A bit slow adding this here, but the registrations for the Moodlemoot Edinburgh 2014 are now open. This is the announcement from the Moot site:
Reserve your place at the Moodlemoot Edinburgh 2014 and join hundreds of Moodlers from around the world for fun days of learning, networking and development.
Registration provides access to the panels, workshops, presentations, keynote addresses, meals (Coffee breaks and lunch) for each day that you are registered.
All registration options also include the Gala Dinner held on the Tuesday evening at the Our Dynamic Earth venue in Edinburgh.
There are a number of ticket options available for the Moodlemoot – all options include attendance at the Gala Dinner on April 15th 2014.
For on-line payment with Credit Cards visit http://moodlemoot-edinburgh.exordo.com/
Invoice registration is available for institutions and organisations.
Please contact us with your organisation details, (name, address, VAT number) and Full names & emails of those attending and we will draw up the invoice. Registration is confirmed upon receipt of payment.
Marketing Edinburgh have offer their accommodation booking service to delegates attending the Moodlemoot.
They specially negotiated rates at a selection of hotels/apartments throughout the city these cover two, three and four stars.
We will be running coaches to the Moodlemoot venue from outside the Roxburghe and also near one of the main hotels at the Royal Mile to the venue at 8:30 am on the Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday and heading back afterwards, so the accommodation options are all within walking distance of the planned pickup points. We will finalise the pickup points once we have the list of bookings that people have made.
On completion of the booking process you will receive an email confirmation to the email address you have provided. You will also be provided with a password which will be required if you wish to make changes to your personal details or change your reservation online.
Please note that the main Hotel venue for Monday welcome drinks, and Hackfest on the Thursday and Moodlemoot Office is the The Roxburghe which you can also book through this service.
This week the latest version of Moodle was released, Moodle 2.6.
This is a long-awaited version for many of the excellent features that have been added. There are new features for all – some which help students, some which teachers will love and some which administrators will dance over.
Moodle HQ also released some videos highlighting each feature on their YouTube account.
These are a few of the cool teacher ones:
- The interface for editing a course is much improved – out with the line of icons and in with a nice usable drop down for editing (video)
- Teaches can now annotate assignment PDFs in their browser without the need to download them. (video)
- Teachers now have more control over the workflow of grading an assignment and who grades the assignment.(video)
- The certainty-based marking for quiz questions has now got improved feedback options
These are the ones that help students (and other users):
- Resetting your password in Moodle is a cleaner 1 step process, where you request the change and the link sent enables you to change it on the page. The link expires after 30 mins for security reasons.
- The continued work on making the Moodle site work better on mobile devices is really paying off, with it working better on desktops, tablets and phones.
- The text editor has been improved and made more user and device friendly
- The Skydrive integration is now available in core rather than a plugin, which is great news for institutions using it!
Administrators – prepare to dance:
- The bulk course creation tool has now made it into core which is really good news (video)
- The user interface for management of courses and categories has been majorly overhauled and it is a huge timesaver now. (video)
- The backing up and restoring of large courses has been improved performance wise which is great for all those 4-10 Gig courses out there!
As this will be the version that most Northern hemisphere organisations implement next Summer, it is great to see so many great new features and continued improvements across the board.
If you havent checked out the video playlist I am embedding it below.
For the release notes check here on Moodle Docs -> http://docs.moodle.org/dev/Moodle_2.6_release_notes
To download it – check the usual download page or GIT.
With the latest major version (2.6) coming next week, it was good to see the latest minor releases published.
If you are currently using Moodle 2.3, 2.4 or 2.5 then you should consider upgrading to the latest minor release. As normal with minor releases, the releases contain bug fixes and a number of security fixes.
The Moodle 2.5.3 releases addresses 224 bugs (see 2.5.3 release notes)
The Moodle 2.4.7 releases addresses 150 bugs (see 2.4.7 release notes)
The Moodle 2.3.10 releases addresses 150 bugs (see 2.3.10 release notes)
If you are still on the older Moodle 2.3 (which was released June 2012) you should consider upgrading to a later version now, ideally looking at 2.5.3.
