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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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Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, October 5, 2015 2:38 PM

Great article on Moodle.

Noa Curzon's curator insight, June 22, 2016 7:51 AM

open source learning platform is great!

 

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Moodle Office Integration: Pawn Sacrifice At The LMS Chessboard?

Moodle Office Integration: Pawn Sacrifice At The LMS Chessboard? | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
A young (and ongoing) discussion on Microsoft Office integration within Moodle, taking place on the Moodle Forums, is starting to look like a new instance of that old battle between two eternally clashing ideologies. The twist here is that, if the two do not concede something to one another in order to reach the next playing field, they will both probably perish, as EdTech teachers and students move forward, towards better integrated third-party services.

It all started when Damyon Wiese, Moodle HQ Development Team Manager, shared the news that their team were “doing some brainstorming” on possible office suite integration at the core. Voices were raised, including some decrying the very fact that such brainstorming was happening. More pragmatic users recognized the dependence of office suites, often vendor-specific, by large swaths of the Moodleverse. Back in November, Moodle CEO Martin Dougiamas suggested in an interview that partnerships with Google Apps and Office 365 were underway.
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How to assess computer programming skills in Moodle

How to assess computer programming skills in Moodle | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
How should we assess the computer programming skills in Moodle? Do you still ask your students to write code in a traditional hand written exam? Today we are going to have a look over a new question type plugin for Moodle which lets teachers set questions where the answer is program code.

Although, there is another very good plugin named “Virtual Programming Lab” is available which can be used to manage the programming assignments in Moodle. But today we are going to have a look on the “Code Runner” plugin which is a free open-source question-type plug-in for Moodle that can run program code submitted by students in answer to a range of programming questions in many languages.

CodeRunner can support any text-based programming language. Built-in question types are available for C, Java, Python, PHP, JavaScript and Octave (Matlab). Because it is just another Moodle question type, test or exam quizzes can mix CodeRunner questions with other computer-graded question
types like multi-choice, numeric, short answer, or matching.
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Waxed theme – Check out the first Boost based Moodle theme, just released in Moodle plugins #Moodlethemes

Waxed theme – Check out the first Boost based Moodle theme, just released in Moodle plugins #Moodlethemes | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Waxed theme – the new Moodle theme released in the official Moodle plugins is the first child theme based on the Boost theme. Waxed theme has waited for a long time in the queue to get the final approval from the Moodle HQ team.

As we have reported earlier in the month of December, Waxed theme was ready for release but since Moodle HQ was busy in Moodle 3.2 release the plugin approval queue keep on increasing. But today, Waxed has finally landed in the plugins directory.

Waxed theme is a child theme for Boost and is based on the same Bootstrap 4 framework and Mustache template. The best thing about the waxed theme is that it allows the customization with limited knowledge of CSS/SCSS by the end-user. Since it is based on the Boost theme so it is available for Moodle 3.2 version only.
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Make Moodle assignment activity better by releasing the solution sheet to students after due date #moodleplugins

Make Moodle assignment activity better by releasing the solution sheet to students after due date #moodleplugins | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Have you ever thought of providing a model solution to the assignment given to the students? Generally, while teaching subjects like Mathematics and Science, the assignments are accompanied by model solutions which needs to be released to the students after they have submitted the assignment.

Today, I am going to show you a new plugin – “Solution Sheet“, which can be used by teachers to upload a model solution sheet to the assignment activity. The solution can be released manually or at a scheduled time from the assignment submission deadline. You can also specify a date from when the released solutions will be hidden, e.g., the end of term. The new Assignment Feedback type plugin – “Solution Sheet” is developed by Henning Bostelmann.
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What you can expect in the Moodle store for the year 2017 – Moodle 3.3

Moodle has come a long journey and overcome all the obstacles and competitions to stay among one of the best open source project in the world. Since last few years, Moodle HQ has taken a very aggressive approach to make moodle more competitive and with all the cutting edge technology.

In the last stable release i.e. Moodle 3.2, there are many new aggressive changes done to the Moodle core. The changes includes a new Bootstrap 4 based theme – Boost, improvements to messaging and notifications UI, User Tours, Improved Graphs, Media Players and many others.

In 2017, Moodle 3.3 and Moodle 3.4 are scheduled to be released in May and November. But what you can expect in the upcoming Moodle versions. We are going to list out some of the upcoming features in Moodle 3.3 below.
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How To Custom-Fit A Personal And Unique Moodle Experience? The Answer Is ‘Essential’

How To Custom-Fit A Personal And Unique Moodle Experience? The Answer Is ‘Essential’ | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

“Essential”, Moodle Theme extraordinaire, has received their January 2017 update right on schedule. Gareth Barnard has took on the task to maintain the unmatched “Moodleverse” favorite.

