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LMSs of Smaller Colleges | edutechnica

LMSs of Smaller Colleges | edutechnica | Moodlicious | Scoop.it

For this analysis, we’ve broken out a separate category for “no detected institutional LMS” and combined what previously were the “legacy” and “other” categories into just one – “other.” We define “no detected institutional LMS” as lack of a central system with online classroom capabilities. Schools that have a portal but not an LMS fit into this category as do schools such as vocational technical schools, trade schools, schools that teach driving, auto mechanic schools, beauty schools, some medical technologist schools, some dental hygienist schools, schools that focus on the performing arts, culinary schools, and other schools that rely heavily on face-to-face or hands-on delivery of educational experiences.  For this data set, a higher percentage of manual verification was performed to ensure its validity.

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Total of 64 plugins awarded as "Early bird 3.0"

Total of 64 plugins awarded as "Early bird 3.0" | Moodlicious | Scoop.it
Award for plugins that have Moodle 3.0 compatible version available by the release time.
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Want To Help Road Test Moodle 3.0?

Want To Help Road Test Moodle 3.0? | Moodlicious | Scoop.it
Moodle 3.0 is about four weeks from release and the Moodle development team is seeking help in getting testing done. (PS – there are over 500 tests that need to be run to check everything).

Getting involved is fairly simple:

Read over the QA testing guide here to learn how to run tests, reset them, submit fixes, and more.
Send a note to Rajesh Taneja at the link in this forum. He’ll add you to the Moodle Tester Group in the Moodle Tracker.
Start testing!
As noted in the forum – Moodle is looking for a 100% pass rate in the next three weeks to make sure everything is polished and in place for the release.
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Moodle content as LTI - pros and cons

Moodle content as LTI - pros and cons | Moodlicious | Scoop.it
Now the issue we are seeing is the inability to edit the graded entities, which are also served up as LTI content.  I with only the content was server up LTI style, and the graded entities, quizzes, assignments were provided locally, in the moodle course shell.  When the quiz or assignment or forum for that matter, is served up locally, as that activity type in moodle, you can edit and have control over the points associated with that activity.  If a quiz is 10 points in the local activity, then you can turn on editing from the course home page and edit that activity and its points associated.  Been there done that many times.  BUT! - when the content (quiz) is served up as LTI activity, the control is lost.  control = ability to edit the points assigned to the entity.  AND moodle is dependent on the LTI provider to share the grade data.  This seems to work fine, thankfully, but the inability to edit the associated points is an issue. 

I did find a couple interesting posts around this issue and a post that this was addressed in moodle 2.8 - addressed = the edit LTI activity type added the points available.
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Escaping Plugin Dependency Hell

Escaping Plugin Dependency Hell | Moodlicious | Scoop.it
Moodle has a feature that allows a plugin to declare that it is dependent on another plugin. This is nice because it prevents you installing something that won’t work, or that might cause havoc. Unfortunately this can get people in trouble because Moodle will keep returning you to the  “plugin dependencies check” page, until they remove the new plugin or install the dependent plugin.
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Understanding LTI and moodle and the gradebook

Understanding LTI and moodle and the gradebook | Moodlicious | Scoop.it
The convenience of using LTI or LTI provider is that you do not have to worry about the content in moodle.  Moodle is the consumer or benefactor of someone else serving up content.  The "someone else" manages, updates the course content.  Moodle is a shell with pointers in activities that connect to a LTI provided data host, server or provider.  Yes, but with every convenience, there is a trade-off.  You give something away.  The cost is a "dependency" on the provider.  Moodle is dependent on the provider to "serve up" the content.

Its actually the browser that makes the request via OAuth of the provider.  Sending a key and shared secret to the provider.  The provider verifies and allows or releases data to the requester or consumer.

The course shell activity UI, like the one below that comes from the provider sometimes has a button that says Grade the data or Output Progress Data.  Requesting a data pull (from consumer perspective) or a data push (provider perspective).
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BigBlueButton integration with Moodle has been updated

We are pleased to announce the new version of the BigBlueButton integration with Moodle. The plugin BigBlueButtonBN version 2.0.0-b1 is for the moment available only in GitHub and can be downloaded from here. As soon as we move it to the next stage in our development process it will be released to the Moodle Plugin Database.

 

This new version has been written with the goal of providing users with a more complete way to use BigBlueButton in Moodle, includes features that users have been asking over the time and also changes that have been required due the modifications Moodle has made between versions.

