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.

15. March 2012 · Comments Off on Activity reports in Moodle courses · Categories: Moodle 2.2 · Tags: , , ,

This is another messy brain dump because I’ve had to look this up more than twice…

To be able to access activity reports in Moodle courses –

  • The site admin must ensure that the Navigation block is active
  • The course owner must add the Navigation block (The course owner can decide whether or not learners can see their own Activity reports in course settings)


If you are afraid the Navigation block will confuse students (you cannot hide it) or your site admin won’t allow the Navigation menu, create shortcuts to your fav reports.

Activity Report: http://moodlesiteaddress.com/report/outline/index.php?id=yyy
Log: http://moodlesiteaddress.com/report/log/index.php?id=yyy
Live log: http://moodlesiteaddress.com/report/loglive/index.php?id=yyy
Course participation: http://moodlesiteaddress.com/report/participation/index.php?id=yyy
Activity completion: http://moodlesiteaddress.com/report/progress/index.php?course=yyy

As an added bonus, the Log link allows you to choose from all the courses you teach/manage – so you’d only have to share one log link for one course.

26. October 2011 · Comments Off on Moodle 1.9x and the YouTube multimedia filter · Categories: Moodle, Moodle 1.9, My personal learning journey · Tags: , ,

A quick brain dump post.

If you have the YouTube multimedia filter enabled at the site administration level of a Moodle 1.9x site, you can auto-embed YouTube videos in posts.

But – what if you just want to link to a video?

Here is the long and short of it:

YouTube offers up two types of links – a ‘long’ link (which is the URL to the video player page) and a short link. The short link, displayed when you click Share, is meant to make it easy to save the URL with typing-challenged friends or via services like Twitter that limit the number of characters per post. The short link re-directs to the full URL.

Long link in URL, short link in Share

The long link is the URL, you see the short link when you click on Share under the video

If you want to embed video, link some text and use the full URL. If you want to display linked text, use the short URL. Something about the re-direct obviously stops the auto-embedding.

Text linked with short/redirect link stays linked - text linked with direct URL/long embeds

Text linked with short/redirect link stays linked - text linked with direct URL/long embeds

01. March 2011 · 2 comments · Categories: Moodle · Tags:
trophy 1 | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczyk

trophy 1 | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczyk CC (by)

Yesterday I blogged over on the Brightcookie.com blog about a consortium of universities who took the time to look at how their staff used Moodle and what Moodle 2.01 had to offer.  They decided, for a list of very rational, objective reasons that Moodle 2 needs a few more versions to come right and their favourite plug-ins need time to catch up. They aren’t going for the early adopters achieve on this one.

I posted the link in various places and heard from some people who are bemoaning the fact that their institutions are pushing ahead with an upgrade to Moodle 2 without this sort of consultation and analysis and with no reported plans for training and support. This really shocked me.

How are educators going to learn to do wonderful things with e-learning if they have to stumble around a new system? And what sorts of experiences are students going to have online with those reluctant, undertrained and unsupported educators? What impact is this going to have on the business?

The business costs from software implemented without consultation and support can be measured in the lack of productivity, the volume of help desk requests, the loss of confidence people feel when they use unfamiliar systems — and in dollars going out the door from students who are unsatisfied with their learning experience and dropping out. I did this myself after a negative experience with online learning.

So ICT coordinators/administrators out there: are concerns about being left behind technologically by a matter of months or trying to time things to the school calendar really worth the cost?