Get This Moodle 3.1 Long-Term Support Development Ebook And Get Ongoing Improvements | Moodle News

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Online “lean” publishing platform Leanpub is releasing an advanced Moodle 3.1 development ebook.

If you’re considering developing technology of any type for Moodle, focusing on Moodle 3.1 has two major advantages: First, it is the latest version of Moodle, with the most modern outlook. Second, Moodle will receive Long-Term Support. This means that the developers will continue to provide security support well beyond 2019. Regular versions usually receive 18 months of support.

The Moodle 3.1 LTS Modules Development ebook expects the reader to have a functional understanding of the programming languages Moodle uses. That way Tomasz Muras, the author, can focus on the technical details of Moodle. While there are many types of plugins, Tomasz focuses exclusively on Activities. He claims, however, that “after studying this book and a bit of extra research you should be comfortable with development of any Moodle plugin type”.

The book is accompanied by a GitHub repo. Tomasz suggests studying the code as well. He has made an effort to make it as readable as possible.

This is Tomasz’s first book. He chose the Leanpub because it allows him to continue to work on its content, which is a tenet of their lean philosophy. Technically this ebook is “in progress,” but readers will receive his fixes and updates. Read Leanpub’s manifesto here.

Buy the book here, readable in an assortment of formats, apps and devices. You can set your own price within range, deciding how much of what you pay goes to Tomasz.

Exploring Moodle Book usage – part 9 – Strange courses

The Weblog of (a) David Jones

Time to explore some of the strange courses that have been identified.  There are currently two types:

  1. courses with many individual Book resources; and
  2. courses with huge Book resources.

Strange books

Courses with many books

Back in part 2 there appear to be a number of courses that have more than 50 individual book resources.  That seems a bit excessive.  Wonder what that indicates? What are these courses (one of mine might be part of this group)? Is there something wrong hidden in these figures (e.g. are some of them hidden)?

There are 15 course offerings with more than 30 Books.  7 of these are offerings of the course I teach.  The remaining 8 are split between 3 different bridging/preparation courses.

If the line is drawn at 20 books, then there are 23 course offerings drawn from another 2 education course , a nursing course, and another 2 bridging courses.

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New Features & Improvements Coming in Totara 9.0

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The long awaited release of Totara 9.0 is finally on its way! This is the first Totara release since their move away from Moodle, so the changes and improvements are highly anticipated by all. The new release is still a few months away, but here are some of the highlights to look forward to.

A majority of the improvements and new features are within Seminars and Events (formerly called “Face to Face”, and “Sessions”), making these much more functional and inclusive components. Seminars are also going to be more prominent in Totara 9.0, with their own level under the Site Administration menu.

  • Sign-up approval for events is now a two step process. Previously, in Face-to-face activities, managers were authorized to give approval – Approval Options included “No Approval”, “Self-Approval”, and “Manager Approval”. Now in Seminars, anyone with the role “Trainer” or “Editing Trainer” have the authority to approve sign-up. As well, you can make it a requirement that sign-ups are approved by Staff-Managers, and/or those at Site-Level or Activity-Level who have authority to do so. These changes allow trainers to take on more responsibilities that will alleviate Staff Managers of some of their work. They also provide added assurance, including one more point of authorization.


  • If your courses are delivered in different geographical locations, Totara 2.9 has a new Google Maps integration feature that allows you to embed maps, as well as directions to different locations, within Seminars.


  • Sign-in sheets are now downloadable and printable within each Seminar event – a very simple improvement that provides a lot of convenience.


  • There is also an added restriction capability to the sign-up period, that allows you to select when sign-up period opens and closes.


  • You can now cancel Seminar Events easily – there is a simply a button labelled “Cancel Event”. Previously, if you wanted to cancel events within face-to-face sessions, your only option was to delete the entire session.


  • Room Management has improvements, while Asset Management is a brand new feature. Assets Management works in the same way as rooms – you can administer resources to designated Seminar Events. Both features can be managed centrally, and filtered/selected at date level, which makes the scheduling ability much more user friendly – you can check room availability based on the date you require it for. You can also see details of each room or asset (including a summary of each) and any upcoming events using them.

The Landscape of Learning Technologies in 2016

Posted by Nimritta P. on Sep 25, 2016 10:15:00 AM

Source: The Landscape of Learning Technologies in 2016

The Brandon Hall Group issued a study on the Learning Technology landscape of 2016. The report revealed that technology is becoming the top learning and development priority this year, with 48% of survey respondents naming it as #1 on their list. What’s more remarkable, is looking at new emerging learning technologies has taken precedence over learning strategy this year. Here are the top 5 findings of the report:

1. Categories for learning technologies that are most sought-after, are social & collaborative tools, and mobile learning delivery.


In the many years Brandon Hall Group has been researching and reporting on popular learning technologies, mobile and social learning technologies have seen a slow by steady increase in priority. This year, they have taken the number one spot. Mobile and social learning technologies are ones that allow “just-in-time” learning, or personalized learning methods. As discussed in our post on must have LMS features, more than half of companies consider communication and collaboration tools to be essential to their organization — but overall happiness and satisfaction with participants current learning technologies is very low, the highest grade given being a meager C. As well, only 5% of them say that they are very satisfied with their learning solution.

2. Poor user and administrative experience is the top reason people consider switching technologies

In 2015, 38% of companies who participated in the Brandon Hall Group research group were considering switching LMS. This year, that percentage has increased, with 44% of organizations actively seeking new LMS. Why the sudden jump? Here are the top 5 reasons organizations are switching LMS:


Why is user experience number one? In the digital work world we live in, for some, the interface and user experience of an LMS will be the only engagement that they have with the company. It’s no wonder why it’s essential, then. In fact, user experience is so important that 43% of organizations said it was an essential priority when looking at any new learning technology, and 40% said it was absolutely critical to their business.

