Note: This is part of a series of blog entries sharing my take-aways from Moodle 2.0 First Look by Mary “moodlefairy” Cooch, published by Packt Publishing.

One of the fun aspects of Moodle has been watching it incorporate social media tools–blogs, wikis–into its repertoire of tools available for use. Mary Cooch points out why Moodle hasn’t been all that great in the past, and shares how Moodle 2.0 addresses problems:

  • A blog entry can optionally be associated with a course
  • It is possible to comment on a blog entry
  • Blog entries from outside of Moodle can be copied in
  • It is now possible to search blog entries

Not only that, but you can import blog entries into your Moodle blog via RSS feed, specify the number of blog entries you want readers to see on a page, customize tags with each entry. One of the best parts of the blog update is the comments. Mary points out that, “…now the ability to comment on blog entries opens up a better way of communicating within a course. A blog entry can have numerous comments attached to it, each with the user’s name and time they commented.” She goes on to point out the following about comments:

Commenting on the Moodle blog is a bit of a workaround really; the Moodle blog doesn’t really have a built-in commenting facility like, say WordPress. Rather, Moodle is making use of the new Comments feature which ordinarily appears as a block anywhere you want to add it.

She also explores the new Comments block–available everywhere in Moodle 2.0–and how it can facilitate communications between teachers-n-teacher, teacher-n-students, and student-n-student. In addition to that, she revisits Messaging and increased controls and Feedback as implemented in Moodle 2.0.

In Chapter 8, Mary takes a look at Administration Issues. She points out that a detailed and comprehensive discussion of this can be found in Alex Buchner’s Moodle Administration updated for Moodle 2.0. I’ll be looking forward to that book, as well!

There’s a lot to digest in Chapters 7 and 8.

Overall the book is definitely worth the investment. For teachers, though, I imagine that Mary’s Moodle 2.0: Teaching 7-14 Year Olds may be the better buy. For many Moodle enthusiasts, Moodle 2.0 First Look will provide valuable insights into the changes between 1.9 and 2.0 versions of Moodle, and, double as a nice Moodle administrator’s manual–sans the server side administration topics Alex Buchner deals with. This makes this book worth the investment for Moodle lovers curious about the changes, Moodle administrators who don’t have to mess with the server.

Kudos to Mary Cooch for crafting such a readable book!

What are your thoughts, if any, regarding Moodle 2.0 First Look?

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