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Turbo Charging Moodle

  1. 1. Turbo Charging Moodle Making Moodle do more for you!
  2. 2. Aim of this workshop We Will ๏ Introduce you to the concepts of Moodle contrib code ๏ Provide users with links of where to find good code ๏ Show users how to install code into their own Moodle’s We Won’t ๏ This is NOT a technical workshop ๏ No prior experience expected ๏ Coding required
  3. 3. What is Moodle Moodle is FOSS Moodle is Modular Moodle has a large community Moodle is built by educators, for educators
  4. 4. Moodle is FOSS Free and Open Source Software Software which is liberally licensed to grant the right of users to study, change and improve its design through the availability of its source code. Free as in FREEDOM (often also free as a free beer/gratis)
  5. 5. Moodle is Modular Moodle is built on a modular design. This allows users to add new functionality just by dropping extra folders into their moodle site. No coding skills are typically* required to add news blocks.
  6. 6. 47,600 47,653 over by over 38,218 learning communities 21 million 21,151 users 9,318 Aug 2008 2,501 Feb 2008 Feb 2007 Feb 2006 600 Feb 2005 Feb 2004 Moodle has a large Community
  7. 7. Global Collaboration with Skilled Developers Moodle has a large Community
  8. 8. Supporting Moodle is built by different learning educators! and teaching For Educators! styles
  9. 9. Getting additional features What is contrib code? Where can I find contrib code? How do I plug-in contrib code Is it safe to use?
  10. 10. What is contrib code? Contrib code is: ...community contributed code ...typically written by users who have a specific need they need met ...based on API’s that allow for relative ease in adding new functionality ...available as dozens of projects available
  11. 11. Where can I find contrib code? Modules and Plugins Database Moodle Contrib CVS (hosted by Sourceforge) Moodle Forums Directly from Moodle users
  12. 12. Where can I find contrib code? Create your own: Should you have the skills, skilled staff of funds to out-source development you can create your own. Moodle is built on Open Source technologies enabling developers to create new code Documentation is available online to assist as well as a helpful online developer community on the moodle forums.
  13. 13. Is it safe to use? The answer to this is ‘Not Always’ Moodle is made by users with ranging degrees of experience Always do your research Is anyone else using it? Are their comments in the M&P Database Check the Moodle forums. Never install straight into production!!! Always test first
  14. 14. How do I plug-in contrib code? Step One Best Practice Tips Always test on a separate system Upload the files to the relevant location than your production box. Tools like The locations are normally outlined in the readme that comes with the files. XAMPP and MAMP can allow you to install Moodle on your desktop to Step Two play with code before putting it on a live server Install the language pack (use en_utf8_local) This allows for easier management. Step Three Go to the admin Notifications screen for automatic install THAT’S IT!
  15. 15. What can we extend Resources Quiz Question Types Activities External Systems Themes Filters Blocks Reports
  16. 16. Resources and Activities
  17. 17. Themes Why Use Themes ๏ Meet brand requirements ๏ Match an existing site ๏ Present a more engaging design for your particular audience ๏ Establish a unique look and feel for your site. be a Stand out!
  18. 18. Quiz Question Types
  19. 19. Connect with external Systems
  20. 20. Also available add-ons include Additional modular Filters functions include: Reports Blocks
  21. 21. Playtime DEMO
  22. 22. Additional Info Useful Links The Moodle Playpen
  23. 23. Useful Links Official Moodle Modules and plugins database http://moodle.org/mod/data/view.php?id=6009 Moodle Contrib on CVS via Sourceforge http://moodle.cvs.sourceforge.net/moodle/contrib/ Moodle Forums http://moodle.org/course/view.php?id=5 MoodleDocs - The official wiki http://docs.moodle.org
  24. 24. The Moodle Playpen http://moodleman.net The Moodleman Blog provides links to the Moodle Playpen. The Playpen is a site where you can play with non-standard modules and plugins without having to instal them onto your own site. The Playpen now exists in two flavors: A standard 1.9.4+ version An Alpha Moodle 2.0 version http://playpen.moodle.com.au This is a demo site and occasionally things may not work as expected.
  25. 25. Thankyou Presenter: Julian Ridden Email: julian@moodleman.net Twitter: moodleman www: http://moodleman.net http://www.moodleman.net
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