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Flicker CC-Attribution

I recently came across this article which discusses a tool called Flickr CC Attribution Helper to help cite images pulled from Flickr. Hit the link below for the entire article.

Moodle Prototypes

Moodle has put together a site of demos in order to share with the community and gather feedback about features in development (original post here).

If you are curious about upcoming features and/or want to have a voice and help the rest of the community by providing feedback, please visit the link below.

Digital Content Resource - The British Library, Open Culture

The British Library has made 1,000,000 images available to the public domain. You may read an article about it here. You can find the entire collection here.

Also of note is the entire Open Culture site. The site, "brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community." Click here to learn more about them.

Upgrade to Google Sheets and Desktop Apps

Google has just announced some upgrades for Google Sheets. You can read the full blog post here. Some of the best new features are:

> Bigger and faster sheets that can handle more complexity
Filter views
> Offline support

There have also been some improvements to help with functions. If you would like to try out the new sheets you can do so by opening your Google Drive Settings and selecting the Editing tab. You will find a checkbox to select the new spreadsheets. You may watch an illustration of this process here
Any sheets you create will be in the new format. It does not appear that this will convert any old sheets. There are some features that are not available in the new sheets yet.  They are: Protected sheets and rangesNotification rulesSpell checkAPI support Hopefully you are able to take advantage of the new features. Please also be aware that Google has brought their Chrome apps to the desktop. The full post is here. This allows you to run any supported Chrome ap…

Add/Remove Topic Section Shortcut

As I was mucking around in Moodle I discovered a shortcut for adding and removing course sections in a moodle course. It used to be that you had to go to Edit settings and change the number of course topics or weeks. That is no longer the case.

There is now a shortcut button within the course page itself (below).

To see the buttons, turn editing on and scroll down to the last section in your course. You should see these buttons located on the bottom right corner of the last section. You can click the "+" or "-" to either add or remove a section from your course.

Grading and Student Notifications in Moodle.

It used to be in the pre-Moodle 2 days that an instructor could select whether or not students received a notification that an assignment is graded. This has been sorely missed by many in Moodle 2.

It appears that new function in Moodle 2.6 may be able to allow more control over the notifications that students receive and when they receive them. This is an exciting development!

A new capability called 'marking workflow' has been added into Moodle 2.6. From the Assignments settings page on,
"One advantage of using marking workflow is that the grades can be hidden from students until they are set to 'Released'. Below is the section from the documentation page pertaining to marking workflow:Use marking workflow When set to Yes, teachers will be able to specify the stage they are at in their grading of individual assignments (as in the screenshot below)
Marking workflow state in the individual grading screen
Dropdown to select marking workflow state when …

Music for Digital Storytelling

If you are looking for music as a background for your digital storytelling projects that is free to use you can now look to Youtube. The article here describes the service. You can search music by genre, mood, duration or instrument.

Make clean PDF's of web resources with Evernote Clearly

Have you ever come across a great article on the web that is plagued by distracting ads or other content? Clearly is a tool that cleans off all the distraction and provides a clean minimal copy of the article you want to read. You can click this link to see Clearly in action. The power of clearly can be used to create clean pdf's of these same resources.

To do so on a Mac computer:
Click the "Print" icon in the clearly window.
Click the PDF button in the Print dialog window.Select Save as PDF from the options presented.
Give the file a name and select where you would like to save the file.Click Save. To do so on a Windows computer:
Click the "Print" icon in the clearly window.Select Primo PDF from the Name field of the Print dialog window and click OK.You may receive an error message that mentions that the file name contains invalid characters. You can safely click OK. This message appears because many web addresses contain characters that are not compatible with …

Moodle and SchoolDude

Over the summer the Physical Plant and Information Technology (IT) offices implemented a new request tracking software called SchoolDude. Physical Plant is using the application called MaintenanceDirect and IT is using the ITDirect application. Requests involving repair, support or checking out IT equipment or systems OR requests for services, repair or support relating to buildings, rooms, maintenance or housekeeping needs by Physical Plant are entered and tracked by the SchoolDude system. Both offices made the changes in order to provide improved services to the campus community and more effectively communicate and track the status of requests.

What does this mean for Moodle? Any support requests related to Moodle or any requests for Moodle Groups courses may be entered into SchoolDude.

To do so:

1. Navigate to the SchoolDude Requestor page and enter your Beloit College email address to log in.
2. Click the "IT Request" tab
3. Enter your location information (Step 2).
4. S…

Attendance in Moodle

It is now possible to take attendance in Moodle!

In response to faculty request this activity/block have been added to Moodle. The activity is very simple to set up and manage. Taking attendance is very easy. This activity also connects to the Moodle grade book so that a teacher can use attendance as part of a class grade. The activity can also be used to track participation, allowing the teacher to set custom variables and add feedback/notes about each entry. Please follow this link for documentation on how to setup and use this new activity.

Getting to know the new Moodle

Due to the recent upgrade to Moodle, many of the familiar Moodle editing icons have changed.  Above is a quick video tutorial that walks through the main editing icons and explains their functions. This video is part of a larger playlist from a Moodle MOOC called Learning Moodle. The link to the full playlist is: Please feel free to explore the list of videos. Please contact your Moodle administrator if you have any questions about the content of the videos.

Class Blog with a "Team" blog on Blogger

If you want to create a blog in which all your students can contribute, Blogger makes this very easy through "team" blogs. Click the link below for instructions on how to set one up for your course.

New Moodle

Moodle has a new look and some added function! We have upgraded to Moodle 2.5. There are some new features and capabilities that may be worth some exploration.

We are using the Essential theme by Julian Ridden. This is a responsive theme, meaning that Moodle will detect the screen size of the device accessing it and adjust the page spacing and layout automatically. This means that Moodle is mobile friendly!

Moodle Groups also has a new look based on another theme, Anomaly.

If you experience any difficulty with Moodle or Moodle Groups, please contact Jedidiah Rex.

Archive/Export Moodle forum with Evernote Clearly

Until recently it has been very difficult to export or save a copy of a forum from within Moodle (unless you download and install another forum plugin) . Evernote (and specifically Clearly) have made this process much easier! I must thank my colleague and faculty member at Beloit College, Bill New, for sharing this tip with me.