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Essential Theme Overview

This video demonstrates all the core features of the new "Essential" theme written by Julian (Moodleman) Ridden.

 

The Essential theme is designed with a focus on clean and crisp design while also providing a high degree of customisation. Features include:
- dynamic slider on homepage
- custom color schemes
- 3 custom block locations
- responsive design
- much more

 

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More information - Moodle Plugins Directory - https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=theme_essential

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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 directory: CUL Activity Stream Block

Moodle plugins directory: CUL Activity Stream Block | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

A block that displays a feed containing the latest moodle messages. Part of the CUL Activity Stream suite.

 

The block selects and displays a list of the users messages from the table {message_culactivity_stream}. Each message includes a link to view the notification subject and one to remove the message from the users feed. With JS enabled, the block checks for new notifications every 5 mins. It also appends older messages as the users scrolls down the list. If the block is displayed on the site page then all course messages are included. If the block is displayed on a course page then only course messages for the containing course are displayed.

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Moodle Enrollment Plugin Overview - Super Moodle

Moodle Enrollment Plugin Overview - Super Moodle | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
You can enroll people into Moodle by using Moodle enrollment plugin. Different plugins provide different ways to enroll people in various courses. These plugins allow the developers to add a base class. Through the base class a developer can make use of all the different methods available for course enrollment. An individual plugging is characterized by its own custom database tables. Each plugin stores information instantly after giving input. The information fed in the table can’t be modified manually as these are protected.
Benefits of the Moodle Enrollment Plugin

Users having activated the plugins can be able to enter any course they want. These plugins also allow guest user access by enabling view capability. You can see the all the active enrollments of the current user by clicking my course show list. You can activate course participation for the users to allow them participate in various activities. You can restrict the users who have not enrolled in the courses.

Different activities may include submitting the assignments and asking a doubt to the teacher. Only enrolled users are permitted to form groups in the platform. Theirs is a feature Moodle named as Gradebook which can be used to see the grades of all the enrolled users. Role membership shows the grades of the enrolled users.
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100% pass rate for Moodle 2.8 QA tests

100% pass rate for Moodle 2.8 QA tests | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

A big thank you to all our Quality Assurance (QA) testers, as listed in the Testing credits, who helped us achieve a Moodle 2.8 test pass rate of 100% in only 2½ weeks. Thanks also to all our developers, who helped with fixing bugs identified through testing, so that tests could be reset and run again as quickly as possible.

We are now all ready for the 2.8 release scheduled for 10 November 2014!

Finally, congratulations to everyone who received a Moodle tester 2014 badge for running three or more tests in the QA cycle.

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How to make a teacher using Moodle happy, again | Moodle - PHP - MYSQL - APACHE

Help them. Help them by looking at their course while they are developing it and provide resources to help them build a really good course with good content and activities.

"Hey teacher, did you know you could use this activity for that...." or

"Hey teacher, that looks great, loved the content, did you know you can add .....".

Also - when the course is *done, back it up for them. Tell the teacher that you have created a new master from their updates and will use it for future deployments. This motivates the teacher too!
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#MoodleisOrange Campaign Kickoff

#MoodleisOrange Campaign Kickoff | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
#MoodleisOrange is a capital campaign asking Moodle users to contribute a bit either by raising awareness through spreading the hashtag or contributing a few bucks (you can get a slick tshirt or hoodie). Moodle HQ will use the funding to improve the very same software you use. Learn more at Moodle.com http://moodle.com/hq/moodle-orange/

Who doesn’t need another tshirt?
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Moodle Mobile 1.7 released for iOS and Android, offline support for forums added

Moodle Mobile 1.7 released for iOS and Android, offline support for forums added | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

With the release of iOS 8 a few issues hit the Moodle Native app for Apple devices. In the most recent release of 1.7 these issues were resolved. In addition added functionality to the Moodle focused mobile apps were added, including differentiating resources/activities which can’t be viewed through the app, improved usability of the calendar, new loading screens/icons and more.

Also, new features were unveiled for the apps now allowing users to

* read and view discussion forums both on and offline
* download folders in just 1 tap
* updated languages

 

Juan Leyva leading the development of the mobile app for Moodle has set an aggressive roadmap for additional resource and activity support for Moodlers. You can catch more of what is in the pipeline in the recap of the most recent General Developer Meeting.

 

For more information on Mobile Moodle Apps and 1.7 check out: https://docs.moodle.org/dev/Moodle_Mobile_release_notes#Moodle_Mobile_1.7

 

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October Moodle General Developer Meeting Recap: 2.8 and much more

October Moodle General Developer Meeting Recap: 2.8 and much more | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

David Mudrak took the reigns of the October General Developer Meeting as the new Community Developer Liaison. Check out the official minutes here https://docs.moodle.org/dev/Developer_meeting_October_2014

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Responsive course using Atto plugins

Responsive course using Atto plugins | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
With Halloween coming up, I thought I would build a quick course on how to preserve a pumpkin using Atto plugins we have built.