For downloads as always check out the Moodle.org download pages on http://download.moodle.org
The deadline for the Call for Proposals for the Moodlemoot Edinburgh 2014 has been extended to Friday 15th Nov 2013.
The theme for the Moodlemoot is “The Student Experience”.
Proposals should fit into one of the following strands:
1. Active Learning
2. Assessment and Evaluation
3. Wider Support and Admin
If you have not yet submitted an application, you can submit a proposal here – http://moodlemoot.ie/2014-programme/2014-how-to-submit-a-proposal/ or email the details to email@example.com
You can read the submission formats here – http://moodlemoot.ie/2014-programme/2014-submission-formats/
The Moodle Research Conference took place on 4th and 5th October in Sousse, Tunisia. There was a lot of presentations of the papers which really made me think about different aspects of learning, and specifically elearning.
Here are some thoughts that I picked out from my notes. These are a mix of being a point from their presentations, and my thoughts related to the presentation. So although not direct quotes – the presentation is referenced for completeness.
We need to enable meaningful communication between students.
Re:- Keynote “Negotiating students’ attention” Prof Dick Ng’ambi
Successful technical management of Moodle is based on using well known standard tools in their management of the system along with skilled motivated staff and strong documented processes.
Re: -”On Optimal Strategies for the Development and Operation of Moodle in Higher Education Institutions” – M Omar Faruque Sarker, Jo Matthews, Jessica Gramp
The use of analytics can underpin the transformative use of Moodle from the initial standard document repository to a more blended and collaborative learning delivery system.
Re: “Beyond the baseline: working with e-learning champions to transform e-learning at a research-led university” - Jessica Gramp
Rather than just providing the content, providing self-assessment tools (like quizzes) for learners to find where they have gaps and thus identify where they need to learn, and then supporting them is an interesting approach to blended teaching and creates effective quality teaching moments.
Re: “Full Mathematical Power In Calculated Questions Through Spreadsheets” – Hiram Bollaert
It is important to assess feedback on Moodle/Online learning into two buckets – institutional/organisational issues and learning platform/learning design issues.
Re: “The Use of Moodle at Cass Business School: A Student Perspective” – Leona Norris, Lowe Sporre, Didrik Svendsen
Personalisation can mean many things to many people. It is important to understand what level of personalisation that you can offer and that you want to offer in the different aspects of learning, and crucially what impact this will have on staff and learners alike.
Re: “Emphasising personalisation movements in contemporary management education: the impact on learning environments” – Martin Rich, Clive Holtham, Ann Brown, Annora Eyt-Dessus, Leona Norris
Over the past few months I have presented variations of presentations around gamification, and this deck is my most complete and recent version that was delivered at the Moodlemoot in Barcelona (with Laia Canet) and the Medmoot in Tunisia.
What are your thoughts on Gamification, Motivation and their use in learning and in Moodle?
Please contribute your thoughts in the comments!
In the last two weeks I have been lucky to present at both the Barcelona Moodlemoot and the Mediterranean Moodlemoot on Open Badges and Moodle. After a short explanation of OpenBadges, the focus moves to the processes around rolling out badges.
The presentation ends with slides on the Moodle aspects of OpenBadges.
These are the slides which I used in the presentation.
The next 5 days are looking to be quite engaging starting with tomorrow when the Mediterranean Moodle Moot begins. The programme is pack full of presentations over the two days.
I will be delivering a number of presentations at the Moot starting off with a session on Open Badges which will be co-presented with Megan Cole, Community Strategy Lead for the Mozilla Foundation (who is presenting remotely). Open Badges do seem to be the hot topic of the moment, so it will be interesting to see what the current stats are globally and also what the views of the attendees are on the implementation side of Badges.
After lunch I will be presenting on a process to use in Reviewing Add-ons for your Moodle installation, and will be giving the participants a challenge to do a review / evaluation of some plugins during the session.
On Thursday I have a morning presentation on Gamification, and specifically how to use it to improve learner engagement in a course.
