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iMoot 2013: Moodle Addons - Adding technological distinctiveness to Moodle core

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Take your Moodle installation where no admin has gone before. Boldly explore how to find and install Addons. Learn how to assimilate Addons into your Moodle installation. Become an active part of the …

Take your Moodle installation where no admin has gone before. Boldly explore how to find and install Addons. Learn how to assimilate Addons into your Moodle installation. Become an active part of the Moodle collective. Resistance is futile.

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  • 1. Moodle Addons:Adding technological distinctiveness to Moodle coreHow to make your Moodle installation shineHow to make your Moodle installation shine
  • 2. Moodle Addons:Adding technological distinctiveness to Moodle coreWho am I?●Anthony Borrow, S.J.–Catholic Priest●New Orleans Province Jesuit●Associate Pastor ofImmaculate Conception Parish inAlbuquerque, NM●Previously taught theology atCristo Rey Jesuit in Houston, TX andDallas Jesuit College Preparatory–Counselor●NASAP●ACA–ASERVIC–CSJ●Honduran Teen Gangs–Interests/Hobbies●Racquetball●Star Trek Fan
  • 3. Moodle Addons:Adding technological distinctiveness to Moodle coreMoodles Plugins Facilitator●Joined Moodle.org in 2005–“Particularly Helpful Moodler”●Maintained plugin–GBPv2 (1.8) patch●“Developed” plugins–Birthday block–MRBS block●Core development–Forum aggregation types–Feedback anonymity–Various little patches●Review Moodle Plugins●
  • 4. Moodle Addons:Adding technological distinctiveness to Moodle core●Objectives–Recognize the differencebetween a Moodle Plugin vs.Addon–Identify the various types ofMoodle plugins–Discover and assess Moodleplugins shared by others–Integrate Addons into yourMoodle installation–Support plugins for your site byactively participating in theMoodle communitySeeking Perfection: TheOmega Molecule
  • 5. Moodle Addons:Moodle Plugin vs. Moodle Addon●M is for Modular–Moodle is designed to be expanded–Moodle has a variety of plugin types–Use what you need – Moodle Plugins shouldfunction independently of each other and beeasily added or removed without impacting otherparts of Moodle
  • 6. Moodle Addons:Moodle Plugin vs. Moodle Addon●Moodle Plugins and Addonsincrease functionality●Moodle Plugins and Addons canbe deactivated withoutdestroying your Moodle site●Moodle Plugins refers to allfunctionality that makes up aMoodle site. Moodle Addonsrefer specifically to non-coreplugins that are added to yourinstallation. Moodle Addons are asubset of Moodle Plugins.●Moodle Plugins primarily containsAddons.
  • 7. Moodle Addons:Moodle Plugin TypesMoodle has many types of plugins to enhance the tools youhave at hand:Assignment Submission and feedback types (Moodle 2.3+)(/mod/assign/submission/ and /mod/assign/feedback)●Course formats (/course/format/)●Themes (/theme/)●Activity modules (/mod/)●Blocks (/blocks/)●Repositories and portfolios (/repository/ and /portfolio/)●Plagiarism (/plagiarism/)●Question–Question types (/question/type/)–Question formats (/question/format/)–Question behaviors (/question/behaviour/)●Authentication types (/auth/)●Enrollment types (/enrol/)●Filters (/filter/)●Grade reports (/grade/report/)●Local plugins (/local/)●Message outputs (/message/output/)●Reports (/report/)●Administrative tools (/admin/tool/)●User profile fields(/user/profile/field)
  • 8. Moodle Addons:Adding technological distinctiveness to Moodle core●Advantages of Addons–Expanded functionality–Cutting edge - cool toys to play with (BUTthey may cut both ways)●Disadvantages of Addons–NOT maintained by Moodle HQ–Security – may NOT be suitable forproduction sites–Reliability/Stability – may NOT be as welltested or have unit tests–Usability – may NOT be well documented–Upgrading - may NOT be supported infuture Moodle versions✔ Backup! Backup! Backup!✔ Test server✔ Patience – maintainers areusually volunteers
  • 9. Moodle Addons:Discovering technological distinctiveness●BrowseMoodlePlugins bytype●SearchMoodlePlugins byname●ReviewdownloadStats
  • 10. Moodle Addons:Assessing technological distinctiveness●Description–Functionalnecessity?–Downloadtested for myversion ofMoodle?●Popularity(Stats)–Do yourecognize themaintainer?
  • 11. Moodle Addons:Assessing technological distinctiveness●Reviews–Trusted membersof the communitywrite reviews for aparticular version●Awards–Given to Addonsthat stand out andare worthy ofspecial recognition●Developing
  • 12. Moodle Addons:Assessing technological distinctiveness●Comments●Other positiveindicators–Screenshot–Documentation–Discussion–Bug Tracker–Source code–
  • 13. Moodle Addons:Adding technological distinctiveness to Moodle core●There are manyways to installMoodle Addons–2.4 and prior●Download zip andcopy files to server(simple)●Using Git (mostly fordevelopers)–2.5+●Login as Admin thenbrowse MoodlePlugins and clickInstall●Upgrade notifications–
  • 14. Moodle Addons:Adding technological distinctiveness to Moodle core●Become part of theMoodle Collective–Participate in thecommunity●Moodle Tracker●Moodle Docs●Moodle ForumsTranslatorsInexperience isirrelevant allow yourown experiences tobecome part of theMoodle collective–
  • 15. Moodle Addons:Adding technological distinctiveness to Moodle core●Moodle Pluginscontinues to evolve–From CVS → Git →Moodle Plugins–Your participation iscrucial to creating adynamic communityaround Moodle plugins–If you have ideas ofhow Moodle pluginscan better serve youand the communityplease let us know–
  • 16. Moodle Addons:Adding technological distinctiveness to Moodle core●Moodle Addons … Resistance is futile