Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Microsoft Live Services Plug-in for Moodle

Hello fellow Moodlers,

On July 21 the Microsoft Education Labs group release the first CPLv2 software for Moodle.
Here is a list with some of the benefits that Moodlers can take advantage of:
  • Moodle site Administrators can include Microsoft Live Services,
  • Students and Teachers can use their Windows Live IDs to sign in to Moodle,
  • Students and Teachers can access Live Services like email, instant messenger without leaving Moodle.
Is that sounds good?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Make your Moodle course page look like a webpage

Hello fellow Moodlers,

Do you want to learn how to make your Moolde course page look like a webpage?
Mrs UsingMoodle demonstrates it on the following video.

Enjoy and do not forget to leave your comments!

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Is Moodle the only Open Source LMS? - 11 Open Source LMS

In my personal opinion, Moodle is one of the best options for an open source Learning Management Systems (LMS). However, Moodle is not the only open source LMS.

Here is the list of 11 Oper Source LMS with a brief description. I highly encourage you to visit each LMS site and explore its capabilities pros and cons.

eFront Easily extended with modules available from the site.

Claroline This system is based on specific pedagogical principles. Supports online content tools such as SCORM and Wiki.

ATutor Offers tools for management of learning.

OLAT The winner of the “IMS Learning Impact ‘Leadership Award’ 2009 for best open source learning platform”.

Sakai Aimed at Universities was created by the Sakai Foundation.

Docebo Compatible with SCORM 1.2. Two cool tools that it offers is video conferencing and HR systems like SAP and Oracle

Dokeos Supports converting Office documents into Flash and user synchronization with Oracle and SAP.

ILIAS It offers collaboration tools such as chat and forums, and distribution technologies like RSS and podcasts.

openelms A business solution used by Merrill Lynch.

Ganesha This LMS developed in French but it can be translated.

.LRN Developed at MIT.

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Links that I recommend!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Moodle Blocks & Themes

Hello fellow Moodlers,

Do you want to learn about Moolde Blocks and Themes?
Mr Paul Tannahill demonstrates Blocks & Themes in Moodle.

Enjoy and do not forget to leave your comments!

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Moodle Magic: Make It Happen

Hello fellow Moodlers,

Three days ago I meet online a really innovative and creative Moodler. Her name is Laurie Korte. Laurie is the author of a highly recommended book with the title, Moodle Magic, Make it Happen.

About Moodle Magic
These are amazing times for the Internet and online learning. We are seeing a rapidly increasing commitment to internet-based learning from teachers, students, and institutions of all kinds. Online learning is being used to increase flexibility and communication within existing courses and to enable courses that could never exist before. Moodles have been implemented for users at all age levels. Online classroom are here NOW! Colleges and Universities offer Distance Learning NOW! There are even Virtual High Schools NOW! Moodle is designed to help educators create online courses with opportunities for rich interaction. It is a learning management system that lets you provide documents, graded assignments, quizzes, discussion forums and more. In this book, you will learn some tips and tricks to using Moodle to expand your classroom's virtual learning environment.

About the Author
Laurie Korte is a Technology Integration Specialist at Northbrook School District 28. She is a passionate Moodler and excited about making new technology available to everyone. For more information on Laurie, Moodle and what amazing things you can do with a little Moodle training, go to

Moodlers' Reviews
By Jeffrey R. Anson "beginning moodler" (Kalamazoo, Michigan United States)
Moodle really is magic
As a moodle beginner, I found Laurie's book informative and easy to use. It is very easy to follow, and I am enjoying creating new moodles for both students and staff to use. I'd like to see her expand with Moodle Magic Intermediate, or Moodle Magic using specific modules. If you're new to moodle, this is a great book to help get you started.

By J. Meierdirks
A must-have resource!
This easy-to-read manual provides step-by-step directions for creating courses using the latest in online learning. Moodle is fast becoming an invaluable tool for educators and anyone wanting to expand learning beyond the classroom walls. An excellent resource for school libraries and technology coordinators to help students move into the 21st century online learning experience.

By Lorijo Metz "Lorijo"
You don't need magic to use this book!
Moodle Magic is precise, detailed and easy-to-use. Korte's step by step instructions make creating moodles simple even for non-teachers and those not technologically at ease.

By M. LaCerra
Tech Taught Easily
Moodle Magic is helpful to anyone who is getting started with this technology. It's clear organization makes it easy to use. Having this book while creating and working with Moodle allows the user to have a 'hands-on' tool with them right along side the computer. This book would be useful for resource centers at schools which use Moodle. Teachers need a tool like this!

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Students Adore Moodle - Moodlerooms Recognized for Helping to Improve Education

Hello fellow Moodlers,

As a Moodleroom Certified Trainer I was extremely happy with the article "Students Adore Moodle" that Phil Shapiro wrote on PC World about Moodlerooms and I would like to share it with you.

The co-founder of Moodlerooms, Sheila Gatling, and the president of Moodlerooms, Tom Murdock, were featured in an article on PC World's Web site. In the article, the writer, Phil Shapiro, asserts that Moodle and Moodlerooms are changing the way people learn.

Read the Article at PC World

Moodlerooms is an official Moodle Partner!

Adding YouTube videos to Moodle

Hello fellow Moodlers,

Do you want to learn how to add YouTube videos to Moodle?

I have a video that explains you all the steps that you need to follow.
Enjoy and do not forget to leave your comments!

Moodle - Uploading Files

Hello fellow Moodlers,

Do you want to learn how to upload files on Moodle?

I have the perfect video for you thanks to Mr. Brent Jones.
This mini movie was prepared for Business English students at Kobe Gakuin University and discusses how to get around in Moodle.

Enjoy and do not forget to leave your comments!