With Moodle 1.3 you can position the calendar on either the left or right hand side, and move it up or down in relation to other blocks.
that's not the problem. If you will see the dates and the text, you must click the month in calender. Many user don't find this feature, to click on the name of the month. That's the problem.
Ah, I see what you mean now. Maybe at some point Jon will add a button to the calendar with pop-up help that explains everything.
That is possible. But that will be the first Questionmark-Help-Link on the main course site.
I think we must think more and more about usability. Month ago I said: everyone can use moodle as student without a handbook.
Now we have lessons, dialogue, workshop, groups, wiki, calender. I see more and more students need help-informations for mormal use.
I see the same problem for the teachers. We have lots of mods for tests. From test to workshop. It is difficult to tell them the difference and the options.
We must think to all the guys, not working all the day on the PC. Keep it simple. Easy to use with easy to find explanations and handouts. I see that there is not much developement at the how-to-area. Perhaps we should stop some weeks the development of new mods and write all together How-tos.
For example: Some weeks ago Andreas Leiser offered his help in the german forum. He made great work in the math-tex-glossar. This is a good help in this field.
Most of the stuff you mention though, is still prototype. In many cases we are still trying out ideas.. once the code settles down, then complete documentation can follow.
Note that in your own implementation of Moodle at a site you should not necessarily have all the tools enabled - think carefully about what they need.
We changed strategies: we teach now step by step how:
- create a resource (and learn to use google or copernic)
- put an assigment on the setion
- make a quizz
And then stop and say: try these first, all the others: teach yourself when you feel the need: don't forget to press the yellow question marks! (We use it as addition to live meetings, so forums - and chats - are not that needed, they think
(then we show them glossary to tease them as first privat adventure...)
later we teach them wiki, workshop, lessons...when THEY feel the need.
The idea is good. Simple and shared. Like you say.
I'm working on an old fashioned paper book at first. I think there are lots of users which love an overview in a book, they take at the desk.