The “Essential” offer reads like one of those too-good-to-be-true pitches:

Beatiful and clean, based on CSS Grids and the Bootstrap Framework.
* Fast, as it replaces images with Font Awesome icons whenever possible.
* Customizable from head to toes (should I say, from header to footer).
* Social Media-ready, with icons customizable from admin settings.
* And Free!

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How to run SQL queries on Moodle database – Check out these 4 tools #Moodle

How to run SQL queries on Moodle database – Check out these 4 tools #Moodle | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Moodle Administrators are very much interested in running different SQL queries to extract various reports and information from the Moodle database. For a new Moodle administrator, it may be a daunting task at first but if you are aware of the tools which can be used for running SQL queries then it may become very easy and productive.

James MacNee, West College Scotland delivered a workshop for the Scottish Moodle Users Group (SMUG). The presentation provides a basic overview for all new Moodle administrator’s about running SQL queries on Moodle database.
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How to improve your Moodle page load times

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When you click on a link in Moodle, are some of the pages taking longer than they should to finish loading? Frustrating, isn’t it? And you’re not alone. The speed at which pages load is called the Page Load Time (PLT) and is measured in seconds. There are various extensions you can use to measure this, such as the ‘Page load time’ extension in Chrome. I expect my Moodle pages to load in less than two seconds, and not more than three seconds, and I think this is a reasonable expectation. So how do your PLTs compare, and do you know what to do about it if they are not ‘up to speed’?
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Moodle 3.2.1, 3.1.4, 3.0.8 and 2.7.18 are now available

Moodle 3.2.1, 3.1.4, 3.0.8 and 2.7.18 are now available | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Moodle 3.2.1, 3.1.4, 3.0.8 and 2.7.18 are now available via the usual open download channels: https://download.moodle.org or Git.

In addition to a number of bug fixes and small improvements, security vulnerabilities have been discovered and fixed. We highly recommend that you upgrade your sites as soon as possible. Upgrading should be very straightforward. As per our usual policy, admins of all registered Moodle sites will be notified of security issue details directly via email and we'll publish details more widely in a week. Other details can be found in our notes for each release.
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MoodleNews Year In Review: Our 10 Favorite Moodle Themes Of 2017

MoodleNews Year In Review: Our 10 Favorite Moodle Themes Of 2017 | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
It was a wild, ultimately positive year for Moodle theme designers, developers, and enthusiasts. While for many 2016 might be a year to forget, let’s remember the advances that Moodle made before we sweep this year under the rug.

Below you’ll find our latest installment highlighting our favorite themes of the year. Note that some remain from years past (as they’ve been continuously updated and maintained by the very excellent developer volunteers that the community has).
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Learn To Teach With Moodle: The MOOC Returns

Learn To Teach With Moodle: The MOOC Returns | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
The best opportunity to join the Moodleverse, a digital community that fosters self-actualization for Open Source technologists/teachers, begins right out of the gate in 2017. Starting January 2nd, the “Moodle Fairy”, and Moodle HQ Community Educator, Mary Cooch, will welcome thousands of amateurs and experts alike on the biannual “Learn Moodle MOOC” as we all learn the ropes of Moodle, from setting it up to content and activity creation.

Previous instances of the Massive Online Open Course have a no-requirements, practical approach in which users get to create their own courses which they can develop and share with anyone.

Expert Moodlers have joined the course in the past to freshen up on their Moodle skills and learn new tricks. This has proven valuable for newcomers, and for the experts themselves, who find a place of high quality networking. This time, the benefit is higher, as the MOOC will detail the recently launched Moodle 3.2, a complete rethinking of Moodle as a learning experience that comes with a number of new features and tools. As and additional bonus, this next round will be an improvement thanks to the heightened community engagement approach taken by Cooch and her team.
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Can This Plugin Replace Surveys And Questionnaires In Your Moodle?

Can This Plugin Replace Surveys And Questionnaires In Your Moodle? | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
French developer Danielle Cordella has taken it upon himself to give “answers to the more frequent requirements of end users“, seemingly about the features desired in the Moodle Survey and Questionnaire activities.

