I'd like to see some excellent examples of real courses up on http://demo.moodle.org, which would be useful for newbies as well as for making screenshots etc.
We need ones that really use the Moodle features to their fullest, with well-thought-out activities, nice graphics and so on.
Can you please suggest some to us? If they are private or active and you would like us to make them anonymous please contact Helen.
Teaching with Moodle
So my question is: Is Helen willing to anonymize student data?
However, if there were a moodle module that randomly reassigned characters in a course for all data elements that had data by which a student could be identified that might work.... BUT, you have the possibility that students might mention each other or external resources that might provide identifying information..... and bottom line is that the transmitting teacher would have to personally scour all data and frankly would be in my opinion rather foolish to even consider using such a module or even manually cleaning data.
But, it WOULD be SUPER if courses were uploaded without student data - the problem, as some of the discussion has hinted out, is whether those courses would pass a copyright review, especially considering the tangled web international copywrite law is..... I was just in fact reading one author's comments on copywrite infringement on purplemath.com, reproduced here for purposes of fair comment and retrieved April 26, 2008 from http://www.purplemath.com/terms.htm:
Please note that the copyright on Purplemath has been registered with the Copyright Office of the United States of America. All Rights Reserved. Violators have been and will be prosecuted according to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Berne Convention, and other applicable statutes. (Copyright Certificate of Registration #TX-5-804-898: high-resolution (0.9 meg) PDF and low-resolution images of front and back pages)
In the last five years there been 131 documented instances of copyright violation, of which 124 have been resolved in favor of Purplemath. The remaining seven are currently in or approaching litigation.
Such discussion is pastel by comparison to a professional discussion I had with the solicitor for an Australian publisher regarding use of material from a text book his client published on a website access to which was limited to students in the U. S. owning the book......
My guess is that you would have to have a specific agreement with any poster that the poster warrants that the content of any course does not infringe upon anyone's copyright, holds moodle.org harmless and provides a specific license for the course's use as well as a way for copyright holders to make infringement claims....
The hope I see is that at some point it is the support that becomes valuable as opposed to the content, in a sense as you might look at what has happened in the linux arena.
All that being said I will happily upload the Math materials for teachers and students we develop, though it may take several months to ensure all the necessary copyrights have been recognized ;=} and I do hope there are those just crazy enough to do the same....
Incidentally, Oxford University Press among others is suing Georgia State University for unauthorized redistribution of copyrighted material through Blackboard/WebCT.
We are in the process of developing the course now and it starts July 7th and runs into the first part of October. I will check with central administration on the ferpa laws but I think as long as we have parental consent and user data is anonymous we should be ok. let me know if this would be helpful to the community.
What about submitting a single topic rather than a whole course?
I can dig that the student info is a real goldmine for showing Moodle do it's tricks.
Thought I might give a link to a wink-presentation about regrading a quiz, but chickened out when I saw how many of my mail addresses would be "un-anonymized" . (Maybe I'll redo a couple frames in it.)
But it looks like that is also a case of a filter not being turned on.
It is important for people to easily see how good Moodle is. I know the Feature Demo, when I first checked it out, had working Algebra filter etc. So I started wondering what has happened? It's hardly a good showcase if the Feature Demo on our official site doesn't show the features.
I looked at the page: How to install the Features Demo
In that page I see no mention of the need to turn on filters in the administration interface.
I just realized this isn't the Features Demo that one gets to from the Moodle.org front page (http://moodle.org/course/view.php?id=34). Things like Math notation are properly turned on there.
But it would be good to, in the Features Demo course in both places, include instructions about turning on filters in the "how to install" page AND on the specific pages that are dependent on the filters. I know that one of the most common new math teacher questions is "why isn't math notation working?" (I would think that for language teachers there would probably be the same question about embedding sound.)
Anyhow I partially anonymized my wink presentation. I tried to put it up on the MoodleTutorial website, but it didn't accept swf files. And the help page there is empty so I can't know what format they want. But it is a BETA site. Heres a link to it on my site:
Like others have already commented on - it's difficult for me to share examples of my own stuff, partly because of privacy reasons but also because they are mostly "paid for" in in-house training courses. Sorry!!!
I am sure that a lot of people (me included) are reluctant as they fear that they are breaching copyright laws. I would have one or two courses you could have a look at but I am sure that they are completely terrestrial. Will have to make sure they are kosher though. I'll send a link and pass key for guest access to you via the Moodle messaging system.
All the best from Germany,
So, that said, I am not quite willing, yet, to let it be out of my province of editing rights, etc. In short, as a training tool, it is a definite work in progress. But as it seems that the need is there for something rather than nothing, I can humbly offer my links for now for where it is located. When it is good enough I will certainly be willing to share it on a larger scale.
