*** Key Features ***
* Learn how to plan, install, optimize, customize, and configure Moodle
* Guarantee a cutting-edge learning experience in a secure and customizable environment while optimizing your day-to-day workload
* A one-stop guide with a problem-solution approach and a wide range of real-world more » examples
*** Book Description ***
Moodle is the de facto standard for open source learning platforms. However, setting up and managing a learning environment can be a complex task since it covers a wide range of technical, organizational, and pedagogical topics. This ranges from basic user and course management, to configuring plugins and design elements, all the way to system settings, performance optimization, events frameworks, and so on.
This book concentrates on basic tasks such as how to set up and configure Moodle and how to perform day-to-day administration activities, and progresses on to more advanced topics that show you how to customize and extend Moodle, manage courses, cohorts, and users, and how to work with roles and capabilities. You'll learn to configure Moodle plugins and ensure your VLE conforms to pedagogical and technical requirements in your organization. You'll then learn how to integrate the VLE via web services and network it with other sites, including Mahara, and extend your system via plugins and LTI. By the end of this book, you will be able to set up an efficient, fully fledged, and secure Moodle system.
*** What You Will Learn ***
* Install and update Moodle on multiple platforms manually and via CLI and GIT
* Manage courses and categories, users and cohorts, as well as roles
* Get Moodle hooked up to repositories, portfolios, and open badges
* Configure Moodle for mobile usage, accessibility, localization, communication, and collaboration
* Guarantee backups, security and privacy, and achieve maximum performance via the Moodle Universal Cache and the new cron system
* Configure the Moodle events system to generate comprehensive reports, statistics, and learning analytics
* Network Moodle with Mahara and extend it with third-party add-ons and via LTI
* Customize Moodle web services to enable mobile learning and integration with other IT systems
*** About the Author ***
Alex Buchner is the co-founder and technical director of the Platinum Totara, Moodle, and Mahara partner, Synergy Learning. He has been involved in system and database administration for more than two decades and has been administering virtual learning environments of all shapes and sizes since their advent on the educational landscape.
Alex holds a PhD in computer science and an MSc in software engineering. He has authored over 50 international publications, including two books, and is a frequent speaker on Totara, Moodle, Mahara, and related open source technologies. His first two books on Moodle Administration by Packt Publishing have become the de facto standard on the topic.
*** Table of Contents ***
1. Moodle Installation
2. The Moodle System
3. Courses, Users, and Roles
4. Course Management
5. User Management
6. Managing Permissions – Roles and Capabilities
7. Moodle Look and Feel
8. Moodle Plugins
9. Moodle Configuration
10. Moodle Logging and Reporting
11. Moodle Security and Privacy
12. Moodle Performance and Optimization
13. Backup and Restore
14. Moodle Admin Tools
15. Moodle Integration
16. Moodle Networking
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Put Google Classroom to work while teaching your students and make your life easier
This is the first book to guide educators step by step through teaching with Google Classroom
It’s focused on you, your students, and providing great learning experiences easily
It’s easy to follow, with everything you need to get started and keep going even if you're not a technology more » fan
Google Classroom helps teachers bring their work online. According to Google Trends, it’s already bigger than Moodle after barely a year in the wild. This book is a complete start-to-finish guide for teachers using Google Classroom for the first time. It explains what Google Classroom is, what it can do, how to set it up, and how to use it to enhance student learning while making your life as a teacher easier. It shows you how to place resources and activities online, gather assignments, and develop group and individual activities. It's not just a manual, you'll also discover inspiring, easy ways to put Google Classroom to work for you and your class.
What you will learn
Create a Google Classroom and add customized information for each individual class
Add students to a Google Classroom Send announcements and questions to students
Create, distribute, collect, and grade assignments through Google Classroom
Add events to and share a Google Classroom’s calendar with parents to track a student's progress
Reuse posts, archive classrooms, and perform other administrative tasks in Google Classroom
Use Google Docs Add-ons, and Google Chrome Webstore Apps and Extensions to enhance assignments
Set up Google Classroom's mobile app
About the Author
Michael Zhang is a certified trainer for Google Apps for Education. He has an Education and Science degree from the University of Alberta and works within the public school system in Canada. He is in contact with a large population of teachers and often questions them regarding modern technologies within the classroom. « less
Discover Articulate Storyline's ability to enhance your e-learning by allowing you to create engaging and interactive stories
***** About This Book *****
* Familiarize yourself with the need-to-know functions of Storyline to develop and publish your first project
* Let your creativity run wild by creating interactive stories to enchant your audience
* A comprehensive fast paced guide to help you explore the many options more » Storyline offers to get you up to speed in developing e-learning courses
***** Who This Book Is For *****
This book is for intended for all those interested in working with Storyline to develop engaging e-learning projects. With a user-friendly interface, you don't need any prior experience with Storyline to create and publish your first project.
***** In Detail *****
Storyline is a powerful e-learning authoring tool that allows you to take your creativity to the next level and easily author your own stories. It helps you to leverage built-in development functions to quickly create interactive and engaging e-learning experiences.
This book will walk you through the life cycle of a story, from creating a new story up to publishing and sharing your story.
