Ways to customise the Moodle Mobile Experience – Moodle.com

Source: Ways to customise the Moodle Mobile Experience – Moodle.com

Last week we published a handy tips blog for creating mobile courses, as shared by our Moodle Mobile Team Leader, Juan, at last month’s MoodleMoot UK & Ireland in London.

We hope you found the seven tips useful, which can also be used together with the following mobile related helpful posts we recently published:

Another presentation that Juan shared at the recent Moot was on Customising the Moodle Mobile Experience.

The presentation contained important information on features that are already available in the Moodle Mobile App settings to help create the mobile learning experience suitable to yours and your students’ needs.

Please note that customising the Moodle Mobile experience will need someone with administration access to the App. In addition, because there are some technical requirements involved, we recommend that you firstly check with your site administrator.

Let’s have a look at ways to customise the Moodle Mobile experience!

Accessing the customisation options

Did you know that the Moodle Mobile App can be customised from the Moodle administration settings? If you are unsure how to access the administration settings, check with your site administrator or look through our Moodle documentations on this topic.

Any customisation you choose from the administration setting will be applied to the app when connecting to your Moodle site.

Now, these administration settings are available for Moodle 2.8 onwards with the Moodle Mobile additional features plugin.

The settings will also be available (without the need for the additional features plugin) in Moodle 3.3 core, scheduled to be released on Monday 8 May.

If you would like assistance to upgrade your site to Moodle 2.8 or higher to take advantage of these customisation options, please contact your local Moodle Partner.

A theme for your Moodle Mobile App

Want to make sure that the appearance of your Moodle Mobile App match that of the web version of your site?

The Moodle Mobile app can retrieve your custom styles from your Moodle site.

To do this, you need to go to Site Administration > Mobile app > Mobile appearance and from there add a link to your CSS file.

A full step by step guide for this can also be accessed via our Moodle documentations.

Disabling features you don’t need!

The ability to disable any feature in your Moodle Mobile App (including activity modules) is an extremely important capability to ensuring that you customise the app to your needs and specifications.

For more information and step by step guide to disable the features you’d like in the App, please refer to our documentation.

Add new menu items

What are some of the menu items you’d like to be shown in your Moodle Mobile App?

Did you know you can add new items to the app’s main menu? The link on the main menu can also be opened in the same app, external browser or embedded browser.

To add new menu items, you also need to go to your Site Administration and follow the steps from our documentation.

Security options: Log-out or Change site

If you would like to increase the security of the App for your users, there is the option of making sure users will have to enter their password if they leave the site.

The “force log out” option can again be accessed via the Administration setting of the App as illustrated below.

Customise language strings

Want to use your own wording for labels, links, menu items and more in your Moodle Mobile App? Words that your learners, students, teachers, educators or other users are more familiar with? Well you can!

Words and phrases displayed in the Moodle Mobile App can be customised via the “Custom language strings” (customlangstrings) setting in Administration > Site administration > Mobile app > Mobile features.
Check out our documentations for more information.

So there you have it – options and ways that are available in the Moodle Mobile App settings to customise the mobile experience you would like for your educators, learners and yourself.

Juan has also kindly shared his presentation slides on this topic on slideshare which you can access anytime.

For more information, and questions, why not join our Moodle Mobile community forum: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=7798 or follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/moodlemobileapp


5 thoughts on “Ways to customise the Moodle Mobile Experience – Moodle.com

  1. Dear Sean
    I want my students to complete an assignment on moodle using their smartphones, but I don’t understand how they can post the recorded audiofile into an assignment in moodle, since as a student I can’t select anything on my iphone (I don’t have a Finder to look for the file I want to upload into moodle). Do you have an idea how can I manage it? Thank you in advance, Nino.

      • Hi Sean
        thank you for your help, I solved the problem: the moodle site of my school runs 2.7 so it is not possible to upload directly from a smartphone without installing an extra plugin. My personal moodle site runs 3.2 and I could upload the audiofile directly from my smartphone, as you described. Thank, you! Nino

      • Dear Sean

        I would like to give 5 different badges to my students. They sholud collct them by achieving a minimum of points in 5 different activities in the same course. Is it possible or can I only give one badge at the end of the course? Thank you in advance, Nino.

      • Hi Nino

        Sorry for the slow response. I tried something similar a while back following the instructions from Mary Cooch


        Ok -here is what I did as a workaround:

        1) Made the quiz (or assignment)

        2) Made a simple page after it and set the restrict access conditions so that it would only appear if the user had got a certain grade in the quiz or assignment previously

        3)Set the activity completion for the page as “view”

        4) Set the badge criteria such that the page had to be completed (ie viewed) That way, only those who get above a certain grade will ope up the page which will release the badge.

        Please see if that will work for you. If not, let me know and we can work on a solution together.

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