Hi Helen, hallo everbody
I never visit this forum, I guess the term "design" in the title sounds to me like a never ending discussion on color! I had a suggestion to alleviate the problem visitors have in finding the correct forum which I posted in the Facilitators Corner, and was directed here.
Considering the scrope of the OP, I'm surprised at the small number of replies.
On Wed 15 Feb 2012 08:28 UTC Helen Foster wrote:
> We're planning a big redesign of moodle.org in the next few months (including a new theme) and would really like your ideas and suggestions of how to improve the site.
It is about the whole moodle.org, right? Isn't that a broad topic? I mean, from my end, http://moodle.org
has seven menu headings having three to eight menu items each. Just one of them, http://moodle.org/forums/
, branches to nine courses in english, not counting the 35 odd other language courses. Out of those nine courses in english I have been to perhaps 5 forums in the course "Using Moodle" and occationally to the social forum in the course "Lounge". Therefore my feedback is so narrow, I don't really know how useful it is for the whole picture.
Here are the places where I see a need for improvements, together with suggestions:
1. Visitors posting in the wrong forum in Using Moodle
Yes, this is a problem. Things we can do:
- compile a structured overview of all the forums. Ideally the names of the forums should be explanatory, but they are not. Example: Looking for an internet hoster the right forum is "Hardware and Performance". Here is a highly efficient solution: http://crunchbanglinux.org/forums/
(on that single page you see the name of each forum, a description, names of the moderators, no. of discussions, no. of posts, the last post by whom, time - for all forums! One click to filter for active topics and unanswered topics.)
2. The number of forums in Using Moodle
"We need more forums" or "We need less forums" is the wrong approach. The right one IMHO would be,
a. compile the "overview" in 1. above.
b. Go through the definitions list and see whether the "organic growth" has _obvious_ mistakes, looking at the detailed description., just study how the pieces of the puzzle fits together.
c. Please don't let "advisors" to take over. Let the people who know the stuff in "their" respective forums and as a result actively contribute in those, decide. In other words, the "number" of forums is not something the "managers" plan at the drawing board but evolve depending on the people you have on the front.
d. More discipline on the part of the moderators. Don't try to be "nice" and keep on talking in the wrong place, ... There is a short http://docs.moodle.org/en/Moodle.org_forums_Code_of_Conduct
. You just have to implement it!
Non-topics for me (in this discusson)
- Theme! Ever found two people agreeing on a color? Let the theme being the standard theme of the latest stable version of Moodle. Period.
- More features: I have met people who need a number of features to get productive. Give them ten, they wait for the eleventh. I guess they are still waiting - and it is my fault!
. "Usability is what you are used to!"
- More search capabilities, couple to Google, etc. No, there is an excellent search facility in Moodle, just use it. If selecting the forum from a drop down list is too much for somebody, why does he teach? On top of that, we don't want to send the whole Moodle community in to the "filter bubble", do we?
- Design moodle.org for people whose horizon is the bottom of their screens (go below that, they die a "scroll of death!").