Below are two animation showing the course with the browser at two different sizes. The first animation shows the browser wide. This would represent a normal desktop view. The second with the browser pushed narrower, to show how it would look on a mobile phone.

Our Atto plugins were used to build the course. This course shows what can be achieved without the need for third-party authoring tools.

There are some issues when viewing the content in IE. The course works perfectly on all the Apple mobile devices as well as any Android devices.
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Moodle plugins: Credly

Moodle plugins: Credly | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

The Credly block allows integration between your Moodle site and the Credly Open Credit API -- a platform for verifying, sharing and managing digital badges and credentials.

Current features are:

 

- Provides a block that can display a user's earned badges.

- A simple management UI that can create and update badges hosted on credly.

- Provides ability to grant a badge to a user.

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Moodle plugins: Organizer

Moodle plugins: Organizer | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

The Organizer (mod/organizer) allows participants to subscribe to events, which can be created easily and efficiently by teachers.

The Organizer consists of three tabs:


* Events: provides an overview of all available and past events and allows teachers to create new events, delete and edit existing events, assess events in which people have enrolled and print all selected events.


* Students' view: shows a simplified view of the enrolment page as seen by participants.


* Enrolment status: provides a detailed overview of participants' enrolments. This tab allows teachers to send reminders to students who have not enrolled yet.

 

Teachers have access to all three tabs, whereas students can only access the second tab "students' view".

 

Group organizer:

If a group organizer was created, a grouping must be selected in the settings for which the organizer is to be used. As soon as one participant enrols, all other group members are enrolled as well and are notified about time and place of the event.

 

Note: Students can be enrolled in only one group of this grouping.

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Moodle in English: Moodle Outcomes

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#moodle useful post: Re: Moodle Outcomes: by Clay Burell I'm also keen on Outcomes and their potential. As thi... http://t.co/2qDZ80oWK0

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Enhance Security for your Site and Users with Unique Login

Enhance Security for your Site and Users with Unique Login | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Moodle Partner ED-ROM is maintaining this novel Moodle authentication plugin for the community which ensures that all users can only have one active session on your Moodle site. Unique Login, recognizes and prevents two individuals from logging into the same user account on your site simultaneously which can help to prevent two types of issues:

unauthorized access which occurs when a student forgets to logout of their Moodle account (and another user jumps on the same computer)
collusion and other collaborative cheating which can occur when a user willingly shares their credentials with a third party (though this is merely an obstacle since the 3rd party could continue uninhibited as long as they are the sole user)

You can download the supported authentication plugin here: https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=auth_uniquelogin.
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Moodle 2.7 Now Available On Microsoft Azure | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Moodle 2.7 Now Available On Microsoft Azure | Virtual-Strategy Magazine | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Remote-Learner.net, Inc, Moodle Partner providing Moodle services and support in the US, Canada and UK,, today announced the release of a fully-supported, Microsoft Azure Certified Moodle service available through the Azure Marketplace. The service provides a supported, maintained enterprise level configuration of Moodle 2.7, available in the Azure cloud, pre-configured for optimal use.

“Many organizations have discovered the advantages of running Moodle on cloud services instead of their own technology infrastructure. What has been missing is the maintenance and support piece, on-demand training and configuration to their own needs. With Nivel Siete’s partnership, Remote-Learner has extended our full end-to-end e-learning support and service to include both our own private cloud and Microsoft Azure”, Jason Cole, Remote-Learner CEO explained.

“Azure provides a reliable, global and trusted cloud infrastructure, able to meet the technical and performance demands of Moodle and its related technologies. As a Microsoft Azure Certified application, enterprise customers can easily find, purchase and deploy a supported instance of Moodle from the Azure Marketplace.”
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Moodle plugins: MoodleMobile - Text message block

Moodle plugins: MoodleMobile - Text message block | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Text message block for the JanetTxt/PageOne system

 

The MoodleMobile plug-in allows you to send a message to any of your existing contact groups, enabling a large number of people to be contacted simultaneously. Users simply select a message recipient from their existing contact list, enter the message, and click 'send'. Messages can be sent to as many or as few people as required.

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Moodle eCommunity Demo - YouTube

Michigan REMC organization is funding development and Moodle Partner Synergy Learning is helping build the project.
First video of new eCommunity Course Format coming to Moodle.

 

eCommunity” course format which gives your Moodle a Facebook- and Edmodo-like format and experience for students. The theme makes the main page of your Moodle course a wall where you just post a status, that status can be just a news forum post, can include documents (files) uploaded via drag and drop, can differentiate posts to different groups and can attach any Moodle resource or activit

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Moodle Mobile Survey, have your say

Moodle Mobile Survey, have your say | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Juan Leyva is seeking feedback on the official Moodle Mobile apps to better understand what users want most out of the app next. To date, and through the most recent release (1.7) the app now handles Discussion Forums (off and online) and has been adding features systematically to support core Moodle functionality (activities and resources) for the mobile user. What would be most useful next? Being able to submit assignments as students, to mark rubrics as a teacher, or use the chat activity?

