Moodle for mobile
Moodle on an iPad
I'm afraid not yet...
See http://tinymce.moxiecode.com/punbb/viewtopic.php?id=21314 (and moodle 2.0 is not even using the latest version of tinymce)
And after 2-3 months we will all have Nokia N8 instead of IPad ...
Hi All -- Well, we are at six months, and stats suggest that more and more of us have iPads. http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Desktops-and-Notebooks/Apple-Mac-Sales-Up-58-Percent-Thanks-to-iPad-iPhone-601805/
Is it time to supporting the device rather than dismissing it?
I spent the day at an Apple seminar for education and asked the Cupertino folks there about Moodle use on an iPad. Their response is that they work with developers who approach them. Is anyone on the Moodle 2.0 developer team active here: http://developer.apple.com/ ?
Apple has chosen their own way - and Apple is the only company that can fix this issue. If they want to. For example the latest smart phone models of Nokia and SonyEricsson can use TinyMCE but I suppose the reason is that they use different OS & browsers and Sweden, Norway and Finland are liberal neighbour countries ( ) which allows close contacts between developers - both for open source and closed source. Apple on the other hand is "using elbow tactics" everywhere and in a way it's sad since Microsoft is clearly pushing their code towards standards (hopefully they will support also MathML some day)
Developers of moodle have chosen to disable editor (show textarea) after detection of IPads, IPods or IPhones which is in my opinion the only right way do. Somebody who is smart enough could as well write a new IPad application that could be used instead of current open source editors - and Apple might of course buy & sell such application with a high price.
Some IPad/IPod/IPhone owners may not agree but in my opinion it is almost wasting of other developers time to require that other applications should start supporting one tool (toy?) that is using custom code. I wonder how many clever people are right now writing applications that work only in IPads, Ipods or Iphones. In Apple this kind of decisions have been made to get some benefit on global markets - and like one comment found from the article you linked says “If you have an Apple product” — such as an iPad or iPhone “you’re likely to wander into an Apple store...
There are 11 remarkable smart phone producers - see http://www.isuppli.com/Mobile-and-Wireless-Communications/MarketWatch/Pages/Android-Drives-Success-in-Q2-Smart-Phone-Market.aspx - and 10 of these 11 do not need special IPad/Ipod/IPhone applications...
This issue has been known for a long time but if you get feedback like this from Apple's forums it's not very helpful:
To put it in a nutshell main problem is:
1) Selection - contentEditable allows the user to set position of text caret in the context and select various parts of it
2) Content entry and deletion - contentEditable allows the user to type basic text and to delete selected content
It has nothing to do with moodle.
Thank you for your replies, Mauno. Are any core Moodle developers also Apple developers? Now that >contenteditable is W3C compliant, someone with a good relationship with Apple might be able to encourage support for contenteditable.
In the meantime, how is Moodle imlementing
contenteditable is not supported in Safari on iPhone OS. If you're using
contenteditable to enable text input within a styled element (for instance,
<p contenteditable> or
<div contentediable>), you can replace this styled element with a styled
<textarea>. In Safari on iPad, iPhone, Mac OS X, and Windows, you can customize the appearance of
<textarea> elements using CSS. If necessary, you can even disable any platform-specific, built-in styling on a
<textarea> by specifying
There are many wysiwyg editors that could be employed. http://www.webresourcesdepot.com/category/goodies/wysiwyg-html-edit/
Despite the many stated wishes and predictions in this thread that the iPad will go away, it is not doing so. The iPad is having significant implications, particularly in education. All I am saying is, can't we give peace a chance? Why put users in the position of chosing between two terrific tools -- the iPad and Moodle?
Thank you for your thoughts.
Another thought -- Google docs are now totally workable and editiable on the iPad. That was apparently another contenteditable issue, but it was solved.
Yes, Google Docs developers seem to have found some kind of workaround for editing content in Google Docs
but that's far from a traditional Wysiwyg editor wher you can use different plugins ... in mobile opera you get a similar text editor for editing content of textarea - see for example http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=161746
Anyway I am happy to see some progress - even if Apple needed Google to give some help
If there is not a bug about this already, please file one as it should be corrected in Moodle.
As a temporary measure, you can change your own profile settings to turn off the HTML editor.
Either approach will mean you can edit forum posts in text-only mode using your iPad.
There is also a third approach which is to wait a couple of months until you've realised your iPad is utterly pointless and serves no discernible purpose that isn't much better addresed by other computers you already own, and stop using it. While this may be the best way of solving the problem, I think it would be good to fix the Moodle issue too.
Or Apple should probably update it's Mobile Safari browser to support content editing - like the "normal Safari" does.
