Ted's Moodle Adventures: Chapter 5: MoodleCloud Site Navigation
OCTOBER 18, 2015
OK - you've created your own MoodleCloud site. Here are a few things you may want to do prior to creating your own courses, or restoring a course from a backup. Note that, although this is a free site, it is a fully functioning Moodle site, so the home page should look familiar. First give your site a name ! Under Administration, Front page settings: Click Turn editing on Click Site administration Click Front page, then Front page settings Give your site a name (and a relevant short name). Unless you want to do otherwise, leave the other fields as is. Turn editing off for now.
Ted's Moodle Adventures: Chapter 4: My Free MoodleCloud site - Getting Started
SEPTEMBER 28, 2015
Have you taken a Moodle class or studied on your own? Ready to try Moodle for real? The Moodle organization has been nice enough to provide a free space for hosting your own Moodle site: MoodleCloud. Like most truly free items, there are constraints and catches, but these for the most part do not limit what you can do - and you can always move on to paid hosting if your site gets "too big" in some sense. In the big black box, you can sign up for your site - click Sign Up - or get more information first - click Wait, I Need More Info. The signup process now begins. Courseware e-Learning Moodle
Ted's Moodle Adventures: Chapter 1: Entering the Moodlesphere
JULY 28, 2015
It has been a while since I've posted in this blog - I've been busy with other pursuits, such as teaching my Henrico County Adult Ed (Richmond, VA area) computer classes, and ramping up my math and computer training business, pcLearning4U. In addition, I'm dealing with trying to stay clear of the colon cancer that attacked me last year. Also, as you may know, I started the pcLearning4U Blog (using WordPress, the other popular blogging platform). As part of that blogging effort, I am chronicling Judy (my wife) and my efforts to learn our Android devices (Samsung Galaxy S4 phone and Tab4 tablet).
Ted's Moodle Adventures: Chapter 3: Teaching with Moodle: Weeks 2, 3, 4, and Course Completion
SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
The Teaching with Moodle class is done - I am happy to report that I successfully completed the course! Among other things , we: Set up a practice course (more about this in a future chapter) Worked with forums Set up quizzes and saw how quizzes are graded Set up self-enrollment Saved our practice course to our own Moodle site Used text, graphics, and links in our practice course Earned badges for our achievements Gained initial knowledge on how to navigate the main Moodle Website Next up : Beginning to apply what I learned to my MoodleCloud site! Courseware e-Learning Moodle
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Ted's Moodle Adventures: Chapter 2: Teaching with Moodle: Week 1
AUGUST 15, 2015
The Teaching with Moodle class just finished Week 1 (Getting Started with Moodle). A few observations: The course itself is written using, and presented via, the Moodle environment, which makes the system that much easier to learn. The main study information is presented as "books", which resemble PowerPoint slide shows, with embedded tutorial videos. There are two books for Week 1. The "Setting up your course" book explains how to initialize a new Moodle course, what the Dashboard is, how to lay out a course, and basic editing. I've found this most useful in getting some good answers.
APRIL 7, 2014
I recently began experimenting with Versal , a new courseware development platform. This platform enables the developer to quickly implement the structure of a course without difficult coding. The platform is still in beta, so there are a lot of problems and limits, but the Help Center is very responsive - I got answers to some concerns and glitches within 24 hours. To develop or take courses, you need to sign up for a free Versal account, a very easy process. The good news - you can put your ideas "on paper" very quickly. Please feel free to take this course and let me know your thoughts!
More Do-it-yourself eLearning
JULY 3, 2011
Recently, my vehicle wouldn't start , so assuming the battery had drained, I decided to jump-start it with another vehicle. followed these steps: Googled 'how to jump start a car' Visited this site Printed the relevant pages Successfully did the jump-start Drove the vehicle, parked it, tried to start it again, and the battery drained again It then became apparent after inspecting the battery that the battery probably needed replacement. To disconnect the old battery, and connect the new one, I followed these steps. Search YouTube do-it-yourself eLearning
And Then There Were Five.
JULY 29, 2015
Effective immediately, three of our groups will no longer be reported on in the Group Scoreboard, as follows: Orkut , final membership 62, Orkut no longer exists Plaxo , final membership 85, Plaxo Groups functionality has been deactivated LearningTown , final membership 97, LearningTown no longers exists Thank you very much for your participation in these groups - please continue to enjoy the remaining five groups - membership counts for the remaining groups will be updated soon
Just Don't Overdo It
OCTOBER 3, 2011
Some of you are on Facebook. Most of you who are on Facebook probably like to play games - usually, the price is right (free!). As long as you don't overdo it, I highly recommend The Sims Social from Electronic Arts - you can learn a lot from this game (wow- eLearning!): The object is to enhance your property (indoors and outdoors), and to maintain it. You learn cooperation because without the help of Facebook friends who also play, you will get nowhere. You learn organization because various things you buy have to be put in their proper place. Have fun, and remember, it's only a game!