 

We have tried to cover the most possible use cases while keeping a simple interface for end users and system administrators.

- See more at: http://blindsidenetworks.com/2015/08/bigbluebutton-integration-with-moodle-has-been-updated/#sthash.gq8g7A4E.dpuf

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What is Video Easy?

What is Video Easy? | Moodlicious | Scoop.it
It is a filter that turns links on Moodle pages into video (or audio) players. Moodle already has such a filter. It is called the “multimedia plugins” filter and its installed and on by default. On most Moodle sites video, is handled by the multi media plugins filter or the PoodLL filter, and the player you see is called Flowplayer.

The Video Easy filter is an alternative solution. Rather than have one filter per player type. Video Easy can be set up to use any of several players. By default it comes with Flowplayer, JPlayer, Video JS, Mediaelement.js and JW Player. Adding players is a fairly simple task for someone familiar with javascript, and can be done from the VideoEasy settings page. ie VideoEasy does not need to be modified.

Video Easy is not limited to any particular video file type. By default it can handle: mp4,webm, ogg, oggv, flv, mp3, and rss extensions. But its possible to add new extensions from the settings page. On the PoodLL demo site, you can see the gif extension has been added and a gif player implemented.

Players can be assigned to file types from the Video Settings page, and this can also be done at different levels, ie site level, course level or activity level.
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Just what I needed. It will make my life much easier from now on :-)

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The Architecture of Open Source Applications (Volume 2): Moodle

The Architecture of Open Source Applications (Volume 2): Moodle | Moodlicious | Scoop.it
Moodle focuses on providing an online space for teaching and learning, rather than any of the other systems that an educational organisation might need. Moodle provides a basic implementation of the other functionalities, so that it can function either as a stand-alone system or integrated with other systems. The role Moodle plays is normally called a virtual learning environment (VLE), or learning or course management system (LMS, CMS or even LCMS).

Moodle is open source or free software (GPL). It is written in PHP. It will run on most common web servers, on common platforms. It requires a database, and will work with MySQL, PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle.

The Moodle project was started by Martin Dougiamas in 1999, while he was working at Curtin University, Australia. Version 1.0 was released in 2002, at which time PHP4.2 and MySQL 3.23 were the technologies available. This limited the kind of architecture that was possible initially, but much has changed since then. The current release is the Moodle 2.2.x series.
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Seamlessly connect Moodle 2.9 to Wordpress with Simon Booth's LTI Connector plugin for Wordpress.

Seamlessly connect Moodle 2.9 to Wordpress with Simon Booth's LTI Connector plugin for Wordpress. | Moodlicious | Scoop.it
How would you like to be able to launch into a Wordpress blog directly from within your Moodle production site? At the end of this post, you will know how to enable a Single Sign-On between your Moodle 2.9 site and your Wordpress multisite in a LAMPP environment. To put it simply, within Moodle itself, you will be able to launch into Wordpress directly using the same Moodle login details.
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How to Add a Moodle Database Activity in 4 Easy Steps

How to Add a Moodle Database Activity in 4 Easy Steps | Moodlicious | Scoop.it
A Moodle database activity allows the instructor and his or her participants or students to search, display, comment, populate a record entry bank on just about any subject that they can think of. The structure and the format of the database is highly customizable, and there is no limit to the number of relevant entries that can be added- URLs, files, images, text, checklist and numbers are all accepted.

The database activity added has a lot of versatile and useful settings that make it perfect for any and all kinds of assignments, from sharing and collecting essential information, providing a data array for the participants to work with, or showing content for the students to view and comment on. The instructions given will create one table per run, but you can just repeat the steps should you need another table. Records can then be linked to other resources and tables in the course if auto link is allowed in the name field.
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Moodle 2.8.6, 2.7.8 and 2.6.11 are now available

Moodle 2.8.6, 2.7.8 and 2.6.11 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:

Moodle 2.8.6 release notes
Moodle 2.7.8 release notes
Moodle 2.6.11 release notes
Note that 2.7 branch is now supported for security fixes only until May 2017 (LTS) and 2.6.11 is the final release in 2.6 branch.
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Moodle Enrolment Plugins Overview

Moodle Enrolment Plugins Overview | Moodlicious | Scoop.it

As to be expected, there happen to be diverse kinds of this feature that facilitate for different ways of enrolling users to the courses a learning institution may have to offer. In essence these plugins permit Moodle developers to create a base class, through which they can make use of different methods this learning platform facilitates for course enrollments. Each single enrolment plugin comes with its very own custom database tables, and data is saved automatically the minute the user inputs it into the system. The information fed into these tables cannot be manually altered as it protected.

