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Recommendations for Moodle HQ

This blog post comes on the back of the Moodle moot conference we attended in Edinburgh this month. As in most conferences we received many comments from the Moodle community such as this one by Mark Andrews, University of Cambridge: “Sussex University seems to have sorted out all the problems we have with Moodle“ Well […]

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Ireland and UK Moodlemoot 2012

Two weeks have passed since the Ireland and UK Moodlemoot and a number of participants have written some excellent blog posts that summarise their experiences of the event. I thought I’d use this post to focus on one particular presentation – by my colleague Stuart Lamour. It may seem a little strange to be commenting […]

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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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Moodle Moot UK 2011 presentation

Our abstract to present at the UK Moodle Moot 2011 has been accepted. Hurrah!  We will be presenting at Senate House, University of London, on Wednesday at 11:45. Hopefully I’ll have a suntan as I will have just returned from Tenerife. We have made a post on the Moot blog, which has just been published. […]

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Looking for patterns in students’ use of Echo360 screencasts

As part of the Me2U project we are evaluating student use of the short screencasts that have been created by lecturers. Some of this information will come from student questionnaires and focus groups, but we can also look at the reports that Moodle creates when students view pages where the screencasts are held. One of […]

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Maintaining sites for the students’ programme duration

At Sussex we made a decision that Moodle sites which related to a Sussex course should be maintained for the duration of the students’ degree programme. This means for any particular course we have sites for every year it is run. For example Sussex 3rd year students have Moodle sites for all the course modules […]

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Moodle guest access

If you login as a guest on the Sussex Moodle, Study Direct,  you’ll see something very different from a standard Moodle install. Guest users are presented with sites – by academic year – to which the creators have allowed guest access. When Moodle became our institutional VLE a minority of staff had issues with users having […]

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Teaching groups imported into Moodle

At Sussex our course modules may have a number of teaching activities, including : seminars tutorials workshops laboratory classes Each of these might split a module cohort into groups. We call these teaching groups. Like our course modules at Sussex, Moodle has a notion of groups and teaching groups which they call ‘groupings’. Using these groupings […]

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Things we love about moodle2 pt3 – section name

Edit the summary of any section in moodle2 and you’ll see a new field – Section name. This is another step in bringing moodle into line with other content management systems, and we like it. The section name text box isn’t WYSIWYG – so it’s less confusing and will inherit any stylesheet – also its […]

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Things we love about moodle2 pt1 – minify, gzip & exclude

In moodle 1.9 we spent a lot of time optimising the page load speeds and improving the quality of our code. Using tools including: Firebug for Firefox, Yahoo’s Yslow, Google’s Page Speed, allowed us to analyses what was slowing pages down, and how to improve this. 1. Minify and compress Moodle2 comes with built in minify and gzipping […]

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