3. Integration with Talent Management Systems is the most critical integration

77% of companies say integration capabilities are essential features for their learning technologies. 20% of participants said Integration with their talent management system was slightly important, 31% said it is moderately important, and 36% said it is critical. The second most important integration is Workplace management, with 27% of participants naming it critical.


Despite the growing integration capabilities that more vendors are providing, two thirds of organizations said that their next learning technology platform will be a suite of integrated technologies provided by one single vendor.

4. Content Management, Augmented Reality, Tracking job assignments and Mobile apps are the functionalities that organizations are least satisfied with.

Content is one of the most essential components of eLearning, but content management seems to be a common issue. In fact, one third of organizations are not satisfied with their learning content management systems (LCMS). This is because content is a huge, and content management can be an issue for some.


Informal learning and experimental learning also rank very low, in terms of satisfaction. Other problem areas include HRIS, content management, and talent management.

5. KPI’s Increase Post-Implementation of Technology

Despite any challenges, after the implementation of learning technologies, organizations experienced:

  • 40% increase in revenue
  • 53% increase in productivity
  • 53% increase in engagement
  • 26% decrease in costs
  • 16% decrease in turnover

It is believed that the increase in KPI’s is due to a correlation to implementing learning technologies, rather than a causation. The reason for this belief is that those who didn’t experience any improvements stated that their KPI’s didn’t change.

Want to integrate Moodle with Office 365 – Check out this step by step guide

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Office 365, the productivity software suite by Microsoft complements the Moodle learning platform to provide a more productive experience for teachers and students.

Moodle is having a dedicated plugins set for Microsoft office tools consisting of 10 different plugins which provide a wide variety of features to enhance your Moodle instance.

Requirements For Using The Office 365 Plugins With Moodle:

To use the Microsoft office plugins, you need the following:

  • An Office 365 subscription.
  • A Microsoft Azure subscription.
  • Moodle version 2.7 or above.


How To Integrate:

Human Logic team – Moodle Partner in Middle East, have shared  a detailed step by step guide to integrate Moodle with Office 365. The presentation is focused to make you aware about:

  • Office integration with Moodle
  • Moodle Plugins for Office
  • Moodle Application configuration
  • Register application in Azure

You can check out the presentation below or through this direct link:

You can download the Microsoft Office plugin set for Moodle through the Moodle plugins database here. Complete documentation about using the Microsoft tools are documented here. You can also follow the latest developments on the GitHub page here.

Multi Tenancy Moodle solution – IOMAD 3.1 is out on the streets for business and corporate Moodlers @elearndesignltd @iomad_stuff

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IOMAD 3.1 – the open source multi tenancy solution for Moodle, owned and managed by the Scotland Moodle Partner – eLearn Design is now available for download. IOMAD is a custom derivative of Moodle which is mainly focused for business and corporate users.

The new IOMAD 3.1 version contains a lot of new features like CBE Frameworks/ Learning Plans which were released in Moodle 3.1.

Multi Tenancy Moodle solution - IOMAD 3.1 is out on the streets for business and corporate Moodlers #IOMAD

So how does IOMAD differs from native Moodle? Specifically, IOMAD offers:

that oh-so-awesome multi-tenancy Moodle alongside a hierarchical system of capabilities to suit a company’s ‘layered’ organisation.  IOMAD also offers enhanced reporting, ecommerce and a licensing solution.

Who Can Use IOMAD?

IOMAD is popular mainly because of its multi-tenancy feature, but if you fall in any of the below categories then IOMAD will surely benefits you:

  • If you are managing one or more Moodle site
  • If you are the one who is using course categories to separate out their own clients because separate Moodle installations is too much of a headache.
  • Training companies: Training companies who serve several different clients, but often provide the same course with new branding.

Features Of IOMAD:

Apart from Multi- tenancy, IOMAD contains many other innovative features like:

  • Reporting
  • Licensing
  • E-Commerce

If you want to give it a try first before considering it a long term solution, then you can first take a free demo here or else download the entire core software here.

Train your teachers using this experiential Moodle training environment – Verve Ed @VerveEd #MoodleTraining

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Have you faced the challenge of training your teachers about using Moodle and then validate it? Have you faced the lack of interest from teachers about online teaching with Moodle? Here is a new online training platform – Verve Ed, which provides Moodle training and assessment solutions which gives you a quantitative guarantee of your educators proficiency in using Moodle.

Verve Ed, Canberra, Australia based company is a software as a service company which is created by E-Learning specialists. The company brings a fresh approach to helping instructors use the Moodle learning management system. They provides a cloud-based, experiential Moodle training environment for teachers.

Train your teachers using this experiential Moodle training environment - Verve Ed @VerveEd #MoodleTraining





Acc. to the founder of Verve Ed, Robbie Coombs:

“E-learning is a booming industry, but I don’t think many organisations can honestly answer the question, ‘how effective are my teachers in using our LMS technology to achieve improved educational outcomes?
Moodle is widely used to design online courses because it has a great degree of functionality, but that same breadth of functionality can also create confusion and user anxiety about how to use the platform well.”

VerveEd offers a series of self-paced online modules based on real-life teaching scenarios. Users can complete all modules to achieve accreditation, but also revisit any module over and over again to refresh their knowledge.

For more information about the Verve Ed training program, visit their official website here.