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Moodle 2.0

The Moodle Man (Julien Ridden) can be found on Twitter, Slideshare, and his own blog.  You can also email him at julien@moodle.com.au.

His first session was about the new changes in Moodle 2.0.  Apparently 80% of Moodle is changing! (Moodle = modular object oriented dynamic learning environment)

“Moodle is not a repository; it is a learning environment.” But that is where people generally start.

Moodle comes from a PhD thesis by Martin Dougiamas.

Moodle is based on SCORM (way of packaging learning content – shareable content object reference model). 

Moodle 2.0 works with box, Alfresco, YouTube, Google Docs, flickr, Picasa, mahara, and a load of other external repositories.  Through a single click, students and teachers can access, share, save work that they want to keep.

Structured, scaffolded learning can be supported in Moodle 2.0.  Conditional activities can now be set because Moodle 2.0 has learned what ‘complete’ is, and that definition can be set by the teachers.

This means that teachers can create ‘branched activities’.  ie: if the student completes a quiz and gets above 90%, then additional activities come up and then the next activity. Or if the student fails the quiz, then additional, appropriate activities come up and then they can re-take the quiz, etc, etc.

Moodle 2.0 has better usability. Things like being able to ‘freeze’ panes in the Gradebook, so that the names stay the same, but the grades scroll across.

Portfolios, progress tracking, blog 2.0, better navigation and other exciting things are also included in the new version. The MyPage for teachers will tell you what assignments need to be marked instead of having to go into the ‘folder’.  The Profile has much more information, but also has a ‘my private files’ section.  Each student can put stuff in there, up to a quota, and it can be viewed wherever they can access the internet.  Stuff from there can be submitted for an assignment.

An important note: you CANNOT cut and paste from Word into Moodle 1.9.  It makes older browsers crash because the code is terrible. Another reason that Moodle 2.0 is better.

In Moodle 1.9, you would have to upload every image. Now you can upload from anywhere you have saved them – flickr, Google docs, etc, depending on what the network manager has allowed. If you’ve uploaded it once, you can upload it again. Librarians can create repositories that departments can share.

Special note for Mathematics teachers – you can now include equations in your Moodle pages.  There is an equation editor.  This also interacts with DragMaths and other equation editors so you can upload files that you have created in other programmes.

The page description, which is a required element, can now be turned on so that it displays.

The boxes which you create (pages, forums, assignments, glossaries, etc) modify themselves depending on what type of box it is.

The completion aspect enables you to create Individual Learning Pathways. Exciting!

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November 21, 2010 Posted by | Moodle | Leave a comment