My last session at the MedMoot is a workshop on the database activity, uses, configuring and all that jazz!
I am looking forward to meeting everyone and getting their views and vision on badges and gamification especially as they seem to be some of the most popular topics at present.
Lets hope it is not too hot!
Today the Moodlemoot Spain 2013 kicked off in Barcelona at the Universitat Pumpeu Fabra, Barcelona. One of the first speakers was Martin Dougiamas speaking about teaching and learning.
Martin started off with a retrospective on various solutions over the last 100 years which have claimed that they will replace teachers and as of yet have not. It is an interesting thought to contemplate as to what the role of a teacher was, is and will be as technology and society changes. There is so much content available, networks for discussions and sharing and tools that can be used to assess – maybe technology is making more of us teachers and not less.
One of the other points Martin talked about was where the focus was with Moodle development. I was most interested in the improvements in the forum which he discussed including Discussion Thread subscription, in-line replies and posting stats.
With the Moodle Research Conference taking place next week in Tunisia, it was great that Martin also shared some of the research questions that he would like to see answered:
There is a lot of points there which can be looked into.
Thats all for now, more over the coming week while I attend two Moodlemoots and the Moodle Research Conference.
This year the main theme of the Moodlemoot is the student experience. There will be three strands:
- Active Learning
- Assessment and Evaluation
- Wider Support and Admin
The Moodlemoot Committee are now inviting proposals for presentations and posters! For more details on the different presentation formats click here
The call for proposals closes on October 31st, 2013.Conference Schedule
The schedule for the two central days (April 15th and 16th) of the Moodlemoot will be designed to cater for a number of proposal types these include:
- Pecha Kucha ( 6 mins 40 seconds)
- Short Presentations (15 minutes)
- Long Presentations (25 Minutes)
There will be a number of training and workshops sessions for the 1st day of the Moot (April 14th) – these are being organised centrally and the full list will be announced in coming month or so before full registration begins.
On April 17th there will also be a developer focused hackfest.
If you have any ideas you may wish to contribute please email firstname.lastname@example.orgHow to Submit
To submit your proposal, you have fill out the online proposal form @ http://moodlemoot-edinburgh.exordo.com
The steps for submission are quite straight forward.
You will be first asked to register – which is just three simple steps
- Fill in your email
- Fill in your first name and surname
- Click Create Account, then click continue.
Now you can move into the submission process
To start Click on Submit a Paper
- Step 1. Type in the Title and Abstract – Click Done
- Step 2. Fill in the authors page including affiliation/organisation – Click Done
- Step 3. Select the Topics for the Submission – Click Done
- Step 4. Select which submission format you are submitting the abstract for – Click Done
If you need to edit any details you can then Click on EDIT
And that’s that, you can submit more than one proposal if you wish.
Be sure to check out the different formats of presentations before you submit your idea.
See you in Edinburgh next April.
It is less than four weeks now until the Mediterranean Moodlemoot being held in Tunisia. There are people coming from many countries around the world and I was informed today that it is now up to 21 countries that are going to be represented at the Moot. I love these global Moots which I see as essential for practitioner sharing across sectors, cultures and educational practices.
I also just noticed that the programme has been updated on their site too. It includes:
- Martin Dougiamas, Moodle and Moodlers: present and future of a community of 70 million users
- Zoubeir Tourki, Director of the “Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Sousse” – Tunisia -
- Janvier Nkurunziza Can Moodle be a viable tool to educate the masses in Africa?
- Hafsi Bedhioufi Usages de Moodle dans les FOADs tunisiennes. Cas du M2P3 et de MODECO
- Paolo Renzi Moodle at “Sapienza” University: a case study
- Albert Calvet OpenDrako Training Management System
- Angelo Calò, Cecilia Dal Bon – Supporting teachers and students with moodle: use and deployment of Moodle at the University of Padova. A case study.Anne Garnavault Remy Créer des parcours personalisables avec Moodle
- David Mudrák Integrating Moodle with external systems via web services (3h)
- Richard Pettinger. Moodle in business Training and skills management for internal and external employees,
- Naoufel Nabli Moodle 2. ,Quels avantages pédagogiques ?