You will be taken on a tour of how to effectively enhance your story, including how to add images and audio, how to add triggers and assessment items. You finally round off by learning how to customize the player to suit your purposes. « less
Learn how to set up, maintain, and support your Moodle site efficiently
***** About This Book *****
* Authorize and authenticate your Moodle site and learn about permissions and security
* Brand your Moodle site and manage users, roles, files, and courses
* Enhance your Moodle site to increase productivity
***** Who This Book Is For *****
If you are an experienced more » system administrator and know how to manage servers and set up web environments but now want to explore Moodle, this book is perfect for you. You'll get to grips with the basics and learn to manage Moodle quickly, focusing on essential tasks. Having prior knowledge of virtual learning environments would be beneficial, but is not mandatory to make the most of this book.
***** What You Will Learn *****
* Manage user accounts, authenticate users, and control user permissions with roles
* Enhance your Moodle site with plugins such as activity modules, admin reports, admin tools, and more
* Brand your Moodle site with configured themes
* Set up the structure of your site using categories in Moodle
* Prepare your site for end-of-year rollover
* Install Moodle on a Linux Server
* Monitor the usage and performance of your Moodle site
***** In Detail *****
This book begins with a brief look at Moodle's background and an examination of its architectural structure and LAMP architecture.
You'll learn to create user accounts and understand the methods of authentication based on manual accounts and e-mail-based self-registrations. You'll then develop the Moodle site structure and course set up, and discover how to edit it through a sample faculty site. Next, you'll configure two of the standard themes in Moodle and apply them to organizational branding. You'll also explore how plugins are configured and installed, and learn about backing up, resetting, and restoring Moodle courses.
Finally, you'll learn Moodle's security options, along with performance testing, and how to use the built-in Moodle performance testing script. « less
Develop your own 3D e-learning game using gamification, systems design, and gameplay programming techniques
Unity is a fully integrated development engine providing the required functionality to create games and interactive 3D content, while reducing the time, effort, and cost of developing the content. Nowadays, many people have started to use Unity in an eLearning setting as it allows them to create real-world more » scenarios, or models, for training purposes. With Unity, one can develop video games that are not only fun, but are also effective teaching and learning tools. When properly designed, an engaging game is an ideal platform for the presentation, testing, and application of learning objectives.
eLearning Game Programming in Unity is a practical, hands-on guide to programming eLearning games. You will encounter a step-by-step approach to developing a 3D game that is interactive and engaging, built around sound teaching pedagogy and game theory. « less
Having undergone an extensive update in 2014, the current GED test covers a lot of ground. In today's job environment, earning a GED can give you an edge against the competition, whether it's to get a new job or advance in the one you already have. If you're preparing for this important exam, GED Test more » For Dummies, 3rd Edition gets you up and running on everything you can expect on test day, from overviews of the test sections to invaluable reviews and test-taking strategies for all the subjects coveredâand everything in between. « less
Learn the best practices to design and develop interactive and highly effective Moodle courses
Moodle Course Design Best Practices is a practical guide that will teach you how to use the tools available in Moodle to develop unique courses for many kinds of organizations.
You will be able to utilize the themes that have been contributed by developers. You can incorporate many different types more » of course materials and interactive assessments. You will also learn how to modify the structure and presentation of resources, activities, and assessments to create courses for individual use, cohorts, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The use of the various multimedia features to enhance your Moodle courses is also explained in this book. « less
Develop your own multiple-choice tests, score students, produce student rosters (in print form or Excel), and explore item response theory (IRT). Aimed at nonstatisticians working in education or training, Test Scoring and Analysis Using SAS describes item analysis and test reliability in easy-to-understand more » terms, and teaches you SAS programming to score tests, perform item analysis, and estimate reliability. Maximizing flexibility, the scoring and analysis programs enable you to analyze tests with multiple versions, define alternate correct responses for selected items, and repeat the scoring with selected items deleted.
You will be guided step-by-step on how to design multiple-choice items, use analysis to improve your tests, and even detect cheating on students’ submitted multiple-choice tests. Other subjects addressed include reading in data from a variety of sources (text files and Excel workbooks, for example), detecting errors in the input data, and producing class rosters in printed form or Excel workbooks. Also included is a chapter on IRT—widely used in education to calibrate and evaluate items in tests in education such as the SAT and GRE—with instructions for running the new SAS procedure PROC IRT.
This book is part of the SAS Press program. « less
Connect, communicate, and promote collaboration with your coursework using Moodle
Mobile devices have become ubiquitous and offer many new possibilities for learning. Moodle, when combined with a mobile device, opens up a new world of possibilities to teachers, instructors, and training professionals to develop their courses. The learning experience can be hugely improved by playing more » to the strengths of mobile devices, and Moodle for Mobile Learning helps you do just that.
Moodle for Mobile Learning is a practical, hands-on guide that provides you with ideas and step-by-step exercises that will help you leverage the features of mobile devices in your Moodle course designs. It also aims at providing you with hands-on knowledge in creating mlearning courses so that you can create your own effective mobile learning interactions. « less
Gain expert knowledge of the tools within the Desire2Learn Learning Environment, maximize your productivity, and create online learning experiences with these easy-to-follow recipes
Creating an engaging online or web-enhanced class in the Desire2Learn Learning Environment doesn't have to be difficult. The easy-to-follow recipes in this cookbook guide you through everything from getting your course ready for students to calculating final grades.
Desire2Learn for Higher Education more » Cookbook offers recipes that will help you set up, customize, and conduct your online courses - whether you're new to the system or a seasoned D2L user. The recipes are written for version 10 of the learning suite, although many of the examples are also applicable for version 9.4. « less