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This is a presentation given at MoodleMootAU in Brisbane 2008. Origibnally built on Mac in Keynote, it has lost much of its shine with a PPT conversion. But content is still here. …

This is a presentation given at MoodleMootAU in Brisbane 2008. Origibnally built on Mac in Keynote, it has lost much of its shine with a PPT conversion. But content is still here.

Elements of this presentation used with permission from Ialja. be sure to visit her slideshare space.

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  • 1. Turbo Charging moodle
  • 2.
    • 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
    aim of this workshop Turbo Charging moodle
  • 3. What is...
  • 4. Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment
  • 5. an adjustable environment for learning communities
  • 6. developed by a global community
  • 7. is used by...
  • 8. over 47,600 learning communities
  • 9. over 1,400 in Australia alone
  • 10. by over 21 million users
  • 11. in over 180 countries
  • 12. in over 75 languages English Italiano Thai Eesti Tongan Suomi Sinhala Norsk Polski Deutsch
  • 13. Regular release via an aggressive roadmap
  • 14. can grow...
  • 15. the moodle package is modular
  • 16. add new activity and resource options Image Galleries Podcasting Book resource Surveys Journals Audio conferencing Certificates Story writing Stamp Collections Repositories Portfolios
  • 17. your branding with custom themes
  • 18.
    • LDAPS
    • Repositories
    connect with existing systems
  • 19. compatibility with different standards
  • 20. contrib Working with
  • 21. what is contrib code?
    • Contrib is Community contributed code
    • Typically written by users who have a specific need they need met
    • Moodle’s modular architecture and open API’s allow for relative ease in adding new functionality
    • There are dozens of projects out there with wide ranges of scope
  • 22.
    • Moodle is designed to be modular
    • Extra functionality can be plugged in without editing existing code. Areas you can add to include:
      • resource types
      • activities
      • blocks
      • course formats
      • Quiz question types
      • and more
    How to plug in new code? What code can I plug in ?
  • 23. How do I install contrib code?
    • Installing is a three step process.
      • Step One
        • Upload the files to the relevant location
        • The locations are normally outlined in the readme that comes with the files.
      • Step two
        • 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
    How to plug in new code?
  • 24.
    • Modules and Plugins Database
    • Moodle Contrib CVS (hosted by Sourceforge)
    • Moodle Forums
    • Directly from Moodle users
    Where do I get contrib from? How to plug in new code?
  • 25.
    • 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
    Is contrib safe to use?
  • 26. DEMO
  • 27.
    • 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
    useful sites for code
  • 28. The moodle Playpen
    • Designed to highlight stable community code
    • Allows users to ‘try before they buy’
      • Create your own login and browse demo courses
      • Ask for your own sandpit
    • Always running the latest developer build. See what’s coming!
      • Will be a little buggy at times..be patient
    • http://playpen.riverview.nsw.edu.au
  • 29. Thank you Julian Ridden Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview [email_address]