- Andrea Bicciolo Open Badges Moodle implementation (Moodle 2.5)
- George Holt Riverina Institute VLE- a journey of integration with Moodle
- Anna Krassa Back to “student”
- Giorgio Manfredi A new way to build interactive L.O. based on paradigma of gamification.
- Nitin Jain MooARPT – Moodle Advanced Reporting and Participation Tracking Tool – A reporting, tracking tool for teachers, administrators and organizations
- Gavin Henrick Reviewing add-ons for use in your Moodle 101
- Helen Foster Make the Most of Being a Moodler – The Rough Guide to Community Sites
- Andrea Bicciolo Moodle in corporate environments: methodologies and case studies
- Mary Cooch Il était une fois dans l’outback
- Alfonso Mazzaccara, Donatella Barbina, Debora Guerrera – Problem-based learning in distance training for health professionals: a high interactivity model
- Gavin Henrick Improving learner engagement through gamification of your course
- Daniele Cordella The New Survey 2 Activity Module
- Gavin Henrick The database module “Masterclass”
- Andreas Hruska Kooperative – Moodle Plugin Development for Universities
- David Mudrák Moodle localisation infrastructure
- Carles Aguiló Collado Arabic math notation (in french)
- Richard Pettinger Using Moodle as a management development support and resource
- Marco Gianfranchi Moodle for beginners
- Andrea Bicciolo Personalized learning paths
Plus a special session with Moodle HQ:
- Learn Moodle MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) – Panel Session with Moodle HQ. Meet the users of the first massive course to collect comments and suggestion to develop next edition of MOOC
That is one nice list of presentations some of which I am really looking forward to including the one on the new survey 2 activity module!
So for registration details on the MedMoot check out their site as there is still time to register.
With just over a month to go the Moodle Research Conference 2013 being held in Sousse, Tunisia on 4th and 5th October, it is great to see some of the information on what the programme should be.Workshops
The two proposed workshops look very interesting -
The first one is a half day workshop titled “Exploring discussion group communication” which aims to get “a deeper understanding or the rich and multilayered data available in discussion groups within Moodle, and exploring the realm in across-cultural cross-linguistic fashion”.
The second workshop is a full day session on “Improving computer-aided teaching and learning in Moodle”. This aims to explore a number of points including “What automatic triggers would be useful to guide learners towards more effective learning?“.
A pity cloning is not an option to attend both.Presentations
In the draft list there are 12 full papers and 3 posters detailed. It is certainly good that this conference is only one stream I would pretty much hate to miss any of these. One of the presentations that I am looking forward to is where analysis on the use of Moodle add-ons has been undertaken – “Analyzing Moodle Plug-ins Across Several Thousand Sites”. That should be an interesting view into usage by sites of different extra features.
Another one is some research into the student perspective of Moodle titled “The Use of Moodle at Cass Business School: A Student Perspective” which is interesting for a few reasons including as it says “authors of this report are students at Cass Business School, which makes it the first piece of research of its kind, entirely focused on the student perspective“.
For full details on the Moodle Research Conference check the MRC2013 website -
To register check here for registration details
This year was the first time I visited Romania and the Moodlemoot which was held at the Aula “Sergiu T. Chiriacescu” a Universității Transilvania din Brașov. It was an excellent opportunity to meet so many other Moodle users from across Romania, Moldova and further afield.
The venue was a university building with a super big theatre that could easily have taken 600 I guess, which reminded me a bit of a concert hall. It was really a lovely venue.
At the end of the Moodlemoot, the attendees got together to sing Moodle Happy Birthday – as Moodle had just turned 11 years old a few days before this.
