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Moodle 1.9 Theme Design: Customizing the Header and Footer (Part 1)

by Paul James Gadsdon | April 2010 | Moodle Open Source Web Development

Packt are due to launch a new Open Source brand, into which future Moodle titles will be published. For more information on that launch, look here.

This article will cover the steps needed to make changes to the header.html and footer.html files in the theme directory of your Moodle site. You will start by making some small changes, such as changing the logo and the title text so that you can see how easy it is to customize the header in Moodle. You will also look at some basic HTML recommendations to keep your Moodle theme standards-compliant. After this, you will move on to changing the footer, including removing the Moodle logo and the login information links and adding your own copyright or footer text. Finally, in this article, you will learn to check that your changes are standards-compliant and look similar in more than one web browser.

In this two-part article by Paul James Gadsdon, author of Moodle 1.9 Theme Design: Beginner's Guide, you shall:

  • Replace the Moodle logo with your own
  • Replace the title text with your own
  • Replace the footer logo and remove the login link
  • Add your own customized footer information
  • Download a different web browser
  • Test your changes in several web browsers
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Moodle 1.9 Theme Design: Customizing the Header and Footer (Part 2)

by Paul James Gadsdon | April 2010 | Moodle Open Source Web Development

Packt are due to launch a new Open Source brand, into which future Moodle titles will be published. For more information on that launch, look here.

Read Part One of Moodle 1.9 Theme Design: Customizing the Header and Footer here.

Having dealt with customizing the header in the first part of this two-part article by Paul James Gadsdon, author of Moodle 1.9 Theme Design: Beginner's Guide, we will further look into customizing the footer and also cover browser compatability.

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Moodle 1.9: Creating Stories using Twitter and Facebook

by Silvina P. Hillar | March 2011 | Cookbooks Moodle Open Source

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In this article by Silvina P. Hillar, author of Moodle 1.9: The English Teacher's Cookbook, we are going to add social networks to Moodle using Web 2.0 as a resource. We are going to incorporate Twitter and Facebook, due to the fact that these social networks are popular all over the world. We are including them in our course to incorporate the students' routines in their homework to enhance and interest their work. We are going to create different activities in them. After the activities have been created, students have to gather information in different ways and create stories. In this article, we will cover the following topics:

  • Debating about a topic
  • Cause and effect diagram, Fishbone fact or Ishikawa diagram
  • Positive and negative points list
  • Play the reporter
  • Writing a story guessing facts
  • Writing a very short play using text messages
  • Chain composition
  • How to summarize information
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Moodle 1.9: Exploring Design Portfolios

by Paul Taylor | May 2010 | e-Learning Moodle Open Source

There are a number of electronic portfolios (e-portfolios) available to work with Moodle and they range in complexity and functionality. As they are a very personal thing, this article will try to give an overview of the most popular portfolios and a review of their main features in terms of supplementing Design Technology courses, as well as some examples of how they might be used to best effect.

In this article by Paul Taylor, author of the book Moodle 1.9 for Design and Technology, we will look at three popular portfolio applications:

  • Exabis:It is a small file manager-based portfolio that enables a degree of sharing and integrates as a block into Moodle courses
  • MyStuff: It is a fully featured internal portfolio designed and maintained by the Open University, offering more sharing and collaborative tools
  • Mahara: It is an external portfolio that integrates with Moodle using Single Sign On (SSO)
  • Read Moodle 1.9: Exploring Design Portfolios in full

    Moodle 1.9: Working with Mind Maps

    by Silvina P. Hillar | June 2010 | e-Learning Moodle Open Source

    In this article by Silvina P. Hillar, author of the book Moodle 1.9: The English Teacher's Cookbook, we are going to design four mind maps. In each recipe,we are going to use different software in order to create the graphs. After that, we are going to upload them into our Moodle course. We are going to use either commercial software or free and open source software.

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    Moodle 1.9: Working with Tree Diagrams

    by Silvina P. Hillar | March 2011 | e-Learning Moodle Open Source

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    Mind maps and tree diagrams are great techniques that can be used as prewriting activities in order to gather and organize all the information before the final piece of writing. These techniques share characteristics in that they belong to the business world, but they also adjust to education. Both are graphic techniques with a central keyword from which secondary ideas are connected.

    In the previous article by Silvina P. Hillar, author of Moodle 1.9: The English Teacher's Cookbook, we designed four mind maps.

