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RSC EM Mug 2012 11-13

  1. 1. Moodle User Group Phil HardcastleGo to View > Header & Footer to editwww.rsc-em.ac.uk November 15, 2012 | slide 1 RSCs – Stimulating and supporting innovation in learning
  2. 2. Agenda 9:30 – 10:0 Coffee 10:00 – 10:15 Welcome 10:15 – 11:00 Moodle 2.3 and Private Files 11:00 – 11:20 Coffee 11:20 – 12:00 The Lesson Module in 2.2 12:00 – 12:30 Catch up - what have you been doing? 12:30 Lunch November 15, 2012 | slide 2
  3. 3. Moodle 2.3 New features: – Improvement to file systems • Drag and drop, file picker improvement, icons, thumbnails, alias/shortcuts – Repository improvements • Equella supported – Course pages • Courses can show sections on individual pages • AJAX editing cleaned up • Direct editing of course element names – Assignment, Book, Quiz, SCORM and Wkshop updated. http://docs.moodle.org/dev/Moodle_2.3_release_notes November 15, 2012 | slide 3
  4. 4. Private Files New to Moodle 2.x Allows personal storage of files – could be for use in courses, but not necessarily so - learners could store files on the system also Issues: – Control of amount of files stored on the system – Moodle becomes its own repository Potential benefits – one file can be stored and linked to. Changes to this file will be replicated elsewhere (2.3) November 15, 2012 | slide 4
  5. 5. Administration of Private Files The size limit for each users private files area is set by a site administrator in Settings > Site administration > Security > Site policies. If a file is uploaded into your private files area, it is possible when using it elsewhere on Moodle to select it as an alias/shortcut. This means that if you update the file in your private files area, it will automatically update elsewhere on Moodle. Issues regarding a transient tutor population – their/other courses may depend on private files. November 15, 2012 | slide 5
  6. 6. Structured Lesson The Lesson activity – Allows content – text, pictures or video, to be mixed with questions and branching. – Needs planning before and testing afterwards Could be used – as a revision aid for a particular topic – as an introduction to a topic – to recap material already covered in a session Takes time to plan and set up – Only invest time and energy in a Lesson activity when it is going to be re-used November 15, 2012 | slide 6
  7. 7. Lesson Module Demo from: – http://moodle.rsc-em.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=124 November 15, 2012 | slide 7
  8. 8. LTI Learning Tools Interoperability The future for Moodle? – Moodle as a bridge to wider web tools – Don’t create more tools – Simplify and add external tools as needed November 15, 2012 | slide 8
  9. 9. Moodle 2.2 supports LTI v1.1  LTI is a standard way to securely and seamlessly integrate an external learning application with a VLE  A user logged into Moodle can connect to, say, an external wiki or blog and be automatically authorised  The blog/wiki and account can automatically be provisioned  There is a plugin for Moodle 1.9+: basiclti4moodle9
  10. 10. How does this work?  LTI is simple to use, it is just an activity in a course. As a teacher, turn on editing and add an “External Tool”  Three items are required – Launch URL – Consumer key – Consumer secret The above are supplied by the learning tool provider10
  11. 11. Add External Tool11
  12. 12. Privacy  LTI can send user’s role (e.g. student or teacher) and so remote tool can use this information, e.g. different privileges in WordPress12
  13. 13. Some LTI enabled Tools13
  14. 14. Benefits  Benefits for learners and teachers: – seamless integration of VLE and external products – empowerment of teachers  Benefit for administrators and developers: – administrative efficiencies – single integration will support any VLE  Scale Benefits  LTI Demo with Noteflight: – http://moodle.rsc-em.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=12414
  15. 15. Anchors Returning in 2.4? Alternatives for avoiding the long scroll to a topic: – Collapsed topics: It allows students to collapse or expand the topics’ contents so that all the list of topics can be easily identified. – Tab course format: This is probably not good if you have 15 topics, as it creates a tab for each topic. – Grid format – but has problems – fouls up the backup system – You might consider creating your own links using hyperlinks and adding the section number by adding "#section-3" or "#section-16" etc in the URL, e.g. yourmoodle.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=24#section-3 November 15, 2012 | slide 15
  16. 16. What’s been happening? What have you been doing over the summer? November 15, 2012 | slide 16
  17. 17. Next Term Next Meeting: Wed. March 6th Venue Topic suggestions: Linking to Google Docs phil.hardcastle@rsc-em.ac.uk http://moodle.rsc-em.ac.uk November 15, 2012 | slide 17

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