Top LMS tip: Fix formatting issues to create great course activity content

Source: http://blog.howtomoodle.com/top-lms-tip-fix-formatting-issues-to-create-great-course-activity-content Do you struggle to format your content in Books within your Moodle or Totara Learn site? You may find that you are copying your existing content from your word-processed documents into the editor, only to find its formatting looks wrong or your images are missing from the page once your book has been saved and…

Diagnose Misbehaving Tasks In The Moodle Cron Schedule With This Plugin

Source: https://www.moodlenews.com/2017/diagnose-misbehaving-tasks-in-the-moodle-cron-schedule-with-this-plugin/ Cron is the tool in Moodle (and many open source software) in charge of its biorhythm. It is the part of the system in charge of running scheduled tasks and updating elements. It is critical for messaging and other synchronous activities. So it’s no surprise that making sure Cron runs smoothly is a priority in server-side Moodle administration.…

MoodleNews Plugin Roundup for November: ‘Has This Ever Happened To You?’ Edition

Source: https://www.moodlenews.com/2017/moodlenews-plugin-roundup-for-november-has-this-ever-happened-to-you-edition/ Do any of the following scenarios sound familiar? Check out the links below to see new plugins for November. You have successfully added a langpack to provide your students a language-immersive Moodle experience. But upon closer inspection, you find that some of the pack’s strings do not quite fit with your students. Never fear: Since you…

Get access to or download the Moodle Mobile App easier in Moodle 3.4

Source: https://moodle.com/2017/11/22/get-access-download-moodle-mobile-app-easier-moodle-3-4/ If you’ve been keeping up with our Moodle 3.4 news posts you will know that our latest release has focused on improving usability. One way in which we are doing this is by encouraging learners to access their Moodle courses anywhere and at anytime using the Moodle Mobile App. In Moodle 3.4, administrators can…

Manage your private files better in Moodle 3.4.

Source: https://moodle.com/2017/11/21/manage-private-files-better-moodle-3-4/  The latest Moodle update, Moodle 3.4, has focused on enhancing usability. In keeping with this theme, private files are now easier to manage through the ability for users to find out how much space is available in them. Educators and learners can now quickly see how much space is left in their own private…

Move download button and select below table

Source: https://www.moodletips.com/move-download-button-and-select-below-table/ If you are working with flexibile tables (lib/tablelib.php) in Moodle and have table download enabled, you can move the “Download table data as” select and button below the table by adding the following line before finishing your table setup: $table->show_download_buttons_at(array(TABLE_P_BOTTOM)); By default they appear above the table but this doesn’t always look so good…

Distilling Canvas LMS Accusations Of ‘Openwashing’

Source: https://www.moodlenews.com/2017/distilling-canvas-lms-accusations-of-openwashing/ I only came across the concept (now an advocacy hashtag) of “openwashing” a few months ago. As it turns out, the international movement to denounce marketing claims of openness that do not reciprocate in corresponding user rights and freedoms has been going on for years. In the age of social media, we seem to prefer…