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Moodle 2.0 First Look

Book Description

Discover what's new in Moodle 2.0, how the new features work, and how it will impact you

  • Get an insight into the new features of Moodle 2.0

  • Discover the benefits of brand new additions such as Comments and Conditional Activities

  • Master the changes in administration with Moodle 2.0

  • The first and only book that covers all of the fantastic new features of Moodle 2.0

  • In Detail

    Moodle is currently the world's most popular E-learning platform. The long-awaited second version of Moodle is now available and brings with it greatly improved functionality. If you are planning to upgrade your site to Moodle 2.0 and want to be up-to-date with the latest developments, then this book is for you.

    This book takes an in-depth look at all of the major new features in Moodle 2.0 and how it differs from previous Moodle versions. It highlights changes to the standard installation and explains the new features with clear screenshots, so you can quickly take full advantage of Moodle 2.0. It also assists you in upgrading your site to Moodle 2.0, and will give you the confidence to make the move up to Moodle 2.0, either as an administrator or a course teacher.

    With its step-by-step introduction to the new features of Moodle 2.0, this book will leave you confident and keen to get your own courses up and running on Moodle 2.0. It will take you on a journey from basic navigation to advanced administration, looking at the changes in resource management and activity setup along the way. It will show you new ways tutors and students can control the pace of their learning and introduce you to the numerous possibilities for global sharing and collaborating now available in Moodle 2.0

    This book is your personal guided tour of the new and enhanced features of Moodle 2.0