It is possible to detect different versions of Iphone/Ipad/OS/browser but it may not take many months untill Ipads allow editing content with TinyMCE or other editors, see for example
If Ipad allows editing content without editor (editor disabled from user profile) it's the easiest "fix" - but many users of Ipad might want to use plugins of tinymce as well...
I posted a bug report on this.
http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-22260 should have been moodle 2.0 issue, current moodle 1.9.8+ (core version) with HTMLArea does not support any version of Safari and by default moodle 1.9.8+ renders only textarea for mobile Safari of IPad.
See the details in http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-22260
I've used the iPad for a couple of weeks before I gave it to my 90-year-old mom (the original intention for the purchase). She uses it for reading books mostly (easier turning the pages than a regular book for her age), running her Netflix streaming account, emailing her friends and operating her TV and Blu-ray player.
I commend Apple for taking control of volatile elements of a common-user OS. There seem to be three main OSs:
- Windows - fraught with problems, many caused by MS and many caused by the fact that anybody can do anything to it (and do).
- Linux - various flavors and technical enough so the common user won't use
- Mac OS - controlled (entirely) and reliable (mostly)
I almost always agree with Mauno but don't think Nokia or anyone else is going to quickly supplant Apple's iPad -- it is purely a wonderful device, in spite of its flaws (which always get fixed in gen2 or gen3, for a cost).
Ah - I must explain a little bit this Nokia N8 ad - it was written in a cheerful mood ( 1st of May ) for Mika with
Mika was teaching mathematics (analysis) 40 years ago as a young professor at the university of Joensuu, Finland, when I was a young student charmed by games of Sinclair spectrum and Commodore 64 (that I still have...)
Since that we have seen many kinds of Personal digital assistants http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_digital_assistant starting from Apple Newton http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Newton
On the other hand we Finns (believe that we) are best known (all around the world) about things like sauna, reindeers, Wife Carrying Championships, Linux/Linus Torvalds, Mysql (well - together with Swedes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Widenius ) ... and of course Nokia.
Nokia has been actively developing Maemo devices http://maemo.nokia.com/ mostly based on open source code http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maemo and MeeGo project http://meego.com/ - an open source, Linux project which brings together the Moblin project, headed up by Intel, and Maemo, by Nokia, into a single open source activity.
There were some rumors about HP Slate as a IPad killer but it obviously fails http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/195335/ipad_killer_we_cant_even_get_an_ipad_challenger.html - still I believe that we have not seen the real battle of Giants of mobile device markets yet... Nokia has never been succesful in the US market area but they have some suprises to show and Nokia N8 will be one of the mobile phones/devices available in July-August but not the Ipad killer - IPad and Nokia N8 have different users and markets.
moodle community would do a big mistake if it were to ignore devices like the iPad. Regardless of what one thinks of Apple, the reality is that iPad is soon going to be very popular among the students. Actually I believe that it already is among the top devices for which students are saving money. We should take an advantage of that by providing a good iPad version of moodle 2.
There seems to be 2 minor problems:
1) Petr has not finished the editor configuration and user preferences for current version of moodle 2.0 & tinymce so right now there is no option to disable editor from user profile like in moodle 1.9.X: When editing text > Use standard web forms
2) Current versions of Mobile Safari can't handle for example contentEditable elements and iPhone/iPad devices don't have caret support so it's impossible to use any rich text editors. Developers of moodle can't help Apple in this issue...to add reguired features to Mobile Safari browsers.
I don't believe that nobody wanted to ignore devices like IPad or any other mobile devices - it's just a sad fact that you can't use rich text editors in IPad ( and moodle 2 is not stable yet so some settings are missing... )
I found a couple of iPhone apps (look clunky but at least works in those situations where there is no other way to post responses than using the rich text editor. One is an app titled "mtouch" (search iTunes for mtouch) and the other is a free app titled "mPage", again for iPhone, not for iPad (at least not for now). The problem with the mPage app is that it requires the course admin or tech support to install some form of plugin but this information is not given in the iTunes resource page. I guess one other optioin might be to jailbreak the iPad and then look for reposiatories or apps in the relevant sections, but I haven't done it. The mtouch app cost me about four dollars, but at least I could use it for posting. However, it has very limited function as i am not sure I can use it for serious course admin job other than some rapid mail/forum post check and short postings.
Hope this helps. On another note, I think that tablets such as ipads have a lot of potentials, we are perhaps experiencing the beginning of the trend (those of us who are regularly using it now). Quite possibly some other competitor may as well come up with a more useful less restrictive device. It's not going to change my computing habits or reliance on notebooks at all, and I do not think it's designed for that purpose.