He has created Surveypro, which merges and expands on both activities with custom question types, validation, mandatory questions, conditional branching, backup and exporting, among the most notable additions. They bear some resemblance to the latest features availables by activity competitor Google Forms.
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Check Out This Moodle 3.2 Themes Spectacular

Check Out This Moodle 3.2 Themes Spectacular | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
When seeking to engage an audience, no matter the user or student scenario, an evergreen truth is that they will eventually become accustomed to (almost) any design. As such, any advantage realized by the “shiny new object” principal has a shelf-life and every Chief Learning Officer needs to plan for a regular refresh of their LMS experience.
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Picture Perfect: The new Photo theme for Moodle 3.2

Picture Perfect: The new Photo theme for Moodle 3.2 | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Since the arrival of the new Boost theme in Moodle 3.2, people who have long complained about Moodle’s interface being ‘clunky’ and 1990s no longer have any argument.

Moodle sites can be attractive, responsive, mobile-friendly and, importantly, easily customisable by a regular admin.

Boost was designed to not only be straightforward for administrators to adapt to their own needs but also to be themer-friendly. It’s a great starting point for anyone wanting to build a modern Moodle theme with all the latest features.

And to this end, Moodle HQ’s own Damyon Wiese has produced a beautiful Boost-based Photo theme, available for admins to download from the Plugins directory.
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What Should We Be Asking About The Relationship Between Moodle And UX?

What Should We Be Asking About The Relationship Between Moodle And UX? | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
If you innocently perform a search for “UX” in Google, you’re likely to receive hundreds of millions of results. But what does UX entail for EdTech (educational technologies)? A recent interview with Alberto Corado, Moodle HQ lead UX designer, at the Moodle.com blog, provides insights.
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Sneak Under The SQL Hood Of Moodle With This Presentation

Sneak Under The SQL Hood Of Moodle With This Presentation | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
For developers, getting acquainted with the relational model that characterizes the information architecture of Moodle is a basic skill. But for the rest of us, getting to know how Moodle functions underneath can offer us some insight or welcome intellectual challenge.
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Education underlies everything – What it takes to run a system used by Millions around the world @moodler #Moodle

Education underlies everything – What it takes to run a system used by Millions around the world @moodler #Moodle | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Forbes, one of the major business and financial news portal, partook in an exchange with Dr. Martin Dougiamas, CEO & Founder of Moodle Project. With Forbes contributor – Kavi Guppta, they discussed about Martins experience as a CEO of one of the most successful open source projects.

From last one and a half decade, Moodle has spread its wings across learning spaces and moments, in varying degrees. All this is possible because of the passion of solving problems, bit by bit by Martin Dougiamas. The exemplar leadership keeps the Moodle Project unique from other monetized projects. As Martin stated:

I had the approach that I’m trying to solve a problem. The whole purpose of this company is to support education. Education underlies everything. You have people with education that can make good decisions in every field that’s out there.
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Merry Moodle 3.2 Year! It’s The Little Things (Upgraded in Moodle Activities)

Merry Moodle 3.2 Year! It’s The Little Things (Upgraded in Moodle Activities) | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
While shiny features like “Boost”, Competencies, LTI, or the dashing new media player took up our headlines, a lot of effort by true heroes who developed Moodle 3.2 has gone into smaller upgrades. They are improvements to the most popular Moodle activities and may only be noticed through real practice and sadly, chances are not everyone will get to them.
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Won Ho's curator insight, January 28, 9:43 PM
I am so happy that I am using Moodle more than 10 years and it is even getting better.
무들을 10년 이상 사용하고 있어 행복합니다.... 게다가 무들은 점점 좋아지고 있어요~
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10 ways to reduce the size of a Moodle course

10 ways to reduce the size of a Moodle course | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Whilst instructional designers agree that using Moodle as a file repository isn’t a good idea, sharing files using Moodle is still necessary in a lot of scenarios. In this blog post, I explore 10 simple ways to keep your file sizes as small as possible, before uploading them to Moodle.
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Moodle Quiz: Ordering Question Type

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The Moodle Quiz feature provides several question types. For example, it has the standard multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay response. In addition, teachers will also find more specialized question types such as Drag-and-Drop Matching or Drag-and-Drop onto Image. A new question type has recently been installed called Ordering which asks students to place steps or procedures in the proper order (e.g., scientific method). Watch the video below to see a demonstration.
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Moodle.org: Join us in London for MoodleMoot UK & Ireland 2017

Moodle.org: Join us in London for MoodleMoot UK & Ireland 2017 | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Moodle HQ is excited to announce that MoodleMoot UK & Ireland 2017 will be held from 10 - 12 April 2017 at Park Plaza Riverbank, London.

