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Moodle 2.3 Upgrade Project

Subject to UNSW funding approval for 2013, we plan to upgrade to Moodle 2.3 at the end of Semester 2 (tentative date: 21-11-12). Although every effort will be made to minimise impact, disruption to teaching activities caused by this extended outage (approximately 6hrs) is likely.

Planning for our Moodle 2.3 upgrade is well underway with Mark Bailye (Netspot's designated project manager) and the following tentative timeline planned:
  • Moodle 2.3 upgrade on new testing environment > beginning to mid October
  • Moodle 2.3 upgrade on STAGE environment > beginning November
  • Moodle 2.3 upgrade on PROD environment (used for active teaching) > Wednesday 21st, November

Key improvements as a result of this upgrade to Moodle 2.3:
  • Improved files usability
  • Repository improvements
  • Improvements to course pages
  • New Assignment module
  • Book module becomes core
  • More robust handling of quiz attempts
  • Improved SCORM module
  • Improved Workshop module
  • Improved application performance and stability

Further details viewable at:

Release notes:
http://docs.moodle.org/dev/Moodle_2.3_release_notes

Mark Drechsler's Blog: Moodle 2.3 – "five new features I’m excited about"
http://www.markdrechsler.com/?p=833

About Moodle

"Moodle is a software package for producing internet-based courses and web sites. It is a world-wide, ongoing development project designed to support a social constructionist framework of education.

The word Moodle was originally an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment, which is mostly useful to programmers and education theorists. It's also a verb that describes the process of lazily meandering through something, doing things as it occurs to you to do them, an enjoyable tinkering that often leads to insight and creativity. As such it applies both to the way Moodle was developed, and to the way a student or teacher might approach studying or teaching an online course. Anyone who uses Moodle is a Moodler. "
http://docs.moodle.org/en/About_Moodle

Moodle introduction


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Learning with Moodle

Moodle 2 manuals can also be found at Moodle.org. (Please note, there could be some differences between the UNSW Moodle and that described in the manual.)

Teaching with Moodle

Check out the useful Moodle Docs site -Getting started with Moodle
You can download a free copy of 'Using Moodle: Teaching with the Popular Open Source Course Management System' from the Moodle website.
For help using Moodle 2 at UNSW, see the UNSW Moodle 2 support site.

Moodle tutorials

Basics

Chris Mattia - Moodle Essential Training for Teachers
La Trobe's 2 Minute Moodles: free video tutorials for Moodle Basics
YouTube video tutorial how to create a lesson in Moodle

Moodle 2 Specific



Design suggestions

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Moodle pilot at UNSW

In 2012 we have be running limited pilots for Moodle 2.

The Expression of Interest (EOI) form for other pilots including Mahara can be accessed at: http://telt.unsw.edu.au/PilotEOI.cfm

Moodle 2 pilot participants were offered the following training:
Semester 1 2011
1 x 60 minute live online orientation session via Wimba Classroom (archive recording will be made available)
Date: Wednesday 02-02-11
Time: 11am – 12noon
Location: online

2 full days face to face hands on
Date: Wednesday 09-02-11 and Thursday 10-02-11
Time: 9.00am – 4.30pm
Location: Learning and Teaching @ UNSW Seminar room (LG29), Goodsell Building

Plus, weekly Virtual Pilot Update Meetings via Wimba Classroom, alternating between Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am - 10.30am through out the semester.

Moodle 2 pilot participants were offered the following training:
Semester 1 2011
Moodle 2 Project Kick-Off Meetings:
Date: Monday 09-05-11 and Thursday 12-05-11
Time: 1pm – 2.15pm and 12pm – 1.15pm
Location: Learning and Teaching @ UNSW Workshop room (L4), Mathews Building

Moodle Course Planning Workshops during which pilot participants develop a paper-based plan of their Moodle course structure:
Tuesday 24th May, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wednesday 25 May, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Friday 27 May, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Plus, Course Development Drop-in Sessions offered weekly from 31 May until the start of Semester 2. Assistance will be provided to build Moodle course sites with the selected learning activities, assessment tasks and course content identified in course plans. The sessions will be flexible, agenda's determined via a Moodle discussion forum where pilot participants nominate topics to be covered, request specific demonstrations, or hands-on assistance with particular problems. Two sessions per week are scheduled subject to demand. All changes will be communicated via the Moodle discussion forum.

