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Moodle 2.0 First Look

Mary Cooch

Discover what's new in Moodle 2.0, how the new features work, and how it will impact you
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849511940
Paperback272 pages

About This Book

  • 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

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.

Table of Contents

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?
Chapter 2: Finding our way around (Navigation and Blocks)
Meet the cast
What does Moodle 2.0 look like?
What do users who are logged in see?
The Settings block
Navigating around a course
Named topic sections
What does a student see?
Configuring the navigation block
The Navigation bar ()
The course administration block
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
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?
What about "Course files"?
What about FTP?
Importing an image from Flickr
Private files—personal storage space
Sending work out of Moodle with the Portfolio API
Chapter 4: What's new in Add a Resource
New look — new wording
Adding 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
Chapter 5: What's new in Add an Activity
Spot the difference...
Making a Moodle 2.0 quiz
Where do we go from here?
Creating questions for our quiz
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
Recap on the wiki
What's new in the Workshop
The set-up phase
The submission phase
The assessment phase
The grading evaluation phase
A glance in the gradebook
Recap on the workshop
Downloading assignments
A new forum type
Neater display of SCORM packages
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
Setting up the forum
Setting up the quiz
Setting a pass or fail grade condition
Setting up the Lesson
How can students track their progress?
What does a student see?
Differentiating with conditional activities
Differentiating with a forum post
Marking a course as "Complete"
Course Completion in Practice: Example 1
Course Completion in Practice: Example 2
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
Admin issues
Commenting on blogs
Recap—the blog in Moodle 2.0
Using the Comments block
Why comment on the course page?
Students comment on the usefulness of a resource
Teachers comment in private (1)
Teachers comment in private (2)
Students hold a dialogue during a workshop or Wiki
Recap the Comments block in Moodle 2.0
Moodle messaging
How do messages display?
Giving feedback
Giving feedback
Chapter 8: Admin Issues
The navigation block
The Settings block
What's new in Users
What's new in Courses
What's new in Grades
What's new in Location
What's new in Plugins
What's new in security
What's new in appearance
What's new in Front page
What's new in server
What's new in networking
What's new in reports
Changes in Course administration

What You Will Learn

  • 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


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