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US Moot Early Bird Rate Extended until July 7, Draft Program available

US Moot Early Bird Rate Extended until July 7, Draft Program available

Procrastinators have a few more days to take advantage of the lower Moot registration rate for this August's meetup in Minneapolis (the m alliteration is ridiculous: Moodle Moot in Minneapolis, Minnesota). This discount gives you saves of up to $75 for the event. Register now: https://mootus15.moodlemoot.org/mod/page/view.php?id=29 The program of presentations is also starting to take [...]

Moodle LMS an Editor’s Choice, gets an “Excellent” rating from PCMag

Moodle LMS an Editor’s Choice, gets an “Excellent” rating from PCMag

I mean I already knew that but PC Mag's software editor has rated Moodle LMS as "Excellent". The review touches on those major features which would be wanted in a learning management system including assessment, "unparalleled" language support, a plugin ecosystem and more. Moodle was compared against other commercial LMSes like Grovo, Absorb, Litmos and SmarterU many of which lean toward [...]

Ephox acquires Moxiecode and its TinyMCE editor

Ephox acquires Moxiecode and its TinyMCE editor

TinyMCE, Moodle's text editor for a number of major releases (which replaced HTMLarea) has been acquired along with Moxiecode the project's developer. Ephox, the acquirer will be rolling all Moxiecode projects into its portfolio. According to the press release, Ephox has announced it will be acquiring Moxiecode, the company behind TinyMCE, the WYSIWYG editor used with WordPress, Joomla, [...]

US MoodleMoot Early Bird Registration Closes today (last chance to save up to $75)

US MoodleMoot Early Bird Registration Closes today (last chance to save up to $75)

If you're planning on the US MoodleMoot this coming August in Minnesota, today is your last chance to save up to $75 on your 3-day registration. The event, which will take place August 4th through 6th in Minneapolis, MN will bring Moodlers from around the world to convene and discuss, present, hack, and learn about all things Moodle. Registration for the full event goes up to $500 tomorrow [...]

Philosophy guiding Moodle: Social Constructionist Pedagogy [Doc of the day]

Philosophy guiding Moodle: Social Constructionist Pedagogy [Doc of the day]

If you're curious to know the underpinning philosophy that guides the development of Moodle, the docs is a great place to start for an understanding. Moodle development is guided by social constructionist pedagogy which is essentially that we learn best by communicating with one another and creating our understanding through words, pictures, etc. in a collaborative environment. Think of a great [...]

What is Moodle? (90 second video/commercial on the LMS)

What is Moodle? (90 second video/commercial on the LMS)

This quick video highlights Moodle's use in the classroom for online courses or through a blended/hybrid approach. Students can submit directly in Moodle, can collaborate through social features and is a "genuinely brilliant way to modernize your school". Note that the video does highlight a non-core feature in homework which is provided through Webanywhere (the video creator). Direct video [...]

Happy Friday: United for Wildlife Moodle is just…wow

Happy Friday: United for Wildlife Moodle is just…wow

United for Wildlife, a UK foundation for conservation and wildlife preservation, had one of the best Moodle sites that I have seen on the web. The site hosts a MOOC like experience which is free. The open course provides you with video, reflection questions, self-checks, and additional information as you work to gain a better understanding of conservation in today's world. The content is [...]

Ensure your students are on the same page with deadlines with the Simple Clock block

Ensure your students are on the same page with deadlines with the Simple Clock block

This block by Michael de Raadt provides students quick insight into the timezone that their course deadlines are set to (and calls out the difference to their own timezone). Limit confusion and excuses from students if they miss an upload deadline. The block displays both the server timezone and the student's timezone (set in user settings). Note that assignment deadlines are correctly [...]

Moodle Association Rules drafting process has wound down, Project Manager announced

Moodle Association Rules drafting process has wound down, Project Manager announced

6/23 was the last day for comments on the Moodle Association Rules draft. I had my original take on the first draft (which is available here). What's changed since then? Section 8 - Membership levels which come in four flavors: Individual, Organisation Bronze, Organisation Silver, and Organisation Gold (cost TBD) Section 18 - Quorum and proceedings for general meetings rewritten: [...]

Paper: Looking at how Moodle was adopted in Higher Education by Eamon Costello

Paper: Looking at how Moodle was adopted in Higher Education by Eamon Costello

This paper from Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and eLearning discusses the early LMS market dominance by Blackboard and how Moodle garnered popularity across the world at institutions of higher education. The author, Eamon Costello looks at published rationale for LMS adoption to tell the story of the changing marketplace for virtual learning environments. Get the full paper [...]

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