    In this article we will be working with tree diagrams. In each recipe, we are going to use different software in order to create those graphs. After that, we are going to upload them into our Moodle course.

    Read Moodle 1.9: Working with Tree Diagrams in full

    Moodle 2.0 FAQs

    by Mary Cooch | October 2010 | Moodle Open Source

    Moodle is currently the world's most popular E-learning platform. The long-awaited second version of Moodle is now available and brings with it greatly improved functionality.

    In this article we will address some of the frequently asked questions regarding Moodle 2.0, such as,

    • What are the basic requirements for Moodle 2.0
    • How can I upgrade to Moodle 2.0?
    • What are the changes in the Themes structure for Moodle 2.0?
    • What are Cohorts?

     

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    Moodle 2.0 for Managing Compliance Training

    by Gavin Henrick Jason Cole Jeanne Cole | April 2011 | Beginner's Guides Moodle e-Commerce Open Source

    Companies must find a way to successfully manage many kinds of risks including legal compliance, health and safety, security risks, and privacy risks. Training can be an important part of a risk management program or process. Depending on the industry there could be several external regulations as well as internal company mandates. This article by Jason Cole, Jeanne Cole and Gavin Henrick, authors of Moodle for Business: Beginner's Guide, introduces you to several Moodle tools that can help manage risks and ensure regulatory compliance through training. In this article we will:

    • Learn how to use the Moodle lesson module to deliver compliance training
    • Learn how to create hide and show activities based on group membership in Moodle
    • Learn how to track student completion in your Moodle course
    • Learn how course completion reports can be used to facilitate compliance training
    Read Moodle 2.0 for Managing Compliance Training in full

    Moodle 2.0 Multimedia: Creating and Integrating Screencasts and Videos

    by Silvina P. Hillar | May 2011 | Cookbooks Moodle Open Source Web Graphics & Video

    This article explains how to create screencasts and edit, link, and embed videos for our Moodle courses. The recipes use diverse free and open source multi-platform tools to record, edit, and convert the different video files, covering the most common scenarios for multimedia Moodle activities.

    In this article by Silvina P. Hillar, author of Moodle 2.0 Multimedia Cookbook, we will cover:

    • Creating a screencast and enhancing it with annotations
    • Embedding a YouTube and a Dailymotion video
    • Recording a video and editing it
    • Creating a playlist
    • Enhancing a video with comments
    Read Moodle 2.0 Multimedia: Creating and Integrating Screencasts and Videos in full

    Moodle 2.0 Multimedia: Working with 2D and 3D Maps

    by Silvina P. Hillar | June 2011 | Cookbooks Moodle Open Source

    This article by Silvina P. Hillar, author of Moodle 2.0 Multimedia Cookbook, explains how to create and embed different types of either 2D or 3D interactive maps in our Moodle courses. The creation of these maps will be done using resources available in the Web 2.0 as well as the free and open source software. Thanks to these amazing tools, we can design and display interactive maps in our Moodle courses.

    In this article, we will cover:

    • Creating maps with sceneries and Drawing regions within a map
    • Drawing 3D maps using Bing Maps and 3DVIA Shape for Maps
    • Using Google maps to locate European bridges
    • Displaying interactive information about the solar system
    • Working with constellation maps and Embedding a map of Mars
    • Labeling the moon and Watching the universe
    Read Moodle 2.0 Multimedia: Working with 2D and 3D Maps in full

    Moodle 2.0 Science: Monitoring Your Students' Progress

    by Vincent Lee Stocker | April 2011 | Moodle Open Source

    "Any teacher that can be replaced by a computer, deserves to be."
    -David Thornburg

    This article written by Vincent Lee Stocker, author of Science Teaching with Moodle 2.0, shows you how you can use Moodle to monitor the progress of your learners' understanding of science. By the end of this article, you will be able to do the following:

    • Check that your learners are looking at the resources that you add to your course
    • Track completion of activities
    • Plan what your learners need to achieve for the completion of your course
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of your quizzes by using result analysis
    • Identify gaps in learner's understanding by using quiz grade analysis
    • Use assignment reports to identify learners who need extra help
    • Gain a valuable overview of your learners' progress by effectively using the gradebook
    Read Moodle 2.0 Science: Monitoring Your Students' Progress in full

    Moodle 2.0: Assessing your Learners' Understanding of Science

    by Vincent Lee Stocker | March 2011 |

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    "An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't." - Anatole France