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LMS Industry User Research | Capterra

LMS Industry User Research | Capterra | Moodlicious | Scoop.it
Capterra surveys over 100 Learning Management System users to uncover how they find, purchase, and use their LMS software.

 

The most popular LMSs among respondents track very well with our previously published research on the subject. Moodle was far-and-away the most used, with SumTotal/Skillsoft a close second, and Blackboard and Cornerstone vying for third.

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Kick it Up a Notch - 5 Tips to Make Your Moodle a Bit More Fun

Kick it Up a Notch - 5 Tips to Make Your Moodle a Bit More Fun | Moodlicious | Scoop.it
Discover Amazing Ways To Make Your Moodle Slicker, Safer And Easier To Use With These 5 Great Customization Tips!
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How to Backup Moodle - Everything You Need to Know

How to Backup Moodle - Everything You Need to Know | Moodlicious | Scoop.it
Site backup is something that can allow the administrator of any website to save all the things that are associated with Moodle site. There are chances for you to restore these backup so that it is possible for you to bring the site back when backup can be done. It is highly recommended to do regular backups so that it is possible for reducing the loss of the information even when there is some kind of worst problems with the website and also for speeding up the overall recovery process. It is always good for the individuals to make use of such kind of the backup methods that can help them in keeping all the things related with the website in much safer manner so that there is no need for them to worry when they are having some issues for the website.
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Managing LTI apps in a CASA Community App Sharing Architecture App Store | Moodle Moot US 2015

Moodle Moot US2015: Managing LTI apps in a CASA (Community App Sharing Architecture) App Store that lives inside of your MOODLE by Nick Thompson
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The future of Moodle [Keynote] Martin Dougiamas | MoodleMoot US 2015

Martin Dougiamas is best known as the founder of Moodle, and leading the team of software developers at the heart of the Moodle project. His major goal for the future is to improve the quality of education by encouraging social constructionist and collaborative practices within online learning communities.
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PoodLL 3 will not be free

After a lot of thought, and discussions with Moodle colleagues, I have decided that PoodLL 3 will be a premium product, ie it will not be free.

Why?

PoodLL grew from a simple audio recorder hack in Moodle 1.9, to become 10 different plugins and one of the more popular sets of plugins on the Moodle plugins database. The PoodLL filter is currently installed on over 2000 Moodle sites, and has been downloaded more than 120,000 times.

Maintaining PoodLL between Moodle versions is often not trivial. Over the last few years Moodle has changed the file system completely, moved to a new question engine, moved to a new assignment type, introduced the Atto editor and begun transitioning away from YUI to AMD/JQuery. All of these changes required PoodLL to change also. When I was teaching and developing PoodLL in my off hours, it was relatively justifiable to do these things during school time.

Since leaving teaching however, it is difficult to justify spending the required amounts of time on PoodLL. Time spent on PoodLL is usually time that would otherwise have gone on a contract job. Fortunately I have had some great patrons who have helped pay for PoodLL features, and have gone out of their way to test and give feedback. In particular I would single out eAbyas , BCU, Thom Rawson and the Moodle Association of Japan. But there have been many more.

For a while I held out hoping that Moodle HQ or some partner would implement some sort of plugin marketplace. But recently I spoke with some HQ people, and some partners, and started what turned out to be a very interesting thread on the Moodle Forums. I don’t think anything like a plugin marketplace is coming, unless I start it. Basically it would be chump change for partners. And for HQ there would be too many obstacles for them to overcome.
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Introducing Moodle Mobile 2.0 - YouTube

Moodle Mobile is the official mobile app for Moodle, allowing students, teachers and all Moodle users to access their learning platform even better from mobile devices.

Download the app and discover the simplicity and flexibility of mobile learning with offline capability, friendly access to course content and grades, push notifications and initiative features.

You can try the app today with our Mount Orange demo, school.demo.moodle.net and select a role. Or to access your own Moodle site content, make sure you have version 2.4 or later and follow the settings to enable mobile access.

