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162 Page Moodle Manual from @HowtoMoodle

162 Page Moodle Manual from @HowtoMoodle | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Here’s a 162 page resource compiled by Moodle Partner HowtoMoodle that covers a host of need to know Moodle processes for course creation and management in 2.5. Within the pages of Course Creator Essential 2.5 are easy keys to help you understand what you’re looking at (which view, if it’s an admin setting, etc.) and loads of information on anything from course creation, to specific use of various activities to conditional activities. While much of this information is available within the Moodle docs, this resource has helped to distill the information into one easy to access, free PDF that you can share with colleagues or just keep handy.

 

 

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Thanks to HowToMoodle for distilling and compiling this very useful information #moodle 2.5

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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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Great article on Moodle.

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open source learning platform is great!

 

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A good means to share content on line

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6 hidden Moodle administrator tools which you may not be knowing at all

6 hidden Moodle administrator tools which you may not be knowing at all | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Moodle – the best open source LMS in the world is modular in nature and provides a lot of flexibility to extend the available features with plugins. Managing a Moodle site as a Moodle Administrator can be a daunting task, especially if you are new at job and don’t have much experience with Moodle.

Moodle has a lot of tools and configuration options under the Site Administration menu which can be used to optimize your Moodle site.Today in this article I am going to share with you about the 6 hidden tools which can make your life easier as the Moodle administrator. I believe that most of you who are new Moodle site administrators may not be knowing about their existence also.
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Core skills screening through Moodle Quizzes – MoodleMoot UK & Ireland 2017 #mootieuk17

Core skills screening through Moodle Quizzes – MoodleMoot UK & Ireland 2017 #mootieuk17 | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

Core Skills are five skills that are key to learning and working in today’s world. According to SQA, employers have identified these five skills as those most likely to be needed in a work environment. Although any job will never need proficiency in all five skills but some level of ability is required in some or all the skills.

The five core skills are:

* Communication
* Numeracy
* Information and Communication Technology,
* Problem Solving
* Working with Others

How you can screen these skills in Moodle? Janvier Nkurunziza – from City of Glasgow College, presented about “Core Skills screening through Moodle Quizzes to assess and meet the needs of students” during the MoodleMoot UK & Ireland 2017.

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Messiness, Time and Moodlerooms: An Interview With Moodle Education Manager

Messiness, Time and Moodlerooms: An Interview With Moodle Education Manager | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
On the official Moodle Blog, Tom Murdock, the recently appointed Education Manager at Moodle HQ, shared his past experiences and background, his personal interests in EdTech, and how Moodle sees itself in the future of education.
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Link your Microsoft, Google & Facebook logins in Moodle and access your learning material easily – Part-2 : Moodle3.3

Link your Microsoft, Google & Facebook logins in Moodle and access your learning material easily – Part-2 : Moodle3.3 | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
In Moodle 3.3, Once you have your social account linked with Moodle through OAuth login services, it is possible to get access to the corresponding storage service (Microsoft’s OneDrive, Google Drive) as an option in the “File Picker.” Even your students can directly link from their online storage or create a copy to store on Moodle to send as an assignment.
Connecting a System account

A system account is not needed for login functionality. A system account may be connected to provide advanced functionality, such as access controlled links from the Google Drive repository or OneDrive repository. The system account should be a dedicated account for this purpose only.
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Link your Microsoft, Google & Facebook logins in Moodle and access your learning material easily – Part-1 : Moodle3.3

Link your Microsoft, Google & Facebook logins in Moodle and access your learning material easily – Part-1 : Moodle3.3 | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Moodle 3.3 brought a plethora of exciting new features for Moodle users around the world. One of the most exciting new features of Moodle 3.3, is the integration with online office suites and allowing your users to login with their credentials on popular social accounts.

The new feature coined as “Better Office integration” consists of 2 different features. First one will allow your users to use the new OAuth 2 support in Moodle 3.3 to Login to your Moodle site through multiple social accounts like Microsoft, Google, Facebook & Linkedin. The second one will allow you as a teacher to have access controlled links for the files from your online repositories like G-Suite or Microsoft OneDrive.

Today, I am going to show you How you can set up the Social Login link to your Moodle site. In another article, I will show you how you can get access to documents from Microsoft Office and the Google G-Suite.
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Top 05 premium Moodle themes of 2017 – Make your Moodle site more appealing

Top 05 premium Moodle themes of 2017 – Make your Moodle site more appealing | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Moodle – the most popular open source LMS in the world is aggressively working on improving the default looks since the release of Moodle 3.2. Moodle 3.2 which includes a brand new Bootstrap 4 based theme – Boost is very much appreciated among the Moodle users for the clear improvement which it adds to Moodle straight out of the box.

