My only feedback with the app, and I am purely being picky here, is I would like to see some nicer design elements. This is an issue with iPhone apps in general. All te black and grey. Get creative. See if we can make this any more engaging
I like the button options at the bottom. Can't wait to finally install and have a play with it.
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Thanks for your interest and hope to hear from you soon.
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You can contact me privately from this address firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, I am a Teacher in the course but I cannot see my admin panel.
I am looking forward to having the kinks worked out as this will be a great app if it works!
Thanks for the feedback and purchasing mTouch. We have clearly stated on the AppStore and on our site that mTouch supports only student operations for the time being. So if you want to administer your course as the teacher I'm soorry but you can not do that with mTouch yet.
If you can create student account and still have problems accessing the forums please contact us from http://www.pragmasql.com/home/moodletouch/moodletouch-contactus.aspx
and send us your site url and a demo account so that we can see what is wrong with mTouch.
Thanks for your work on this. I've had a bit of a play - app looks good on surface. Agree with JR, styling could be nicer. Also, perhaps providing an iphone theme that is consistent with the app theming - so this can be selected at a site, category, course or user level. The 'other' iPhone project will give you some good theming ideas.
Upon testing, I was unable to submit an assignment file or attach file to discussion forum. See attachment here. I've added a bug issue over at your support site. It's good to see you've setup a support system. Do you intend to document the app?
On another note, is the mTouch app a 'sign of the times' with respect to Moodle contributed code? This is the first time I've had to directly pay for a third-party Moodle plugin. This follows the Joomla model where non-core developers have freedom to commercialise their extensions and the community has a choice to stick to core or pay for quality extensions. In fact, the quality of third-party development, support and documentation is obvious over at Joomla, particularly with the commercial extensions.
I totally respect the fact that all developers deserve to be paid for their time, contributions. On the same token, I recognise Moodle's business model (ie Trust and Partners) is somewhat different to Joomla. Excuse me if I've overlooked something in all this. What do other people think, know?
Thank you for the feedback. For the bug you have posted we need temporary access to your moodle installation to analyze what is going on inside. We have got your ticket on our system and can you please provide me access to your moodle site and email me the username, pwd and the url privately to email@example.com
Comming to the moodle business model and copyright issues, mTouch is not a plugin or module and does not use moodle code in any manner. mTouch is simply an optimized Moodle browser and is not different than IE, Firefox, Opera, Chrome or Safari. So I guess there is no conflict in terms of copyright.
I hope to get your moodle site information as soon as possible. Bugs make me nervous
From the Pragma blog: "you can think mTouch as a customized somehow intelligent browser for Moodle which is optimized for IPhone screen size and utilizes IPhone UI best practices" (http://blog.pragmasql.com/post/Why-we-decided-to-provide-a-desktop-version-for-MoodleTouch-(MTouch).aspx).
In any event, I'm glad to see all the activity (and more to come) in Moodle Mobile of late. It's tremendous!
Nice idea for an app - needs work as discussed above - but a good start.
There appears to be a bug when attempting to open documents (Word, PDF). These open fine in the same course in safari on an iphone, but do not open in this app.
I just get "Loading Resources Info" pop up, then go away again.
iPhone 3Gs OS3.1.2
Which version of mTouch you are using. With mTouch 1.1 we have resolved that problem and verified the resolution with some people using mTouch.
Can you please contact me privately from firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can inspect what is wrong and find a solution for the problem if that still exists for mTouch 1.1
Thanks for the feedback.
We use the page format so to view any of our content we need to click on the resources.
Anyway of changing that?
In any case I guess mTouch operates well with your moodle installation, but your problem is with the default navigation mTouch provides.
Will mail you some screen captures.
We have solved the problem.
- Can't upload an Assignment file
- Forum mod seems to work OK
- Could not take a Quiz activity from iPhone
- Could not take or display a Lesson activity from iPhone
- Where's the course calendar?
- Interface is not very intuitive - app has a beta feel.
