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A brief review of  Open Source and Software in General
People resist change.
Sometimes things break.
Software is complex.
Most software is  awful .
Nothing is Free.
More minds are better than less minds.
Source Code: Human readable text files that a computer turns into software programs.
Moodle <ul><li>Course Management System (CMS) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>not to be confused with a CONTENT Management System (C...
Installation considerations <ul><ul><li>server </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>bandwidth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>backups </l...
Use teacher forums  for collaboration
Embed multimedia <ul><li>Administration -> Filters -> Configuration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multimedia Plugins </li></ul></ul>
Moodle logs /everything/ <ul><li>administration -> logs </li></ul><ul><li>database </li></ul>
Moodle backups <ul><ul><li>Administration -> Configuration -> Backup </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Littering the server with ...
Modules <ul><li>Not all are created equal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>usefulness (birthday notifications vs. grading) </li></ul>...
Speeding it up <ul><li>Find the bottleneck first </li></ul><ul><li>Use Linux </li></ul><ul><li>Maximize hardware </li></ul...
Speeding it up, 2 <ul><li>Tune the database </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eventually may need dedicated db server </li></ul></ul><...
Upgrades <ul><li>Consider all third party plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Security fixes inside firewall </li></ul><ul><li>Murph...
“ RTFM, n00b ”
How to ask for help on a forum (and get it) <ul><ul><ul><li>Look around first! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ask for...
Greg Lund-Chaix <ul><li>Oregon Virtual School District Project </li></ul>
<ul><ul><li>Any questions? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visit us at our booth! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brian Jamison </li...
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  • Making the Most of Moodle

    1. 1. Created and displayed with open source software + Linux Making the Most of Moodle Content licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/
    2. 2. ?
    3. 3. Brian Jamison
    4. 6. $
    5. 14. A brief review of Open Source and Software in General
    6. 15. People resist change.
    7. 16. Sometimes things break.
    8. 17. Software is complex.
    9. 18. Most software is awful .
    10. 19. Nothing is Free.
    11. 20. More minds are better than less minds.
    12. 21. Source Code: Human readable text files that a computer turns into software programs.
    13. 22. Moodle <ul><li>Course Management System (CMS) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>not to be confused with a CONTENT Management System (CMS) </li></ul></ul>
    14. 23. Installation considerations <ul><ul><li>server </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>bandwidth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>backups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>access outside the firewall </li></ul></ul>
    15. 24. Use teacher forums for collaboration
    16. 25. Embed multimedia <ul><li>Administration -> Filters -> Configuration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multimedia Plugins </li></ul></ul>
    17. 26. Moodle logs /everything/ <ul><li>administration -> logs </li></ul><ul><li>database </li></ul>
    18. 27. Moodle backups <ul><ul><li>Administration -> Configuration -> Backup </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Littering the server with zip files is /not/ enough </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>recommendation: RAID 1 + offsite storage </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>use backups to duplicate courses! </li></ul></ul>
    19. 28. Modules <ul><li>Not all are created equal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>usefulness (birthday notifications vs. grading) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>quality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>speed of development </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Compatibility </li></ul><ul><li>Configurability </li></ul><ul><li>Freshness </li></ul><ul><li>Version ('ware the 1.0) </li></ul>
    20. 29. Speeding it up <ul><li>Find the bottleneck first </li></ul><ul><li>Use Linux </li></ul><ul><li>Maximize hardware </li></ul><ul><ul><li>add ram, gigabit NIC, hw RAID, swap, procs </li></ul></ul>
    21. 30. Speeding it up, 2 <ul><li>Tune the database </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eventually may need dedicated db server </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Apache </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PHP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check for other loads e.g. mail or spam/virus </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tune Moodle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Site admin -> Server -> Performance </li></ul></ul>
    22. 31. Upgrades <ul><li>Consider all third party plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Security fixes inside firewall </li></ul><ul><li>Murphy says “Use a test server” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>make and test a backup </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>document all actions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ask for help </li></ul>
    23. 32. “ RTFM, n00b ”
    24. 33. How to ask for help on a forum (and get it) <ul><ul><ul><li>Look around first! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ask for one thing at a time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Details, details, details </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>specific need </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>versions, operating systems, logs, exact error messages </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>environment, class size </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>your experience level </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>things you already tried </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don't feed trolls </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use the bump </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Report progress and success! (with details) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    25. 34. Greg Lund-Chaix <ul><li>Oregon Virtual School District Project </li></ul>
    26. 35. <ul><ul><li>Any questions? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visit us at our booth! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brian Jamison </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(503) 544-3558 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul></ul></ul>

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