Moodle Feature: Personalized Learning Designer

What is it?

  • Automate elements in your course.
  • Participants can have different course experiences based on their specific interactions within the course.
  • Quickly ID behaviors and allow for remediation or accelerated learning.
  • Allows instructors to “stay personal” with their students with customizable messaging and learning paths for each student.

Why?

  • Saves instructor times and effort.
  • Track student progress.
  • Provides additional help to troubled students.
  • Accelerate learning and further challenges excelled students.
  • History of all rules fired from PLD.

Examples:

  • Watch for at-risk grades and send an email to student to initiate contact – written with instructor’s language.  Can cc’ others (i.e. advisor).
    • Student scores below a 55% on an exam they get an email from the instructor asking them to see them at next office hour.
    • Student scores a D on last quiz – they are redirected to a specific lesson in the previous unit for additional content on the topic.
  • Require student to review previous units material and retake exam before they can move onto the next unit.
  • Add additional material for student’s deeper learning if they score above 90% on an exam/quiz/assignment/etc.…
  • Send a positive message to students when they get above a certain grade on a quiz/assignment.
  • Three different students login to the same course, but each one of them see a different learning path.  Different content has been made available to them based on previous and ongoing assessments.

Interested in learning more?

You can learn to write PLD rules in your own course or you can meet with an ATC consultant to explain how you would like your course to act.  We can help write rules for you!

Online resources:

Blackboard online resource for how to add rules.

 

LCC Moodle currently down

As of 8:55am PST Moodle has been down.  I am working with MoodleRooms to correct this problem.  I currently do not have an ETA on when Moodle will be back up.  We of course will get Moodle back up ASAP.

Follow this post for an updates on this situation.

UPDATE:  Moodle has come back online as of 9:07am PST.  Total down time only 12 minutes.  Please be aware of this when working with student deadlines.

2016 Moodle Events Calendar Updated

Want to know when your Spring courses will be available to you and your students?  Would you like to be prepared for when the 2014/2015 Moodle Course archives are removed?  Curious to know when each term begins and ends?

Export and subscribe to the Moodle Faculty Support Course calendar!

https://classes.lanecc.edu/calendar/view.php?view=upcoming&course=8323

What’s New in Moodle: Review

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 2.07.46 PMAs we come back from a restful summer I want to make sure everyone is aware of the summer updates applied to our LCC Moodle.

July 9th our Moodle instance was updated to Moodle 2.8.

A full review of all the updates can be found in my Moodle Summer Update July 9th post.

Below are some of the highlights from this update:

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We have 4 themes available in Moodle.  The reason for ONLY 4 themes is due to the drop in support of external themes by Moodle core and MoodleRooms.  The positives to having 4 themes allow Moodle/MoodleRooms to focus their development on a few themes (rather than many).  Moodle is committed to making all themes accessible to all students regardless of ability.

Snap, More, and Clean are responsive themes.  Responsive design focuses on creating a site that responds to what device a user is currently accessing the site from and optimizes the layout to fit the screen size and orientation. This helps users with accessing content and eases navigation. – See more at: http://www.moodlerooms.com/resources/blog/using-responsive-theme#sthash.0Y2BLdcV.dpuf

Note:  Express is not a responsive theme.  We will be looking to replace Express in the future with a responsive design.

Though they are not perfect I expect to see great advances in these themes since Moodle/MoodleRooms are now able to focus their work on them.

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Maybe the largest change in Moodle 2.8.

Natural aggregation – This has replaced sum of gradesScreen Shot 2015-09-01 at 11.52.21 AM  aggregation method.  Now items that are not yet graded can be set to not count against a student’s grade.  Each item has a “natural weight” based on the course total and the items point value.  If new grade items are added Moodle will automatically recalculate each items weight.  You can manually edit weights by editing the settings in the gradebook.

Setup – the categories and items tab is now renamed “settings”.

Extra Credit – Once you edit the settings of any item Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 11.53.14 AMyou can enable extra credit on that item.  When you view an item that is marked as extra credit you will notice a “+” next to the items name within the setup menu.

Single View – a great way to enter grades, view all of a Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 11.53.53 AMsingle students grade, or view all of the grades for a specific activity.  You can also “Perform Bulk Insert” for empty or all grades.  Note – if you have “exclude empty grades” enabled you must enter a 0 for any empty grade you want to count towards a students course total.

While in your gradebook take a look at the

Blackboard Collaborate ULTRA

This is a web conferencing tool we have had in Moodle for some time.  If you teach online, hybrid, or even face-to-face you should really consider taking a look at Collaborate.  Instructors use Collaborate in a variety of ways from lecture capture, online office hours, meetings with students and other colleagues, tutoring, etc.  See the view for a quick view of Collaborate Ultra.

 

Additional updates include changes to forums, assignments, choice activity, and the quiz-building interface.  A full comprehensive list of all the new additions and improvements can be found my original Moodle Summer Update post.

Items we are still working on are the email reply features.  We are working out some bugs in order to allow faculty and students to reply to forum posts via email as well as sent files to their My Private Files area through email as well.

If you find any bugs please let me know.  I am always working with MoodleRooms to resolve issues.

