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"Disaggregation in the Gradebook" & "Learning Analytics" - Bob Puffer

CLAMP‘s (Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project) most recent Hack/Doc fest featured an interesting presentation on the Netspot and Monash University developed “Engagement Analytics” toolset for Moodle and how it can be used to identify at risk students and improve retention at schools using these types of schools. Bob Puffer, the speaker, provides some good information on other engagement tools (including Signals by Purdue University) and how they can be used as actionable items by faculty (or staff) or by sending a student a direct message for intervention. According to Mr. Puffer, the key is that the tool can change the weighting of each activity type so that each implementation can choose which activity types are most meaningful for measuring engagement.

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Day 2 presentations at Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Winter 2014

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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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Different Models for Moodle Plugin Development: Not everything is free

Different Models for Moodle Plugin Development: Not everything is free | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Moodle’s open source, free plugin repository at Moodle.org is home to 100s of 3rd party plugins which have been reviewed and released for download to the community to use on their own sites. The database includes loads of additional information to help Moodlers understand the impact of the plugin on their own site including the answers to questions like:

* is my version of Moodle supported?
* who is the person(s) who created and supported this?
* where do I go if there are bugs or issues?
* what have other people said about the plugin?
* are other people using it?

 

 

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Guidance to support Moodle 2.6 new features

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Audience: City University staff Moodle upgrade Information Services (IS) successfully upgraded Moodle on Saturday 12th July. Moodle guidance The Educational Technology Team are updating the… (Moodle was successfully upgraded on 12 July.

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100s of Moodle slide decks available on Slideshare.net

I often will search for Moodle related content on sites like Google, Youtube and Slideshare to see if my RSS feeds missed anything. If you’re looking for some Moodle-related content (but not a specific resource or tutorial) it’s a good way to find new material you might not otherwise have been exposed to.

Slideshare.net is a great place to find slide decks from conferences, professional development trainings or faculty presentations. Quality ranges from in-depth step by step tutorials to general overviews of Moodle features or updates. It’s also rife with presentations in languages other than english. Better yet you can search by time frame (when they were uploaded, language, and file types). You can even search by whether or not the files are downloadable (which, depending on the CC license, might make for a good starting point if you’re presenting on a similar topic).

Search at http://www.slideshare.net/search/slideshow?q=moodle

 

 

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Moodle 2: Creating a Wiki Activity - YouTube

Learn how to create a Wiki activity in Moodle 2. 

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Course Management Systems from a Usability Perspective

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Academia.edu hosts an interesting paper from 2010 by Indira Padayachee, Paula Kotzé, Alta van Der Merwe titled “Course Management Systems from a Usability Perspective“. The paper discusses usability principles, defined as “generic guidelines that are applicable to all user interfaces” and goes on to evaluate and discuss how usable the system is based on a few simple metrics:

* visibility of the system status (can you tell that it’s on/working?)
* localization (language and terminology)
* user control (and confidence that they won’t inadvertently break it)
* consistency and standards in the interface
* error prevention
* recognition and cognitive overhead
* flexibility and efficiency of use
* aesthetics
* helpfulness in error messages
* help and documentation

 

 

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Updating your Moodle modules

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Audience: City University staff Moodle guidance The Educational Technology Team are continuing to update the Moodle guidance on www.city.ac.uk/edtechhelp/staff.
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Crisp Theme for Moodle brings another responsive option to the table

Crisp Theme for Moodle brings another responsive option to the table | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Allowing users to access Moodle on their mobile devices is a must have feature for a lot of institutions these days and mobile traffic will only continue to grow. Moodle’s taken giant leaps forward in the past 12 months to unleash a host of Bootstrap-based responsive options for your Moodle site with Clean, More and contributed themes like Essential, Shoelace, Evolve-D and Elegant. A new theme was recently posted to the Moodle forums as well (though not yet to the Moodle plugin repository): Crisp.

Crisp was developed by Arindam Ghosh of Dualcube, a small software shop focused on open source software. The theme features a good look and feel with lots of customization options for your home page:

* custom heading terms
* custom images and icons
* custom slider images

Users also have a consistent docked toggle for their settings and admin blocks (which looks like a house).

Interested? Join the discussion and provide feedback before the release at https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=266483

Download the theme at https://github.com/dualcube/crisp_theme

 

 

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Moodle Rubric Grading - Complete Guide - Super Moodle

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"Enter Now and Check Out a Complete Guide on Moodle Rubric Grading and Ensure You Understand the Performance Expectation for an Assignment."

