I'd like to know if there is a PDA version of moodle?Is there the ability to join in moodle forum via PDA?
If there is a link that leads to a pda version of moodle or any screen shots that prove the existence of a pda version, please post it.
I posted this reply using my PDA, a Motorla Q. I had no problem viewing any of the content. Unfortunatly, I can't acess my installation of Moodle at work to test the orangewhitepda theme (peronal devices aren't allowed to connect to the intranet).
As long as you don't overload the page with blocks, your users shouldn't have any problems.
I'm editing this post from my laptop - typing on a PDA gets old real fast!
If you're expecting visitors using PDAs, keep in mind that some of your content may not be available to them. For example, I have Flash Lite on my PDA, but there's still a ton of Flash content I can't view because it was published for a different version of Flash Player.
I've not tested extensively, but the use of moodle can vary greatly depending on the type of PDA and the mobile browser you use.
The biggest barriers to effective use apart from the above are the lack of a keyboard for typing long posts and the speed of page loads. Handwriting input is OK if you have advanced software e.g. calligrapher, but can be slow and annoying. A nice alternative is to use a portable keyboard, but his adds cost and can be fiddly to get out and set up. Page loads however are a significant issue. Even with WiFi, they can be annoyingly slow, even on good equipment.
Ultimately, I've found that all the modules I've used are usable, but are frustratingly slow or fiddly due to the above issues. Perhaps it will become better with faster PDAs and/or specialised themes, but I can see using a PDA being quite off-putting if they were the only way to access the course at all.
I too have been looking in to using Moodle on a mobile device (for my PhD thesis). Though I am focusing on just the Forums, the reason is that I want students to be able to communicate more easily and using a mobile allows students the ability to interact whenever and wherever they are. I am looking into many things to make this possible the main ones are:
1) Modifying the Moodle discussion forum (as it stands it works okay but some functionality does not work as well, I will be developing a template and working on some of the functionality that does not work (this mainly due to the fact that most browsers do not support high level Java)
2) SMS notifications and possibly being able to use SMS to post content to the discussion forum (I see that Andreas Forstinger has written something on this http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=46160 and http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=36809#p330647 ). At the moment I have only been able to just use the email notification system that sends an email to my email provide which in turn sends a SMS to my phone (see http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=55099#p353346)
3) Offline Moodle Forums so students can access and search old posts when no Internet connection is available. I am hoping to use Google Gears to accomplish this or a version of RSS feeds)
I haven’t got very far in my PhD but so far I have been focusing on how well Moodle Forums work on smartphones (I agree with the previous posts that PDAs are defunct but Smartphones act very simular in functionality). I have done a study looking at a number of phones and using a number of browsers (as this will also impact the way the website works), ultimately I have found that these mobile devices work OKAY viewing the standard Moodle environment (this is without the PDA template that I think is a waste of time as it doesn’t work very well) but some functionality is lost. I have attached one of my earlier studies that looked at how mobile browsers support standard Moodle discussion boards if you are interested. [Sorry looks like file is too big can email if anyone is interested in it]
Overall I suggest you get access to some mobile phones to test your concepts, as you will never be able to really understand how the Moodle environment works without real life testing. Also I suggest having a look around on this forum, as there seems to be a few people talking about using Mobiles to view Moodle, and contact them as see if they would be willing to pass on their knowledge .Cheers
Hi Kathryn, hi guys!
Just stumbled over this thread by chance. You might not have read my posts some time ago about my thesis. I developed a mobile learning solution for Moodle in fact. I am a bit in hurry right now and therefore only can give a very short overview but will add up later.
Besides the theme/css based solution (standardwhitepda) there are some other projects going on like MFM (moodle for mobiles), or TRVok, a Java based vocabulary trainer for mobile phones.
To my solution, it is a Java based rich client application to be installed on a very broad variety of mobile (smart) phones. With this client called MOMO (mobile moodle) it is not only possible to implement a very specific scenario (as it is with the above mentioned vocab trainer) but it offers the necessary infrastructure and tools to implement diverse mobile learning scenarios.
It is possible to access moodle courses, blogs and activities like forums or choices. But that's not all ;) It also integrates into Moodle messaging system allowing to push(!) messages to mobile users, initiating voice calls if a number is provided in the user profile etc.
We even provide possibilities to implement real context based / location based scenarios! One technique offered is via mobile tagging using the so called Semacode technology (another solution based on GPS is currently being developed).
The special thing besides all this and this is also my main point when arguing if a browser-online solution or a rich client is the way to go: we have the possibilty to access the hardware and capabilities of the device with a rich client.
This offers completely new possibilities. So what you can do with MOMO is not only read or post to a forum on the go, but DIRECTLY use your phone's cam and take a photo or record a small video and this is added to your post as an attachement!
For all who are interested, we presented MOMO at the 4th Int. Moodle Conference here in Graz, Austria last week. So there will be the presentation and also a Screencast I was told.
We also host a demonstration and testing site at www.mobileclassroom.at. So everyone is invited to register there, learn more and try it out (must admit, page is currently being reworked, materials might not be available in english yet).
P.S. Thanks for your mail Kathryn, I will catch back later. I would definitely appreciate talking with you about this
My experience using my mobile (which approximates to a PDA) is that I can use our Moodles without a problem. The main difference is that the rich text editor doesn't render in the browser (the phone is a Nokia N95 and I'm using the internal browser).
I can upload files, post in forums, use the messaging system, edit courses, do all sorts of things - the Flash bits (such as the multi-media plugin for MP3 files) even work to some degree. The media player handles MP3s and video files, I'm on an enhanced 3G or wifi connection on the device, and it's brilliant.
Should you be bothered, I've just blogged about it...
Any comments welcome, please put them on the above post...
When you are thinking of excluding modules on the PDA will the excluded modules then be accessible when the student is using a desktop computer?
I am of the opinion that making Moodle accessible on a PDA should enhance the learning environment not limit it. Therefore focusing on key modules and making them usable on a mobile device and offering the rest on a PC I believe would be of the most benefit, rather than expecting the whole environment to be usable (which I assume you are looking at judging by your questions). Offering a Moodle course just on a mobile device might not be the best idea unless it is available from a desktop as well. Some people might have an alternative opinion about this!!
So modules I see that would benefit from being available on your mobile device are the more communication orientated modules i.e. discussion forums, wikis, and things that can be done quickly i.e. quizzes. Expecting students to read course notes etc may not be as useful (I can see this might be useful up to a certain extent but would ultimately be difficult for learners to truly sit down and study).
Opera is also a great browser that renders websites pretty well on a mobile device. The new version even recognizes the CSS3 for handhelds!
PS I hope to get my hands on an iphone soon so will be able to comment on that soon