There’s nothing like discovering a new blog and realizing it’s talking about all the neat stuff you’re interested in! There tons of goodness in the following blog entry titles, and excerpts and I’ve probably done an evil thing by highlighting with Diigo and sharing it here, but, hey, it’s great stuff!

Some of my favorites include the Document lockers video below, Susan Nash’s “Revisiting Moodle, and the many other items that appear here, including one’s I’ve missed like the Moodle Hub diagram. Be sure to click through to the original entry to see all the other Moodle stuff!

    • Moodle Wikis – as document lockers — from Moodle Girl’s Blog
      I came across this excellent jing video which explains how to use a Moodle Wiki activity as a means of students uploading documents/file repository. It is well worth watching! Yes there are many ways you can set up a file repository system on Moodle but I particularly liked this method. I believe the video was created by Digidoug whom I have since located on twitter. So if you enjoy his video you may want to go follow him and thank him for such a neat idea and well presented how-to vidcast.

    • Revisiting Moodle — from Susan Smith Nash

    • The basic structure and philosophy of Moodle are simple: object-oriented, with a focus on reusability of components, and a very transparent structure that rests on a foundation of forums, which makes it very friendly to interaction and collaboration. Further, the flexibility of Moodle makes it ideal for programs ranging from certificate programs to graduate programs such as an online MBA program.

    • Ideal for Small and Evolving Programs
      Moodle is instantly appealing to fledgling programs. After all, the price is right. It’s free. Granted, nothing is really free, and the trade-off with opensource is the fact that it’s necessary to do the IT work oneself. There are hosting solutions such as MoodleRooms, which are affordable for the individual instructor or small institution.

      Moodle does not look much like other learning management solutions such as Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Angel, or the old WebCT. If anything, it reminds one of an expanded discussion board, with customizable add-ons. Student information systems can integrate fairly easily, which makes a “soft launch” or pilot program a viable option. This kind of approach is effective for graduate programs, professional programs, as well as independent study and professional development. One is limited only by the limits of one’s imagination.

    • Moodle’s emphasis on reusable content objects makes it fairly easy to make changes to individual courses and to an entire curriculum. It’s also fairly easy to save objects in repositories that can be shared by other instructors and the instructional design / technology support. Moodle lends itself to convenient, enterprise-wide content management.

      The fact that Moodle allows faculty and the institution to be responsive to evolving student and organizational needs, and educational objectives is a core benefit. For example, if the school wants to be able to tweet students in the event of an emergency, Moodle is much more effective than using email to do so. One can embed applications and integrate them in order to enhance functionality.

      • Moodle Hubs scheme: Goals and rationale The main goals of the Community hub project are:
        1. to allow people to easily find courses around the world that they want to enrol in:
          • educators want to find communities of practice that are subject or region-oriented, so that they can associate with their peers on a long-term basis.
          • other learners want to find and study courses on various other subjects

        2. to make it easy for educators to find and download course templates from other people. This will help educators share and identify examples of best practice in online pedagogy and hopefully improve the average quality of online courses.
        Finally, we want to do all this in the simplest, safest way possible, while allowing a range of scenarios such as courses that are public or private, free or paid, so that the Moodle community can build solutions for themselves.
        Moodle Hub Server

    • Moodle and Elgg: a comparison — from Learning Conversations

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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