There are many free Moodle themes available which are very popular and well maintained by the theme designers. But it is pretty difficult to get the support for free themes if you need any customization for your brand.

However, there are many premium themes also available for Moodle which are well maintained and offers quick support. Moodle premium themes are also equipped with the functionalities to enhance the base features of Moodle and give a more appealing looks to your site.
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Why you should seriously consider H5P for creating interactive content

Why you should seriously consider H5P for creating interactive content | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
H5P is getting popular day by day because of the ease it provides in creating, sharing and reusing the interactive content. Before H5P it was a real pain to share and reuse the interactive content created on one platform due to the way the older file formats worked. H5P as a de-facto standard for interactive content has the potential to open the world up to the sharing and reuse of interactive content in a way never seen before.

H5P has changed the way how you can share the interactive content files among different platforms. Before H5P, if you want to share any such content, you need to send the file along with the instructions to reproduce similar content on the other system. H5P gives you the ability to share the interactive content as simple as sending a copy of the interactive video as you would an email attachment.

The H5P file format takes a completely different approach. Instead of describing the content through a standard, it itself is the content. And it comes with default code for both editing and displaying the content. That means that the content will always work, look and feel the same on all platforms and devices.
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Check Out Mootivated, A New Concept In Moodle Gamification

Check Out Mootivated, A New Concept In Moodle Gamification | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Mootivated adds a gamification layer on top of a Moodle Site. It consists of a mobile app that provides virtual rewards to students in the form of coins, which they can later spend on a virtual story. It is connected to Moodle via a plugin, which gives admins a dashboard to manage rewards and monitor student behavior.
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Spoodle, The ‘Moodle On A Stick’ Solution, Now Built With Moodle 3.3

Spoodle, The ‘Moodle On A Stick’ Solution, Now Built With Moodle 3.3 | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
It might look like a technology at the verge of obsolescence, but the USB pen, also known as a flash or thumb drive, still serves many purposes in industrialized and developing regions alike. Not the least of them is education. A few days ago, Steve Grono, Learning Designer at the University of New England, announced the launch of Spoodle 3.3, which gives students offline access to a fully-fledged learning experience with the best and latest Moodle has to offer.

Since its launch, Spoodle has offered a straightforward solution to access Moodle with limited connectivity. A teacher can create a Course on a traditional Moodle installation, and then “export” it to a USB memory, also known as a stick or jump drive. The packaged Moodle can then be easily copied as is onto other drives. As soon as the student plugs it in, Moodle is instantly available.
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Moodle Webcasting Plugin BigBlueButton Updated For A More Secure Open Experience

Moodle Webcasting Plugin BigBlueButton Updated For A More Secure Open Experience | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
BigBlueButton, the company behind the Moodle plugins for video and audio conferencing and recording of the same name, announced the launch of version 1.1 last month.
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Want to know what makes a good Moodle quiz? Check out this presentation by Dr. Tim Hunt #moodletips

Want to know what makes a good Moodle quiz? Check out this presentation by Dr. Tim Hunt #moodletips | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Moodle Quiz engine is the most powerful and customizable quiz engine among all the modern online learning environments. You can customize the Moodle quiz to meet the need of all students by creating different question types, importing questions from other systems, creating new question behaviors etc. Even many school & college institutes use Moodle only because of the feature rich quiz engine.

Dr. Tim Hunt is the Senior software developer at Open University and the maintainer of the Moodle Quiz Module and Question Bank since May 2006. With a decade long experience in maintaining the Moodle’s core quiz module and using Moodle for thousands of students at Open University, Dr. Tim Hunt and Chris Nelson from Open University presented about the tips for creating a good moodle quiz.

The presentation delivered during the MoodleMoot UK & Ireland 2017 was one of the most impressive presentation on creating good Moodle quizzes. You can watch the video recording of the presentation below or through this link (open in a new window).
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Moodle: Creating Modules 17-18

Moodle: Creating Modules 17-18 | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
If you are teaching on modules starting in 2017/18, the instructions below will walk you through how to set these up.

If your module has already ran once, and you are keeping the module content roughly the same, then you can simply import across the module content from your 2016/17 course. We will be showing you how you can do this tomorrow.
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How To Plug Outcomes From Interactive H5P Activities Into The Moodle Gradebook

How To Plug Outcomes From Interactive H5P Activities Into The Moodle Gradebook | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it

H5P has received an open and warm embrace by the Moodleverse. It might be time you too learned how to adopt it into your Course.


H5P offers a number of snappy interactive “content types,” fulfilling a variety of interactive experiences. If the type can provide information about user performance, chances are it can be compatible with the Moodle Gradebook.


