27. February 2012 · Comments Off on Moodle block: Sharing Cart · Categories: Moodle 2.2

Am little girl giggly excited this afternoon over a new (to me) plug in called Sharing Cart.

Sharing Cart allows you to copy resources and activities between courses. I tried this as an admin and it worked a treat so tried it as a teacher and it also worked.

I tested it on a variety of content and activities – forums, SCORM packages, pages, PDFs and a quiz. Love that it works. And so easy to install!

Once I installed it via FTP upload to blocks and activated it via my admin login, all I – both in my admin and teacher login sessions – had to do was add Sharing Cart as a block.

As soon as you add it as a block, a new icon appears next to your activities and content.

Sharing block icon
The sharing cart icon appears at the far right

If you click on the Sharing Cart icon, you will be asked if you’re sure you want to copy the item and when you click okay, your item is added to a list in the Sharing Cart block. 

To add an item from the Sharing Cart to another course, go to the new course and add the Sharing Cart block. Your list of items will appear in the block. Click on the Sharing Cart icon next to the item you wish to copy to the course.

Sharing Cart block
Sharing Cart block list of items

You will notice dashed outline boxes appearing at the bottom of the lists of activities and resources in your blocks.  Click inside the box and the item will be added in that space.

Click in the blank box to add the copied item from Sharing Cart block

This is SO much easier than doing a back up and restore! Love that it works via the blocks menu – so easy to access and use.

Have you test driven this yet? Let me know in the comments below.

17. February 2012 · Comments Off on Blog access in Moodle 2 · Categories: Moodle, Moodle 2.2

A post to save you some confusion around blog access.

I try to make the MyMoodle page the one stop shop for students on our site. So when we decided to use Moodle blogs, I wanted to provide access to student blogs from this page.

As it turns out, this is not possible.

blogs settings menuWhile bizarrely you can change your Blog PREFERENCES from the MyMoodle page, you cannot actually ACCESS your blog posts from it.

When I went to the profile page, the situation was the same.

So, I checked the Blog settings under the Site Admin- Appearance menu and opened up the visibility to see if that were the culprit.  No luck.

Then I went to capabilities under roles to see if I’d restricted Authenticated users to the point they couldn’t see their own blogs. That wasn’t it.
What the answer is:  because blogs aren’t necessarily loved by all, the Blog menu block in the Profile is not added as standard. You MUST add it manually, after you enable blogs in order for it to appear!

AND – there is NO OPTION to add the Blog menu block to the MyMoodle page.

Hope this saves you the hour of research this took me to figure out.

Happy Moodling!

Blog menu option profile page
Blog menu is an option on the profile page


Blog menu not an option on the MyMoodle page
Blog menu not an option on the MyMoodle page

And here is what the Blog menu looks like:

The elusive blog menu block
The elusive blog menu block


09. February 2012 · Comments Off on YouTube video editing · Categories: video

I love the new video tweaking/editing functions on YouTube.

Today I produced a tutorial on how to configure a headset with microphone on Windows 7 because I couldn’t find any out there and our students need support in this.

I created the video with no sound, uploaded it and then once YouTube finished processing it, I could ‘Swap audio’ and pick a soundtrack. The ones offered were within 10 seconds of the length of my video. I couldn’t choose when to start and stop the audio, but for a quick fix it was okay and I found something I liked.

I then realised I forgot to trim the ending of my video. Rather than having to delete, edit, upload – YouTube now has a handy, dandy trim feature. Lovely!

08. February 2012 · Comments Off on Quick Moodle brain dump: Creating a centralised course reading index · Categories: Moodle, Moodle 2.2, My personal learning journey

In our 25 week long course, we want to provide all reading lists weekly, but also want to display them in the Course Resource Centre.

The least labor-intensive workflow for this in Moodle 2.2 that we can come up with is this:

1) Create Folder and add files in each week using the Resource tool. Ensure folder names would make sense outside the week/topic.
2) Duplicate the folder resources using the wonderful new duplication tool
3) Move the folder resources to Resource Centre (turning off Ajax so can more easily drag and drop)
4) Create Labels in Resource Centre topic and sort the readings by Module (the 25 weeks are broken out into 3 Modules of varying lengths)

Duplicate icon