This is your chance to rank all of the Moodle resources and activities in order of their usefulness on and offline to you and your students. What would I love to see?

A better more mobile-friendly chat to replace the current (not only for the Mobile App)
Push notifications (“you got an A”, “Your paper has been graded”, “Jim Doe has submitted his final paper”, etc.)
Moodle to Calendar integration

Take the short survey here: http://goo.gl/2Nl6U8
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Moodle.org: Support Moodle: help us progress our development

Moodle.org: Support Moodle: help us progress our development | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Moodle HQ has launched a fund-raising drive, calling for support from the community in the form of a direct donation or by purchasing a T-shirt.

 

Moodle remains free open-source software for educators to adopt to achieve their pedagogical goals, supported by our diverse and talented community. We want Moodle to be a first-class option, which requires growth in the Moodle HQ team to coordinate and drive the Moodle project forward.

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14 Plugins and growing for Atto Text Editor

14 Plugins and growing for Atto Text Editor | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
One of the great things about TinyMCE was that it was very extensible and came with loads of features already built in. Moodle’s own text editor released with 2.7 is comparatively light in features, but that is slowly changing. Recently released for Atto was the “More Font Colors” plugin which is exactly what it sounds like. Here’s a list of all of the Atto Plugins that you can use (each can be found in the Plugin Database) broken down to strictly text editing and extensions using 3rd party tools,
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Moodle Groupings

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If you’re planning on using multiple sets of groups in your course, groupings let you keep specific groups collectively depending on what types of actions you would like to get the pupils in those groups to do. This really is perfect for when you would like pupils to be in multiple groups through the term.
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Using Moodle Has Never Been Easier

Using Moodle Has Never Been Easier | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Use WalkMe to Make Moodle Easier to Use with Onscreen Guidance

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Marie Arndt's curator insight, October 23, 6:20 AM

Moodle is excellent for those educators who are strong on elearning pedagogy, but not excellent in using tech tools.

John O'Connor's curator insight, October 28, 7:18 AM

NoodleNoodle

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Moodle plugins: Wiki export

Moodle plugins: Wiki export | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

This plugin adds the ability to export Moodle wikis as either PDFs or epub documents.

 

It was developed by Davo Smith of Synergy Learning, on behalf of the Judicial Institute for Scotland

 

Usage


Once the plugin is installed, you can visit a wiki, then click on the new 'Export as epub' or 'Export as PDF' links that appear in the activity administration block (with javascript enabled, similar links are inserted on the top-right corner of the page).

 

Users with the 'mod/wiki:managewiki' capability also get a 'Sort pages for export' link, that allows them to choose the order in which pages will appear in the export.

 

There is an additional global setting which allows a copy of any wikis on the site to be sent (as a PDF) to a given email address, whenever they are updated (note, this will not export all wikis on the site the first time it is configured, it only sends those that have been updated since the email address was first entered).

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Nick Varney's curator insight, October 22, 9:44 AM

Looks very useful! Improves the ability to mark a wiki and ensures no pages are missed.

Miriam Fischer's curator insight, October 23, 3:27 AM

Gute Idee, schon oft wurde ich gefragt, wie man die gemeinsame Arbeit im Moodle-Wiki exportieren könnte.

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Moodle plugins: YouTube submission

Moodle plugins: YouTube submission | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

The YouTube assignment submission plugin is for the Moodle assignment (2.3  and above). It allows teachers to set an assignment, for which a submission can be a video. The video is uploaded from the student's pc/device directly to YouTube. The video file is stored on YouTube, though it is accessible from Moodle.

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Isabel Cruz's curator insight, October 23, 7:45 PM

Mais um recurso.

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Moodle plugins: Meta-course synchronization to groups

Metasync creates and populates groups in a course based on the enrollment of metalinked courses.

Upon adding a course metalink enrollment method, the plugin creates a group named after the linked course's shortname and adds the enrolled users of the linked course to that group. The plugin also watches enrollments in the linked courses to keep the groups up to date.

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Addon: Image drag and drop for Atto

Addon: Image drag and drop for Atto | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Paul Nicholls has released an addon for the new Atto text editor that streamlines the image upload and insert process for Moodle making it much more like using Gmail or leading edge web-based text editors. According to the addon description:

This plugin automatically uploads images dropped into Atto (from your computer) as though you’d stepped through the process of inserting an image, choosing to upload a new file.

Note that this only works in browsers which support dropping files into the page – IE10+, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera. Other (or older) browsers will typically open the dropped file instead.

Sounds like a great improvement in usability for any Moodle site that’s using Atto. Download and install the plugin for Atto and Moodle 2.7 from https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=atto_imagedragdrop
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