Available on iOS and Android. Discover more at docs.moodle.org/en/Moodle_Mobile
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3 Cutting Edge Strategies for Training on Moodle

3 Cutting Edge Strategies for Training on Moodle | Moodlicious | Scoop.it

Until recently, the field of e-learning has been relatively slow to take off because too much attention was paid to the exploration of technical possibilities while ignoring the area of application. Well, developers have realized their mistake and made the platform more transparent and user-friendly.


Moodle has emerged as the over-whelming leader in the e-learning platform and management system field. It is free to download, features open-source software and does not come attached with any licensing costs or requirements.


If you’ve decided to get your organization to jump on the e-learning bandwagon, how do you make sure that you’re getting the most of your Moodle platform? Because Moodle is feature-rich, the platform can sometimes be difficult and time-consuming to learn. No only this, but due to the ever-changing nature of virtual learning platforms, staying up-to-date on how to use the platform requires an ongoing learning process.

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Flash and PoodLL

Flash and PoodLL | Moodlicious | Scoop.it
Well Flash has been in the news again this week with a security problem, that has Firefox blocking it and Facebook calling for its death. It certainly seems like its driving itself off a cliff. So whats going on with PoodLL and Flash?

Flash despite all the flak is still the best featured and cross browser consistent technology for in browser audio and video recording. Because of that and because iOS seems in no hurry to implement webrtc, I have put other things ahead of html5 recording for desktops. But that is no longer a sustainable position.

PoodLL will mostly run without Flash. All the widgets can run without flash (flashcards, stopwatches etc). And the audio/video recorders can be set to use file upload in place of flash recorders. For mobile thats been the case for some time, because they usually don’t have flash, and because the camera/mic option appears on the file upload dialog. But for desktop thats a pretty serious downgrade in functionality.
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"Here at PoodLL we won’t be dumping flash for a while, but we are definitely going to be working on webrtc (html5 recording) in time for PoodLL 3 this year."

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5 Minutes With Martin Dougiamas from Moodle

5 Minutes With Martin Dougiamas from Moodle | Moodlicious | Scoop.it
The term “LMS” can mean a lot of things and I rarely use it for Moodle. Moodle was always designed as a learning platform, more like an operating system or a “lego set” which allows you to create exactly the tool you need for a particular learning situation, ranging from the smallest home school up to the largest University. Every class is different.


This is possible because Moodle has evolved with a lot of configuration options over the years, and most importantly, because we are open source, our community includes a whole ecosystem of developers that have created hundreds of plugins, integrations and techniques to address specific needs and niches. It’s amazing what you can create with Moodle.


The downside of all this is that the staff who are implementing Moodle at a particular institution need to take a fairly deep and serious approach to analysing what they need, researching what is available, and customising Moodle by removing options, adding plugins and designing the interface to make it the optimal tool for their own situation. It should be well-integrated with the other systems around it. It should be made to look good with attractive school branding. Finally, like any major IT system, the inclusion, training and enculturing of the educators who will be using Moodle is absolutely critical to success. I see a lot of schools just install a vanilla Moodle with its default configuration and expect great online learning to start happening – it rarely does. Teachers on the frontline are generally far too overworked already to work all this out on their own.

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Moodle 2.9 Release Highlights: Overview

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Moodle 2.9 features a user-friendly redesign of the user-interface for the benefit of teachers, students and new Moodle users to create engaging learning environments. With improvements to the functionality, UI, course editing and lessons, this release is our best to date. Familiar features are reintroduced with updated titles for the common simplicity of users such as the new Dashboard, preferences, easier access to grades and the introduction of more initiative functions such as the image drag and drop. 

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12 Easy to Follow Tips for Moodle Quiz Creation | Moodle.com

12 Easy to Follow Tips for Moodle Quiz Creation | Moodle.com | Moodlicious | Scoop.it
Quiz is one of the most popular – and powerful activities in Moodle. Alongside its many standard features, there are over 80 Quiz plugins allowing you to customise it to your needs.  1. Word your questions wisely: The challenge from … Continue reading →
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Moodle Tin Can Launch Plugin

The Tin Can Launch plugin for Moodle(https://github.com/garemoko/moodle-mo...) allows you to launch Tin Can content and track that content to an external LRS configured in Moodle. The plugin then pulls data from the LRS back into Moodle to feed Moodle's completion tracking and give the learner that little green tick! 

This short video gives an overview of how to configure the plugin and demos launch of the Golf Prototype (http://tincanapi.com/prototypes-getti...) from Moodle with tracking to Watershed LRS (http://watershedlrs.com).

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