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Individual Learning Plan (ILP) with Moodle 1.9

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

This article by Paul Taylor, author of the book Moodle 1.9 for Design and Technology, will deal with a system that will allow students to reflect on their own work through the setting of targets by staff and themselves. As with all things in Moodle, there are a number of ways to achieve this, but perhaps the most accessible is the third party module called the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) activity module, developed and maintained by ULCC and available at http://moodle.org/mod/data/view.php?d=13&rid=1025&filter=1.

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Hands-on Tutorial for Getting Started with Amazon SimpleDB

by Prabhakar Chaganti Rich Helms | May 2010 | Enterprise Articles Java PHP Web Development

With Amazon SimpleDB you can scale your application's database on the cloud. In this article by Prabhakar Chaganti and Rich Helms, authors of Amazon SimpleDB Developer Guide, we going to sign up for an AWS account, download and install the necessary libraries, and create little code snippets for exploring SimpleDB. We will introduce the libraries as well as the SimpleDB Firefox plugin for manipulating SimpleDB. We will also examine the two methods for accessing SimpleDB: SOAP and ReST. For PHP users we will introduce the PHP sample library. You can install the samples on your PHP5 server so that you can try the samples as you read about them.

In this article we will:

  • Set up an AWS account
  • Enable SimpleDB service for the account
  • Install and set up libraries for Java, PHP, and Python
  • Illustrate several SimpleDB operations using these libraries
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Opening up to OpenID with Spring Security

by Peter Mularien | May 2010 | Java Open Source Web Development

OpenID is a very popular form of trusted identity management that allows users to manage their identity through a single trusted provider. This convenient feature provides users with the security of storing their password and personal information with the trusted OpenID provider, optionally disclosing this personal information upon request. Additionally, the OpenID-enabled website can have confidence that the users providing OpenID credentials is who they say they are.

In this article by Peter Mularien, author of the book Spring Security 3, we will:

  • Learn to set up our own OpenID in less than five minutes
  • Configure the JBCP Pets website with a very rapid implementation of OpenID
  • Learn the conceptual architecture of OpenID and how it provides your site with trustworthy user access
  • Implement OpenID-based user registration
  • Experiment with OpenID attribute exchange for user profile functionality
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Installing and Configuring Joomla! on Local and Remote Servers

by Timi Ogunjobi | May 2010 | Joomla! Content Management PHP Web Development

This article by Timi Ogunjobi, author of Joomla! 1.5 Site Blueprints, covers basic details about installing and configuring Joomla! for use on both local and remote servers. This article also contains information about where to obtain essential resources for learning, using, and optimizing Joomla!

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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)
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