3.25.2015

Moodle for 2015-2016



Moodle for 2015-2016 is running version 2.8. This version contains a number of updates. A lot of work has gone in this version to make it as user-friendly as possible. A few noteworthy changes are listed below. Click here to see the full list.



Enhancements for everyone:
  • Text autosave - The Atto text editor will automatically save your text as you type, keeping your content secure before you publish it. 
  • New user menu - A new user menu gives quick access to personal pages such as My home and profile settings. 

Enhancements for students:
  • Subscribe to discussions - You can now subscribe to individual forum discussions and get email copies of just the replies you want! See Forum settings

Enhancements for teachers:
  • Gradebook improvements - Many improvements have been made to the gradebook, with the grader report now functional across all devices with smooth scrolling. Cells can be quickly edited without reloading. 
    • Single view - A new Single view allows you to make quick edits to one item or one user. 
    • Natural weighting - This new aggregation method combines grades simply with a clearer interface for using weights. Extra credit, excluded grades and hidden grades are all supported. 
  • Attach files to assignments - Teachers can now attach files for students when setting up assignments, such as example submissions or answer templates. See Assignment settings
  • Improvements to Quiz - The Edit quiz page has been rewritten for improved accessibility, making it much easier to add and manage questions. See Building Quiz. You can also set completion conditions based on a passing grade or when all available attempts have been used up. 
Site Home/My home
When a person logs in to Moodle they will now be taken to their own “My Home” page. This page provides a list of current enrolled courses in the middle of the page, a Navigation and Administration blocks on the left, a Latest News (Moodle) and Beloit College Events blocks on the right. This page may be customised by clicking the Customise this page button. After doing so you will be able to change the locations of the blocks to your liking and add others if you wish.


Moodle My Home page.


Current Courses Category
Up to this point all courses have been contained within a specific departmental category. Moving forward all courses for a particular semester will be contained within a single category, titled “Current Courses.” Courses will be listed alphabetically. This list of courses will be available on the site home page. To get to the list, navigate to:

  1. Click Site home in the Navigation block
  2. Click the All courses link in the My Courses block


Updated Quick Links
The links at the top of the Moodle page have been updated to offer you easier and faster access to resources.




  • “Beloit College” - These are links to college services like the Terrarium and Portal. You can access your Beloit College Google account from here as well.
  • “Moodle@Beloit” - This contains links to help resources (Teacher and Student guides), a link to the Moodle Archive and other helpful resources.
  • “Library” - This has links to the catalog and to subject guides hosted on LibGuides.
  • “ITEC” - This is for Instructional Technology, sharing links to the Digital Media Toolbox and other resources.



3.05.2015

Free Conference: Education on Air


I came across an opportunity for a free online conference centered around enhancing teaching and learning through technology. The conference is hosted by Google and will take place May 8, 9.

Click here if you have questions about the event.

Click the link below to register for the event:
https://educationonair.withgoogle.com/live/2015-may

2.26.2015

Update to DMT

The Audio Tools page of the Digital Media Toolbox has been updated to include many more tools and resources for finding and creating audio that you may use for media projects. Most of the tools listed on this page are free or are reasonably priced. There are a number of notable additions to the page that are listed below.



Finale Notepad
- http://www.finalemusic.com/products/finale-notepad/
From the website, "Create orchestrations of up to 8 staves, and enter notes by clicking them into the staff or importing MIDI or MusicXML files. Once your music is in NotePad, you can hear it play back, see it on the printed page, and share it with other NotePad and users of other Finale family music notation software." This is free software.

Incredibox - http://www.incredibox.com/
Incredibox is a set of fun loop generators. You select from a set of beats, effects, choruses, and voices to create your loop. In the second, third and fourth version of the generator it is possible to record your mix for sharing and downloading. (Downloading your loop costs $0.99 per loop.)

Otomata - http://www.earslap.com/page/otomata.html
Otomata is a digital musical sequencer. You can create a sequence of looping tones by clicking boxes within a grid. Each box may move in one of four directions. If any two boxes collide they will change direction by 90 degrees, creating unique sequences. The site allows you to record and download your loops as a WAV file for free.

Soundation - http://soundation.com/
Soundation hosts an online audio editor, similar to GarageBand. The editor allows you to save projects and has loops/clips to add in to your projects. You can also record audio from though your computer. When you care finished, you may export your projects as WAV files. All of this function is free, but you may pay for premium sound clips if you desire.


2.11.2015

Gamification in Moodle

I was forwarded a link to a Moodle course on gamification created at NC State University. I will be investigating this soon. I am curious about who on the Beloit Campus is interested in gamifying a course?

If you are interested in this and Moodle check out the course. Enrollment does require that you create an account on their system, but participation is free.

https://gamification.delta.ncsu.edu

2.09.2015

Qualitative Research tool - Dedoose

I was recommended this tool by a faculty member for anyone who would like to, or needs to do qualitative research. The faculty member mentioned that the tool was very intuitive and that the support was great. The subscription fee is very reasonable as well.

http://www.dedoose.com/