I recently gave some introduction sessions on Moodle 2.6 and here are the slides that I used.
Which is your favourite new or improved feature?Moodle 2.6 some of the improvements since moodle 2.5 from Gavin Henrick
This is the first of a three-part review about Iomad – a business and corporate focused enhancement to Moodle. Normally I follow a set pattern in doing reviews, but as this is so much more than just one add-on, I am breaking with that tradition.
But first for some context.Intro
Many corporates use Moodle in many different ways. Some use it as training platform where training courses are uploaded and delivered to their staff for certification and ongoing continual professional development. Others use it as a social learning platform where the courses are more focused on sharing and collaboration. Many use it as a hybrid of these reasons and other reasons completely.
The reasons why they use Moodle can differ as well; some use it because of the flexibility, some use because it is open source and can be readily customised to do exactly what they need; some use it because it is license free and so a cost-effective solution where you may want to start off small and scale; other use it because it has the specific features they need and some use it because it is what they know.
Obviously there are other reasons but I am just trying to set the scope of diversity in how and why organisations use Moodle.
However, most organisations; be it academic or corporates often want to use Moodle beyond the course management system it excels at, with more learning management features such as
- High level reporting; curriculum-wide reporting, company wide reporting, hierarchical reports, unit based reporting and so on
- Advanced user structures: user hierarchical groups based on the organisation’s needs – be it different business units, national groupings or even in academic sectors of faculties and schools.
There has always been a number of ways of approaching these type of requirements, by adding extra products alongside Moodle, or adding plugins or even using enterprise solutions that were developed – such as Remote-Learners ELIS and Totara.
I have used all three, and found each to have some unique features that made them worth investigating. I have reviewed ELIS on this blog before, and was waiting until Totara was fully openly available to download to do so. Totara was recently made available on Github and so it is on my list to review in more detail at some point.
However something new came under my sights this last week, and so having played with it I thought I would put together this review. It is called Iomad, and it was developed and released by the Scottish Moodle Partner E-Learn DesignApproach
When approaching any of these enterprise systems, I have always had a specific type of test in mind and that is:
- set up a test company structure of a few departments
- allocate users in the various levels of the company
- allocate users to a learning track / courses
- complete some courses
- view reports available at each level where possible.
So my review will follow this format.The test cycle
The fictional company I will test with is a simple one. It is a Company with 4 departments: Sales, HR, Development and Support. Each of these has a manager and 2 staff members.
I should note that Iomad has some very useful features that I will cover in part 2 of this review in the coming week they are:
- Training Event activity
- License management
Iomad is a full installation of Moodle and itself. It is more than plugins as the site explains “there are a few changes to core”. Normally I prefer to just review standalone plugins, but enterprise extensions are not that simple – the problems they solve are not simple either.
So to have a play you can either install from the Github account https://github.com/iomad/iomad , or you can just use the demo site. The site auto-refreshes every 90 minutes so if you are going to play I suggest you try just after one of the resets so you have enough time to go through the different features. The demo site is at http://demo.iomad.org.
Installing Iomad from github was as simple as installing Moodle. The Iomad site has an installation quick start installation guide for those who are unfamiliar. http://www.iomad.org/installation-quick-start-2/Creating a Company
Once installed, as admin you are able to access the Iomad dashboard. You are immediately prompted to create a new company. Apart from giving it a new you can set user defaults for all staff that are created under the company and you can also specify if it should have its own appearance info such as a theme and logo – which I guess is very useful for the multi-tenancy usage.
The Iomad dashboard shows you different options depending on your role. As a Moodle admin I could see more than a company admin, who sees more options than a manager, and so on. The dashboard is both an extension of the Moodle Administration block and an actual dashboard page.
The Dashboard breaks the system down into a number of sections:
- Company management
- User management
- course management
- license management
Below this is the Iomad reports section which offers links to
- Attendance report by course
- Users Report
- Iomad SCORM overview report
- Completion report by course
- Iomad Company Overview Report
All these options were also available in the administration block tree for Iomad for easy access. I would however have liked to have this at the top of the administration block rather than the bottom.
So back to the review.Adding Company Departments
Once logged in as the full admin, I got access to the dashboard.
Company Management has the following options:
- Edit Company
- Create Company
- Manage Departments
- Assign Department users
- Optional profiles
- Assign Users
- Assign Courses
- Email Templates
Adding the four departments was very straight forward.
Each department has a long and short name. So adding them in took less than a minute.
Next onto the staffAdding the staff into the system
User Management has the following options:
- Create user
- Edit users
- Upload users
- User bulk download
- Bulk user actions
Creating the users in the interface is straight forward. You specific the name, email, password and can allocate the user a role in the company. You could also assign them to a course (which I have none created yet so skipping that for now).
After creating one user in the interface, I chose the upload users approach and added in some users with a spreadsheet. This was the same easy process as standard Moodle, however with just a few options: Adding the file, CSV delimiter, Encoding, Preview rows and Upload type.
Once previewing the user upload you could also select some other options including which department to add the users to and which courses to enrol the users into.