 

The Moodle rubric, a system built for criteria-based assessment, explicitly describes the performance expectation for an assignment. The rubrics have several criteria and each criterion has several descriptive levels provided. A rubric identifies several attributes. They include descriptions, performance levels and the criteria.

Criteria take into account the performance aspects that an instructor intends to assess. The description attribute denotes the desired characteristics associated with a criterion. The performance level is a rating scale in rubric used to identify the level of mastery a student has within a given criteria. Each descriptive level has a numerical grade and an instructor can choose the level that answers a given criterion in the best way possible.

 

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Advanced Moodle - Blogs - YouTube

Here’s a slick tutorial that taught me some stuff on how to work with Moodle’s Blog feature where you can attribute and assign blogs directly to a course.

Pretty neat. Read more in the Docs at http://docs.moodle.org/27/en/Using_BlogsAdvanced Moodle video for 2014 summer institute.

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In depth walk through of Annotate PDF in Moodle 2.6 by @souashland

Southern Oregon University has published a few resources for learning Moodle, including this handy quiz walk through. This walk through document highlights Annotate PDF for Moodle 2.6 [Docs], including a step by step description with plenty of descriptions of each feature.

 

Check it out at http://www.sou.edu/assets/distanceeducation/docs/moodle/annotate-pdf.pdf

 

 

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Course Organogram

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I am busy working on a Moodle site that will have many categories with many courses in each category. Each course will have at least one group, but potentially many groups. Naturally these groups will all have users.

The challenge is that the groups and users will be added to Moodle dynamically from a third-party application. What I really wanted was an easy way to check that the groups were being created correctly, and that the users were being added to the correct groups.

 

 

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A review of Moodle 2.7's Latest and Greatest features - YouTube

Our Moodle experts review the NEW features in Moodle 2.7 and share their ALL-TIME favorite Moodle features.
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Advanced Moodle Gradebook Features

Advanced Moodle Gradebook Features: Using Rubrics, Marking Guides, & Checklists" 

 

The video below is about a 75 minute demonstration of advanced grading features as you would see them on a Moodle 2.6 site. The video trainer, Eric Brandt, highlights rubrics, checklists, and other advanced grading criteria that can be used in Moodle courses to assess students using Moodle’s standard activities.

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Update on the Grader Report Interface Upgrade

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Moodle HQ has made a lot of progress integrating the UCLA Grade report interface improvements which allow you to scroll large courses more easily when looking at the complete grader report. While this isn’t the only improvement being made to the gradebook at this time, it is one that might have the largest impact from a usability standpoint.

 

If you’d like to stay up to date on the Epic progress for the gradebook enhancements check out https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-25544

 

The Epic is part of the current sprint (project timeline) by the HQ team ending in about a month. Hopefully we’ll see this as part of the major Moodle fall/winter release of 2.8.

 

 

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Moodle: Embed a Facebook Plugin

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Moodle: Embed a Facebook Plugin on Tildee - Find How to Do Things

 

You need to have a Facebook account or page to continue, if you don't have one, you can get one here: http://www.facebook.com/

Go to http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/ for a number of different Facebook plug-ins you can embed into your Moodle course. We are going to use the "Like Box" as our example here, click on "Like Box".

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How to Use Moodle Quickmail - Super Moodle

How to Use Moodle Quickmail - Super Moodle | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Moodle Quickmail allows you to communicate with all or a select group of students via email. You can also communicate with your teaching assistants in the same way. You can even sent multiple attachments using the platform. Under certain conditions, you can also allow students taking your course to communicate with each other.

 

The Quickmail block allows you to send bulk emails depending on the kind of settings that you pre-determined. This platform has a number of features that you should learn.

 

 

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Video: Single Activity Course Format

Moodle 2.6 launched a new course format that expands what used to be possible only with the SCORM activity. Now with 2.6 you can make a single activity course out of any activity or resource in Modle, including examinations, assignments or even a wiki.

It’s a good way to create a shared space or a single purpose course (like a capstone examination).

Read up on the docs: https://docs.moodle.org/27/en/Course_formats#Single_activity_format

Check out the video by Moodle HQ’s Mary Cooch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkdgPGHJi3Q

 

 

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Moodle Activity Module: Dynamic Game design

Moodle activity module to create dynamic games based on the question bank.