    The focus of this article by Vincent Lee Stocker, author of Science Teaching with Moodle 2.0, is assessment. Specifically, how you can provide feedback to your science students and show them how they can improve. We will look at a variety of different activities all with the same focus: to provide evidence of understanding (and importantly misunderstanding) with a view to correcting these misunderstandings and developing your learners' ideas further. By the end of this article, you will be able to do the following:

    • Give effective feedback in forums to promote learning
    • Develop your learners' understanding of science using assignments
    • Construct many different types of questions and use them to create quizzes
    Read Moodle 2.0: Assessing your Learners' Understanding of Science in full

    Moodle 2.0: What's New in Add a Resource

    by Mary Cooch | September 2010 | Moodle Open Source

    In this article by Mary Cooch, Moodle 2.0 First Look, we will take a look at the drop-down menu, Add a resource, which appears on our course pages when we have the editing turned on. We will investigate how it has changed in Moodle 2.0

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    Moodle Books from Packt

    by | December 2010 | Moodle Open Source

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    This holiday season, Packt is pleased to announce that it is offering any 5 Open Source eBooks of your choice for only $40 / £25 / €30.

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    Moodle CIMS: Installing and Using the Bulk Course Upload Tool

    by Jason Hollowell | January 2011 | Beginner's Guides Moodle Content Management Open Source

    In this article by Jason Hollowell, author of Moodle as a Curriculum and Information Management System, we will introduce the Bulk Course Upload tool and explain how to get it installed on your system. We will walk through an explanation of the fields that can be specified in the CSV file used by the tool and then practice creating courses and assigning them teachers in order to get a seeing is believing perspective on the usefulness of the tool.

    The reader will benefit from the previous article on Building the Moodle CIMS Foundation: Creating Categories and Courses.

    Read Moodle CIMS: Installing and Using the Bulk Course Upload Tool in full

    Moodle for Online Communities

    by Michelle Moore Susan Smith Nash | April 2014 | Open Source

    In this article, written by Susan Smith Nash and Michelle Moore, the authors of Moodle Course Design Best Practices, we will discuss the use and implementation of Moodle for Online communities.

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    Moodle Makeover

    by Ian Wild | December 2008 | Beginner's Guides Moodle Open Source

    In this article by Ian Wild, we will change the look of our Moodle website. Specifically, we will use our resources within Moodle to make our topics more visually appealing. We would include an animated character. We will take a good look at different tips and tricks to make our courses more interesting for students.

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    Moodle March

    by | March 2011 | Moodle
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    Moodle March

    Moodle is currently the world's most popular E-learning platform. Moodle is a free, open-source PHP web application for producing modular internet-based courses.

    To celebrate the forthcoming publication of the Science Teaching with Moodle 2.0 book, Packt is offering a seriesof attractive discounts on all Moodle books.

       

       * Buy any Moodle print book and get 20% off

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    This offer will last for a limited period only. Grab your copy now !

    Read Moodle March in full

    Moodle Modules for Assessment

    by Michael de Raadt | November 2010 | Cookbooks Moodle Open Source

    Assessment is a key part of education. For many students, the opportunity to earn marks through assessment is a driving motivator. Electronic assessment allows teachers to conduct a wider variety of assessment, and to do so more efficiently than traditional forms of assessment.

    In this article by Michael de Raadt, author of Moodle 1.9 Top Extensions Cookbook, we will cover the following:

    • Using peer assessment
    • Recording audio for assignments
    • Replacing paper submissions
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    Moodle Plugins

    by Alex Büchner | October 2011 | Moodle Open Source

    Moodle has evolved from an academic project to the world's most popular virtual learning environment. During this evolution, its complexity has risen dramatically and so have the skills that are required to administer the system. Moodle 2 Administration is a complete, practical guide to administering Moodle sites.

    In this article by Alex Büchner, author of Moodle 2 Administration, we cover:

    • Module plugins: This covers core functionality available in a course, the front page, My Moodle page, and the user profile pages. They include Activity modules, Blocks, and Filters.
    • Repositories: Repositories allow incorporating data into Moodle, either from internal sources or from external sites.
    • Portfolios: These are the opposite of repositories. Portfolios allow exporting content from Moodle to other applications or data storage.
    • Miscellaneous plugins: These include Text editors, Licences, Question types, Question behaviours, and Plagiarism prevention.
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