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Fun with oEmbed for youtube and vimeo in moodle

Like most people running a large cms on the web we always have an interesting time with video from youtube and vimeo. Embedding code standards change over time, the different urls are always fun, http/https is not intuitive to most users, videos can get taken down quite frequently and that classic 20 embedded videos in […]

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Moodle icons

Question : What do you need from an open source cms and icons on the web today? Clean separation of content and decorative elements Icons scalable for different devices Optimisation of icons and markup for page loading times Easy to skin/theme The moodle roadmap currently contains an issue – Completely new default icon set and graphic design – […]

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Editing activities, labels & resource

We did some work earlier this year on looking at whats been called moodle’s edit clutter. The edit clutter can roughly be described as the screen ‘noise’ provided by all the amount of icons on a moodle site when your editing content. Alongside the edit clutter we also tried to help with a common question our tutors […]

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Award winning Sussex Moodle poster from UCISA annual management conference

The Sussex e-learning team were privileged to have a poster about our work designed by infographics mystro David Guest and presented by Sandy Radford at the 2012 UCISA annual management conference. We obviously love it, and so did the judges at UCISA who gave it the award for best poster of the conference! larger version

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Moodle mobile & the future of moodle

Responsive design in moodle A cross platform vle? With the increasing predominance of smart phones and tablets it is highly likely that any institution running some form of analytics will have seen the rise in their moodle site being accessed by Blackberry, IPhone & IPad and the ever increasing march of Android. It’s predicted that by 2013 […]

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Brighton UX 2011 notes

Brighton UX 2011 notes + linkdump Dunbar’s number (approx. 150) can be a good guide for cohort sizes in e-learning as well as soical media Boys like to ‘do stuff’ together to re-enforce social groups, girls like to ‘chat’ to re-enforce friendships – what implications does this have for the types of online activities you might […]

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moodle dashboard

The information architecture of moodle can be rather confusing for both students & tutors. One of the reasons for this, suggested by our users, is that in comparison to most other web based content management systems moodle has no clear separation between the course editing settings and the front end. Having this separation of a front end user interface & an […]

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Moodle pages format

Here is a short video of a new format (for moodle2 and 1.9) we are currently calling pages. We hope the pages format is similar to design patterns used in other websites, CMS and web based apps and as such familiar and intuitive for users. A by-product the pages format is that there is no ‘scroll […]

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Making your WYSIWYG content look the same when editing as when published

For any content author there is nothing worse than applying formatting in a WYSIWYG editor, and then finding it all looks different when they publish it. This applies to our tutors in moodle too. Making the WYSIWYG editor content look the same as when its publish is something we did a while back in moodle. […]

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