I gave two presentations at the Moodlemoot. One was titled The road not taken – for those who like poetry you may recognise the title of a Robert Frost poem where he considers which road to take at a junction in a wood and takes the one less travelled by. This presentation focused on some of the great Moodle resources and activities that often get overlooked often due to not having seen them in action, namely Book, External Tool and the Glossary.Some moodle activities the road less travelled from Gavin Henrick
The other presentation was about using Moodle Add-ons to extend your Moodle site of which I have shared variations of at different events but have updated with some other plugins.Extending Moodle – Moodlemoot Romania 2013 from Gavin Henrick
Brasov was an amazing town, with some truly wonderful buildings and views and very friendly people. On one of the evenings most of us met up in the old town square and some of us headed off for dinner
It also has a small mountain beside it which you can travel to the top of with a cable car – this was the view from the top of the cable car -
On the Friday we all headed off to Bran Castle which was a very beautiful building (if a pity that it was designed for short people)
I was lucky to get to join a few to visit Rasnov Citadel which has awe inspiring views.
For the rest of my pics of the trip check out the flickr gallery
Thanks to Cosmin and all the wonderful people who made me feel welcome. It was a memorable trip and I certainly must go back in coming years!
I just noticed an update from one of the organisers of the upcoming Mediterranean Moodlemoot being held in Tunisia.
As in EU, in the Mediterranean region and in many other countries August is the holiday month, we received a number of requests for extending the Early Bird deadline, so we decided to extend the Early bird registration for the Mediterranean MoodleMoot up to Monday, September, 9th, 2013.
The same extension will also be available for the Moodle Research Conference, which will be held on the same venue just after the Mediterranean MoodleMoot, a great opportunity to attend both events.
The Mediterranean MoodleMoot site will be updated accordingly to reflect the new dates, in the mean time you can register to the Mediterranean MoodleMoot conference using the Early Bird rate! - Andrea Bicciolo
MedMoot Preliminary Agenda
The preliminary programme looks really good with a range of plenaries, and parallel sessions and workshops. For more info check the full agenda.
There are so many add-ons now for Moodle, with the community busy adding more and updating their existing ones. Here are a few community developed Moodle blocks that I have been recommending to clients for use in their Moodle sites.Accessibility
Developer: Mark Johnson
This block provides a number of options for changing text size and colour scheme. Also integrates the very powerful and useful ATbar from Southampton University ECS.
Although most browsers provide a level of this functionality already, it can be handy to have it on the page.
One nice feature of this block is that it has a save settings option.
My Grades Block
Developers: K Holland, M Jin and J Chen.
This block provides a display of all enrolled courses’ overall grades and links to grade reports from the My Home page.
It will list all the courses that the user is enrolled in as a student and list the final grade from the Gradebook.
It will not show the grade if the course is hidden or the gradebook hidden in that course.
It will also display the grade correctly as per Gradebook settings, be it Letter, Real, Percentage.
Developer: Ralf Krause
This is a nice simple block that provides a search box for Wikipedia directly on the Moodle page.
I know there is debate in different organisations about whether students should be using and relying on Wikipedia or not, but for those who do encourage it this block is a nice addition to their Moodle site.
For more detailed reviews on a range of add-ons for Moodle, you can check out the Moodle Add-ons book that has information on the steps to take when assessing add-ons, instructions on setting up a test Moodle and over 30 add-on reviews. It is available for Paperback, Kindle Edition and iTunes ePub
Sometimes a new theme or plugin can take a while before people know about it and start using it, but this was not really the case for the new theme by Julian Ridden (from Pukunui Moodle Partner) called “Essential” which within the first 2 months is the most downloaded theme over that period.
Not every theme will suit all organisations design decisions. As I mentioned in my theme whitepaper, each theme comes with a set of features and pre-existing layout choices which gives the theme developer a menu to start from when building a new theme. So if you have a specific concept in mind you look for a theme which meets those needs or has those features already so you have a base to work from.
Julian takes this point and runs with it – making his themes feature rich and highly configurable to tackle a lot of the potential requirements.So what is Essential?
