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Moodle Tracker issues you should know about

Posted on January 10th, 2013 in Administration, Community, Moodle.org | No Comments »

I’ve recently run into a few Moodle bugs that I feel like should get some love and votes to up the priority. I’ll get right into it..

My Moodle drag and drop issue with blocks [#MDL-34679]

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When you’re on the My Moodle page in version 2.3.1 and up you will not be able to drag and drop blocks by the crosshair icon like in courses. It took me quite a while to realize that 1.) it wasn’t just my theme and 2.) I could actually move the blocks but only when I clicked once on the crosshair icon, waited, and then clicked in a outlined area like you would do if AJAX was not enabled.

It’s especially confusing because all courses now have to use AJAX (right?) and with the new edition of drag and drop of courses in the My Moodle, it’s weird that the drag and drop works for that but not for the blocks. It’s confusing for users who expect it to work a certain way because of the icon and they just give up not realizing they can click once on it and move it (like me) and confusing for new users who have no experience with the non AJAX way.

I don’t see much activity on this issue and I think it’s a huge deal! Don’t you? Vote here!

 

Grouping Name does not show up by the Label resource [#MDL-37425]

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This tracker issue I created. I noticed it after teachers were complaining about it disappearing after we upgraded to Moodle 2.4.

The Grouping Name is not being displayed in parenthesis for Labels on a course page. The Grouping Name will however display for quizzes, chats, etc. It became an issue after upgrading from 2.3 to 2.4.

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There should be a (grouping name) by “This is a label” just like the header has the (22) grouping name. This is important because our teachers have honors and regular math courses all on the same Moodle page and there are labels with a lot of content for each of the groupings but now they [teachers] have to go into each and every label settings to see which grouping it’s for. It sounds like this WAS working in earlier versions then stopped. Vote here!

 

Questions should be searchable/sortable by tags [#MDL-28308]

[#MDL-28308] Questions should be searchablesortable by tags - Moodle Tracker - _01-10_08-14

 zoom plusThe description pretty much sums it up. I believe the “tagging” function in quiz questions was implemented in Moodle 2 but there is no use for them. You can’t do anything with the tags – they have no purpose right now. This would be a great spot to be able to “tag” certain quiz questions with a certain skill or standard. Then, you would be able to run reports on the class and see which skill or standard needs more work. You could do this report by class or by student. That would be awesome.

I’ve received a few requests for this type of function from teachers and our curriculum department. I think it’s about time to make those “tags” have a use and it looks like it’s a pretty popular tracker item – go see and vote for yourself!

And for those who don’t know what in the world I’m talking about…

What is the Moodle Tracker?

This is where we record and manage all issues related to Moodle and related systems.

It’s not just for developers!

All users should use this system to report problems or new ideas for Moodle and help us make it better.

If you don’t have an account I highly recommend you get one. It’s not just for developers trying to fix issues it’s for any Moodle user – admin or normal user. There may be a bug that you run into that isn’t in the tracker yet or maybe it is and it’s already resolved but your version of Moodle needs to be updated. It’s very helpful to Moodle admins in that it saves you time being frustrated because something doesn’t work but realize it’s a bug or maybe you want to browse around and see the new features that will be added. It’s also for new functionality of Moodle – not just bugs. Go check it out here.

You can also “vote” and “watch” issues. The more votes an issue gets the higher the priority. It’s a way to let moodle.org know Moodlers needs and wants. What a great concept – open software, open tracker system where everyone can help out and test and a way to get your voice heard and let Moodle know what’s important.

Moodle 2.4 is out – What’s new?

Posted on December 6th, 2012 in Features, Moodle 2.0, Moodle.org, News | No Comments »

It’s been awhile..a long while! I’ve still been working with Moodle but within the past year we switched from using a paid-for service for our district web site to using Drupal. I’ve been living in the Drupal world and love it. Looking at ways to integrate the two–but that will be another post. I’m very excited to upgrade our 2.3.3 Moodle server to Moodle 2.4 I’m looking over the release notes and I wanted to jot down a few items that caught my eye.

Significant size reduction of navigation widget – this caught my eye. I wonder if this is just for admins or everything? One thing that annoys the heck out of me is that dang navigation block. It’s so long! And honestly there is only 2 links on it that are useful. And unfortunately they are useful so i can’t remove the whole block :/ . I’m crossing my fingers this improvement reduces my annoyance.

Plugin updating from within Moodle – Say whaa? Awesome! Thee may be some set up or something? I’ll have to take a look at it. Only thing to be careful about is if there is customizations within the plugin. It will overwrite them. We have a few modified plugins. But what a great new feature!

Course Format Plugins – “Moodle has always supported pluggable course formats, but now we’ve given developers even more flexibility than before. Course formats can now provide their own settings for courses and sections, and they can also have a lot more control of all the pages in a course.” – This sounds interesting. I really haven’t looked into it. I want to see who sets this up, admins or regular teachers? I need to look more into this but from it’s description it’s exciting.

New Icons – Well about time : ) We have a custom theme with custom icons but I’ll have to see if these core ones are better.

Editor improvement – “New TinyMCE editor settings allowing an admin to customise the toolbar, enable/disable icons such as insert equation and insert emoticon.” Small but nice.

Integration of external calendars – You can now integrate other calendars, like Google Calendar, and have it flow into your Moodle calendar.

Users can set the order and number of courses displayed on their My home page – YESSSS.

Last but certainly not least..

Performance - We concentrated on improving server performance in this release, and there are many small improvements all over the place.  The biggest single change is a new caching system called MUC (the Moodle Universal Cache) which allows Moodle admins to tune their servers with a variety of fast caching solutions.  We’ve only started to see the benefits of this – future Moodle releases should continue to get faster and faster as we apply MUC to more Moodle code.