For any support on what is new and other course development needs please contact the ATC.

 

What’s New in Moodle 2.8? Quiz Building interface

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New Quiz building interface

The new quiz editing interface is very much cleaned up and simplified.

From the drop down menu you can select a new question, from question bank, and/or a random question.  Once you add a question the settings and interactions are the same.

For how to add a quiz and questions you can follow the self-help document here https://help.lanecc.edu/ATC/Knowledgebase/Article/View/800/0/adding-questions-to-a-quiz

What’s New in Moodle 2.8: Themes

There are now 4 themes available in your Moodle courses.  The reason why we have dropped to 4 themes is due to what Moodle core now only supports 2 themes (Clean and More) while MoodleRooms supports an addition 2 (Express and SNAP).  We cannot use themes that are no longer supported by Moodle.  These would eventually lead to more bugs and security problems if we used outdated themes.

What themes are available and what are their features?

Clean Theme

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  • This is the default theme for all new courses.
  • Responsive (works on any device – full computer screen and mobile devices).  The theme will adjust to work nicely on any size screen.
  • Allows for blocks to be docked.

More Theme

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  • Responsive (works on any device – full computer screen and mobile devices).  The theme will adjust to work nicely on any size screen.
  • Allows the Moodle Administrator – Me! – to edit the following:
    • Text and link color
    • Background color/image
    • Main content background color
    • Logo
    • Custom CSS footnote
  • Allows for blocks to be docked.

SNAP Theme

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  • Responsive (works on any device – full computer screen and mobile devices).  The theme will adjust to work nicely on any size screen.
  • Theme is updated and supported by MoodleRooms.
  • Simple and intuitive with consistent experience across any device.
  • Simple layout and navigation.
  • Search course content.
  • Course tools (Reports, Gradebook, Outcomes, Badges, etc..) based on course settings.

Express Theme

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  • Allows for full customization of theme.
  • Current theme for homepage.
  • Allows for customized menu bar at top of frontpage and course pages.
  • Allows for blocks to be docked.

If you are missing a specific feature from a previous theme please let me know.  Sometimes there are designs in the available themes that are not widely known.

Need help?

Support is available in person, by phone, over email through the ATC.

24/7 support available through our self-help guides on our knowledge base – help.lanecc.edu/atc

What’s New in Moodle 2.8: Gradebook!

The Gradebook is the largest change to MoodleScreen Shot 2015-09-01 at 11.51.00 AM 2.8.  Below is a brief overview of the largest changes to the gradebook.  If you would like an additional comprehensive resource our friends at Southern Oregon University has put together a great “What’s new in 2.8” guide: http://moodle.sou.edu/mod/book/view.php?id=424233&chapterid=20960 

The new and updated gradebook has many new enhancements that will allow for greater communication between instructors and students.

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Natural Aggregation is the default aggregation method.  It has taken the place of “Sum of Grades” aggregation.

Advantages to “Natural Aggregation”:

  • Items not yet graded will not count against a students overall course grade (if “exclude empty grades” is enabled).
  • Each item has a “natural weight” – this is the weight the item has on the course total based on its available points and the course total available points.
  • Each time a grade item is added (or removed) Moodle will automatically recalculate the weights of each item based on the course total.
  • You can edit the weight of an item simply by editing the settings of the item.

Setup

  • The “Setup” tab has replaced the old “Categories and Items” tab.
  • To make any adjustments just click on the “Edit” dropdown menu.

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  • Edit the settings on any items – click the “Extra credit” box within the items settings.
  • When you view your items within the Setup page you will see a “+” next to any item marked as extra credit.Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 11.53.14 AM

Single ViewScreen Shot 2015-09-01 at 11.53.53 AM

  • Great way to enter grades, view all of a single students grades, and/or view all of the grades for a specific item.
  • On the Single View Page use the drop-down menus to display a grade item or student.
  • You can enter grades and feedback directly into the available areas when viewing a single grade item.
  • You can also “Perform Bulk Insert” for empty or all grades.  Note: if you have “exclude empty grades” enabled you will need to add 0’s for all empty grades if a student failed to submit.

The new gradebook is great!  However, it may take a little getting used to.

Additional Training and help:

Whats New in Moodle 2.8?! Highlight: Bb Collaborate Ultra

We will be constructing a series of posts that highlight key updates from Moodle 2.8.  Todays post will highlight the new Collaborate Ultra plugin.

As promised the Blackboard Collaborate module has been updated to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.  Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a web conferencing integration within Moodle that is perfect for any online, hybrid, or traditional course.  Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is perfect for online lectures, office hours, tutoring, online meetings, etc.

What is the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Experience”?

Because we still have some courses running session on the old Blackboard Collaborate we will continue supporting the old plugin through the Fall term.  We will no longer support the old version of Blackboard Collaborate starting Winter term.  If you need training on how to manage the new Blackboard Collaborate Ultra plugin please contact the ATC for training opportunities.

When adding a Blackboard Ultra session please make sure to select “Collaborate” and not “Blackboard Collaborate Session”.  We understand the naming convention is confusing and are working to edit the plugin names to something more intuitive.

If you have questions or would like to request training please contact the ATC – atc@lanecc.edu

 

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