Hello. I am writing this to "connect" ... for me to step up and collaborate with distinguised, and equally "obsessive" colleagues! ....
Flat out, bottom line: I am "nuts" about Moodle (M)! ... Moodling (writing courses) is my Primary Activity ... and the more I do, the more I learn, and then expand (exponentially) ... The more features I discover in M, and then implement them, allows me -- just about -- to write a course in just about any subject! .... What I mean is: I can use M present information, which I can filter to avoid "TMI" ... M allows me to track Login Time, etc ... I can do "Attendance" with it .... It allows Instruction to be designed in Steps ...Questions can be "re-entrant" or "cherry-picked" (easiest first, learn while taking the Lesson, which is really a Lesson-Quiz, and, now, has become a Tutorial.) ...
Ride with my enthusiasm here: ... M is very Visual Friendly ... Quality Graphics in Tutorials creates "activity" ... It is Adaptive: If you don't get it, look for clues, and come back and answer it ... It makes Learning a "Trek to Education!" ... Add "Collaborative": Students earn Extra Credit for posting solutions ...
M "goes with the flow" ... students "Copy and Paste", and social network. So use Models / Templates for them to build on. (I give them author create priveleges in a class website ... a "workshop" to post in!)
M "Measures" Learning, making Learning Accountable. A tutorial can force a student to read it, study it, practice with a Model, reply to a Short Answer Quiz, get graded, and offer Pathways to Enriched or Remedial Learning! ... Virtual: get info from the Web, sort of like the Taxi Cab quiz where you can call the "help" line. Interactive: This is big! The more activity, the greater the involvment, the greater (I think) the Comprehension!
Summing up so far: Virtual + Interactive + Visual + Adaptive + Collaborative + Evaluative (Measurable) could become the acronym of VIVACE! ...
While there is some "playfull-ness" with the Words, I am very, very serious about M being a solution to the huge, epic Educational Crisis that the US is in! In California, 1/3 of the kids don't graduate from High School! ... This is a 33% Scrap Rate! In Industry, if a Process had a 5% Scrap Rate, it would be shut down, and stabilized and brought into Control using the M's of Manufactuing: (Retooling) Manpower, Machinery, Method, Materials, Management and Environment.
While the crises is potentially a nation disaster, like Robert Heinlien said, "For every crisis, there is a solution" and M is exactly the solution! ..
So every class has to be hybrid ... every lesson online ... students getting notebook computers .. working 24/7 ... earning points (like Learning Contracts) for courses ... then when we add "Twittering", Texting, You-Tubing (these features are already coming to M, I think), we can capitalize on the "student styles" ... to modify them for Education! ... This is what I want ...
PS: I was blessed to be able to write CAI Software for College English and Math at the U-Mass Grad. School of Education .. under Prof. "Hap" Peelle, bending programming languages to meet real classroom needs!
I have never seen a Course Management / Authoring System as powerful as M ... I have not hit any walls in developing any application Tutorial that I need! Go Moodle. That's the way. Regards. Joseph Auciello. Prof. Computer Info. Systems. LA Trade Tech College. email@example.com. Out.
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I used one similar to this back when we had moodle 1.6. We called it "hybrid social" format then. I have not personally tried this one, but if you are up for experimentation, you might give it a test run!
In the old days we had a course format called "hybrid social", which allowed for a topic at the top of the course for just the purpose you describe.
Maybe something from this search will get you started?
Can't find an up-to-date version of this course format, is there anywhere a definitive version (especially for 1.9.n if possible, but perhaps with wider application)? It would seem a useful option to mix and match elements of the dfifferent course formats in this way....
I eventually opted for the Topic format layout since this will probably work with the way we're building out this 'course'.
What I really wanted was a hybird between the topic and social formats which sections for topics as well as independant sections for social forums.
I'll leave this for now but thanks for your offer of help/guidance.
I'm not a Moodle expert either, just a geek who likes to tweak this stuff. Anyway, I'm not really understanding what you're looking for.
Maybe I didn't understand what the hybrid format was supposed to look like. My course comes out looking like the image below, and is the same as the social format except that it adds a Topic 0 for links, etc. Are you sure you chose "Hybrid Social" as the Course Format in your course Settings? By default Moodle will create courses in weekly format, you have to manually change the format of the course.
I have the course format in selected for my course, thanks for this and the tip regarding moodle.php
However, this gives me a course with what effectively looks like a weekly outline which wasn't what I was expecting. I was expecting to see a social/topic hybrid layout.
I'm using Moodle 1.8.4+ (2007021540)
p.s. I'm not a Moodle expert
I've created a family of 6 simple course formats to improve communication in courses and combat the 'scroll of death'! These formats work with Moodle 1.9, but could easily be adapted to work with earlier versions (if there is demand for this I wouldn't mind doing the necessary work).
Here's a summary of what each new format does:
- Noticeboard format - This format is similar to the Social format. It displays the latest post from the News forum at the top of the course home page (only one post is displayed). There is also a 'topics' area below the noticeboard, allowing you to add activities and resources to the page.
- Activities format - Automatically generates links to activity types in the main content area (middle column) like the Activity modules block does. Avoids the need to create lots of links on the course home page, thus saving your users from the 'scroll of death'!
- Noticeboard/activities format - This is simply a hybrid of the two courses above.
- Meta format - Automatically provides links to the child courses associated with a Meta course.
- Meta noticeboard format - A combination of the Meta and Noticeboard formats.
Hope you find them useful,