Once added, now came the third task: allocate users to a learning track / courses. This is handled under the Course Management. However with no courses set up I had to do this first.Creating Courses
Course Management has the following options:
- Assign to company
- User Enrolments
- Create course
- Manage Iomad course settings
- Teaching locations
Before I can enrol users I had to create a few test courses first but that was quick – there is a simple form for creating the empty course with just Course full name, short name, summary and enrolment method (self-enrolment or manager enrolling the users).Adding users to courses
Once I created the courses, enrolling users onto them was as expect straight forward.
The common theme so far is simplicity and just the options needed to do the task and no more. So the page for enrolling users has the department to filter the users shown, a choice of what course to enrol users to, and a user select box.
So you can either enrol a whole department to a course, or just select which users.
That task over it was down to logging in as some of the end users and finishing a course or two.
For speed, I turned on self-completion for the courses, and added the self-completion block so that the learner can click to complete the course.
So once a user had completed some courses, I went to look at the reports.Reports
The first report I wanted to look at was the Completion report by course. This provides an overview of the courses in the company and how many users are enrolled, how many are not started, still in progress and how many are completed as below.
With the filter you can see the whole company or just a department.
The completion report by user allows you to select a user from the company or filter by department and then view their report.
There are other reports for SCORM tracking, Attendance tracking and an overview on the company staff and the total number of users and total number of courses.End of Part 1.
This review has covered the basics of what a company will do when they start on the system, structure setup, user set up and enrolment and also some of the reports.Throughout the review I have found the system to be simple to use. The options were just enough to do what was needed and no more which mean that the screens did not have extra options which could confuse. I will give my full thoughts on the system at the end of part 2.
The next part in this review will cover the different roles in the system, training event activity, Multi-tenancy, E-commerce and the course license management.
Moodle.org announced that the latest minor versions of Moodle are now available.
- Moodle 2.6.1 – download .tgz - release notes
- Moodle 2.5.4 – download .tgz - release notes
- Moodle 2.4.8 – download .tgz - release notes
- Moodle 2.3.11 – download .tgz - release notes
As usual the releases include a number of bug fixes and small improvements.
There are also some security vulnerabilities that have been discovered and fixed so it is a good idea to upgrade your sites to these latest versions to implement these fixes.
We are delighted to announce a new award to be ran in conjunction with the Moodlemoot Edinburgh – Moodler of the Year 2014.
The purpose is to celebrate and reward excellent teaching practice in the use of Moodle in learning and assessment delivery. The award is open to individuals and teams based anywhere in Europe who are coming to the Moodlemoot in Edinburgh.
The award will be judged by a panel chaired by the Moot Chair – Dr Keith Smyth of Edinburgh Napier University.
Winners will be presented with the award and the prizes at the Gala Dinner at the Moodlemoot Edinburgh 2014 on the evening of April 15th.
Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places as decided by the panel.
A person, or a team may put forward a Moodle based learning project they have completed in their organisation in the past year of the submission date.
For full details on the award and the details of how to enter check the Moodlemoot site
Early bird Registration
Moodlemoot Edinburgh has extended the early bird registration until the middle of January (Jan 17th 2014). This means you still have another month to get the early bird pricing.
They also announced the Pre-Conference Workshops which take on the Monday 14th of April, so have a read of them below and see if anything peeks your interest.
The Pre-Conference Workshop List is broken into different strands:
- Badge / Gamification Strand
- Moodle Quiz Strand
- Moodle Developer Strand
- Teaching with Moodle Strand
- Extending Moodle for teaching Strand
Registered users will be added to the Moodle site for the Moot where they will be able to select which workshops they want to attend. They will also be able to select their session preference when the full programme is announced closer to the date.Badge / Gamification Strand
Open Badges Strategy (1/2 day)
Facilitator: Carla Casilli, Director (Badge System Design + Implementation, Mozilla Foundation) and Grainne Hamilton (Advisor: e-Assessment, Jisc RSC Scotland)
Open Badges are digital credentials that earners can display anywhere on the web. They are underpinned by an open accreditation infrastructure developed by Mozilla, which enables the issuing of Open Badges to recognise achievement and attributes that may not be picked up in formal qualifications.
The Designing Open Badge Systems workshop will focus on effective Open Badge system development, introducing Mozilla and Jisc tools to support badge system design and a strategic approach to implementing Open Badges in a formal education context.
In the first session, we explore the Open Badges Infrastructure developed by Mozilla and consider the rationale for issuing Open Badges
Session 1 (1.5 hours) – Open Badges 101
- What are Open Badges?
- How are they being used?
- Why issue Open Badges? What do you want to issue badges for?
- Issuing badges in Moodle – what do you need to consider?
Session 2 (1.5 hours) – Designing Open Badges systems to use in Moodle
- Explore Open Badge system design tools
- Develop the value proposition of an Open Badge and behaviours you want to encourage
- Create the criteria and consider evidence for an Open Badge
- Consider related badges
- Consider badge brand
Practical Gamification of Moodle Courses (1/2 day)
Facilitator: Gavin Henrick(Learning Technology Services) , 2nd to be confirmed
This workshop will look gamification and the various techniques that are available to Moodle course developers to gamify their course. Participants will be taken through the range of techniques
Session 1 (1.5 hours) – Gamification 101
- What is Gamification?