I truly hope so..

Going through the release notes I’m seeing some little but awesome updates. I would recommend going through them if you’re a Moodle Admin. Happy upgrading!

And now for a totally non-Moodle related video…love this little kid : ) it’s worth a watch!

Quiz Report: Detailed Responses (module for 1.9 standard in 2.0)

Posted on January 12th, 2011 in Modules, Moodle 2.0, Moodle.org | No Comments »

This morning I was emailed by a teacher in my district asking if there was a way to get a different type of summary for Moodle Quiz results. He wanted a better way to give a summary with original responses to print and attach to other papers for students. The way he was currently doing it was wasting a lot of paper.

What I need for moodle to do is be able to provide each student’s original response, right or wrong and score for each question and an overall score.

Being a Moodle admin and not having much “real life” experience with Quizzes – grading, viewing reports – I needed to take a look at the default reporting in Moodle 1.9.9 and then head over to Moodle.org to check out the modules & plugins.

After visiting Moodle.org, a CTRL + f and a find “quiz” I quickly found a promising module that could work – Quiz Report: Detailed Responses.

This quiz report plug-in displays all the responses given by students at the quiz in one big table. It allows this table to be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet.

In Moodle 2.0, this was moved into the core distribution.

I installed it by following the instructions I found in a comment:

  1. Create a folder called “responses” under /mod/quiz/report/
  2. Copy the report.php and styles.css files included in the zip file to the newly created “responses” folder: /mod/quiz/report/responses/
  3. Create a folder called “quiz_responses” under /lang/ent_utf8/help/
  4. Copy the help files that are in the lang/en_utf8/help/responses/ folder in the zip file (three .html files) to the newly created /lang/en_utf8/help/quiz_responses/ folder.

This module creates a new link called “Detailed responses” when you View your Quiz and then click the Results tab. It’s essentially the same report as “overview” but it shows the student’s original responses instead of just a score.

The columns are: Name | Total Score | Question #1 | Question #2 | etc

Green = Correct Answer
Red = Incorrect Answer

So, a simple report but it could be very useful and efficient for teachers – maybe that’s why they made it standard in Moodle 2.0!

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Moodle 2.0.1 out + Moodle 2.1 timeline #moodle2

Posted on December 28th, 2010 in Moodle 2.0, Moodle.org, News | 1 Comment »

Moodle 2.0.1 came out a few days ago. Here’s the latest from Martin Dougiamas

We just released Moodle 2.0.1 with 80 bug fixes made in the past month or so since the Moodle 2.0 release. There are no major security issues, they are mostly just related to polishing the interface and functionality of Moodle 2.0. See the Moodle 2.0.1 release notes for details, and get it from the Moodle download page or CVS/Git as usual. read more

Martin goes on to talk about 2.0.2,

“Moodle 2.0.2 will be focussing on performance in particular and should be about 4 weeks away.”

Also, I just found this version timeline on the Moodle Tracker

It looks like the end of June is when the projected release of Moodle 2.1 . However, we all know that it can and will get pushed back if it’s not ready : )

Moodle 2.0 is out!

Posted on November 24th, 2010 in Moodle 2.0, Moodle.org, News | No Comments »

Well, after about two and a half years of work by hundreds of people, I’m proud to say that we have a Moodle 2.0 ready for you to download – Martin Dougiamas [read more]

Check out the Moodle 2.0 Release Notes.

The main items that I am excited about are:

As @MoodleNews says, let’s celebrate!

This makes me even more excited to finish reading and reviewing the book by @moodlefairy, Moodle 2.0 First Look. More Moodle 2.0 posts to come!

Take advantage of Moodle.org Moodle Courses!

Posted on March 30th, 2010 in Moodle.org, Resources | No Comments »

monitorsI’ve recently taken an interest in a few Moodle.org Moodle courses. The first is Teaching and Learning with Moodle which is facilitated by Tomaz Lasic.

An organised, curated point for educators, new and experienced Moodle users alike to find out about Moodle, find quality links to sources of further information, collaborate on projects and share their best practices in teaching of children and adults in a range of settings.

This is a new course but long overdue! I’m very excited to learn and share here. One cool thing that Tomaz created in the course was a clever little resource called “Moodle Recipes for Educators – a community cookbook” where people can add examples of how they’re using Moodle in education. I haven’t added anything yet but plan to : )

The other course I’m going to mention is Moodle for Business Uses facilitated by Ralf Hilgenstock and Stuart Mealor. I just found this course today through a Linkedin Moodle group. I haven’t fully explored this course but I hope to get something out of it as I work with a business that uses Moodle for their courses.

This course is for discussing and sharing ideas about using Moodle for

* paid courses – where entrepreneurial businesses provide courses to customers in return for payment
* corporate education – where companies are implementing a site for internal courses

Take a look at all of the courses on Moodle.org.

Quick Post: Moodle growth shown on a map

Posted on November 10th, 2009 in Information, Moodle.org | No Comments »

I wanted to post this quick link I just found from @tobyholman showing Moodle’s growth graphically on a map. Check it out! It looks like it’s from Moodle.org. Moodle rocks!

Moodle 1.9.5 & 1.8.9 now available

Posted on May 20th, 2009 in Moodle.org, News | No Comments »

Martin Dougiamas recently posted on Moodle Announcements that latest stable releases of 1.8.x and 1.9.x are now available.

There are many small bug fixes and some new features in each release, but the main two things you need to know about are the gradebook interface changes in 1.9.5 and some important security issues. – Read more

Related Links:
Release notes for Moodle 1.9.5
Release notes for Moodle 1.8.9
Moodle 1.9.5 and Moodle 1.8.9 are now available – Martin Dougiamas post