Currently, users may view it at facultyroom.org, Sample English 9 Course. Username: shakespeare (non-editing tchr) password: stratford
Username: romeo (fake student) password: juliet
I echo the challenges of making a course copyright compliant as I am able to use images and texts within my limited classroom experience and audience and timeframe that cannot be posted on a larger scale for an indeterminate amount of time. This means, though humble looking at the moment, the course design is a little bit better with some of the pictures. I also agree with the challenge of making a course with valuable student user data FERPA compliant. Lastly, as I have used my own course to guinea pig brainstorm what it would take to have courses available to people to see, I have also been stumped by this issue: to really get into a course, one needs to be able to play with editing rights, but how can that be monitored so that course content isn't altered and rogue posters don't take an activity where it shouldn't go? Is there a way to reset a course to its original saved state each hour and still keep the content of wiki pages that are connected to teacher user data? The wiki pages I have to set up for my group wikis and the glossary entries I post are connected to my user data as a teacher, but so far I haven't seen a way to reset a course with only select user data. Have I missed something? These are the technical requirements that are stumping me at the moment, anyway.
I did share a course once and the way I changed all the student data (without going directly to the database) was to archive it from the production server and restore it with users on a local instance of moodle. From there, I could easily edit the student names and grades, and then re-archive and share.
It took some time, but I was not willing to distribute that data to a third party.
And the profile pics that add such a nice dimension? Everyone goes back to the smiley?
These are the layers of Moodle that I think it's important to convey, but I'm stuck on the how. At present, I go through a laborious process of photoshopping names out and cutting and pasting screen shots, but I'm sure someone else out there knows a better way.
There are all kinds of "little details" like this that people should consider before packaging up and shipping off their courses with student data...for example, if you have messaging enabled, are you sure you are not sending a database full of student private conversations that you aren't even aware of, but that is readily available to anyone looking in the database? Just one of many things to think about.
Publishing student data outside a school is indeed a problem. However, we need to show the community how a real class can interact in Moodle. That's why I welcome Martin's idea of demo courses.
I have created a dummy class to demonstrate real class activities outside our school. I don't think there are copyright issues (the avatar photos come from Wikipedia). The demo course itself is in German, but I can put some English stuff together and let my English class log in as dummies and have them do some activities.
It says there......"The database and files are erased and restored to a clean state every hour on the hour, so don't worry if you make a mess."
Could anyone clarify?
Thanks - sorry for being unintentionally thick
admin at sharedteaching.com
Demo.moodle.org gets reset (erased and restored to its initial state) at the top of every hour. Only the changes to the courses made by users during the hour will be wiped out, and your activities will be restored to their original grooviness
There will be no problem with privacy at all. The course will be totally manually cleaned by editing the tables (and approved) before it goes up anywhere public, all names and images changed, with no links back to wherever it came from (nor any credit to you unless you want it). Messaging and such stuff is not included in backups.
Not sure if this is what you are looking for - and it's not a typical 'course' - but on CABWEB we did create anonymised but populated sample of the two sorts of collaboration spaces we offer to participants see http://www.cabweb.net/portal/course/view.php?id=41 (guest access as long as you agree to Site Policy).
There will be no problem with privacy at all.
I beg to differ. If you are a teacher/professor in an educational institution in the US and you backup your course with student data and send it to moodle HQ (or anywhere else for that matter), then regardless of what happens to the data after you have sent it, you have already violated US law concerning student privacy--unless, of course, you obtain a written release from every student (or from their parents if the students are underage). It doesn't matter how great a job Moodle HQ does at cleaning the data (and I'm sure they would do a find job) before making it public...the mere act of transferring that data to Moodle HQ is a very serious FERPA violation. If you have a "stellar" or "good" course that you want to donate that's great and I would encourage you to do so, but I would strongly recommend you clean that course of all student data and identifying information yourself and then get approval from your administration before sending it outside your organization.
I'm sure many will see this as a "bitter" post and I really don't care. I'm not suggesting that teachers not send in their courses. My main objective is to make sure "well intentioned" teachers don't get themselves in trouble.
And, of course, there is always the possibility that I don't know what I'm talking about, so if you feel that may be the case, ask your principal, superintendent, department chair, dean, school attorney, etc., before discounting my advice here.
Having had experience of anonymising student interaction, I would caution that this fairly hard work, and is much more than removing names.
So, yes, I would echo the caution that US participants should look at supporting with non-user data course examples for now.