- Are students going to pay $3 for this - seems a bit on the high side IMO
- Can't upload an Assignment file : We can discuss more about this problem. This may have many causes, one may be policies another may be temporary network access problem and so on. But mTouch is tested against the http://demo.moodle.net and we know that assignments module is supported properly by mTouch
- Could not take a Quiz activity from iPhone : Please check out our features page from www.moodletouch.com . We have clearly stated there, thanks to Ron, that Quizzes module is not supported to the full extent.
- Could not take or display a Lesson activity from iPhone : Same as the previous one
- Where's the course calendar? : Course calendar = Upcoming Events as stated in demo.moodle.net. But we may change the naming if you believe that Course Calendar is the standard name.
- Interface is not very intuitive - app has a beta feel. : Our interface follows the IPhone design guidelines and the naming convention follows demo.moodle.net. Can you specify exactly what you mean by beta feel? Color scheme? Positions of the actionable items? Main application flow? Menu organization?
- Are students going to pay $3 for this - seems a bit on the high side IMO : We have custom branding options for institutions and our unit price is up to 65% percent lower for the custom branding plans, which means we are able to provide mTouch for that magic 0.99 USD price. Please check out http://www.pragmasql.com/home/moodletouch/custombranding.aspx
We are open to contribution even if you do not buy mTouch, you can send us problem reports you may discover with our free Windows version. You do not have to be our customer in order to get support from us regarding mTouch.
My best regards.
I am finding it difficult to use- I can see it being useful for students- but as a class teacher I do not have access to groups or courses for which I am an administrator but not a student.
Experience suggests that for this to be successful it needs to be owned by teachers first before the students. It's a bit lime turning up to a disco but the dj has forgotten their records!
I think that current Moodle implementation has lots of technical challanges for client tool developers. I guess these difficulties will be covered with Moodle 2.0 and more mobile moodle tools will exist.
I guess with mTouch as a teacher you now have the option to answer your students questions regarding IPhone app for moodle.
My best regards.
I have been wanting to experiment with creating Moodle courses that would be easier to use on mobile devices such as the iPhone/iTouch and now the iPad. I realize we can still access the actual Moodle instance via the Safari on an iPhone, but because of all the content, it always looked too crowded. Plus, the issue of Flash not running on Apple devices has been a concern. We use a lot of Flash in our development, so I was a bit disappointed when this app did not provide an alternative for that. However, I am looking forward to some updates that will allow use to use Flash on mobile devices.
Some other problems I experienced initially:
1) Lessons: I was able to access them, but the buttons we added to continue on to other lesson branches were not visible.
2) Quizzes: I accessed the quiz, but all it showed me was the front page (i.e., introduction). It did not give me any button or link to start the quiz.
Overall, I think this is a great concept! I am very glad someone saw the need to come up with this app. That being said, I look forward to many updates that address the use of Flash and the problems I mentioned.
Flash support is a restriction imposed by apple so we Will not be able to support Flash until apple decides so. By the way Html5 Will decrease the need for Flash some time later.
The peoblems you mentioned regarding lessons and quzes will be implemented later, we the Limited support clearly i guess. May be with moodle 2.
I'm trying to log in, but all I get is:
"can not log in, session key cannot be found" [ on my own site ]
Though it does log in fine here...
mTouch 1.2 is on the AppStore and you can update your installation.
Thanks for the feedback.
I've just updated the app and am still having the same problem...
Can you please contact me privatley from email@example.com
And if it is possible can you provide us a test account for your moodle site.
By the way I would recommend to check the Site URL you provide to mTouch. If you perform redirects from the welcome page or login page, it is crucial that you provide the actual url of your moodle instance.
I've just discovered mTouch-U and am giving it a try, but I'm experiencing the same error message. Might it have something to do with us using https and not http?
I've just downloaded Mtouch. I have the same problem. Would be good to have a solution.
We will implement full quiz support once Moodle 2.0 becomes the main Moodle stream version.
Also, I am curious to know if this app can work on the iPad. I only see it available for the iTouch.
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Hopefully they can change the layout of MTouch, so it will be more approachable to user, I am just been concern with it, but in the usage, it is real terrific. It works great with me even I am using Bluetooth iphone keyboard.