Moodle 1.9 Top Extensions Cookbook

Moodle 1.9 Top Extensions Cookbook
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Table of Contents
Sample Chapters
  • Packed with recipes to help you get the most out of Moodle modules
  • Improve education outcomes by situating learning in a real-world context using Moodle
  • Organize your content and customize your courses
  • Reviews of the best Moodle modules—out of the available 600 modules
  • Installation and configuration guides
  • Written in a conversational and easy-to-follow manner

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 324 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : November 2010
ISBN : 1849512167
ISBN 13 : 9781849512169
Author(s) : Michael de Raadt
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, e-Learning, Moodle, Open Source

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Modular with Moodle
Chapter 2: Adding Content
Chapter 3: Connecting to the Outside World
Chapter 4: Getting Around In Moodle
Chapter 5: Effective Use of Space
Chapter 6: Assessing Students
Chapter 7: Organizing Students
Chapter 8: Encouraging Student Interaction
Chapter 9: Informing Students
Chapter 10: Handy Tools for Teachers
Chapter 11: Just for Fun
  • Chapter 1: Getting Modular with Moodle
    • Introduction
    • Getting modules you can trust
    • Adding modules to Moodle
    • Changing site-wide settings
    • Getting modules to speak your language
    • If it's not quite what you want...
    • Getting rid of modules
    • Allowing modules to access outside information
  • Chapter 2: Adding Content
    • Introduction
    • Adding video pages
    • Adding a Flash Video
    • Creating video blocks
    • Adding videos anywhere
    • Sharing image galleries
    • Working with books
    • Showing programming examples in Moodle
    • Getting geographical with the maps
    • Creating formulae easily
  • Chapter 3: Connecting to the Outside World
    • Introduction
    • Setting up the Translate Block
    • Allowing Moodle to access Google translator
    • In-course Web searching with Moogle
    • Allowing simple Web searches
    • Adding Wikipedia search to Moodle
    • Adding links to Wikipedia
    • Searching for Tweets
  • Chapter 4: Getting Around In Moodle
    • Introduction
    • An easy table of contents
    • A menu block with the works
    • A customizable menu block
    • An organized My Courses block
    • Finding a course by name
    • Getting between Related Courses
    • Improving accessibility
  • Chapter 5: Effective Use of Space
    • Introduction
    • Squeezing main page content into a block
    • Organizing tree-based content
    • Collapsing sections
    • Creating dynamic tabs
    • Simplifying single section display with tabs
    • Using monthly sections for longer courses
    • Combining online users and people
  • Chapter 6: Assessing Students
    • Introduction
    • Using peer assessment
    • Recording audio for assignments
    • Replacing paper submissions
    • Allowing students to contribute to assessment
    • Getting more out of quizzes
    • Giving immediate formative feedback
    • Recognizing high performers
  • Chapter 11: Just for Fun
    • Introduction
    • Celebrating birthdays
    • Adding emotions
    • Theme swapping
    • Awarding certificates
    • Rewarding with gold stars
    • Playing games
    • Creating a game in a block

Michael de Raadt

Michael de Raadt is a lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland and a keen Moodler. Driven by his teaching experience, Michael is responsible for developing a number of widely used Moodle modules. Michael’s research delves into technologies that are changing the face of education.

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What you will learn from this book

  • Quick methods to make your Moodle courses engaging, attractive, and fun
  • Fast ways to add multimedia to your course, or incorporate existing sounds and videos
  • Embed Twitter, Wikipedia, and Google in a Moodle course page
  • Assist users to navigate around a Moodle site
  • Manage the space in a course page and offer easier navigation to users
  • Explore alternate assessment methods with assignment alternatives, better quizzes and embedded formative assessment
  • Equip teachers with tools for tracking student involvement
  • Exercise to challenge yourself based on the knowledge culminated


In Detail

Moodle is growing at a seemingly unstoppable rate. One of the key reasons for its popularity lies in its potential to extend with modules, thus making the site easier to administer, add new features, and completely change the way it looks. This book finds you the best Moodle modules, teaches you how to install them, and helps you to master their configuration.

There are hundreds of Moodle modules available. Find out which you can trust and how to put them to work. This practical book gives you hands-on experience on using and managing Moodle modules, thus making your learning website feature-rich. It covers many features and techniques in order to allow you to organize your ideas to improve teaching using Moodle as a virtual learning platform

This book begins with simple activities such as adding and installing modules. Then, it moves to a very interesting topic about the integration of multimedia into Moodle, covering major multimedia elements such as images, audio, and video.

Social networking applications like Twitter and Facebook are embedded in the Moodle course in order to invent stories, create group works, and create social team interactions with the virtual classroom. But the book doesn't end there, you will also see how to use Moodle to accept and assess coursework submissions, discuss work with students, and deliver quizzes, tests, and videos.

The book ends with a chapter full of simple challenges such as adding educational games. This book is written to help you find modules that will be useful to you and your students, and to show examples of how these modules can be setup and used in teaching.

Achieve outstanding results with ready-to-use recipes for creating feature-rich extensions for your website with various Moodle modules


The disorganised array of modules available for Moodle are brought together in ways you can relate to. Reviews include details that will help you decide if a module is worth testing. There are illustrated, step-by-step guides to installing and configuring modules.

Who this book is for

If you are involved in teaching using Moodle, be it at relatively small institutions running their own Moodle instance, or at large institutions where Moodle is used and administered, or you are an administrator of a Moodle instance who is looking for modules that will be useful to teachers and students at their institution, this book is meant for you.

Get students organised and help them manage their time

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