I was wondering if anyone knows of a website when one can download free courses that are already packaged to be used with moodle. I am a firm believer of not reinventing the wheel and have seen many courses online, for free, for the subjects I am looking for (internet use, basic computer training, open office, open source software, windows, microsoft, etc) but I am unable to find a place that would allow me to download them and install as a course for my moodle. There was one once a site e-subjects.co.uk. But it is no longer registered. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated and of course I would have a tag reference to let people know where the course came from or who the creator of the course was.
It's useless - the site is for Moodle 2.0 and up. Far too many of us hate that reworked platform.
If they can't support the users who have been with them since long before 2.0 why should we stay and support Moodle. There are other platforms out there that DO remember their roots. Moodle, sadly, isn't one of them and they deserve to lose a vast amount of support.
I would like to offer a different perspective on Moodle 2.x. At first I found the new interface a bit difficult, and Moodle 2.0 was a bit rough. However having worked with Moodle 2.x quite extensively for a while, I greatly prefer the new interface over 1.9. Plus there are many useful new features in Moodle 2. I believe the Moodle 2 platform is a great improvement over 1.9 and also offers an opportunity for Moodle to evolve in many ways.
I understand your desire to have continued support for the older platform. But as a computer science professional, I also know the extreme difficulty (and impossibility) of making new code backward compatible forever. Product evolution is inevitable. It happens with automobile companies, software companies (think Microsoft, Apple, Blackboard, IBM, Google, Mozilla, etc.) and almost any other product you can think of.
I encourage you to give Moodle 2 another try - and be certain to use the latest versions. Take time to learn the interface, the context-sensitive menus, the new features, and (yes) the new, newest (2.3) file features, including drag & drop file transfer. I think you will begin to acknowledge a number of improvements.
I do a lot of Moodle training, and by a very, very wide majority the people I work with prefer Moodle 2 over Moodle 1.9.
What are some particular Moodle 2 features you do not like? Or, what are some features you like about Moodle 1.9 that you find lacking in Moodle 2?
One final note - I believe you will find a number of courses in Moodle exchange that are still in the 1.9 format. A lot of those courses were uploaded prior to the release of Moodle 2 and have not been updated.
I agree with many of the points you've made and do think that, overall, Moodle 2.x is a general improvement on 1.9. However, some parts of Moodle 2.x were poorly conceived and Moodle HQ have probably heard back from plenty of users and developers about those.
In specific reference to content sharing, Moodle 2.x's new file API is a nightmare if you want to do anything with XML driven multimedia (Mostly what I do for a living and there are many others that would like to use Moodle as a deployment platform). The only ways to deploy XML driven multimedia in Moodle 2.x is as a SCORM package, or with a 3rd party file manager and API with all the complications and limitations that those options entail. Ask anyone who's ever had to hand code a SCORM compliant package and the look on their face will probably say it all!
No, for "out of the box" Moodle 2.x users, multimedia is now very much a one item at a time affair. And support for runtimes, and whether you like it or not are a fact of life in elearning, is as limited as ever. So, one of Moodle 1.9's big advantages over 2.x is its support for multimedia and W3C standard XML driven learning interaction formats like SMIL (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synchronized_Multimedia_Integration_Language) and MPEG-7 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MPEG-7).
The default choice for multimedia in Moodle has to be 1.9, at least until someone can find an easy to implement workaround for the shortcomings of the new file API. A file API plugin or patch of some sort perhaps? Why can't it be more like Wordpress.org's? You know, chronological lists with thumbnails that are sortable and searchable with a consistent ID referencing system?
I'm not sure what happened in the consultation phases of the move to 2.x but I hope that Moodle HQ have learned something from this debacle.
Just my €0.02!
Interesting that the original post was in 2010, asking for a place to download free Moodle courses. Helen's replay gave a good link for free 1.9 courses. Oddly, Dave said it was useless because he thought the link was only for 2.x courses, which it was not. Maybe Dave is really upset about the direction Moodle is going and chose this forum to give a little rant.
To give an up-to-date answer to the question, now the Moodle Course Exchange has evolved into the Moodle Hub (which is indeed only for exchanging 2.x courses). An excellent main site to share free courses is now MOOCH. But anyone can download the Moodle Hub code and start their own course exchange. I think forming little communities of practice in subject areas is the best way to go. I am planning to create a hub for foreign language teachers soon, for example.
As for the other question, "Is Moodle 2.x useful and a good upgrade?", I would say Moodle 2.0 and 2.1 was not--too frustrating for me. But Moodle 2.2 and especially 2.3 is fantastic. I am still transferring lots of ver 1.9 multimedia questions into our ver 2.3 question bank, but once all the image, audio, and video files get re-embedded, course exchange and teacher sharing will be far more stable. I look forward to a new era of Moodle based on teacher-to-teacher content exchange.
No, Dave wasn't looking for a place to rant. However, I should have been clearer on the site that is of no value to those of us who prefer the older Moodle versions - and that should have been tagged as the MOOCH site, as you mentioned.
I see by your post Don, that you are still "transferring lots of ver 1.9 multimedia questions into our ver 2.3 question bank" and that is my exacct frustration with Moodle.
Software engineering, while certainly evloving, requires that new platforms are compatible with earlier versions. When it is not (think early Microsoft) users tend to find alternative platforms (as we are doing in giving up on Moodle).
Given the fact that 2.0 has undergone as many tarnsformations as it has in a short time, one has to wonder if reinventing the wheel was a smart move. Time will tell, but for many, especially educators that have a desire to have a solid paltform that won't force users to spend countless hours transferring and restructuring things, it will be too late.
While we still thnk for an open source platform, Moodle is a fair choice for educators, we do not belive the constant "flux of change" makes it a reliable one.
I hope that has clarified my position and our decision to go with a more static solution.
I am getting a feeling for the frustration felt by many.
I never had a problem with the 1.9x version and prior and yet now that I decided to install a new Moodle to the 2.3.1 version I have been fighting an issue where just going to the front page of the site logs you out every time and with no luck in finding out what is causing this.
>>I see by your post Don, that you are still "transferring lots of ver 1.9 multimedia questions into our ver 2.3 question bank" and that is my exact frustration with Moodle.
For me, it is a frustration, too, but because the transfer gives us so much more stability, I am willing to do it. In 1.9, I had far more problems with multimedia files because the the audio files were always being split from the quiz question. This is because multimedia were contained in outside folders that were not always connected when quizzes were moved. I work on a teaching team and we are constantly sharing and revising questions. So far we have had none of the past problems we had in 1.9.
Now in 2.x, once the transfer is complete the quiz questions are solid because the audio/image files are embedded within the question itself rather than in course files or site files. Also, I had problems in 1.9 because permissions to access audio were determined by the course and other set roles. Now those permission problems are gone. Whereever I put a quiz, the learners never see a blank box where the image or audio should be.
If your complaint is that the upgrade process was not automatic, I agree, that would have been great. However, I see that as *my* problem, because I see myself and every other user as a co-developer. I could have raised funds to programme an automatic quiz updater from 1.9 to 2.x if I had taken the time. Likewise, you and others could do the same.