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Working With Moodle Flavours

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On 4th April 2012, Epic's Head of Open Source Mark Aberdour presented 'Working with Moodle Flavours' at the annual 2012 Moodlemoot UK Conference.

On 4th April 2012, Epic's Head of Open Source Mark Aberdour presented 'Working with Moodle Flavours' at the annual 2012 Moodlemoot UK Conference.


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  • 1. IRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012 Working with Moodle Flavours Mark Aberdour Head of Open Source Solutions, EpicIRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  • 2. OVERVIEWOverviewBackgroundStep 1: Find the plug-inStep 2: InstallationStep 3: Identify your ingredientsStep 4: Build a packageStep 5: Deploy a packageLessons learnedOther usesStrengthsWeaknessesIRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  • 3. BACKGROUND Developer: David Monllaó Universidad de Rovira i Virgili Mentor: Michael de Raadt Moodle HQIRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  • 4. THE PROBLEMMoodle site setup and configuration is time consuming.Sites evolve over time as settings are tweaked, plug-insinstalled, reports created, language strings customised, andso on.How can you back up your work, or share what you areproud of?IRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  • 5. WHO DOES IT AFFECT?Penny is a Moodle Administrator and has spentweeks configuring her site:“How can I backup my changes?”“How can I share my setup with others in my sector?”Dave is a Music Teacher who has a number ofspecialist audio plug-ins installed for his classes:“How can enable other music teachers to benefitfrom this?”Geoff is a Moodle Consultant who has a toolkit offavoured plug-ins for reporting and administration:“How can I reduce the time it takes to install mytoolkit in my clients Moodle sites?”IRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  • 6. SO, WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUTYOUR MOODLE?...IRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  • 7. IRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  • 8. INTRODUCING MOODLEFLAVOURSIRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  • 9. STEP 1 : FIND THE PLUG-INModules databasehttp://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=local_flavoursDocumentationhttp://docs.moodle.org/en/Development:Moodle_flavoursMoodle trackerhttp://tracker.moodle.org/browse/CONTRIB/component/11431Source Codehttps://github.com/dmonllao/moodle-local_flavoursIRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  • 10. STEP 2: INSTALLATIONInstall from Git or ZIP fileInstalls into /localClick on NotificationsSite settings -> Server -> Package a flavour& Deploy a flavourIRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  • 11. STEP 3: IDENTIFY YOURINGREDIENTSIRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  • 12. IRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012IRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  • 13. IRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012IRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  • 14. LESSONS LEARNEDRelatively new moduleStudent project, mentored by HQLow uptakeDoesn’t include: custom HTML blocks, theme selectionOK for basic sites, seems to lack robustness on more complexsitesIRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  • 15. OTHER USESUniversitiesSchoolsTeaching: music, maths, languagesCorporateDefence / High SecurityDistance learningApprenticeshipsIRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  • 16. STRENGTHSEase of cloning a site without needing server administrationskillsAllows anyone to roll their own distribution of MoodleEasily distributable format (ZIP)Site backup utilityReplicate live, staging and dev environments easilyDavid Monllaó moving to Moodle HQ in July, assurescontinuityIRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  • 17. WEAKNESSESStill young: low uptake, lacking robustnessNo community sharing mechanismUsability - problems and warnings handlingNo rollback capabilityCrossover with Admin Presets block, also developed byDavid Monllaó.http://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=block_admin_presetsIRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012
  • 18. THANKYOU FOR ATTENDINGAnd thankyou to...David MonllaóJenny Grey and Brian Waddington, Open UniversityIRELAND & UK MOODLEMOOT 2012