 

Students procastinating too much? Are they playing games instead of studying? Well now you can motivate them by allowing them to do both at once!

 

Quizventure is an activity module that loads quiz questions from the course it's added to. The possible answers come down as space ships and you have to shoot the correct one.


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Moodle PDF Annotation - YouTube

Teachers can annotate PDF files that students submit for Moodle assignments.
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Get SMART - Moodleposium - Moodle Moot 2014

Get SMART - Moodleposium - Moodle Moot 2014 | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

The College of Asia and the Pacific at ANU is known for it’s creative approach to the support and professional development of academics using Moodle. However like many other units supporting academics we are faced with the sad reality that, although some sites are designed in a clear and organized way, others clearly show that “scroll of death” is alive and kicking, especially among the “low tech” segment of our teaching staff. It is the old problem: easy to preach to the converted, but not so easy to change the way people do things - simply because it all seems way too hard. Students clearly tell us what is needed to improve the design and ultimately the usability of courses, but getting the message across sometimes is not straightforward. This is particularly the case when, like many teaching institutions, staff are appointed at the last minute and technology training competes with all other aspects of academic life. The other problem facing us now is that the new version of Moodle allows drag and drop even in the main page, so dragging everything in a mad scramble filling topics to the brim is far too easy, and the revenge of the scroll of death is upon us! So SMART (Sustainable Models for Adaptive and Responsive Teaching) was born . The idea is simple, instead of giving lecturers an empty Moodle site, give them a template with a choice of 3 ways to organize their site with an inbuilt “how to” guide and links to fully developed sample sites. This presentation will explain how the idea started, how it is implemented and the results so far."

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How to Create 100,000 Users Accounts in Moodle

How to Create 100,000 Users Accounts in Moodle | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Adding a new user is quite simple with Moodle LMS, but problems crop up when you have to add thousands or hundreds of users. We cannot keep on adding users one by one, it might take some months to upload thousands of users. Don’t worry; there is a simple and an easy way to upload thousands of users into the LMS. Let us see how to do that.

As LMS administrators, we can add a user but when it comes to adding a large number of users, we have an option in Moodle to upload bulk users.

First, we need to make a list of users to be uploaded into the LMS, and that sheet should be saved in the delimiter comma format i.e. csv format because Moodle accepts only .csv format files for uploading users.

Only the admin has the access to add or upload user/users. Login as admin, select Site administration->Users->accounts-> upload users.

 

 

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Creating a Moodle Forum - Super Moodle

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A Moodle forum is an activity/page that lets students and teachers exchange their ideas by posting them (comments) on the forum page. News forums are usually created automatically for every Moodle course and it shows at the top of the home page of the course. Before you create a forum, you will be required to consider the aim of your discussion, in order to come up with a relevant one.

 

 

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Essential Theme 2.7.4 Released

Essential Theme 2.7.4 Released | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

If you’ve been waiting for an updated to Essential theme, one of the first responsive themes, you’re in luck. Gareth Barnard and David Bezemer have stepped into Julian Ridden’s shoes as official maintainers to upgrade the theme, fix bugs and provide updated releases to the community. 2.7.4 is the first of their releases.

You can find the download at the familiar listing at Moodle.org: https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=theme_essential

What changes in this release?

* 15+ bug fixes
* alternative colour sets
* warning about IE8
* Custom menu adjusts responsively

Check out the full release notes and discussion at https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=264952

 

 

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HotPot - Featured Plugin July 2014 - YouTube

July's featured plugin is the HotPot activity module, read more about it at https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=264836
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evolve-D Theme for Moodle based on More, FKA Michigan Moodle Theme

evolve-D Theme for Moodle based on More, FKA Michigan Moodle Theme | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Chris Kenniburg recently posted an update on the Michigan Moodle Theme he’d been showing off. The theme got a name change (to remove Moodle from the title) and he also published a link to the source code at Github: https://github.com/kennibc/moodle-theme_evolved.

 

The theme features all sorts of enhancements to the standard More theme, including a lot of custom options which can be managed by an administrator:

 

* responsive

* custom login screen

* custom front page option

* Google fonts

* custom logo

* 2 column option

 

Chris also posted a video tour of the theme and what’s possible (I encourage you to check it out). You can also get more information and ask questions in the forum thread for the theme: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=265019

 

Direct video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o8hd50c7Gc

 

 

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