As Julian puts it Essential is a theme “made to have the site look as little like Moodle as possible” which can be used where “Moodle would potentially serve as a company homepage rather than just a course list”. It has a lot of setting options covering
- Configuring the general behaviour of the theme
- Background image and colour settings
- Configuring the front page slide show
- Configuring the 3 marketing spots on front page
- Configuring the URLs for the Social Networking icons
- Configuring URLs for the Mobile App links
The theme is Responsive so that it can intelligently and dynamically reposition the content on the page as the size of the browser window changes which is especially useful for use on Mobile or tablet devices. Consider the examples below: The first image is a standard browser size and the second is from the 768 width which could be a tablet.
The bottom blocks have repositioned under the first one so that they look best on the page rather than too squeezed. With responsive design however as you can see in the second one you do need to consider the header and how much you want to have in it.The Front Page
The front page reminds me more of a company website (as is the intention) than a Learning Management System. The inclusion of the slide show and the three marketing blocks provide a great tool for those wanting to promote certain aspects of their site. These blocks could be promoting courses or the Student Help / Library and Support areas in an academic context.Frontpage Slide show
An example of one of the settings pages is the one page which powers the excellent slide show on the front page. The slide show rotates through up to four slides which are configurable with the name, image, text and link that they each use.
Firstly you can select whether you want it to display on mobiles or not which is handle as it may take up a lot of space before the other content.
Then you can configure each slide as shown in the image below:
This is a very cool feature and nicely implemented making this a simple task for the admin!Frontpage Marketing Spots
The inclusion of 3 blocks on the front page which are totally configurable through the UI is a neat feature. You can turn on/off this feature of the theme if you want to. When configuring each of the blocks like the slide show it is very easy to do:
This is really useful and I see it being used by most who try out the theme!Course Page
I must admit that in fixed width designs I think that two columns of Blocks really squeezes the course content area so if I was basing a design on this theme I would have only one column. The Essential theme moves by default the two columns to the right rather than one on either side of the “middle” content area. Having both options available for people to choose is a good thing, as some will like the standard way and some will like the new alternative.Gradebook
There does seem to be a few minor issues with styling of form fields which shows up in the Gradebook with fields being longer than normal which makes it too wide. This is also an issue in the core Clean theme but I imagine minor layout issues like these will be tackled soon enough.Moodle Versions
This is only available for the latest Moodle due to various improvements that were added – including the Bootstrap based theme. I hit a bug trying this on Moodle 2.5 but it worked fine on Moodle 2.5.1 so be sure you are on the latest version of Moodle if you are going to try it out.Download Info
The Moodle plugin directory page for the theme is: https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=theme_essential
The theme is also available from GitHub here: https://github.com/moodleman/moodle-theme_essentialSome final thoughts:
I am sure that this theme will continue to be rolled out by many organisations as the base for their Moodle site theme. The wide range of settings and responsive nature of the theme certainly will make it “essential” for many Moodlers. I know of a few who will be wanting to upgrade to 2.5.1 just to use this theme which in itself is a good thing too!
Well done Julian!
Oh and Julian with so many features it would be great to have a google analytics setting in a later version so that users could implement either the standard Google Analytics tracking or the more advanced Google Analytics Tracking. This would really help companies who need to provide higher level of statistics reporting. Next version maybe Julian?
In just over a week registrations open for the Moodle for teachers: An introduction MOOC being ran by Moodle HQ at learn.moodle.net. This is the the first official Moodle MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). This is a free course designed for anyone who wants to learn to use Moodle for teaching or training.
It is a four-week course which starts on Sunday 1 September with participants needing to spend 2-3 hours a week on it. Those who complete the course will get a Moodle MOOC completer badge (Moodle now supports Open Badges since 2.5)
Each week covers some key aspects of Moodle covering the platform overview, resources, assessments and activities and some advanced features as detailed below (full course overview here -> :
Week 1 – Getting Started
Week 2 – Getting involved
Week 3 – Making the Grade
Week 4 – Taking it further
So if you have some time in September, and are looking to get an introduction into Moodle – put the 19th of August into your calendar and be sure to sign up for the Moodle for teachers: An introduction MOOC.
This year at the Moodle Research Conference in Sousse, Tunisia they hope run some research workshops that will bring together groups of researchers interested in initiating or continuing collaborative research projects. The goal of the workshops are typically publication of papers, although they hope they may lead to other things, such as improvements in Moodle or new add-ons.