Lectora - a few tidbits
SEPTEMBER 1, 2012
If you are reading this blog, you probably have either used Lectora or know someone who has. Lectora is an excellent courseware authoring tool, by Trivantis. have had the privilege of creating online courses using Lectora on several occasions. One nice feature (among many!) is its test building mechanism. Questions can be set up in all the standard formats (multiple-choice, true-false, fill-in-the-blank, etc.) with a variety of editing options. Multiple-choice questions, for instance, can have one or more-than-one correct answer. The above are my opinions - please feel free to submit yours.
The pcLearning4U Blog, and new services
FEBRUARY 14, 2014
My company has started a blog , with the very arcane name of the pcLearning4U Blog , which I hope you will follow in addition to following this blog. Note that the company blog has a different look and feel, due to the fact that I am using WordPress! In addition, I am announcing that pcLearning4u is doing mathematics tutoring! Some of the subjects we cover are: High school algebra, geometry, and trigonometry The SAT college entrance exam The ASVAB military entrance exam The Metric System All suggestions and leads are appreciated - thanks! blog pcLearning4U WordPress
FEBRUARY 7, 2013
Sophia. What is Sophia ? It is a platform for posting tutorials for various academic subjects, in video, PowerPoint, or PDF format. Where did they get the name? No idea - maybe the originator is a fan of "The Golden Girls"? How much does it cost a student to use Sophia? Nothing. How much does it cost a teacher to post a tutorial on Sophia? How much can a teacher make via Sophia? Zilch. What's the potential for positive name recognition if you post a useful tutorial on Sophia? Priceless. It is very easy to search for tutorials on your favorite subject. hope to create a tutorial myself soon.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
Hi folks, A few words about Pinterest. My first thought was "what a peculiar name". then decided to visit the site, and look at a few pin boards. The concept seemed a bit odd at first - an online version of a physical picture-only bulletin board. When I signed up, this seemed even odder - it asked me what my preferences were regarding art, etc., and I was given built-in people's boards to follow - I didn't realize my taste in art was so avant-garde! The interface for adding ones own pictures, and re-using others (called repinning) is reasonably simple. Thanks - Ted.
OCTOBER 31, 2011
To my readers: We are now down to 8 Courseware Development groups due to the following reasons: Nuvvo has been apparently deactivated Konnects has apparently gone to a paid-membership-only platform Please continue to join and participate in the other groups as desired. Thanks - Ted. Konnects Nuvvo
Storyboarding for eLearning
Storyboarding is a very important step for creating eLearning courses. But don’t you feel it’s a waste of time to start creating the courses from scratch and copy-paste text and other objects from the storyboard to the eLearning tool for course development.
MAY 17, 2011
To my readers: As some of you know, I am growing my personal computer training business, pcLearning4U. As part of these efforts, I have started a free email newsletter. The next edition of the newsletter will be published shortly, however, due to anti-spam rules, I have to limit delivery to subscribers. The good news: subscribing is easy - just click this link and the form will walk you through the very easy subscription process - hope to see you on the list! Thanks - Ted. pcLearning4U training newsletter
eFront eLearning blog
APRIL 12, 2011
I've added the eFront blog to the Blogroll, authored by Christopher Pappas. This is a very good eLearning blog, which features, among other things, Christopher's list of the top eLearning and workplace learning blogs. From the blog, you can also do other things such as subscribe to the eFront newsletter and like the eFront Facebook page. urge all my readers to take a look at this site and participate as desired! workplace learning eFront eLearning
APRIL 3, 2011
I am happy to report that the LinkedIn Courseware Development Group has reached 1000 members ! Also: There is increased interest in the Nuvvo group I'm adding new people to the Twitter list as often as I can find them As usual, your input into this blog is greatly appreciated! Thanks - Ted. LinkedIn Nuvvo Twitter
The LinkedIn Group is Closing in on 1000 Members, but.
FEBRUARY 28, 2011
And this is a big but, folks - the other Courseware Development groups are generally not growing at all. The good news is that my business, pcLearning4U , is slowly improving. The result of this, however, is that I don't have as much time to manage and contribute to these groups. Therefore, I would greatly appreciate your input into the following: 1. I'm going to keep LinkedIn alive (obviously!), also Facebook and Twitter (due to the popularity of these platforms). I'm thinking of shutting the rest down - please make your case for keeping any of the others alive. 2. Thanks in Advance - Ted.
