Moodle 2.0 First Look

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Table of Contents
Sample Chapters
  • Get an insight into the new features of Moodle 2.0
  • Discover the benefits of brand new additions such as Comments and Conditional Activities
  • Master the changes in administration with Moodle 2.0
  • The first and only book that covers all of the fantastic new features of Moodle 2.0

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 272 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : September 2010
ISBN : 1849511942
ISBN 13 : 9781849511940
Author(s) : Mary Cooch
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, Content Management (CMS), e-Learning, Moodle, Open Source

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What's New in Moodle 2
Chapter 2: Finding our way around (Navigation and Blocks)
Chapter 3: Editing Text and Managing Files
Chapter 4: What's new in Add a Resource
Chapter 5: What's new in Add an Activity
Chapter 6: Managing the Learning Path
Chapter 7: Having your say
Chapter 8: Admin Issues
  • Chapter 1: What's New in Moodle 2
    • Why read this book?
    • Looks cleaner, moves faster
    • A new way of managing your content
    • More places to have your say
    • Existing activities updated and improved
    • Control your students' progress
    • Improved admin
    • How do we get Moodle 2.0?
      • What you need for Moodle 2.0
      • Installing Moodle 2.0 for the first time
      • Upgrading to Moodle 2.0
      • Potential problems with upgrading
    • Summary
  • What does Moodle 2.0 look like?
  • What do users who are logged in see?
    • Home/My home
    • Site pages
    • My profile
    • My courses
  • The Settings block
  • Navigating around a course
  • Named topic sections
  • What does a student see?
  • Configuring the navigation block
  • The Navigation bar (breadcrumb trail)
  • The course administration block
    • What admin sees
  • Managing blocks
  • Making a block sticky throughout our Moodle
  • Adding a block to a course category page
  • Adding a block to courses in one category
  • Teachers managing blocks in courses
  • Hiding blocks
  • Moving blocks
  • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Editing Text and Managing Files
    • Typing and editing text in Moodle 2.0
    • Embedding multimedia in the HTML editor
    • Managing files
    • Uploading through the HTML editor
    • Where's our file on the front page?
    • Reusing a file in another course
    • Uploading a file from the Resource menu
    • Where's our file in the course?
      • Follow the path!
    • What about "Course files"?
    • What about FTP?
    • Importing an image from Flickr
      • Using images from other Flickr users
    • Private files – personal storage space
    • Sending work out of Moodle with the Portfolio API
      • Exporting an assignment
      • Exporting a forum post
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: What's new in Add a Resource
    • New look – new wording
    • Adding a file
      • Displaying a file
    • Resource administration
    • Adding a folder
    • Uploading a folder to Moodle
    • Adding an IMS content package
    • Inserting a label
    • So what's new? Other options for our label
    • Page
      • Adding a page
    • URL
      • Adding a link to a website with URL
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5: What's new in Add an Activity
    • Spot the difference...
      • What's hiding?
      • What's changed?
    • Making a Moodle 2.0 quiz
    • Where do we go from here?
    • Creating questions for our quiz
      • Click Add a question
      • Add question details
      • Adding more questions
      • Ordering and displaying the quiz questions
  • What does the student see?
  • Making sure our students don't submit before they've answered all the questions
  • The teacher's perspective
  • Making more quizzes
  • Sharing questions between courses
  • Quiz reports
  • Recap on the Quiz
  • Making a Moodle 2.0 Wiki
  • Adding new pages
  • What's new in the tabs
    • View
    • Edit
    • Comments
    • History
    • Map
  • Recap on the wiki
  • What's new in the Workshop
  • The set-up phase
    • Workshop features
    • Grading settings
    • Submission and assessment settings
    • When and who?
  • The submission phase
    • How does the student submit their work?
    • Who assesses what?
  • The assessment phase
    • How do students assess each others' work?
    • What the teacher sees
    • Weighting the assessments
  • The grading evaluation phase
    • Teacher control
  • A glance in the gradebook
    • Where's the League table?
  • Recap on the workshop
  • Downloading assignments
  • A new forum type
    • Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format
  • Neater display of SCORM packages
  • Summary
  • Chapter 6: Managing the Learning Path
    • Why would we want to do this?
    • What admin needs to do
    • What the course teacher needs to do
    • Setting up the tasks
    • Setting up the introductory webpage
      • Restricting when students see a resource: 1
        • No restrictions
      • Restricting when students see a resource: 2
        • Activity completion condition: Require view
    • Setting up the forum
      • Restricting when students see a resource: 3
        • Activity completion condition: Require post
    • Setting up the quiz
      • Restricting when students see a resource: 4
        • Activity completion condition: Require grade
    • Setting a pass or fail grade condition
    • Setting up the Lesson
    • How can students track their progress?
      • The completion tracking options
    • What does a student see?
    • Differentiating with conditional activities
      • Differentiating with a grade condition
    • Differentiating with a forum post
    • Marking a course as "Complete"
    • Course Completion in Practice: Example 1
      • What does a student see? How can they self-complete?
    • Course Completion in Practice: Example 2
      • What does a teacher see?
      • What does a student see?
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7: Having your say
    • Blogs—before and after
    • Where's my blog?
    • The Blog Menu block
    • The Recent Blog Entries block
    • Course specific blogs
    • The blog tags block
    • Blog settings
      • Preferences
      • External blogs
      • Register an external blog
    • Admin issues
    • Commenting on blogs
      • Getting a dialog going
        • Deleting comments in a blog
    • Recap—the blog in Moodle 2.0
    • Using the Comments block
      • Deleting comments on the course page
  • Why comment on the course page?
  • Students comment on the usefulness of a resource
  • Teachers comment in private (1)
    • What admin needs to do
    • What the teacher needs to do
  • Teachers comment in private (2)
    • Moderating grades with a Comments block
  • Students hold a dialogue during a workshop or Wiki
  • Recap—the Comments block in Moodle 2.0
  • Moodle messaging
    • What does admin need to do?
      • Where are my message options?
      • What does admin see?
      • What does a teacher or student see?
  • How do messages display?
  • Giving feedback
    • Why anonymous?
    • Adding a new feedback
  • Giving feedback
  • Summary
  • Chapter 8: Admin Issues
    • The navigation block
    • The Settings block
      • Changes in Site administration
        • Notifications/Registrations
        • Community hubs
      • Advanced features
        • Completion tracking
        • Progress tracked roles
        • Enable conditional availability
    • What's new in Users
      • Authentication
      • Bulk User Actions
      • Cohorts
      • Permissions
        • User Policies
        • Site administrators
        • Define roles
        • Assign system roles
        • Check system permissions
      • Capability reports
    • What's new in Courses
    • What's new in Grades
    • What's new in Location
    • What's new in Plugins
      • Activity modules
      • Blocks
      • Authentication
      • Enrolments
        • Manage enrol plugins
      • Text editors
      • License
      • Filters
      • Portfolios
      • Repositories
        • Repository example 1: Flickr
        • Repository example 2: File System—an FTP workaround
        • Repository example 3: Webdav—another FTP workaround
      • Webservices
      • Question types
      • Local plugins
    • What's new in security
      • IP blocker
      • Site policies
    • What's new in appearance
      • Themes
        • Theme settings
        • Individual theme settings pages
      • Blog
      • Navigation
      • Default MyMoodle page
      • Default profile page
      • Course Contacts
      • Ajax and JavaScript
    • What's new in Front page
      • Front page settings
      • Users
        • Groups
        • Permissions
      • Front page roles
      • Front page filters
      • Front Page backup/restore
      • Where are site files?
    • What's new in server
    • What's new in networking
    • What's new in reports
      • Comments
      • Config changes
      • Question instances
      • Development
        • Experimental
        • Web service test client
      • Purge all caches
      • Moodle network test client
      • Functional database tests
    • Changes in Course administration
      • How to enrol students into a course—the Users link
      • How to back up a course—the Backup link
      • How to restore a course—the Restore link
      • How to share a course – the Publish link
      • Repositories
      • Where are the course files?
    • Summary

