R&D grants result 2017
R&D grants result 2017
三浦 謙一, 松木 孝幸
MAJ Community Hub Custom Theme Upgrade
Don Hinkelman, Adam Jenkins, Yoshikazu Asada
The MAJ Hub is an open courseware site that is made for sharing e-learning content for Japan. It is also a place where course authors can collaborate in improving. The “Community Hub Custom Theme Upgrade” project for 2017 includes three parts:
1. Social Theme Upgrade
2. MAJ Hub integration with core hub code
3. Innovations Edition Troubleshooting
This means the Hub team will: 1) continue upgrading of a custom theme to promote more social networking to work with Moodle 3.1 and beyond, 2) integrate MAJ customizing with core hub upgrades, and 3) troubleshoot a second hub called the “Innovations Edition”. The new social theme employs programmable leaderboards on the front page. In the old theme, the leaderboards were largely static and true statistics on download counts and popularity are not readily available. Recent Moodle themes contain image sliders, social network integration and "marketing spots." These could be used to market courses submitted to the hub and run campaigns and events. It will take customizable SQL parameters for its data feed, and allow customization of its appearance and "gamifying" Moodle sites or courses. A second Hub, the Innovations Edition will be for demonstrating cutting edge plugins for the Best Innovations awards.
New plugin for a Maori and Ainu Cultural Exchange Course(s)
The proposed ‘React & Comment’ plugin will allow users to share their reactions and comment on uploads to a course, not unlike facebook reactions ‘like,’ ‘love,’ ‘support’ etc. In settings, users can input a picture or word, which will have a counter when it is clicked. Initially the plugin will be trialed on a new Maori and Ainu cultural exchange course using Maori and Ainu vocabulary so that opposite groups can quickly and easily react to uploads in each other’s language. It is hoped that the plugin will be used or adapted for any course page.
Forum reporting block and improved forum interface
The forum reporting block and improved forum interface will allow teachers to see quickly how much activity each student is putting into a forum and all forums in a course. At present, to find this information is extremely time intensive and involves looking at numerous pages. The forum activity block will collate all the information into one area allowing teachers to see quickly how students are performing in forums on the course. The block will give, as a minimum, this basic information: Student name, Country, Number of posts (between __ & __), Number of replies, Total forum views, Total number of words, First post, last post, a send reminder button, and link to a complete report.
The forum interface will also be improved via this grant. The poster to a forum will no longer be as prominent, but the institution they belong to and the date they posted will be available. This means the “started by column” will be deleted. Also the posts will no longer be called “Discussions”. A follow button will be added to make it easier for participants to follow a conversation they have replied to.