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New Front page of Moodle.org

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New theme and redesigned front page of moodl.org

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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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Standard based Moodle themes are now available in the Addon Repository

Standard based Moodle themes are now available in the Addon Repository | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Each of the familiar themes which used to ship with Moodle releases are now part of the plugin database in advance of them not being available by default to your fresh Moodle install. The themes that have been moved to a repository home rather than installing with any new Moodle include Binarius, Sky High, Nonzero, Nimble, Magazine, Fusion and others (many of which were part of Moodle since the 2.0 release).

 

The removal of these themes makes way for the inclusion of only two themes with new Moodle installs, Clean and More which are both Bootstrap-based responsive themes. Don’t worry though, themes are easy to add from the Moodle.org site through the plugin administration on your own Moodle install.

 

Browse the list  of themes at https://moodle.org/plugins/browse.php?list=category&id=3

 

 

 

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Moodle Plugins Directory: Online Audio Recording

Moodle Plugins Directory: Online Audio Recording | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Finally putting an end to the need for a streaming server (or a Java applet) to allow students to record audio clips for Moodle assignments, the Online Audio Recording assignment uses Flash (10.1+) to record audio from a microphone, convert it to MP3 format and upload it to Moodle via HTTP POST.

 

Installation note: since this is an assignment type (not a standalone plugin),it needs to be placed in /mod/assignment/type/ - not straight in the /mod/ directory.

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Moodle Plugins Directory: Dataform

Moodle Plugins Directory: Dataform | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

The dataform module is a major enhancement of the standard Database activity module and is meant to offer all the functionality offered by the Database module and much more in a more flexible way.

The module allows the course manager to design and construct an entry form from various input elements (text and rich text fields, urls, files, pictures, etc.) in a flexible layout. Users can then add information records to a collection, which can be viewed in various ways and searched for particular items.

The dataform features include (among other things):

- A multiple views system - allows the instructor to design several different views of the entries in a datform activity. Each view can show a designated subset of the entries in a designated layout.
- Enhanced template tags - A new template tags system allows for exposing many more bits of information and makes it easy to add designated patterns in new field and view types.
- Enhanced entry actions - Bulk edit, duplicate, delete, approve etc. Inline editing. Form editing options such as required fields (via Moodle forms).
- New packaging system - based on Moodle backup/restore and allows for packaing a dataform instance and restoring into an existing instance.
- Enhanced filtering system - allows the instructor to define different filters each of which can determine sort (including nested sort) and search options (various search criteria). Filters can be fixed to particular views or applied on the file from the activity main page (if included in the view template).

New view/field types include (among others):

- Tabular view - a view type which allows for displaying the entries in a table. The design of the entries table has been simplified to drawing the desired table with optional header row and an entry row in the moodle editor.
- Nanogong field - a field type for adding audio content to an entry via the nanogong applet.
- Calculated field - a field type which can display a result of a simple calculation on one or two number fields in the entry.

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Moodle Plugins Directory: Drag and Drop Organic Chemistry Nomenclature

Moodle Plugins Directory: Drag and Drop Organic Chemistry Nomenclature | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Students construct the names of organic molecules by dragging and dropping.

 

Learning organic chemistry nomenclature is not extremely difficult and most students acquire the basics quickly.  Unfortunately a good percentage of students mangle the format, punctuation and/or spelling, losing valuable points on exams and quizzes.  With this in mind a new question type was designed to reinforce IUPAC nomenclature with an emphasis on formatting and punctuation.  Students must construct names by dragging and dropping parent chains, prefixes, suffixes and punctuation symbols to form the correct name.

 

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Zoom Zoom Zoom – Moodle Gradebook Fullscreen

Zoom Zoom Zoom – Moodle Gradebook Fullscreen | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

We rolled a new Zoom feature on the Moodlemoot Theme today, which I expect teachers to fall in love with and have a long-term affair with.

 

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Moodle Plugins Directory: Course Request Manager

Moodle Plugins Directory: Course Request Manager | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

This block allows administrators to design custom course request forms with up to 15 form fields. It improves workflow by providing users with access to a centralized course request facility and allows administrators to manage all course requests from one simple admin page.


A real time saver for site admins who needs to process requests for new course setups.  The course request manager block allows the admin to easily design and deploy custom course request forms which can be used by users with appropriate permissions.

 

Unlike the moodle core request feature which uses a single text box for information on the request, course request manager allows the administrator to design course request forms with up to 15 form fields for gathering request data from a user. Form elements may include text areas, text fields, drop down lists, check boxes etc. Forms can be created and managed using a simple and easy to use form editor.