Here is an example that shows how easy it is to add interactive content into the grading. It uses a demo Moodle 3.3 site.

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Moodle plugins: Team Builder

Moodle plugins: Team Builder | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Developed by UNSW, this is an advanced tool for building teams based off a set of criteria. You ask your students some questions, and then develop a predicate based off their answers for your teams. This is great if you want a little more control than "Assign Randomly" but less work than "Manual Allocation". It's also a great drag-and-drop interface for building Groups; if you just want to make your groups yourself but hate the time-consuming Moodle method, then you can use Team Builder to make your life a bit easier.
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Hone your Moodle skills with Learn Moodle MOOC based on Moodle 3.3 – Starting today #learnmoodle

Hone your Moodle skills with Learn Moodle MOOC based on Moodle 3.3 – Starting today #learnmoodle | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Learning how Moodle works and how you can use it to create your own online learning environment can be a real fun, only when you got the opportunity to learn it from the Moodle experts and community members. Learn Moodle – the official Moodle website for delivering MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) presents the “Teaching with Moodle 3.3” which had already started from today.

Teaching with Moodle 3.3 is a free course for everyone who would like to start using for online teaching in schools, colleges, corporates or simply out of passion like me. The 4 week course is a great opportunity for anyone to experience the real life teaching with Moodle as the LMS. The course participants will also get the opportunity to create their own practice course and allow other participants to enrol into the course and give their opinion about your course.

The course is facilitated by Mary Cooch – Moodle community educator at Moodle HQ and Helen Foster – Community Manager at Moodle HQ. The course is designed to offer a good foundation and context of Moodle. The course features structured and easy to understand content with activity based learning.
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LMS v CMS? An Unconventional Contest To Defy Your Assumptions About Moodle

LMS v CMS? An Unconventional Contest To Defy Your Assumptions About Moodle | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
For some, the idea to pit Moodle, an LMS, versus a CMS the likes of WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla, is akin to comparing apples to oranges. In reality, many organizations must find practical ways to support both a learning platform and an outbound communications platform. Sometimes it could make sense to think of one system to rule it all, but sometimes making a tool provide functionality it was not meant to do can be more trouble than it’s worth.
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Office Integration In Moodle 3.3

Google G-Suite and Microsoft Office integration is a new feature in Moodle 3.3. This feature allows easier and faster access to all of the tools that teachers and students need.

This video highlights the new features in the Google G-Suite and Microsoft Office integration.
 
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How to improve your moodle performance? Check out these excellent tips #Moodle

How to improve your moodle performance? Check out these excellent tips #Moodle | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Moodle as a LMS is the best in the world but due to its large code base and modular architecture it may become a resource intensive application for your server until you optimze and fine tune it. As a Moodle server administrator, you may face problems with optimizing the Moodle performance on your server.

All server applications needs to be fine tuned to optimized use of server resources which is the same case with Moodle. It also needs to be fine tuned and optimized to improve the performance.

Moodle can be made to perform very well, at small usage levels or scaling up to many thousands of users. The factors involved in performance are the same as for any PHP based database-driven system.
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Vinny Stocker 7 Exciting Uses For Event Monitoring In Moodle v2 - iMoot16

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Events in Moodle are an internal notification that something has happened. They are used for logging, for reports, and anytime one part of Moodle code wants to “listen” to things that are happening.

 
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All MoodleCloud Sites, Now With Moodle 3.3

All MoodleCloud Sites, Now With Moodle 3.3 | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
The decisive step forward towards the more relevant and timely experience that is Moodle 3.3 is now available for MoodleCloud users across all tiers, according to an announcement by Chris Reid, MoodleCloud Product Manager.
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Moodle, the LRS? Getting Started With xAPI Learning Record Stores [UPDATED]

Moodle, the LRS? Getting Started With xAPI Learning Record Stores [UPDATED] | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Learning Record Stores (LRS) are the heart of the tracking process of learning using the xAPI standard. xAPI allows systems, including Moodle and compatible LMS, to develop guidance for learning content. Unlike SCORM, the de facto EdTech standard, it covers both content and performance, making it possible to compare learning outcomes.

LRS are a response to the need to place resulting xAPI-compliant data about student behavior in a central location. Since xAPI is platform agnostic, an LRS can be thought of independently from the LMS. Of course, for learning organizations with an overarching LMS solution, it makes sense to keep LRS and LMS together. Organizations using proprietary LMS, however, might want to take advantage of this independence and adopt an LRS as their private learning evidence (and know-how) repository. While this is not a problem with Moodle, as it was designed to protect data ownership, the concept of “LRS independence” helps define an organizational strategy about performance, behavior tracking, and evidence-based learning interventions.