Hope this helps,
Always on (a truly mobile communication device)
A less scratched, dirty screen
Smaller profile clamshell design
Longer battery life (very low power consumption)
Open source OS (probably other options too)
Flash Player 10.1 support
Choose your preferred browser
...and who knows what else is just around the corner?
eReaders don't look like they're about to go away either. They're much easier on the eye for reading for long periods of time, they're starting to support more formats, including playing MP3s while you read which is ideal for learning foreign languages, and offering better connectivity and apps. Not much good for colour illustrations (photos, graphs and charts) though!
For many students at the moment, I think it's a choice between a laptop or an iPad to do their assignments on. Which do you think they'll choose?
* mTouch is 2.99 USD not about four dollars
* On the AppStore page it is clearly stated that mTouch supports only student actions. mTouch team will work on teacher and admin support when moodle2 gets stable enough for development.
* mTouch has full support for forums, chats, glossaries, assignments, grade view, course overview, upcoming events.
* mTouch has limited support for Quizzes, Choices, Surveys, SCORM, Databases,Lessons and Wikis.
* mTouch for iPad will hopefully include basic support over Moodle web pages for the currently limited activities listed right above.
* mTouch for iPad will include bookmarking and saving content on the device for offline viewing of content.
I don't see mTouch support for the ipad. When is this coming? Please make this app universal for both iPad and iPhone.
I am about to propose a large and lengthy project for a corporate client. The number one requirements for a LMS and courseware is it *must* run on an iPad.
I read the iPad forum posts particularly the thread relating problems to the inability to write forum entries. Additionally, I read about mBook and the reviews seemed mixed. I was also not clear on what I would gain from it?
Finally, when I login to a moodle 2.0.3 site with an iPad, the core functionality of the course seems to workfine. I then went to check my moodle directories and saw I do not have the "mobile" directory in stalled. Go figure?
Here's my questions...
Have the problems with the iPad documented in 2010 been resolved?
Does anyone have recent experience with 2.0.3 courses running on the iPad and do you have recommendations (particularly go/no go) you could make? What should I watch out for, avoid, and additionally install if I proceed?
We shall introduce our new mBook 2.0 version that supports Moodle 2.x web service with our new web service plugin, MWS.
If you are looking for Moodle on iPad, mBooks (from mPage) is coming.
It is a newly designed app for iPad, not just magnified version of mPage.
I hope it will be released in a week.
I am excited to announce that mBook for iPad is just released today.
It is available at iTunes or the App Store at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mbook/id386095251.
Please visit http://mbooks.hk for all details or download the web service Moodle file from here at http://mbooks.hk/mod/resource/view.php?id=2
If you have already downloaded the "mobile" folder (for mPage app from http://mpage.hk or http://mpage.hk/mod/resource/view.php?id=2 and updated to the latest version, you don't have to repeat the procedure. The two folders are the same.
Thanks for using mPage and mBook.
The supports are from the same site where you downloaded the server files, "mobile".
Please visit http://mpage.hk and http://mbooks.hk.
Support forums are at http://mpage.hk/course/view.php?id=3 and http://mbooks.hk/course/view.php?id=3.
Actually, mPage and mBook work, to some degree, like Safari and don't easily quit unless Safari also quit accidentally. Moreover, you might NOT, but sometimes on ONLY some app, easily find applications to be quiting on iPad or iPhone because the demand on memory management is really strict from Apple.
So, please send me a demo user account so that I can check out where you are logged out from your server.
Hmmm crashes when accessing Moodle objects. Login is lost when crashing. Hangs occasionally.
Do you have a changelog somewhere? Version 1.2 is pretty rough.
Our versions 1.2.1, 1.2.3 and 1.2.4 have already been reported as "working fine" on iPad. I have also pre-tested our latest version, 1.2.5 (to be launched in June 2011) on iPad and iPad 2. iPad works fine with only 8% crash in our report, whereas iPad 2 works with lightning speed, performing at the lowest report we can have (under 2%), especially when compared with other iPad apps. Hope the above can provide all prospective users a positive review of mBook (and mPage).
i appreciate the information and enthusiasm. you are providing a needed service. do you have a date for mBook for moodle 2.0.3? i could use it now running on an iPad 2 as the target platform.
The mBook 2.0 is targeted to be released in a month or so. But surely before the start of the coming school year (in Northern Hemisphere).
I'll keep you informed.
mBook is designed on iOS and makes use of whatever you see on iPhone or iPad Safari. The good news is iOS5 which have the new editor functions. If you upgrade your iPad to iOS 5, the latest mBook will offer you the same interface with some editing buttons, like italic, underline, bold, centered, etc.
I feel really out of date since I am replying to something everyone else was talking about 3 years ago, but better late than never, right? I am an intervention specialist working with a braille reader who is included in the regular education curriculum where more and more teachers are using Moodle. We had thought that using the laptop with JAWS was the best way to teach her to access the classes on her own. Now when of support teachers wants to switch to Apple products. Is it possible to access moodle through an ipad app without out sight?