 

The block is ideally suited for administrators who want to deploy an internal moodle request system and avoid requests sent via email or other communication methods. It aims to improve on the core request feature by adding the ability to custom design request forms.

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Integrating CSS into your Moodle theme - YouTube

How to customize #CSS in Moodle

 

 

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Try out and review Activities with Student Data at Mount Orange

Mary Cooch has posted a handy new resource available through Moodle.org’s sites as a Moodle tip: you can now try out activities and review submissions from (fake) students who’ve completed the work. This is a handy showcase of how the gradebook, certain assignments like the Workshop, and student data looks to the facilitator or course manager during and post completion. A great way to help you prep for the process of grading and troubleshooting student work. According to the post, https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=257850

 

The Moodle School demo site, Mount Orange, has a range of pre-made activities you can try as a teacher (or student) Inspired by our Learn Moodle MOOC last September, there is a course on the School demo called ’Celebrating cultures’ and here you will find a series of activities completed with student input. (OK maybe not real students but real fake students!)

 

Want to see how the assessment phase of a workshop works with actual submissions? Log in with the username ‘teacher’ and password ‘moodle’ and you can switch phases and experiment . Want to grade and annotate a pdf? Go to the assignment and practise on one of the uploaded student submissions. There are also a fully functioning and populated database and glossary.

 

Trying activities with student data gives you a much better insight into how they work, and allows you to troubleshoot any issues you might have on your own Moodle. And because, like our other demo sites, everything is wiped free on the hour, you can be as radical as you like!

 

Check it out, bang on it and play around (you can’t break anything): http://school.demo.moodle.net/

 

 

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Moodle Plugins Directory: Café con leche

Moodle Plugins Directory: Café con leche | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

This theme is based on the theme Decaf, improving customization for non-programmers:


It has been added things:
  * - Changed the default colors.
  * - Setting the logo.
  * - Setting the background image of the header.
  * - Setting the favicon.
  * - Setting the background color of the header.
  * - Changes in the styles of the header
  * - Spanish translation.

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Moodle Plugins Directory: Lewis Structures

Moodle Plugins Directory: Lewis Structures | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

The Lewis structure question type allows teachers to design problems in which students must assign formal charges or add lone pair electrons/radicals to atoms in molecules. This question type requires Marvin Applets by Chemaxon.

 

With this question type the instructor draws valid Lewis structures with all lone pairs and charges for a molecule.  The student is presented with the structure stripped of lone pairs or formal charge, and they must add correct number of lone pairs/radicals or charges to any atoms..  Note:  This plugin requires Marvin Applets from Chemaxon You can ask questions such as;- Add the formal charges to any atoms requiring it in the following structure?- Show all lone pair or radical electrons required to satisfy the charge on any atoms in the following molecule?
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Moodle Plugins Directory: PoodLL Recording

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An audio/video recording question type for Moodle 2.1 and above. It uses a standalone mp3 recorder for audio and a cloud based recording server for video. It is also possible to "draw pictures" as responses to questions, using the PoodLL whiteboard feature. It requires the PoodLL filter be installed. Recording from mobile devices is also supported.

 

The PoodLL recording question type allows students to record audio or video, or draw pictures, in response to a question in Moodle. It uses a Flash based recorders for PC based access, but also supports HTML5 uploads for mobile devices. Video recordings are done with help of PoodLL's cloud server(Red5). Audio recordings can be done in the same way, or using PoodLL's standalone MP3 recorder. It is now also possible to draw pictures on a whiteboard and submit them as a response. The PoodLL Filter must be installed and enabled for any of this to work.

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New GCSE Science Moodle Course with adapted grid format

New GCSE Science grid format

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Quick video showing a design for a GCSE Biology course using Gareth Barnard's amazing grid format. Updated for Moodle 2.6 I have set it to show square images and made all the uploaded images square shape first (very important!)

 

The icon link design is one we use a lot of at Perins. External links are shown on a separate page. Internal links eg to downloadable files or Moodle activities are made to another topic that can be hidden from the students.

 

Some CSS changes made to the block. Looks not too shabby!

 

The Flash animations work well when you lnk to the SWF file. Nice hand tip from this location: http://www.wikihow.com/Save-Flash-Animation-from-Website 

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Totara releases Seedlings to the community, cutting edge features though not "suitable for production"

Totara releases Seedlings to the community, cutting edge features though not "suitable for production" | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Totara LMS has announced that it will be releasing a full featured version of it’s Moodle distribution which includes all Totara features in addition to those that are merely experimental. “Seedlings”, as the unsupported version is called, will be released in it’s 2.6 version and includes all of the features expected in Totara plus others that are still being developed. The release is not intended to be used on production sites, rather is provided to help businesses and developers learn the feature set, experiment and grow familiar with the code base.