- How is it used?
- Why use Gamification in E-learning?
- Examples of Moodle with Gamification
- An example Moodle course
Session 2 (1.5 hours) – Applying Gamification to Moodle
- The Moodle Gamification Toolkit
- Techniques you can use in Moodle by default
- Plugins that help gamification
- What next?
Creating high-quality computer-marked assessment in Moodle (full day)
Facilitator: Tim Hunt, Open University, 2nd to be confirmed
In the morning, we explore what can be done with the features that are available in the standard Moodle package.
Session 1 (1.5 hours) – Creating a quiz
- * What do we mean by high-quality assessment?
- * How much can be automatically marked by computer?
- * Take “An interactive tour of the Moodle Quiz”
- * Create your first quiz
Session 2 (1.5 hours) – Creating questions – standard Moodle types
- * What make a good question?
- * Create a Multiple choice question
- * Create a Short-answer question
- * Create a numerical question
- * Update your quiz
In the afternoon, we explore the possibilities opened up by the Open University’s question type add-ons.
Session 3 (1.5 hours) – Creating drag-and-drop questions
- * Authenticity in assessment: what other question types do we need?
- * Creating different types of drag-and-drop questions.
Session 4 (1.5 hours) – Advanced question types
Each participant may choose one of
- - Creating pattern-match questions to automatically grade sentences.
- - Creating variable numeric questions to grade numbers and units.
- - Creating STACK questions, to assess mathematics.
Developing Moodle features ( full day)
Facilitator: Howard Miller (Lead Developer, E-Learn Design), Derick Turner(Director, E-Learn Design)
** Each session builds upon the previous session. Continued attendance at all sessions is preferred. **
This workshop is aimed at developers who already have done some minor Moodle changes and who understand how to set up the Moodle environment for testing. It will take attendees through developing a number of enhancements to Moodle. We will be working on Moodle 2.6 and participants will require their own development environment on their local machine or somewhere that they control remotely.
- Session 1 – Basic “hello world” type report creating plugin structures and default requirements and linking into the Moodle menus.
- Session 2 – Creation of the library functions which the report will use to obtain and process the data
- Session 3 – Form creation to handle sorting and searching which is then used to drive the gathering of data.
- Session 4 – Outputting the data onto the screen and handling output to various file formats for downloading.
At the end of the session the finished code will be made available.Teaching with Moodle Strand
Moodle Masterclass for teachers ( full day)
Facilitator: Deneka MacDonald (Director/Lead Instructional Designer, E-Learn Design),
A closer look at Book, Glossary, Lesson and Creative Formative Assessment
*** The first 2 sessions are distinct sessions with clear objectives for each. Sessions 3 and 4 build upon one another and attendance at both is required/recommended. **
- Session 1: Book: Explore creative ways to use the Book Module in Moodle to add value to your courses.
- Session 2: Glossary: Explore various ways in which the Glossary Module can add value to your courses.
- Session 3: Lessons: Bring along your content to this introductory session and begin to plan your advanced path based Lesson for your students.
- Session 4: Lessons: Building upon the previous session, we will continue to explore path based lessons, adding question clusters as well as illustrating how multi-media and formative learning can enhance the user experience. Users will leave with a practical finished Lesson at the end.
Moodle Add-ons – the building blocks of Moodle. (1/2 day)
Facilitator: Gavin Henrick (Learning Technology Services), Michael de Raadt (Development Manager, Moodle HQ)
This workshop is for course creators and administrators although developers will be let in too!
Now there are literally hundreds of plugins available for the Moodle admin to include in their installation should they need to do so. This workshop will provide an overview of community and commercial add-ons for Moodle and it will look at installing plugins, testing plugins, managing plugins and also upgrading plugins.
- Participants will be brought through installing and testing many different types of plugins.
- Participants will then be grouped and asked to address governance, responsibility and management of plugins in an organisation.
- Participants groups will be given various tasks to complete related to researching plugins, testing them against a defined set of criteria.
- Participants will be challenged to come up with some requirements for new plugins that support pedagogy rather than an administrative function.
- Participants will co-create some content on the topic.
IMS LTI – Extending Moodle for teaching (1/2 day)
Facilitator:Simon Booth (University of Stirling), Stephen Vickers (IMS Global)
This half day workshop will provide you with hands-on experience of how Moodle can be extended using external LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) tools. Even if you think you know all about LTI, we hope there will be something new for you to learn. For example, in the past year there have been proposed extensions for embedding content items, discoverable LTI services, accessing data for learning analytics. So, come along and find out more.
The topics we could cover are:
- What LTI is and what benefits it can provide for teaching
- How to use the core functionality available within Moodle to configure and enable LTI tools
- How to find tools which support LTI
- What to consider when evaluating LTI Tools
- The latest releases of LTI (1.2 and 2.0)
- The current roadmap for LTI
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.comHow 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