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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
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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
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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.

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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 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.

   

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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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Moodle: Authentication Methods

by Darko Miletić | March 2011 | Moodle Open Source

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Every educational institution offers its services to individuals willing to improve their knowledge in a particular area of study and obtain an appropriate degree. Only enlisted and subscribed participants can visit the lectures and other activities. The same can be applied to Moodle. We want to make sure that the only people using the platform are the ones who should be using it in the first place. Therefore in this article by Darko Miletić, author of Moodle Security, we will cover the following topics:

  • Basics of authentication
  • Common authentication attacks and prevention methods
  • Authentication types in Moodle and security tips
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Moodle: Developing an Interactive Timeline Widget

by Nicholas Freear | October 2011 | Moodle Open Source

In this article by Nicholas Freear, author of Moodle 2 for Teaching 4-9 Year Olds Beginner's Guide, we will develop an interactive timeline widget, potentially with the help and collaboration of our pupils. This will help your pupils visualize some historic events, and the temporal relationships between them. The timeline will contain images and links to other resources. You can use the timeline to foster discussion, which for older pupils may take place in a Moodle forum.

And we will use Moodle to set homework for our pupils. No more lugging 30 exercise books home to mark!

Specifically, we will cover the following topics:

  • Introducing the SIMILE timeline widget
  • Installing a text editor
  • Creating the timeline data file
  • Installing the Timeline Widget filter
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Moodle: History Teaching using Chats, Books and Plugins

by John Mannion | June 2011 | Moodle Open Source

The Chat module enables students who have enrolled in a course to conduct a discussion in a chatroom. It is a walled garden in terms of internet safety since only enrolled students and teachers can participate. The Book module is a convenient way for us to dip our toes into vast array of plugins that are available once Moodle is safely up and running. The Book module allows a teacher to create an online book, which students can access and print material from.

In this article by John Mannion, author of History Teaching with Moodle 2, we will cover:

  • The Chat module
  • Plugins
  • The Book module
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MooTool: Understanding the Foundational Basics

by Jay Larry G. Johnston | August 2011 | Open Source

MooTools is a JavaScript framework that abstracts the JavaScript language. JavaScript itself, complex in syntax, provides the tools to write a layer of content interaction for each different browser. MooTools abstracts those individual, browser-specific layers to allow cross-browser scripting in an easy-to-read and easy-to-remember syntax.

In this article by Jay Larry G. Johnston, author of MooTools 1.3 Cookbook, we will learn foundational MooTool basics like including MooTools in HTML, making and looping over arrays, grabbing elements, and dragging items.

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MooTools: Extending and Implementing Elements

by Jay Larry G. Johnston | July 2011 | Open Source

MooTools is a JavaScript framework that abstracts the JavaScript language. JavaScript itself, complex in syntax, provides the tools to write a layer of content interaction for each different browser. MooTools abstracts those individual, browser-specific layers to allow cross-browser scripting in an easy-to-read and easy-to-remember syntax.

In this article by Jay Larry G. Johnston, author of MooTools 1.3 Cookbook, we will take a look at how to extend and implement MooTools elements.

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More on ADF Business Components and Fusion Page Runtime

by Jobinesh Purushothaman | January 2013 | Enterprise Articles Oracle

In this article by Jobinesh Purushothaman, the author of Oracle ADF Real World Developer’s Guide, we will discuss the following topics:

  • Lifecycle of an ADF Fusion web page with region

  • Transaction management in Fusion web applications

  • Building a dynamic model-driven UI with ADF

  • Building composite view objects

  • Building application modules with no database connection

  • Looking up the UI component from the component tree at runtime

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More on ODI

by Christophe Dupupet Denis Gray Julien Testut Peter C. Boyd-Bowman | June 2013 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles Oracle

Here, we are either using metadata differently than would be expected or we are digging a little deeper into concepts that we have already touched on. Truth be told, this is a catch-all article that addresses questions we've often had to answer, including is conceptions on how the product should be used, and little known secrets that we didn't want to leave aside.

To integrate ODI with external tools, we will look into how to invoke an external program that requires a password or other connectivity parameters, and how to connect to an Excel spreadsheet using ODBC. To help with performance, we will look into how to tune a standalone ODI agent and how to impact the data flow by changing the staging area location.

To load large data, we will work on an example of a KM that can load files containing LOBs. And finally, to help with lifecycle management

In this article by Christophe Dupupet,Peter C. Boyd-Bowman,Denis Gray and Julien Testut authors of Oracle Data Integrator 11g Cookbook, we will look into the use of ODI versioning as well as how to use smart export/import.

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More Things you can do with Oracle Content Server workflows

by Dmitri Khanine | August 2010 | Enterprise Articles Oracle

In the previous article Oracle Universal Content Management: How to Set Up and Change Workflows you've built your first workflow, let's dig a little deeper and see what else can you do with Content Server workflows. I'll show you how to add groups of users as approvers, how to create jumps, use scripting, and perform other really powerful things.

In this article by Dmitri Khanine, author of The Oracle Universal Content Management Handbook, we will cover the following things:

  • Tools you need for advanced workflow design such as workflow templates, jumps, sub-workflows, and scripting—that let you harness the true power of Content Server workflows.
  • How to group approvers and even select them dynamically based on the business rules—maybe the last bit of advice you will need to automate that complex business process you were looking at.
  • Different types of workflows you have to choose from and how to pick the best one for your task at hand.

Let's begin by looking at the top three things.

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Most Wanted Apache MyFaces Trinidad 1.2 Tags and Tag Attributes

by David Thomas | November 2009 | Web Development

This article by David Thomas discusses the Trinidad tags and their attributes in a structured manner. The reader will gain an insight into the design of Trinidad allowing them to draw an efficient mental map of the library and an effective selection and application of tags. More concretely, the following topics are covered:

  • An overview of the XHTML-focused Trinidad namespace trh
  • An overview of the central Trinidad namespace tr
  • An orientation and classification on the attributes supported by Trinidad
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Motion Detection

by Bryan WC Chung | August 2013 | Open Source

In this article, written by Bryan WC Chung, who has also authored the book Multimedia Programming with Pure Data, we plan to extend the interactivity beyond the use of mouse and keyboard. Motion detection needs the computer webcam to capture and detect the body movement of users. So far, we only displayed the video or applied effects on it. We have no idea about what is happening within the video image. In the coming sections, we try to make sense of the image.

In a video frame, all we know is the width, height of the frame, the number of pixels, and the red, green, and blue color components of each pixel. We have no idea whether there is a bird or pig in the frame. And we do not know whether the subject in the video frame is moving or not. In order to identify movement, we have to compare a frame with another reference frame. The following sections will introduce a number of topics including:

  • Obtaining the frame difference
  • Detecting presence
  • Detecting motion
  • Creating a motion detection animation
  • Comparing colors

To work with the examples, you need to have a webcam installed on your computer.

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