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Reasons to move to Moodle 2 – over to you | Some Random Thoughts

Reasons to move to Moodle 2 – over to you | Some Random Thoughts.

Gavin Hendrick presented some great reasons why to make the move to Moodle 2. An incredibly informative session with Gavin and if you get the chance to sit down and wrack his technical brain on Moodle 2 – grab it with both hands


Moodle 2.0 – conditional activities

Conditional activities are a game changer in my opinion. It is an excellent new feature of Moodle 2 that will bring independent learning to a new level for Moodle users. For those not familiar with the concept, the introduction of conditional activities means a “teacher” can set it that their “student” will not be able to progress to topic B,before completing topic A to a specified standard e.g. achieve a certain grade in a quiz or read a document or powerpoint document.

They are incredibly easy to set up and numerous screencasts have already found their way onto YouTube. Here are a few  of the better screencasts on this topic

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Moodle 2.0 – Changing your password

Here is a short clip on how to change your password on Moodle 2

Moodle and schools

Not every school is blessed with ICT technical support but to me this just highlights an excellent opportunity for cooperation between second and third level. One area of cooperation that costs noting but time, is support schools to set up a LMS of their own. Simply by providing support to local schools in the early stages, institutes of technology would reap the benefits in the long term.

Why not contact your local Institute of technology and ask them to help you set up an instance of moodle. Go through the school liaison officers, try sell the idea as a promotion opportunity. Institutes won’t be able to take on every school but already Dundalk, Tallaght and Waterford have seen the value of such a venture. between them they offer Moodle to over 40 local schools. If you are interested in finding out more about benefits associated with this idea and how you could get involved, either as a school or a college please leave comments below.

Which Learning Management System should I pick?

According to Wikipedia – A learning management system (commonly abbreviated as LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, and reporting of training programs, classroom and online events, e-learning programs, and training content.

Everybody is talking about them. Everybody else seems to have one – so which one should I get?

There are a variety of choices out there. Using an analogy for buying cars, there is everything from the Nissan Micra to the Mercedes S class. Each one has their own advantages and disadvantages and not everybody will choose the same one because their circumstances are different. That said, if money was no object, you would always strive to get the best high quality product. I know if I could afford it I would be driving a Merc!

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