1. Tuesday 31st May, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
2. Wednesday 1st June, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
3. Tuesday 7th June, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
4. Wednesday 8th June, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
5. Wednesday 15th June, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
6. Wednesday 16th June, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
7. Tuesday 28th June, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
8. Wednesday 29th June, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
9. Tuesday 5th July, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
10. Wednesday 6th July, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
11. Monday 11th July, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
12. Thursday 14th July, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

We encourage you to explore the Moodle 2 Pilot Project Overview, which outlines important information for Pilot Participants such as the Pilot Timeline (including course planning and development workshops), as well as general information about:

· The goal of TELT pilots and evaluation projects
· The opportunities and benefits the Moodle pilot will provide for participants
· The contribution pilot participants will make to this project

The TELT Pilot and Evaluation process aims to ensure the provision of educationally effective technologies to staff and students. It is expected that pilot participants will assist us in delivering a survey, evaluating the educational value and learning effectiveness of Moodle 2, to their students. If you have not done so already, please take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with the new TELT Evaluation Wikispace site, which contains more information on the structure and results of the evaluation process.

For help using Moodle 2 at UNSW, see the UNSW Moodle 2 support site. You can also view our current public list of installed Moodle plugins (Activities, Block & Filters).

For further pilot information please see other sites of interest or contact:

Karsten Sommer
Educational Technologist | Room 426, Level 4, Mathews Building | Gate 11, Botany Street, Randwick | Learning and Teaching @ UNSW |
Email: k.sommer@unsw.edu.au | Web Site: http://learningandteaching.unsw.edu.au |
Tel: + 61 (2) 9385 2842 | Fax: + 61 (2) 9385 2463

External Technical Support

For all Moodle technical assistance please contact our dedicated external support:

Email: externalteltsupport@unsw.edu.au
Internal: x53331
External: 9385 3331

Current issues

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LMS comparison

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    Moodle Extensions, add-ons & tools

    Nanogong : an internal audio recorder that has two parts - a recorder inside the HTML/WYSIWYG editor and an activity whereby each student has to record in their browser a piece of audio for submission and grading.
    Lightbox : allows the creation of 'Lightbox' enabled image galleries within a Moodle course. The Lightbox system is a set of scripts than can be used to apply nice effects to image galleries.
    SLOODLE : (Simulation Linked Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment)
    an Open Source project which integrates the multi-user virtual environment of Second Life® with the Moodle® learning-management system.
    Safe Exam Browser: a webbrowser-environment to carry out online-exams safely. The software changes any computer into a secure workstation. It regulates the access to any utilities and prevents students from using unauthorised resources.
    Joomla Integration
    Mobile Moodle Extension : enables all Moodle users to access a site on their mobile phone. Users can either download the J2ME application or just use the mobile net to enter Moodle on their mobiles. The MLE can also be configured and edited with a WYSIWYG editor to create content specifically for mobile users.

    The following extensions & tools are available from the Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project site:
    Extensions
    Quickmail: A block used to quickly send emails to members of a class.
    SimplePIE RSS Parser: Replaces the malfunctioning, deprecated Magpie RSS Parser that Moodle currently uses).
    Assignment Zip: A tool that allows the bulk download of assignment files as a ZIP file.
    Anonymous Forums : Anonymizes forum posts so that the author name is not publicly shown.
    Census Report : An administrative report that audits Moodle and displays a statistics about active courses, students and faculty.
    Common Moodle Patches : A collection of commonly used patches (including the max grade patch) for improving Moodle usability.
    Gradebook Max Grade patch : Increases the maximum allowable grade from 100 to 250.
    Simple File Upload : An add-on that offers a straight-forward upload option for adding files to a Moodle course that bypasses the normal (and more cumbersome) file upload procedure.
    Tools
    Test User Accounts : A CSV of 100 users that can be used as test data in Moodle courses. You’ll need to add your own password for these users.
    Random Course Generator : Randomly generates 750 courses in Moodle, each with randomly-created assignments, and assigns teachers and students to them.

    Moodle2.0 youtube tutorials