LRS can work with both Open and proprietary LMS, or with no LMS at all. This opens up new ways of thinking about learning. Valuable experiences can happen outside the LMS. Video games, for example, are often associated with a broad set of skills, from motor development and visual contrast sensitivity, to attention and memory, or even to fighting depression. Connecting them to an LRS through xAPI would give weight to these claims to the point of considering video games as part of a learning plan. LRS could be helpful for Moodle and other LMS too, as they would provide comparable feedback about the tools and activities. In the example of video games, LRS could provide quantifiable insight about what makes a learning experience the most engaging.
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Moodle enters 100 million users club across the globe – Moodle stats

Moodle enters 100 million users club across the globe – Moodle stats | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
As a testament to prove its numero uno place in the education sector, Moodle as a LMS has created another record. Recently, the Moodle stats have crossed the 100 million users all over the world. Crossing the 100 million users mark is a big achievement for all the Moodle community members, developers, contributors. A big congratulations to everyone from MoodleWorld team for achieving this amazing feat.

Moodle Stats page provides the latest data about the Moodle users across the world including other useful data. With presence in more than 235 countries and 110 million resources, Moodle is going to be the most popular LMS across the world. As per the recent stats, there are more than 81 thousand registered Moodle sites with more than 105 million users which mayn’t be reflecting the real figure but only a part of it.
Top 10 Countries using Moodle:

There are more than 12 million courses, 360 million enrolments and more than 600 million questions created with Moodle. The top countries who are using
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Give Your Students A Taste Of Non-Linear Examination With This Plugin

Give Your Students A Taste Of Non-Linear Examination With This Plugin | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
With each passing generation, we learn more about the factors involved in learning and the ways we can stimulate these factors. We are starting to become more aware of the attributes of an environment that students thrive in when given a specific task or learning outcome.

Little attention, however, has been given to timing or the elements that influence a decision made instantly by students. Assessments are particularly affected by timing, as they usually come as “one shot,” all-or-nothing events. The psychology of test anxiety has made little progress in the last decade. This is not only a disservice to the millions of students undergoing high stakes testing each year but also opens the gate to blanket statements about the dangers of standardized testing, which at best are only the result of misplaced fears.

But if you believe examinations are an important part of the learning experience, or at least a necessary evil, the TaskChain plugin (the union of previous HotPot and QuizPort plugins) might be worth your while. It is designed to provide a testing (or task completion) experience with more freedom than usual. TaskChain creates “task rooms,” or Activities comprising several tasks. Students can complete them following a pre-defined path or through their own choice. Teachers can add conditions to the completion criteria of the task rooms, including required or optional tasks, a minimum number of tasks, and so on. The tasks themselves support several Moodle Quiz types, from drop-down to Cloze (fill-in-the-blanks).
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Learn The Latest About Project Inspire, An Analytics, Machine Learning Moodle Ambition

Learn The Latest About Project Inspire, An Analytics, Machine Learning Moodle Ambition | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Finally, the Inspire plugin, which is the most explicit outcome of the project to date, provides some limited forecasting functionality. Ideally, the predictive accuracy of the plugin will be validated by third-party examination of the code and a controlled evaluation in empirical scenarios, none of which has been announced to date. While it does offer some model evaluation functionality, the current version of the Inspire plugin does not include a feedback loop and it only uses data from the Moodle Site where it’s implemented. Whether the plugin draws from the anonymous Moodle data set of users worldwide is still unclear. If your Moodle site has no records of past Course behavior, the model has no learning set and would not be able to make predictions.

As for the future, the Inspire plugin is expected to join the Moodle core. It is not clear if the progress will allow this to happen for Moodle 3.4, scheduled for November this year. On June 1st, an unofficial statement by the CTO of Spanish Moodle Partner Inserver during Open Expo España stated that Analyse, either a new plugin or a next stage of the original Inspire plugin, will be ready for Moodle 3.4.
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Moodle CEO To Lead Rally In Favor Of Data Protection Regulation

Moodle CEO To Lead Rally In Favor Of Data Protection Regulation | Moodle Best LMS | Scoop.it
Last year, the European Union Parliament agreed on the text of the General Data Protection Regulation. The GDPR updates and harmonizes existing legal guidelines for the region, touching on various aspects of privacy and data empowerment for European citizens. Among other elements, it covers business practices involving “data export” outside the region by companies who have personal information.

Moodle Founder and CEO, Martin Dougiamas, recently stated his support for the updated laws, underlying his convictions in favor of privacy for all Moodle users, not only the Europeans. He also highlights the possible complexities that might arise as users are allowed to gain further control of their information online, both the presence they create and the one that can be used to identify them.
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