They are inviting potential Workshop leaders to propose a workshop so that they can have one or more on the day after the Research Conference (Sunday 6th October). For more information check the Call for Workshop proposals on the Moodle Research Conference Site.
They hope to get proposals covering topics such as MOOCs, learning analytics, assessment tools, third-party applications/services, gamification, feedback attention, etc..The deadline for submitting a Workshop proposals is Monday August 12, so you have plenty of time to think on it!
See the Call for Workshop proposals page for more details.
See you in Sousse!
It took some time, but now the Book is available on both of the popular e-book platforms - Amazon Kindle and iTunes.
For those who havent seen my post about the new book before, here is a quick overview on the book.
The Moodle Add-ons book was co-authored by myself and Michael de Raadt. It includes:
- authoritative reviews of the best add-ons for Moodle
- a guide to setting up your own Moodle test site so you can try add-ons without risk
- step by step installation and setup instructions for each reviewed add-on and examples of how to use them
- processes to fully evaluate add-ons so you can use them with confidence in your institution
The Moodle Add-ons Kindle edition is available from Amazon for about 9.99 dollars depending where you are.iTunes ePub Edition
The Moodle Add-ons ePub edition is available from Apple iTunes for about 9.99 dollars depending where you are.
Whether you are a developer, teacher, administrator or project manager, if you wish to enhance your Moodle site with add-ons, this book will provide advice for evaluating add-ons and also help you to identify some great add-ons that will enrich specific aspects of your platform.
This brings me to the use of Creative Commons and other licenses in e-learning courses.
If you are using an image in your course that is CC BY – one of the most liberal of all the image licenses – just requiring you to provide attribution. This specifically means you must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor.
So how do you provide the attribution?
- Do you put it in the alt text for the image?
- Do you put it the image description?
- Do you add a caption below the image to show the attribution?
So what if the author has specified a special type of attribution – such as including their name, or company name and a URL in the footer of the page of the site using the image or item. Would you want “Images provided by COMPANY X” in the footer of every page ?
If every image creator required this type of attribution you would have a LOT of extra stuff in your footer if you use a lot of images.
- Do you read the license for an image before using it?
As badges are a hot topic recently, I am consulting on a few projects which are looking at implementing badges. In all cases my advice has been the same: Get the images you use created specifically for you .
The benefit of having new images created means that you can have appropriate branding on them, and with having full ownership of them and will have no rights issues to deal with.
What has this to do with Creative Commons?
If you were to find a nice image on Flickr, twitter, or somewhere else that you wanted to use for a certificate or a badge, and it has a CC license rather than a public domain or royalty free license how will it work?
Okay, so you can provide credit on your course where you use the image to issue a badge, but what about the student who then earns the badge. Are they not bound by the license too when they display the image on a backpack or their own website and have to provide attribution to the creator?
What about their badge backpack host company – are they now bound by the image license?
In summary, when you go to use an image for a badge or certificate – be sure you are fully aware of the implications of the license and if you are unsure ask the creator and/or your legal team! And if in doubt, get your own created.But how about the Meta data of the image
In Moodle 2 you can set the author and license when adding a file into Moodle, but how do you provide the attribution?
Do you create a file to add to the course with all the licensed images / videos and the link / author info or have you found another way to handle this correctly? And of course if you have used a share-alike type license in your course is your course available as creative commons with same license?
A work experience student working with me just released an early version of a block -> Course Files. This is just an early version and shows all files in a course only viewable by the teacher.
However, this could end up as a “course credits” block showing a list of just the creative commons files and the author/license etc but viewable by all in course (including students).
When you drag and drop a file into Moodle it assigns the default license on the site and your name as the author. So you will need to go in and edit it to correct the meta data if incorrect.
Some of the repository APIs are copying in metadata of files(Like mediawiki one) but this of course depends on how the API works on the repository itself.
- How do you handle the attribution aspect of files in e-learning?
** This was originally part of another blog post which I broke in two : Some thoughts on Licenses