First off, thanks for the great job that you and Helen did on the course. When you look at the numbers, it shows just what is possible through Moodle with good preparation and good moderators.
My main point is regarding the deadline, and although I think that whatever you do, there will always be some people who overlook it, I had an idea which might help. As it stands, you can have an activity with a deadline, but it doesn't stand out particularly.
I can set a deadline for the upload of the presentation, I can show the description, and I can even add a label, but ultimately it doesn't really stand out.
But if through formatting, it could be highlighted like this:
it would be much clearer.
This ought to be a toggle (maybe a checkbox in the availability section). I don't think it would be a good idea to make it automatic, as in courses with lots of assignments or quizzes it would lose its impact, but it would allow the teacher/course creator to highlight the really important deadlines. The above is just an illustration - I haven't actually created this, and I wouldn't know where to start. For the same reason I haven't posted the idea in Moodle Tracker, but someone with more knowledge than me might be able to assess how practicable that is.
All the best
(Edited by Mary Cooch - original submission Friday, 19 February 2016, 2:04 PM)
Don't forget, The Generico filter is great for implementing things like John's use of the span tag and let you format color and size as needed. The Generico filter can even be used in the title of any activity, and even be personalized to use the name of the person logged in.
Of course it can also be used in an activity description.
You can also use a variety of other Generico filters such as a post-it note, which can even be placed in the activity title.
You can even use an active countdown timer.
The REALLY nice thing about the Generico filter, is that Justin Hunt recently modified it so that you can easily bundle the settings for a filter so they can be swapped with other users. The Span_Format filter is attached and you can get others in this discussion: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=324771
Can you just clear up for me how you did that? There isn't an editing bar for the Activity name field, let alone a Generico button. Am I missing something obvious here?
Sorry, I meant to mention that, then got side tracked. Open the activity in edit mode. Use the Generico button above the text box for the activity description. Once you have the filter working the way you want it in the description, just cut and paste it into the activity title box. You do have to make sure the Generico filter on the Manage Filters page is set to work in Content and headings.
I am including another copy of the filter that has the font size removed. If you use it with activity titles, then it will automatically adjust the font size to match the rest of the activity title, no matter which place in Moodle, you happen to be.
I didn't realise it could be applied in that way.
That's a great trick using the Username, by the way. That's got me thinking of some other uses.
I know about Generico. My question to Al was how he applies it to an Activity name field since there is no editing bar available there.