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Case Study: Voluntary Service Overseas and Moodle

Case Study: Voluntary Service Overseas and Moodle

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) works in over 30 developing countries and recruits/deploys between one and two thousand volunteers abroad a year to help combat poverty. HowtoMoodle has a Case Study published at Moodle.com that highlights how they worked to upgrade the VSO Moodle to 2.x and expand how the site was used for pre and post-departure employee training programs. The Case Study [...]

Video: Overview of Moodle’s Administrative Reports by @freemoodle

Video: Overview of Moodle’s Administrative Reports by @freemoodle

You may not know but even in a fresh install of Moodle there are loads of administrative reports available to you to better understand your site and what's happening on it. From all comments, to backup status, to logs and stats there are a bunch of options for insight. Check out this video by HRDNZ (provider of Moodlebites and Freemoodle.org) which provides an overview of what's [...]

Job: LSU Seeks Learning Management System Administrator

Job: LSU Seeks Learning Management System Administrator

A leader in Moodle use in higher education within the USA is the Louisiana State University. For years they have had one of the best knowledge bases for helping users interact with their system (think a branded "Docs" for LSU) called GROK. Their contributions to the Moodle community are also substantial. LSU enrolls nearly 30,000 students and supports over 1500 faculty on their LMS. They are [...]

Video: Creating a Rubric in Moodle

Video: Creating a Rubric in Moodle

Here's a 10 minute video tutorial by Greg Bird which focuses on the advanced grading Rubric within Moodle . In the video Mr. Bird highlights how to configure an assignment all the way through configuring and building the criteria for your grading rubric, viewing and submitting as a student and then marking as an evaluator. Greg has a host of other elearning focused videos, including other [...]

CLAMP LAE released for Moodle 2.5.8, 2.6.5 and 2.7.2

CLAMP LAE released for Moodle 2.5.8, 2.6.5 and 2.7.2

The Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project, better known as CLAMP has recently released it's updated Liberal Arts Edition for Moodle 2.5.8, 2.6.5 and the 2nd in the 2.7 branch for 2.7.2. CLAMP LAE includes a set of enhancements for Moodle including the Edit Dates report, Filtered Course List block, Quickmail and an enhanced UI for the gradebook (fixed column and row headers). CLAMP is a [...]

Moodle Mobile 1.6.1 released, now available in the app stores

Moodle Mobile 1.6.1 released, now available in the app stores

Moodle Mobile 1.6.1 was released late last week and includes a few updates to improve the mobile Moodle experience via the official app for Android. New features and improvements include: new languages supported (Japanese, Russian, Hebrew) page titles display in tablet view URL resources open in new browser (no re-authentication) better incorrect password management and lots [...]

Chemistry Editor Plugin for Atto

Chemistry Editor Plugin for Atto

If you're hosting a Chemistry course in Moodle and need to upgrade how you enter and display equations, the Chemistry Editor for Atto might be your solution. The plugin which was adapted by Geoffrey Rowland to enable Chemistry TeX syntax (an extension of MathJax) to be displayed via a filter. According to Mr. Rowland, The mhchem syntax is fairly intuitive, even for direct text entry. So, the [...]

Import Questions from Instructure Canvas with this Plugin

Import Questions from Instructure Canvas with this Plugin

Jean-Michel Védrine has shared a Moodle Question Format Importer for Canvas LMS in the case you are moving from Canvas to Moodle. Due to variations in the QTI standard between learning management systems there's no guarantee that your questions (some or all of them) will easily import to Moodle as QTI. QTI stands for Question and Test Interoperability Standard and is an industry standard (like [...]

Initial Thoughts on the “Reply to Forums by Email” Feature for Moodle (it’s awesome)

Initial Thoughts on the “Reply to Forums by Email” Feature for Moodle (it’s awesome)

Replying by email to discussion forums will make it so easy to draft and respond to discussion posts (whether you are a lurker at Moodle.org or want a super easy way to respond to students without logging into your site again and again). VERP (Variable Envelope Return Path) allows discussion forums to be replied to by email by using unique reply to addresses and routing email within [...]

Quick Tip: Allow User Themes to try out a new theme in existing courses (without affecting other users)

Quick Tip: Allow User Themes to try out a new theme in existing courses (without affecting other users)

If you want to test a theme out in an existing course or site but don't want to change the experience for all users while you test features, User Themes is a great way to change a theme across a site (where themes aren't forced at the course level) so that you can bang on a theme to find any issues it might introduce for users. To enable user themes, go to Site Admin > Appearance > [...]

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