 

The first release, Totara Seedlings 2.6 will be released at the end of April, every 6 months after a new release will follow.

 

For the full press release visit http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11760512.htm,

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Moodle Plugins Directory: Dataform view

Moodle Plugins Directory: Dataform view | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

A block to display dataform content on the course page.

 

As its name suggests, the dataform_view block allows the instructor to display in a block a selected dataform view. The flexibility of the dataform views allows for a variety of applications. For instance, with the dataform's Interval view type, the content of the dataform block can be made to change periodically, sequentially or randomly, for purposes such as 'Quote of the Day', 'Weekly news', 'Random pic' etc. With the dataform's Fancybox view, the dataform block may be used to populate to the course page complete photo galleries. Since the content of a view is constrained by user permissions, the dataform block may be used to display on the course page restricted information to user's eyes only.

 

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This plugin is part of set Dataform. - https://moodle.org/plugins/browse.php?list=set&id=4

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Moodle Add-on Analysis Canvas

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As part of the session today at the Moodlemoot Edinburgh on Moodle Add-ons, we have released an Analysis Canvas to help you assess plugins for use in your Moodle. It based on the work of Michael de Raadt and Gavin Henrick in the book Moodle Add-ons

 

The Moodle Add-on Canvas is based on the Business Model Canvas BusinessModelGeneration.com and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 Un-ported License

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http://www.somerandomthoughts.com/blog/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=13

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Moodle in English: Help needed with Moodle 2.7 Quality Assurance testing

Moodle in English: Help needed with Moodle 2.7 Quality Assurance testing | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

With Moodle 2.7 due for release next month, we're once again running a Quality Assurance (QA) testing cycle, starting today: Moodle 2.7 QA. The list of over 400 tests has been expanded to include tests covering new features in Moodle 2.7.

If you'd like to have a play with Moodle 2.7 on our QA testing site and at the same time help with QA testing, please read the QA testing guide and contact me if you'd like to be added to the testers group in the Moodle Tracker. New testers are always welcome.

 

We're aiming for a 100% pass rate of QA tests within the next few weeks, so all help is much appreciated!

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Moodle’s top four killer features which support and evidence quality teaching and learning

Moodle’s top four killer features which support and evidence quality teaching and learning | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

As an online system, Moodle LMS provides tools to track and monitor effective online education and training which is not possible in traditional learning and assessment settings.  This information can then be used to improve learning outcomes.

 

The information can also be used to provide the evidence needed by regulatory bodies, such as ASQA, TEQSA, professional accreditation/registration agencies, to demonstrate that your organisation is delivering quality teaching and learning programs which meet learners’ needs.

 

Here are Moodle LMS’s top four killer features which support and evidence quality teaching and learning:

1. It provides tools to create educationally sound and engaging learning experiences

2. It provides useful learning analytics and ways to motivate learners

3. It provides an effective way of storing and retrieving past learners’ work, feedback and results

4. It provides an easy way to gather feedback from learners for continuous improvement

 

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#CSS3 transforms to improve the #moodle feedback activity | Anything and everything about eLearning

The Moodle feedback activity is useful in so many ways and we use it both in academic and business areas inside the college.  Unfortunately since Moodle 2 they made it very difficult to allow anonymous guest users to complete them, so we still use our old 1.9 install for public surveys.

 

We recently started using it across a whole faculty, so several hundred students had to use it.  When I showed a colleague she instantly commented on how unattractive it was so I decided to improve it slightly by modernising the CSS.  I added an animated background colour and glow on the text boxes, with subtle rounded corners.

 

Here is the CSS:-

 

.feedback_items input, .feedback_items textarea{
outline:none;
transition: all 0.25s ease-in-out;
-webkit-transition: all 0.25s ease-in-out;
-moz-transition: all 0.25s ease-in-out;
border: 1px solid #b7bbbd;
-webkit-border-radius: 5px;
-moz-border-radius: 5px;
border-radius: 5px;
padding: 4px;}


.feedback_items input:focus, .feedback_items textarea:focus {
background-color: #EFF;
box-shadow: 0 0 5px rgba(0, 0, 255, 1);
-webkit-box-shadow: 0 0 5px rgba(0, 0, 255, 1);
-moz-box-shadow: 0 0 5px rgba(0, 0, 255, 1);
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Moodle Plugins Directory: Contemporary

Moodle Plugins Directory: Contemporary | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

A bright and responsive theme especially designed for academic and corporate use.

