Those can be set by the user!
best represents him or her.
I have logged in and seen the difference. This is realy Kool, very nice actually; your purpose suggest the view completely. I think on similar scale. Great work
Now I've enabled it so that the user can specify the URL of a gif file (under Edit Profile). That will be taken as image. No need to choose from a drop down list. You can specify your own animated gif via a URL.
This is really great, I always wanted to make learning a interactive process and I am sure this may bring a feel good factor to students. Works like and looks really good.
I would like to introduce it to my site in smetime; hope it is not much difficult to introduce.
Here's the whole online_users block(Moodle 19.15) in a zipped format.
Instructions to setup the block is found here (Word2007 file) or here (PDF format). Read it carefully and follow all instructions. You should be able to set it up within 30 minutes or less.
Make sure you backup or rename your original online_users folder. Or at the very least, save/rename your block_online_users.php file to block_online_users.ori or something like that. I'll be posting a clearer or detailed article about this modification at my blog later.
A few salient points to note:
1. To control the display of icons, the icon sizes are displayed at 25 pixels x 25 pixels. If not, a user could link to an icon image that is > 25x24 pixels and that would create formating havoc with the online_users block.
2. To control the custom text mood, where the user can type in their worn text, I filter the input through a bad (swear, slang) word list.
3. To control the custom icon imagaes, I also filter the URL through a bad (swear, slang) word list! So if the user for some reasons, tries to be cheeky, and links to a naughty image URL that looks like this: http://www.animatedgifs.com/adultsex or something like that, the URL will be converted into an angel image. Hahaha!!! Anyway, that's to prevent all sorts of unsavoury images from appearing on the online_users block. But I'm sure your students wouldn't do that. Haha.
4. All icons in the dropdown list (i.e., the smilies folder) do not have colour backgrounds. This makes the icons look nicer when the user chooses them.
Hope this helps.
Please let me know if your students like it, or if (when?) it gets out of control or if the feel good factor materialises....
I did an update on the online_users zip file.
Here's the latest zip file:
The previous link is no longer valid.
More detail and latest instructions here:
I wish this worked on Moodle 2... Do you know if this could be modifed to work on Moodle 2 sometime in the future?
I'm sure it could be made to work for Moodle 2.x. This post on my blog was the one that started the who process. The post contains Moodle 2.x code to make the user invisible on the Online Users block. After that, I kept adding features but only had time for Moodle 1.9.x. To adapt it for Moodle 2.x is not going to be difficult. But it'll take some time since I'm busy with the new January semester, and I've spent way too much time on the moods and animated gifs. So you'll have to wait.
IN the meantime, to whet your appetite, enjoy this vid (Moodle 1.9.x):
You can also drop by my blog, http://moodurian.blogspot.com for the latest updates on my Moodle 1.9/2.x innovations (but mostly on Moodle 1.9.x). Cheers.
I've got it working for Moodle 2.2 !!!
Can confirm this works fine on 2.2 - now have it on my development server to play with
Great! Thanks for the confirmation. Yes, you're right, "play" is the word!
Im having a bit of a problem setting the stealth mode profile field. How to make it to where it has a radio button select and not a text field??? lol
I figured this out...Thanks
This looks interesting but I would like to place a small animated gif (preferable a full little figure) in the answer block in the Lesson and other quiz modules. To give a little humour to the answers.
Do you think it is possible and what program would be suitable to build 3D gif's??
If you're a trainer or teacher who has to introduce Moodle to a whole new batch of students/users on a regular basis or every semester, then read on!
I think the animated gif moods and custom moods can be used, during initial training sessions of new users to Moodle, to soften up and humanise the Moodle experience.
Not everyone is comfortable with computers and software. New users, especially those with techno-phobia generally have some resistance to new technology. So what I'm saying is that the animated gifs on the Online Users lock can make the introduction to Moodle a more enjoyable process. Users get to 'own' or 'possess' their own animated gif that is displayed next to their avatar.
Just my two cents. Frankie Kam.