19. February 2015 · Comments Off on Moodle Groups and Groupings in Moodle 2.7 · Categories: Moodle, Moodle 2.7

Before we start

Before we delve into groups and groupings, it’s important to remember that Moodle divides what is added to Moodle into two broad categories: activities and resources.

Resources consist of the passive content you add to a course – documents, files, pages, books, galleries, website links and labels.

Activities are what you provide for student interaction such as forums, chats, quizzes, choice activities, assignments, SCORM packages, etc.

Now that we’ve got that sorted, let’s talk groups and groupings.
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A short, quick brain-dump post…

 Conditional activities in my LMS, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
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14. March 2014 · Comments Off on Moodle certificates and shifting elements – do you C what I C? · Categories: Moodle 2.4
Another quick nuts and bolts post so I don’t forget this – but I hope you find it helpful…

I was bashing about trying to change the layout of elements on a Moodle 2.4 certificate and couldn’t for the life of me understand why changing the X and Y values didn’t really make much of a difference – nor why Moodle seemed to ignore – number values.

Then, with the help of the brilliant Paul Johnson of Klevar, we sussed it out.

There is a ‘C’ in the line of print text and image code that stands for Centre and makes all values relative to this.

Change it to L for Left or R for Right to shift elements to the relevant space on the page…

certificate_print_text($pdf, $x + 112, $y + 112, ‘C’, ‘freesans’, ”, 20,  certificate_get_date($certificate, $certrecord, $course));

09. November 2012 · Comments Off on Students having display issues in Moodle 2.3 in courses with collapsed topics? Check for Screen Reader · Categories: Moodle, Moodle 2.3
A very quick post to share an issue we just uncovered this morning.

I’ve had 3 students complain that since the upgrade to Moodle 2.3, they aren’t seeing their course correctly. With one student, I spent half an hour going through her browser set up, ensuring Javascript was enabled, content settings weren’t restrictive – nothing.

The course uses the Collapsed Topics course format.

Then this morning in a face to face session, one student showed a second student the issues she was having. The second student logged into the web site using the first students’ computer and had no issues.  A third student in the session is also having issues. Our facilitator came to me, very excited and told me about it and I looked at each student’s profile. The ones having problems both had Screen Reader marked as YES in their Profile Settings.

I changed the user settings on my test student account to match and logged in using Google Chrome, then FireFox then Internet Explorer. Sure enough, the page layout was askew.  I changed it back, no issues. So, I’ve updated the profiles of all the students who were having issues!

Yay and what a relief! My facilitator really likes Collapsed topics as a course format and I would have hated to switch students over in their first few weeks.
26. July 2012 · Comments Off on Customising Articulate Storyline’s LMS Goodbye message · Categories: Articulate Storyline, Moodle 2.2
I’m on a steep learning curve with a new piece of software (Articulate Storyline) and writing tutorials about another piece of software that I’m not offay with. Not a comfortable place to be but the challenge is pushing me and being uncomfortable is okay now and again. It’s when I end up learning the most.

I’ve learned that Moodle doesn’t handle SCORM comfortably – no matter what the SCORM package, whether it opens in the same window or a new one, horizontal and vertical scroll bars show up – even when the learning object is set to size dynamically. It’s as if Moodle builds in a 10 pixel or so pad in reverse – always 10 pixels width and height are hidden somehow. This doesn’t matter so much on height, but it’s a pain in the bum on width!

With Articulate Storyline, another issue is that regardless of whether or not you’ve set the player to open in a new window, it outputs the same message to an LMS along the lines of: You’ve finished the content. Close the window. 

Unfortunately following this instruction exactly would result in students closing their Moodle sessions unintentionally.

I found the file to edit, but I learned that I needed to do it after Publishing from Articulate but before allowing Articulate to zip up the package. I tried zipping the package myself and got an error message from Moodle when I tried to use it.

Here is what I do to create a custom goodbye message for an Articulate Storyline package:
  • Publish the file
  • Go to folder
  • Go to the LMS folder
  • Right click on the Goodbye.html file
  • Open it in Notepad ++
  • Edit and save the file
  • Go back to Articulate
  • Zip the file using the link in the publishing window
  • Upload to Moodle
Got a better way to do this? Please let me know. And if you know how I could create a link in the Goodbye.html document back to the course, I’d greatly appreciate it. Using _blank, _parent, _top just loads the course page into the iFrame.