The idea here is that the main Portal would provide a publically accessible site for a Public Broadcasting station, but individual departments at the station could go in and update their newest "features" and "polls" and "forums" etc. Additionally, those who are "supporters/members" of the PBS station would have the ability to log in if they wished and be able to access special news/announcements/events just for members. Also, these same members would be able to enroll in special moodle-delivered classes on topics of interest to them.
The portal needs to be HIGHLY customizable on the visual end of things... I have a certain layout that I need to build for the main site pages. I've already built this entirely in XHTML & CSS but with static content. I want to be able to easily drop in a few things to make the content be dynamic but keep the interface looking the same.
Is there a definitive best choice for this? Currently, I'm looking at Joomla. I heard a mention of postnuke, but I don't know much about it. Are there other wise options?
Thanks very much.
We decided to use Modle itself and have acheived great success.
Joomla (or Mambo, from which Joomla is a fork) are OK portals - although personally I find the backend interface quite confusing. I use Etomite (www.etomite.org), which is extremely easy to customize, and has a really simple editing interface.
Moodle can read an external database for its list of users (set up in Admin>Authentication, so you can make sure people have the same usernames/passwords, by allowing the portal to manage the users.
I hope that helps.
Besides log-in, then, is there anything else that could function very well between the two systems? For example, pulling a list of available courses from moodle into the portal for display?
Maybe all of these concerns are pretty irrelevant and almost anything would be a find choice?
I'm sure you could, using a bit of custom-built PHP. Although it's starting to feel as if you'd be better off using Moodle as your portal, as Julian suggested. I can't see anything in your original message that Moodle wouldn't be able to handle.
I'm using PostNuke as a portal for our school site, and then linking it to Moodle. Moodle has a great calendar module, but the problem is, the Moodle calender has different information than PostCalendar.
So I need to maintain two different Calendars. While postnuke is flexible, I need something easier to maintain. Postnuke is really meant for geeks and is not easy to administer out of the box.
So I was thinking of running two instances of Moodle. How many people do this? Any problems with this setup?
The team has also developed a Help Desk that likely will evolve into academic support application for faculty and tutors; the State University of New York is investigating this alternative for supporting their on-line students. Aubry Pascal has an excellent paper for his EUNIS 2006 presentation. It can be seen at perso.univ-rennes1.fr/pascal.aubry/presentations/helpdesk-eunis2006/helpdesk-eunis2006-article.pdf
You may also want to add library access (including Google) from the CREE project at the University of Hull www.hull.ac.uk/esig/cree/.
Caution: This becomes an enterprise portal and takes more effort that having a simple portal that "connects" to Moodle for single signon.
The ESUP team has been exceptionally productive. I suggest you review their work as an example of how a college or university can plan for the future and then, through cooperation, achieve a high level of functionality and integration.
As I understand the ESUP Portail integration, the user only logs on to the portal and through the use of JA-SIG's CAS, is automatically "logged on" to any subsequent application including Moodle. Presentations and some documentation is available at www.esup-portail.org. For specific information, you may want to e-mail directly to Alain Mayeur at the University of Valenciennes in France (email@example.com). He is another very helpful and very effective, but over-burdened, IT leader.