Evaluating Training - Capturing the Benefits Aspects of ROI
Training evaluation is necessary and, in many ways, critical to the success of a business. But because short term priorities always seem to take precedence, it is typically something we plan to do better in the next course, or maybe next month, or even next year. After all, we’ve managed pretty well up to now, so surely another year can’t hurt!
eLearning Guild Facebook Page
DECEMBER 17, 2010
For those of you who are members of the eLearning Guild , or otherwise are interested in the Guild: The Guild is moving its Facebook presence from a group to a page, and they are encouraging people to "like" their page. For more information, please see this Facebook message
NOVEMBER 5, 2010
To everyone: I am thinking of using GoToMeeting to do some remote training. Have you used this application for eLearning? If so, what are your experiences? Also, have you used GoToWebinar and/or GoToTraining? Please post your comments here. For more information, click here. Thanks - Ted.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2010
I'm trying out the free version of Prezi , another presentation tool. Prezi allows you to put together simple presentations using a canvas (rather than successive slides), and pointing to and zooming on various parts of the canvas. The editing mechanism is a bit counter-intuitive (it uses an attached-bubble mechanism similar to mind-maps and fractals). The paid version probably has a lot more features. Will keep you posted.
Twitter List added to Group Scoreboard
SEPTEMBER 12, 2010
To all: Due to lack of activity in tweetworks, I've added the Twitter eLearning list to the Group Scoreboard. The tweetworks group still exists. If you want to be on the Twitter list, please contact me via Twitter (tedkopp). Thanks - Ted.
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.
Need a Job? Have a job to post? Use LinkedIn?
AUGUST 30, 2010
To all my blog readers: Did you know that LinkedIn groups now contain Jobs sections ? The Courseware Development group job board is now open for business! Note that this board just got started - if you have any courseware or eLearning-related positions, you are encouraged to post them on the board! If you are looking for such a position, feel free to look at the posted jobs (check back frequently), and follow up as desired. Please contact me if you have questions. Thanks - Ted.
AUGUST 26, 2010
Blogger has added a search feature! Just type in your search criteria in the box just below the Group Scoreboard and the search will return results in this blog, items linked from this blog, the blogroll, and the web! The results will appear just above the most recent blog post. To close the search results, click the X at upper-right of the results. Have fun!
If he's high on eLearning, shouldn't everybody be?
AUGUST 10, 2010
Courtesy of Coggno and TechCrunch , some interesting comments from Bill Gates : In Five Years The Best Education Will Come From The Web Enjoy!!
Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program
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Blogger Comment Moderation Now On
AUGUST 4, 2010
To my readers, and fellow Bloggers: Per suggestions in How do I block Chinese Spam Comments , all comments on this blog will now be moderated. As usual, all appropriate comments regarding courseware and eLearning are welcome and encouraged! Thanks in advance for your understanding.
The Big 12 is now 10, and the Big 10 is now 12
JUNE 20, 2010
and the Pac 10 is now 12, and, uh, some of these may be 16 soon, and, whatever blah blah blah. Anyway, the 12 Courseware Development groups are now 10 , due to the elimination of the Twine groups by Evri, and by a lack of response from BrightFuse as to why the CwDev group was eliminated. If not already a member, please join and participate in one or more of the CwDev groups. Thanks - Ted
English Only, Please
JUNE 1, 2010
To everyone: My apologies to those of you who don't speak English, but due to the proliferation of inappropriate comments posted to this blog in non-English languages, I must enforce an English-only rule. Thanks for your understanding. Comments are welcome, but please keep them clean and relevant. Best regards, Ted.
5 Unknown Ways You're Wasting Your Training Budget
In the US alone, companies spend over $70 billion on corporate training and about $1000 on individual employees according to Bersin by Deloitte. When it comes to training budgets, leaders struggle to pinpoint what impact (if any) their training programs are having. So what's the result? Companies end up wasting millions of dollars each year on ineffective training practices.
Twine has been absorbed by Evri.
MAY 31, 2010
And the twines (semantic networks) created by individuals (such as the Courseware Development Twine) have apparently disappeared. have a request into Evri to see if this information can be recovered. Please click this link for more about Evri.
MAY 31, 2010
OK, folks, enough with the gloom and doom already. IT4ALL (Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning) has moved off of Ning (presumably due to pricing issues) and now has its own site ! From the About page: IT4ALL website was established on November 22, 2006 as an open and not-for-profit website. Initially, the site was built around Moodle, a course management system with the name, Integrating Technology: Exploring New Domains (IT-END). The workshops are run by experienced online facilitators who volunteer their services. Access to the pages on IT4ALL Moodle is free and open to all.
Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy
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eLearning can be fun - really!
MARCH 4, 2008
What have you done to make the training you create more enjoyable for the learner ? How do you balance fun vs. silly? How do you keep things from getting too juvenile, or too boring, for adult learners? Please post your thoughts (including any links and graphics) here