But for the purposes of this discussion, I think it is possible to submit a course that has good examples of student-level work without compromising privacy. There need to be clear guidelines, though, and I think it would be good for those of us who know Moodle well to discuss strategies and guidelines here.
I like A.T.'s suggestion of breaking it down into modules or units. It would be much easier to generate a small course showing what I've done with a literature unit, for instance. It will take some time, but not as much time, and it will be a better way to show what Moodle can do and how activities can work in concert with each other.
I would of course rather not receive any potentially sensitive data at all, I would far prefer it was already cleaned. I just offered the service to help people contribute because I know it might take some time.
Looking forward to seeing some more courses. Even ones without student data.
In my case (and maybe other beginners would also agree) I would be willing to pay (a small amount) to play as the "student" of a stellar course developed in Moodle where I can see all the features, components etc that it is capable of doing. My guess is that if I enter as "student", all the legal issues would not apply. Am I right?
Can someone point me to some of these top star Moodle courses?
Hi Martin & fellow moodlers"
Here is from a local in Perth....
Yes, the major stumbling block seems to be student privacy etc. and I don't want to go there - exhausted.
But this might fit the bill of what you/we are trying to achieve...
I have just created a handy 'promo' video about how a range of Moodle features are used in our school and how it has changed (quite dramatically) the way things are done around here in a very short period.
The video is in two parts, you will find them both at http://human.edublogs.org
Thanks so much for making and sharing!
Now got to see the rest ....
I don't think my use of the glossary is very original but you can have a look at these demo courses.
I'm an English teacher working in France and I did a presentation at the MoodleMoot 2008 so the title is in French but most of the content is in English, so even if you don't speak French, you should be able to find your way around OK: La subordination de l'enseignement aux apprentissages : Est-ce possible en FOAD ? You can log in as a guest and see everything.
And here's another one: Learning English on the CLA Platform that's all in English. It's the same glossary but you can log in with:
and then be able to do everything a student can do.
If you look at the list of participants you'll see they've all got silly names. That's because I used the course in a so I didn't know in advance who the participants would be. But the guy in charge of the university server doesn't like it because it's a security risk so the course may not be around for much longer.
I haven't used a database yet but I have seen a list of original uses somewhere on Moodle. If someone knows where the list is, I'd love to find it again.
I like the way you have modified the interface to give it a clean look. I see that you created customized blocks, such as online dictionary, teacher, and newspaper and magazines.
I want to do something similar for the courses I am working on. Can you please share how did you create the customized blocks?
First click on "Turn editing on" and you will see a "Block" on the right called "Blocks". In the drop down list, you'll see "HTML". This a block you can customise with any content you like: lists of links, images, sound or video files ... anything you can put in a webpage. You can have as many of them as you need, changing the title "HTML" each time.
Students are encouraged to review books that they have read and to add them to the database for other students to see.
I have attached the template file for this book review database to this post so tht anyone else can use it or maybe dissect it a bit to see how it works.
Would be great to see more people sharing their Database presets as I am sure there are many other fantastic uses out there.
To use someone else's templates (called a preset) follow these steps.
- Create your database activity as normal.
- Click on the "presets" tab
- Scroll down to the "Import from zip file" and upload then choose the zip file of the preset . (mine is attached to this post)
- Click "import"
- You are done. you can now use your own new Book Reviews Database.
Now just looking in Moodle docs to see where we should be adding presets to the documentation area for sharing
Tabitha, thanks for your suggestion of using Moodle Docs for sharing presets. As a temporary measure, I've added a link to this discussion in the database presets documentation. Hopefully it won't be long though before we have a for sharing presets on moodle.org, similar to the themes database.
I am having the same issue. I too would like to see the stars as opposed to the question marks. Has anyone found out how to do this?
Maybe this question will be easier to answer with a picture attached:
Students were issued a GPS device and asked to locate and geotag certain locations. At each location there were to collect certain data (long/lat, temp, elevation) as well as take a picture.
the great thing about the database is it can link the long/lat field to tools like Google Maps and Google earth. in this case we used Google maps. The teacher could click on the link to determine if in fact the students photo matched the co-ords to double check their work.
Last year I created a database for our Year 12 students to allow for them to share their study notes with each other. It was set up so they could only view other students notes once they had uploaded at least 2 of their own. this was immensely successfully and ended up with about 40+ files collected.
The students could upload, categorize and summarize their study notes while finally attaching the file itself. With our year 12's offsite for some time before the HSC kicks in, this still allowed them to network and share information with each other while offsite.
I also like this last idea for sharing study notes. I used the wiki, pre-database Moodle versions, to accomplish a similar objective, but the ability of the database to keep notes hidden until one has contributed is brilliant! Thanks again.