Moodle HQ invites and welcomes abstracts encompassing a wide range of areas that support the following aims of the conference:

- to showcase the latest educational research and developments related to Moodle;
 - to share experiences with the open source platform – what have you learnt, what works and what doesn’t – so others can learn from those experiences to enhance and improve their Moodle sites;
- to provide a forum in which to discuss education and the professional practice of being an educator;
- to facilitate debate, networking and professional development opportunities.
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Moodle HQ Reveals Details On The Moodle 3.2 Media Player

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In this video, Moodle HQ Development Process Manager Cameron Ball gives us reasons why they decided to go with Video.js as the Moodle 3.2 default handler of video and audio files.

The customizability and personalization of Moodle 3.2 knows no virtual limits, and the choice of a player could not be any different. But Video.js is flexible enough to cater to most customer needs, not to mention it’s Open Source. Many Moodle sites, particularly those that feature third-party components, still rely on Adobe Flash. But the web presence of Flash is dwindling, ever since Steve Jobs decided not to support the technology on Apple’s iPhones.

The coming of HTML5 would be another fatal, if not yet deadly, blow to Flash. The Edge and Chrome browsers are suggesting developers to begin decommissioning it. Even Adobe itself is preparing for a Flash-less future, by allowing Moodle favorite plugin Adobe Connect to work without Flash since 2016 version 9.5.2.

As Ball explains, Video.js is highly compatible with both modern browsers and media file extensions, while ensuring a consistent layout and simple set up by Moodle teachers and admins. Even Internet Explorer 9 supports it.
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Merry Moodle 3.2 Holidays! The Adaptable Theme Is Already Compatible

Merry Moodle 3.2 Holidays! The Adaptable Theme Is Already Compatible | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
As one of the plugins honored with the “Early Bird” Badge for Moodle 3.2, IT staff looking to upgrade from previous versions of Moodle can benefit from the new features and still feel at home with a familiar face, right from the start.

“Adaptable”, as its name implies, gives a designer plenty of control on how and where Moodle elements, contents and activities are displayed. “Adaptable”‘s magic happens in the Layout Builders, regions with full CSS and jQuery customization that can be added on any page.
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Here’s Why Your Students Deserve Moodle 3.2

I was fascinated when a friend of mine told me about her experience as a young student at a Montessori school. As an award for good behavior, she enjoyed the opportunity of mopping the hall floors. Which she did with a smile on her face.

Montessori shares many pedagogical accords with Moodle. They are based on the basic psychological principles of social reward. This means that, among other things, their enjoyment of new things is determined by how much their peers acknowledge its value.

With Moodle 3.2, the focus more than ever is on promoting an impactful learning intervention where teachers have more control on how students build their own definition of success.
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Moodle 3.2 boosts online learning with improved user experience - Moodle.com

Moodle 3.2 boosts online learning with improved user experience - Moodle.com | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

A fresh new user experience, industry-leading media player, user tours to guide learners and educators through their learning environments, and new messaging and notifications functions for better communications are just some of the ways Moodle is improving online education.


Today, Moodle – the world’s open source learning platform – released the latest version of its software – Moodle 3.2, now available for downloading on moodle.org.


The new release has been developed with a strong focus on enhancing accessibility and user experience, based on feedback and support from global Moodle users, Moodle Partners and the Moodle community.


Dr Martin Dougiamas, Moodle founder and CEO of Moodle Pty Ltd, commented on the many new and exciting features in Moodle 3.2 that are improving accessibility and user experience.


“Firstly, I’m thrilled to introduce Boost, which marks a new direction for how Moodle looks and functions,” said Dougiamas.


“We have implemented this as an optional Moodle theme for now, so it won’t stop anyone keeping their old theme.”


“The changes are not too radical, so long-time Moodle users will learn it quickly, but they give Moodle sites a fresh, new appearance that aligns with many websites and apps that you might be familiar with.”


“With that comes better navigation, configuration and more space on your screen for important course content. We really hope the community enjoys it, and help us refine it further in releases to come.”


“We’ve also designed some great improvements to messaging and notifications, sponsored by our good friends at University of Minnesota, that make it easier to keep in touch with your course and fellow participants, no matter what device you are using,” commented Dougiamas.


“A new user tours feature, sponsored by Dublin City University, allows Moodle users to create walkthroughs that will bring engaging and informative experiences in their Moodle sites.”


“Some other major features include an industry-leading media player plugin, which includes full support for captions and subtitles, and fancy interactive report graphics and a lot more.”


In response to the increasing use of mobile devices globally to access learning online, Moodle 3.2 features are also compatible through the Moodle Mobile App.

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Bohumil Havel's curator insight, December 6, 2016 1:53 AM
Mám radost, že 99% řetězců je v češtině