MoodleMoot Martin Dougiamas

July 26, 2006

Martin’s presentation was a star turn he pointed out how much expertise was in evidence and then reiterated his 5 principles behind Moodle. These could be good principles for OpenLearn with people as commuity act as teachers. He also had some data on Moodle that was well presented though as he said a bit out of date e.g. Hitmaps need updating but good way to show things. Explained the economies with donations, partners and contracting. Are there lessons here for OpenLearn? As he talked about what can be done with Moodel it is tempting to start hacking in particular Martin suggests more can be done with themes and CSS. This is what I feel I need for the ochre site. Eduardo Herdandas (sp?) in Chile (moodle partner) using IMS LD using it for storing and producing courses but translating before use. Moodle as elearning operating system. The 1.6 release was described. In particular highlighted the database module. Looking at gathering field data there has been some discusssion whether this is up to it but it does sound good so worth another look.

A large part of the talk was about projects. This was an interesting approach with enough detail about each of a large number of projects. These are roles and permissions, xml database support (allows Mssql), pull to push model for grading (all above to be in 1.7), metadata/outcomes/competencies (as a way to assign to activities and courses) (future), accessibility, Moodle forms, Global Search (Google Summer of Code student project), Database presets (1.7), goodbye glossary (becomes database preset), Ajax (Yahoo user interface) plus Chameleon theme that cn be user editted), admid cleanup, tracking module (issue tracking like a bug tracking), Jira bug tracker, public course listing via moodle.org, blogs via rss to replace moodle blogs eg wordpress alongside plus more blog this, messaging, groups (“great presentation by  Juliette White doing everything right” soon after 1.7), Learning Design not got very far export/import level A, calendar (ical like google), conditional activities (david elgardo eg includes branching), web services api (link to ims enterprise – juliette’s work again), student information api (link to portfolios)’ emai! Interface (leads to offline interface), repository interface, ePortfolios, COVCELL (this is the one that Tony Hirst related to gabbly in an email to me a couple of days ago), AV conferencing (flashmeeting link plus red5 and dimdim.com), Assignments (upload), Resource (book module for multi-page resource – and a reminder to look at eXe), Workshop/Exercise, SCORM, Moodle HQ, Moodle Partners, Moodle , Foundation, community hubs, peer-to-peer (Moodle 2.0).

There was no time for questions at the end but this was a really good talk with loads of information.

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