Mary Cooch

Mary Cooch has taught Languages and Geography in the UK for over 20 years. She manages several websites, even more Moodles, and runs her own Moodle blog. A Moodle Certified Teacher, she now spends part of her working week travelling the country as a VLE trainer specializing in Moodle. She regularly promotes its benefits in Junior and High schools and has a deep understanding of what works best for younger students. Known online as the moodlefairy, Mary is a frequent contributor to the help forums of where she aims to enthuse others with her passion for this open source Virtual Learning Environment.

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What you will learn from this book

  • Learn how to use the new navigation system
  • Get greater control of blocks throughout your Moodle
  • Make the most of the enhanced HTML (text) editor
  • Find your way around Moodle 2.0's new navigation system
  • Put the best of the Web right inside your Moodle with the Repository API
  • Manage learning and monitor progress with Conditional Activities and Completion Tracking
  • Get familiar with improvements to core modules such as Quiz, Workshop, and Wiki
  • Share resources with others with the Community Hub
  • Familiarize yourself with the new file upload system
  • Manage students' learning and help them monitor their progress
  • Get up to speed with the changes and new features on the admin side

In Detail

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. If you are planning to upgrade your site to Moodle 2.0 and want to be up-to-date with the latest developments, then this book is for you.

This book takes an in-depth look at all of the major new features in Moodle 2.0 and how it differs from previous Moodle versions. It highlights changes to the standard installation and explains the new features with clear screenshots, so you can quickly take full advantage of Moodle 2.0. It also assists you in upgrading your site to Moodle 2.0, and will give you the confidence to make the move up to Moodle 2.0, either as an administrator or a course teacher.

With its step-by-step introduction to the new features of Moodle 2.0, this book will leave you confident and keen to get your own courses up and running on Moodle 2.0. It will take you on a journey from basic navigation to advanced administration, looking at the changes in resource management and activity setup along the way. It will show you new ways tutors and students can control the pace of their learning and introduce you to the numerous possibilities for global sharing and collaborating now available in Moodle 2.0

This book is your personal guided tour of the new and enhanced features of Moodle 2.0


The book looks at the main functional areas of Moodle that have significant new features, explains the new features and how to use them. It draws attention to significant differences from how things used to behave, and gives the reader an idea of the kind of consequences these changes will bring to them.

Who this book is for

If you are an existing Moodle user, tutor, or administrator, then this book is for you. You are expected to be familiar with the operation of Moodle.

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