 

Contemporary is a fluid-width, three-column theme for Moodle 2.x. It has a crisp and sophisticated look, responsive design and a setting page where you can change your custom banner, link color, footer text and add custom CSS.

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JISC RSC > City College Plymouth: Setting the standard with Moodle Medals

JISC RSC > City College Plymouth: Setting the standard with Moodle Medals | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

The TEL IT team at City College Plymouth have successfully developed a set of standards for courses within their Moodle VLE (virtual learning environment).  Using a Bronze, Silver and Gold award-based model they have successfully enhanced the quality of materials, resources and content of courses.

The quality framework provided through Moodle Medals is helping teaching staff to work towards a much more structured approach to their courses, which provides students with a much better learning platform and repository of interactive resources.

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The medals have made teaching staff more interested in developing their courses to a minimum standard and beyond.  This in part has been encouraged due to introducing a competitive aspect to the medals.  This means that staff are more involved and interested in gaining awards.  In addition, Adam Harvey, Learning Technology Managerthe introduction of the medals has set a benchmark for this department, which is attractive for senior management teams

Students are getting much more out of the VLE and their courses through Moodle, especially if their courses have gained a silver rating, which contains more interactive resources and materials.  It has provided a more immersive environment and one in which students can be more engaged with.

As a direct result of the introduction of Moodle Medals, some teaching staff now deliver all their teaching exclusively through Moodle, an unexpected outcome for the TEL IT team.

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Babelium Mic and Webcam Capture Plugin for Moodle

Babelium Mic and Webcam Capture Plugin for Moodle | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

There are a few plugins for Moodle that support capturing a computer’s microphone or webcam like Poodll and Youtube Anywhere. Babelium is an open source projectand it’s Moodle integration is an additional resource if you’re looking to have students record audio or audio and video as an assignment submission in Moodle. A few use cases suggested by the addon maintainers: students can dub roles, be recorded reading aloud, have an interactive chat, discuss a topic from the course, and more.

 

The assignment plugin is available for Moodle 1.9, 2.0 and 2.4+. You can give it a test drive at http://moodle.babeliumproject.com/. In one example on the demo site that I was able to check out, students watch a video and narrate the audio of a short animation (pretty slick).

 

Babelium’s short video is embedded below [direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI2R2iXS5HQ]

 

 

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Moodle Plugins Directory: 2D/3D Structure Display Short Answer

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Short answer question type in which the teacher can easily build 2D/3D structures in Marvin Sketch and display in Marvin View. Requires Marvin Applets from Chemaxon.

 

The 2D/3D Structure Display short answer question type is a short answerquestion with MarvinSketch for building question content and MarvinView fordisplaying question content. Anything that you can construct in MarvinSketchcan be easily used in short answer questions. You can ask questions such as;- Are the two chlorine groups in the following structure cis or trans?- What is the name of the following reaction?- Does this structure have R or S absolute stereochemistry?
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Moodle Plugins Directory: Select Atoms or Molecules

Moodle Plugins Directory: Select Atoms or Molecules | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Atoms, molecules and reaction selection question type. Requires Marvin Applets downloadable from www.chemaxon.com.

This question type allows you to design questions in which students select various atoms, molecules, bonds or other objects.  The instructor builds molecules or reactions with the Marvin Sketch editor and selects certain objects as the answer.  The student is then presented with the molecules or reactions and must select according to question text.  Note:  This plugin requires Marvin Applets from Chemaxon.
 
You can ask questions such as;

- Select all chiral centers in the following molecule?
- Select all 2p3 hybrid atoms in the following structure?
- Choose the nucleophile in the following reaction?
- Select the reaction arrow which violates the rules of electron pushing?

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Doc of the Day: Forum FAQ

If you’re interested in learning more about discussion forums in Moodle, the Forum FAQ is a great place to start. Among the many FAQs you can learn how to enable and troubleshoot ratings, how to customize your site news feed (“site news”), how to enable guests posting, archiving forums and answers/tips for over 20 forum related-questions.

 

Check it out at http://docs.moodle.org/26/en/Forum_FAQ

 

 

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Moodle Plugins Directory: Course Status Tracker

Moodle Plugins Directory: Course Status Tracker | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

The plugin shows the number and list of enrolled courses and completed courses. It also shows the number of courses which are in progress.

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