Check Out The New Editing Features For The Upcoming Moodlerooms 2.9 Release Of The Snap Theme

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Jason Hardin has published a video demonstrating the new editing functionality for the upcoming Moodlerooms 2.9 release of the Snap Theme and, I’ve got to admit, it looks awesome. Check out the video here or just watch it below:

Right out of the gate, the editing interface is integrated into the theme so that you don’t have to click a specific “edit” functionality to start making changes if you’re logged in as an instructor. They’ve done this to allow instructors to make changes on the fly, whenever necessary, rather than needing to choose between teaching, editing and grading.

The editing capabilities are visible as soon as you log in and include:

  • Create new sections
  • Edit topics
  • Edit, hide, update and delete activities and resources
  • Create new activities and resource
  • Drag and drop files to the course, and
  • Browse and include files from your device.

The new 2.9 version has rethought the use of drag and drop to move things around on the screen. In the new release, to move items, you first select them and then click where you want them to go. Seems very similar to drag and drop, but actually makes it a bit faster and, the best part, allows you to select multiple items/sections to move at the same time.

Here is the killer part of the update: all of this functionality is available on your mobile device. As a part of the demonstration, Jason shows how this works on a tablet. Super simple and I can see how useful this would be for an instructor needing to make changes on the fly, between classes, create content and more.

Do you currently use the Snap Theme from Moodlerooms? Tell us what you think about it in the comments below!

 

5 COMMENTS

  1. Does the “2.9” version mean it does not work on Moodle 3.0? Actually, I have a lot of questions that you might answer in the article: Where do we download it? Since you mentionned Moodlerooms, does that mean it is a commercial plugin? I think all your articles should mention whether a plugin is a) core, b) third-party contributed, or c) third-party commercial (and the costs if it is). Thanks for the announcement!

  2. Thank you for the suggestions! We don’t have more information at this time, unfortunately. However, as the video mentions, the editor is for the upcoming release of Snap 2.9. When this is released, we’ll do our best to provide information about location, download, availability and price.

  3. Hi Hinkelman,

    The snap theme is free and open source and available from github here – https://github.com/moodlerooms/moodle-theme_snap.

    I will be able to update it to the 2.9 version within the next few weeks, but if you’re a moodelroooms customer you’ll already be experiencing the benefits of the 2.9 Snap release including those highlighted in the video above and on the youtube channel you can watch here :

    I know of organisations using Snap as a theme with the recent 3.0 release of Moodle and so far have not had any bug reports but if you are running Moodle 3.0 with Snap I would really welcome any bug reports via https://github.com/moodlerooms/moodle-theme_snap before we release Snap 3.0.

    Glad you are interested in the theme, and thanks for the comments

    Cheers
    Stuart Lamour

  4. Thanks, Moodlerooms, for providing this open source! I am going to try it. The instant editing feature is lovely for us teacher/authors.

  5. I am really excited about Snap as a theme that works across devices and conforms to other software interfaces that my students are using these days (university in Tokyo). I have installed the theme and find it both functional and beautiful.

    I am confounded by my inability to move things around, one of the main features of the theme. On my copy (running on Moodle 2.9.4, installed on a host with cpanel), everything is there except the ability to edit the course. No move or delete icons on the content, no admin menu item that turns on editing. This has to be something to do with permissions (I am set as a manager), but thought someone might have another suggestion (ie. general theme settings)

    Off to MoodleMoot Japan this weekend, so if I get an answer, will post it here.

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