Posts Tagged ‘Moodle’

Moodle Database Activity

October 17, 2010

I’ve been using the Moodle database activity. It’s a great tool and highly flexible.

One of the ways I have used it, is for creating shared learning logs. All students on a course log each time they put something they have learned into practice. You could just use a blog for this, but with the database you can specify the kind of information that you want to capture.  Students can see one another’s logs and you can also allow them to comment or rate the logs.

I’ve also used it to create lists of resources – e.g. useful blogs for e-learning developers. You can see a demonstration of how I did this here.

The only downside is that, by default, when you view entries in the database, it is a bit of a mess. You need to know a bit of HTML to really get the information to display the way you want it to.

Moodle musings

November 3, 2009

Hiya, this is Ryan Holder.

I have recently become part of the Kineo Moodle team, which is still in formation. I have been mostly developing (building courses) so far but there has been a big increase in the need for people aquainted with Moodle, and PHP programmers in particular. I have some programming experience but am relatively new to PHP so I bit the bullet and enroled mysef on the Moodle developer course: Introduction to Moodle programming. The course is free, and aptly offered through the Moodle medium.

The first thing that I learned was what exactly Moodle is; “Moodle is software that can be used to produce web-based courses and web sites to support collaborative projects. It is designed to support a social constructivist model of education.”

In my own words, Moodle is an Internet-based platform that hosts and manages E-learning. This can be full programmes or single courses and everything inbetween. It is used from Schools to corporate environments. The Open University is the largest use of Moodle in the world.

One of the most attractive things about Moodle is that it is Open Source, which means it is free. But this goes further than just ‘no money down’. Anybody is free to download, examine and alter the program. (There are ten main points that make software Open Source. You can read all about it here)

There is a large community at moodle.org who are working to continually make improvements either in the way of minor add-ons that can be installed, or by updating the main program. I look forward to becoming an active member.