    Table of Contents

    1. Moodle 2.0 First Look
      1. Moodle 2.0 First Look
      2. Credits
      3. About the Author
      4. About the Reviewers
      5. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Conventions
        5. Reader feedback
        6. Customer support
          1. Errata
          2. Piracy
          3. Questions
      6. 1. What's New in Moodle 2
        1. Why read this book?
        2. Looks cleaner, moves faster
        3. A new way of managing your content
        4. More places to have your say
        5. Existing activities updated and improved
        6. Control your students' progress
        7. Improved admin
        8. How do we get Moodle 2.0?
          1. What you need for Moodle 2.0
          2. Installing Moodle 2.0 for the first time
          3. Upgrading to Moodle 2.0
          4. Potential problems with upgrading
              1. Themes
              2. Third party add-ons and custom code
              3. Backup and Restore
        9. Summary
      7. 2. Finding our way around (Navigation and Blocks)
        1. Meet the cast
            1. Emma
            2. Martin
            3. Stuart
            4. Andy
        2. What does Moodle 2.0 look like?
        3. What do users who are logged in see?
          1. Home/My home
          2. Site pages
          3. My profile
          4. My courses
        4. The Settings block
        5. Navigating around a course
        6. Named topic sections
        7. What does a student see?
        8. Configuring the navigation block
        9. The Navigation bar (breadcrumb trail)
        10. The course administration block
          1. What admin sees
        11. Managing blocks
        12. Making a block sticky throughout our Moodle
        13. Adding a block to a course category page
        14. Adding a block to courses in one category
        15. Teachers managing blocks in courses
        16. Hiding blocks
        17. Moving blocks
        18. Summary
      8. 3. Editing Text and Managing Files
        1. Typing and editing text in Moodle 2.0
        2. Embedding multimedia in the HTML editor
        3. Managing files
        4. Uploading through the HTML editor
        5. Where's our file on the front page?
        6. Reusing a file in another course
        7. Uploading a file from the Resource menu
        8. Where's our file in the course?
          1. Follow the path!
        9. What about "Course files"?
        10. What about FTP?
        11. Importing an image from Flickr
          1. Using images from other Flickr users
        12. Private files personal storage space
        13. Sending work out of Moodle with the Portfolio API
          1. Exporting an assignment
          2. Exporting a forum post
        14. Summary
      9. 4. What's new in Add a Resource
        1. New look — new wording
        2. Adding a file
          1. Displaying a file
        3. Resource administration
              1. Edit settings
              2. Locally assigned roles and Permissions
        4. Adding a folder
        5. Uploading a folder to Moodle
        6. Adding an IMS content package
        7. Inserting a label
        8. So what's new? Other options for our label
        9. Page
          1. Adding a page
        10. URL
          1. Adding a link to a website with URL
        11. Summary
      10. 5. What's new in Add an Activity
        1. Spot the difference...
          1. What's hiding?
          2. What's changed?
        2. Making a Moodle 2.0 quiz
        3. Where do we go from here?
        4. Creating questions for our quiz
            1. Click Add a question
            2. Add question details
            3. Adding more questions
            4. Ordering and displaying the quiz questions
        5. What does the student see?
        6. Making sure our students don't submit before they've answered all the questions
        7. The teacher's perspective
        8. Making more quizzes
        9. Sharing questions between courses
        10. Quiz reports
        11. Recap on the Quiz
        12. Making a Moodle 2.0 Wiki
        13. Adding new pages
        14. What's new in the tabs
          1. View
          2. Edit
          3. Comments
          4. History
          5. Map
        15. Recap on the wiki
        16. What's new in the Workshop
        17. The set-up phase
            1. Workshop features
            2. Grading settings
            3. Submission and assessment settings
            4. When and who?
        18. The submission phase
            1. How does the student submit their work?
            2. Who assesses what?
        19. The assessment phase
            1. How do students assess each others' work?
            2. What the teacher sees
            3. Weighting the assessments
        20. The grading evaluation phase
            1. Teacher control
        21. A glance in the gradebook
            1. Where's the League table?
        22. Recap on the workshop
        23. Downloading assignments
        24. A new forum type
          1. Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format
        25. Neater display of SCORM packages
        26. Summary
      11. 6. Managing the Learning Path
        1. Why would we want to do this?
        2. What admin needs to do
        3. What the course teacher needs to do
        4. Setting up the tasks
        5. Setting up the introductory webpage
          1. Restricting when students see a resource: 1
            1. No restrictions
              1. What does Only available from mean?
              2. What does Grade condition mean?
              3. What does Activity completion condition mean?
              4. What does Add 2 grade/activity conditions to form mean?
              5. What does Before activity is available mean?
          2. Restricting when students see a resource: 2
            1. Activity completion condition: Require view
              1. What does Completion tracking mean?
              2. What does Require view mean?
              3. What does Expect completed mean?
        6. Setting up the forum
              1. Grade condition
              2. Activity completion condition
              3. Before activity is available
          1. Restricting when students see a resource: 3
            1. Activity completion condition: Require post
              1. Completion tracking
              2. Require view
              3. Require grade
              4. Require posts
              5. Require discussions/require replies
              6. Expect completed
        7. Setting up the quiz
              1. Only available from
              2. Grade condition
              3. Activity completion condition
              4. Before activity is available
          1. Restricting when students see a resource: 4
            1. Activity completion condition: Require grade
              1. Completion tracking
              2. Require view
              3. Require grade
              4. Expect completed
        8. Setting a pass or fail grade condition
        9. Setting up the Lesson
              1. Grade condition
              2. Activity completion condition
        10. How can students track their progress?
          1. The completion tracking options
        11. What does a student see?
              1. Automatic tracking
              2. Manual tracking
        12. Differentiating with conditional activities
          1. Differentiating with a grade condition
              1. Basic Lesson grade conditions
              2. Intermediate Lesson grade conditions
        13. Differentiating with a forum post
        14. Marking a course as "Complete"
          1. Overall criteria type aggregation
            1. Course prerequisites
            2. Manual self completion
            3. Manual completion by
            4. Activities completed
            5. Date
            6. Duration after enrolment
            7. Grade
            8. Unenrolment
        15. Course Completion in Practice: Example 1
          1. What does a student see? How can they self-complete?
        16. Course Completion in Practice: Example 2
          1. What does a teacher see?
          2. What does a student see?
        17. Summary
      12. 7. Having your say
        1. Blogs before and after
        2. Where's my blog?
        3. The Blog Menu block
        4. The Recent Blog Entries block
        5. Course specific blogs
        6. The blog tags block
        7. Blog settings
          1. Preferences
          2. External blogs
          3. Register an external blog
        8. Admin issues
        9. Commenting on blogs
          1. Getting a dialog going
            1. Deleting comments in a blog
        10. Recap the blog in Moodle 2.0
        11. Using the Comments block
            1. Deleting comments on the course page
        12. Why comment on the course page?
        13. Students comment on the usefulness of a resource
        14. Teachers comment in private (1)
          1. What admin needs to do
          2. What the teacher needs to do
        15. Teachers comment in private (2)
          1. Moderating grades with a Comments block
        16. Students hold a dialogue during a workshop or Wiki
        17. Recap the Comments block in Moodle 2.0
        18. Moodle messaging
          1. What does admin need to do?
            1. Where are my message options?
            2. What does admin see?
            3. What does a teacher or student see?
        19. How do messages display?
        20. Giving feedback
          1. Why anonymous?
          2. Adding a new feedback
        21. Giving feedback
        22. Summary
      13. 8. Admin Issues
        1. The navigation block
        2. The Settings block
          1. Changes in Site administration
            1. Notifications/Registrations
            2. Community hubs
          2. Advanced features
            1. Completion tracking
            2. Progress tracked roles
            3. Enable conditional availability
        3. What's new in Users
          1. Authentication
          2. Bulk User Actions
          3. Cohorts
          4. Permissions
            1. User Policies
            2. Site administrators
            3. Define roles
            4. Assign system roles
            5. Check system permissions
          5. Capability reports
        4. What's new in Courses
        5. What's new in Grades
        6. What's new in Location
        7. What's new in Plugins
          1. Activity modules
          2. Blocks
          3. Authentication
          4. Enrolments
            1. Manage enrol plugins
          5. Text editors
          6. License
          7. Filters
          8. Portfolios
          9. Repositories
            1. Repository example 1: Flickr
            2. Repository example 2: File System an FTP workaround
              1. What does a course tutor see?
            3. Repository example 3: Webdav — another FTP workaround
          10. Webservices
          11. Question types
          12. Local plugins
        8. What's new in security
          1. IP blocker
          2. Site policies
        9. What's new in appearance
          1. Themes
            1. Theme settings
            2. Individual theme settings pages
          2. Blog
          3. Navigation
          4. Default MyMoodle page
          5. Default profile page
          6. Course Contacts
          7. Ajax and JavaScript
        10. What's new in Front page
          1. Front page settings
          2. Users
            1. Groups
            2. Permissions
          3. Front page roles
          4. Front page filters
          5. Front Page backup/restore
          6. Where are site files?
        11. What's new in server
        12. What's new in networking
        13. What's new in reports
          1. Comments
          2. Config changes
          3. Question instances
          4. Development
            1. Experimental
            2. Web service test client
          5. Purge all caches
          6. Moodle network test client
          7. Functional database tests
        14. Changes in Course administration
          1. How to enrol students into a course the Users link
          2. How to back up a course — the Backup link
          3. How to restore a course the Restore link
          4. How to share a course the Publish link
          5. Repositories
          6. Where are the course files?
        15. Summary