31. May 2012 · Comments Off on Audio assessment using SoundCloud + Moodle · Categories: Moodle 2.2 · Tags: , ,

The instructors I work with are looking for options beyond text for learners to demonstrate knowledge and skills.

Audio assessment is one of the alternatives we’re exploring and soon we’ll be creating assignments for learners to submit links to recorded audio. We’ll be putting in the caveat that learners are NOT allowed to read from a script. Obviously some might – and if it’s mission critical they don’t, we’ll look at video assessment.

Here is a tutorial I’ve created for our learners to support them – some of them still pretty new to all that is internet. Your feedback on its suitability is, as always, greatly appreciated.

07. May 2012 · Comments Off on Badges in Moodle? · Categories: My personal learning journey

If you wished to build in recognition for Moodle users within a particular course who contribute well to forums, you can mimic what the Moodle.org site does and use Groups and Group icons.

You don’t have to set up groups within your forum to make this work. A forum can be a no groups forum and the icons will still show up.

All you have to do is

  • enable Groups in your course settings
  • create your group or groups
  • upload icons that will display well as 20 x 20 pixel icons
  • add users to the appropriate group or groups

Here is what the group icon looks like in the forum:

A forum showing group icons

Here is what students see when they hover over the icons to see what they are:

A close up of an icon with hover text

And here is what students will see if they click on the group icon:

Groups view for students 

I could not see badges in other activities where user pictures appear such as  Chat and Wikis.