Great examples. I'm interested in this database for study notes. My students swap via fora at the moment but the idea of post-before-you-receive is a valuable incentive. any chance you can give more details/preset?
For a number of reasons, it appears to be difficult to obtain a complete stellar course as a demo. In order to allow people to examine what an actual functioning course feels like, maybe it would be good to have a featured moodle site of the week. People could offer guest access to their site for a week, publised though moodle.org. It would be great to see how others do things, and may provide valuable feedback to the creator of the site. Just a thought.
I have a Biome unit that utilizes group work and some constructivist activities... I will have to double check all the pictures and handouts and make sure that they can be posted on an internet site... it might take a few weeks, if you are still interested. I have a copy posted in our district site as a sample, so I can send it to you without students.
Do not expect to killed in the rush and for me the comments by Jim Mc Cluskey on this link.. say it all.
A new user visiting the Moodle.org site will in the first instance be looking for example course content to give them ideas on layout etc. They will be sadly disappointed. On my first visit, I hoped the Moodle sites link/ 'cool sites' would be useful to browse. Unfortunately, most seem to get the accredited as 'cool sites' on front page presentation with access blocked to guest visitors. An Arts teacher, for example, looking for a Digital camera course would soon get frustrated and lose interest. Would it be possible to address this through using the front page forum to flag example courses by subject linking directly to the school site? For non savy IT users, this needs to strongly flagged.
As for an example site, please feel free to visit the Preston [Lancashire/UK] on this link.. Many of the courses (not Stellar examples) are open to view and some have zip files to allow transfer. I welcome comments and suggestions!
I want to know if language is a limitations for this courses you are looking for
Mine are totally in Spanish, and I like share with moodle.org some of them.
You can see an example at
(the picture of this user is a litlle red apple)
this course is a ptototype, if you like it I can share a backup
Maryel from Mexico
The login doesn't seem to work. I was also wondering if I would have (editing) teachers rights if it had.
That might be a bad (though generous) idea. An alternative might be to just give us a student login but have a link to a backup (without users) of the course that could be downloaded.
one which include chemistry and the other biology
all the courses are in Gujarati language
both include some moodle features like chat, forums, quizes, online and offline assignments, resources ( text page, lable, web pages, links to web pages)
i don't think these courses are "stellar" but they are simple enough to understand basic moodle functions.
do u have any plan to provide demo course in languages other than english?
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The New Era Teaching and Learning Moodle Meet looks very interesting. I've signed up.
Is there somewhere we can read more details of the content?
PS Did you know you can use the link icon to add links in a more user friendly way?
I'd like to be able to register for this and see some more detail, but our innovation prevention department won't allow access to the evil Google empire.
We have hosted seven Moodle Meets to date averaging 160 participants from locations world wide. The courses are all available as an archive. Guest access is enabled if you want to browse the resources and ideas in the forums.
We at ITEMS EU project ( itemspro.net/moodle) have been developing in the last 2 years Moodle modules (2 month teaching approx.) for maths and science in secondary school. During the building proccess they have been piloted at some extent in different countries, and now they can be visited as a guest and/or downloaded creating an account, instructions for course transfer to other platforms are provided (....hope they are clear enough).
I'm not pretty sure if they are "stellar", but I can say there is one about stars and astronomy
Waiting for your feedback
I just had a quick look at the first Astronomy course and found it great fun to try drawing a horizon, the Big Dipper, etc. But how do you do it? What's the software behind it? It's amazing!
Thanks for your feedback,
The software is just FLASH. At ITEMS project we have investigated how to design highly interactive simulations in order to increase students motivation and understanding, and it works!!
On the other hand, all the animations have the text in a xml file so they can be translated without any knowledge of flash
I am looking for good examples for myself and my colleagues, but most courses a "guest" could access I came acrossed are rich in content, and then I found this discussion. So after 3 years, do you find the "stellar examples", Martin? Or anyone could share?
HI , Our requirement that we want to publish course as a three level using moodle 1.9 Category --> Course(Separate enrollment) --> Module(Separate enrollment) I am confuse suggest me.
Hi Martin, First I have to say it was great to meet you at MoodleMoot West Coast last July.
Second, I have never found an exemplary course...lots of bits...and I am now working with a few other teachers to create a great cc licensed course called Project Based Statistics for high school.
We are going to teach it one cycle before releasing it, but it should be ready in July. It's based in part on a cc licensed textbook from Saylor.Org by Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean’s called Collaborative Statistics. It uses video from Khan and locally-produced video, forums, one alternative pathway (project or standard in each block). I will be happy to send a copy as soon as we can!
Don W. Brown, D.Ed.