Glossary of common terms
This glossary defines a number of words you will see used often in discussions about Moodle - you'll find them highlighted throughout this course.
If you wish to import this glossary to your Moodle site, you can this file of exported entries: glossary_of_common_terms_20101214.xml.
Please feel free to add new words here!
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Activities in Moodle are educational things to do. They include, for example: discussing a topic in a forum, writing a journal entry, submitting an assignment, or completing a quiz.
Social constructionism is a term that defines a particular view of education. It acknowledges constructivism as a description of what each learner experiences, while focussing on the power of constructing artifacts (like text) within a social environment.
From this point of view, education is best served by creating experiences that would be best for learning from the learner's point of view, rather than just publishing and assessing the information you think they need to know. Each participant in a course can be a teacher as well as a learner. A 'teacher' in this environment is an influencer and role model of class culture, connecting with others in a personal way that addresses their own learning needs, and moderating discussions and activities in a way that collectively leads students towards the learning goals of the class.
Moodle tries to promote this view, but is not constrained by it.
"Martinized" was originally a patented dry cleaning process by a North American firm. Now it refers to a similar process occurring when the moodle chief developer thoughtfully checks over code submitted for inclusion in the next updated version.
Work In Progress.
RSS is a Web content syndication format.
(extracted from http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss)
WebDAV stands for "Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning" and is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol which allow users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote web servers. WebDAV is sometimes shortened to DAV.
Since at least 1998, Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) working groups have published RFCs on WebDAV and related issues. These publications are considered specifications for versioning, access control, searching, and ordering of resources. Many of the specifications have been implemented in software that is present in many open source and commercial offerings.
See webdav.org for more information. Also, search the web for articles about WebDAV in the popular computing press.