” Report on Moodle Home Page

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In this blog, we will look at another important report – Number of attempts.

This report helps the training manager to track the number of attempts made by a learner to complete a particular course. This goes a long way in helping a manager track the status and performance of an individual.

Let us now see how to get easy access to this report by adding it on the home page under Configurable reports. This allows training managers to access important and frequently-used reports by displaying them on the home page. You have to create this report to all courses. After creating the report, we have to perform some steps to display it on home page.
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Moodle plugins: Group self-selection

Moodle plugins: Group self-selection | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Lets students create and select groups. Features:

 

* Students can create groups, give them a description and set them password protected, if wanted

* Students can select and join groups

* Non-editing teachers may be assigned to groups

* Teacher can export course group list as a csv-file

* Full compatibility with basic Moodle groups: groups may be created by other means if needed, supports group assignment submissions etc.

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2014 Moodle-Mahara Meetup is in Adelaide

2014 Moodle-Mahara Meetup is in Adelaide | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
If you’re looking for a Moodle- and Mahara-focused event in Australia this coming April 16th, the 2015 Moodle-Mahara Meetup may be your ticket. The event in 2015 is held in Adelaide at the University of South Australia‘s City West Campus. The event features fast presentations (20 minutes) in the morning with a few longer form (45 minute) presentations in the afternoon and plenty of time for networking with your peers. Keynote speakers have not yet been announced.

The call for proposals is now open, those interested in presenting at the event can submit a proposal here: http://moodlemaharameetup.org/call-for-proposal/ (you have until February 2nd to submit).
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Save Time When Building Your Moodle Courses

Save Time When Building Your Moodle Courses | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
If you build courses in Moodle, then this post is for you. Today, I’m going to provide you with some time saving techniques to use when building your Moodle courses.
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Some good pointers here especially in relation to 'My Private Files' use.

Greg Correll's curator insight, December 11, 8:30 AM

Moodle and Joomla = best friends

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Moodle plugins: MCQ breakdown

Moodle plugins: MCQ breakdown | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Provides tables showing, for a quiz containing MCQs:

 

* Summary statistics for quiz results

* Answers given by each student to each MCQ

* Total number of students choosing each option in each MCQ

* Students yet to complete the quiz

 

This allows a teacher to quickly see which students are struggling, which questions are causing problems, and which distractors are never being selected.

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Customizing Moodle Front Page Settings

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Customizing Moodle front page settings is not as difficult as you may think. Some people believe that there are complicated steps that they need to do so as to complete this process. However, as you will realize, you only have to follow the steps that have already been put in place by the system. To start with, you will notice that when you log in, the basic appearance on the front changes. This is the reason why you should customize the entire appearance as well as the content so as to suit the needs of your business. The most important thing t focus on is the identity of the business.
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Join us in 2015 for a Learn Moodle MOOC

Join us in 2015 for a Learn Moodle MOOC | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

I'm pleased to announce that Moodle HQ is once again running a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Learn.Moodle.net.

 

Teaching with Moodle: An introduction is for anybody who wants to use the Moodle learning platform for teaching, whether it be in a school, a university, a company or just personal interest.

 

The course runs for four weeks, starting 11th January 2015. Please sign up now and spread the word of our Learn Moodle MOOC to everyone you think may be interested.

 

As before, if you would like to help out in the MOOC, please sign up too. Any help you can give to new Moodlers will be appreciated.

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Moodle plugins: BCU

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This bootstrap based theme is in use on a large site and has been thoroughly tested using pretty well every possible permutation of a Moodle course including several third party course formats. It is customisable through admin settings and should serve you well!

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Moodle in English: Marking favourite plugins in the plugins directory

Moodle in English: Marking favourite plugins in the plugins directory | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Feedback from the users community is very important for open-source developers. And positive feedback is a great motivation for further work. In the Moodle plugins directory, we want to provide multiple channels how users can "pay back" to maintainers for their work.

 

Today, a new simple feature was added to the Plugins directory. It allows moodle.org users to mark plugins as their favourite ones. By clicking the "Add to my favourites" link at the plugin's main page, the plugin is put into the user's personal list of favourite plugins. The total number of users who have marked that plugin as favourite is displayed.

 

In the future, the full list of users can be displayed, too. Together with the information on what other plugins those fans like. It could even evolve into automatically generated suggestions based on the following idea: "If Alice and Bob both like and use plugins X, Y and Z, and Alice also likes and uses the plugin W, then Bob might be interested in the plugin W too."

You are welcome to help us to support the Moodle plugin authors. Let them know you appreciate their work. Mark the plugins you like and/or use as your favourite now.

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