R&D grants result 2015
R&D grants result 2015
Community Hub Custom Theme and Upgrade Proposal for 2015
The MAJ Community Hub is a free, open courseware sharing site that is a service provided to MAJ members and also a service to the Moodle community as a whole. In 2015, social networking features including leaderboards and badges will be added to the hub to make it more participatory and informative for members and contributors to use. In addition, a custom theme will be created to make the hub more tightly integrated with Moodle HQ core code and more effective 'market' or publicize the current courses to those who wish to try new courses. Finally, the Hub will be upgraded to new Moodle versions during the courses of the year and additional contributed plugins added on an ongoing basis.
Workshop Module Enhancement
The "Workshop Module" allows peer evaluation of an assignment or task, but while it is easy to download individual submissions, unlike the assignment module, there is currently no way for the instructor to download all submissions as a .zip file. This makes the module cumbersome to use with a large number of registered students. We are developing an enhancement to the Workshop Module to allow the same functionality as the Assignment Module.
Enhancements to the Reader module and Reader block
The Reader module and Reader block (formerly the ReaderView block) are popular Moodle plugins that support extensive reading among students. This project will improve the functionality and usability of the Reader module for Moodle 2.x and the associated ReaderView block, which will be renamed to the Reader block. The following items will be implemented from a wish list that was recently created by users of the Reader module. (1) set maximum and minimum reading frequency, (2) take action on students who repeatedly fail quizzes, (3) send email from Reader reports, (4) show progress bar for low level students, (5) allow easier error reporting information for teachers and (g) activate incomplete menu items Additionally, this project will add the following gamification features to the Reader block: (a) word counts of top reading students, (b) suggestions for suitable unread books (c) reminders about reading rate, and (d) mini-progress bar Finally, the backup and restore functionality of both the Reader module and the Reader block will be completed in the latter part of 2015.
PoodLL is a popular set of Moodle plugins whose chief function is to enable the submission of audio/video recordings and whiteboard drawings as content to Moodle. PoodLL is now relatively old in plugin terms (seven years) and out of pace with modern Moodle and browser technologies. PoodLL 3 is a re implementation of PoodLL using modern apis and html5 technology. It will sport several new features including html5 audio and video recording and external storage adaptors. And it will be built around an api that allows other 3rd party plugins to use PoodLL.
Single Sign On (SSO) and Mailing List Improvement with Moodle
There would be two main functions to this project: Improving personalized mails to members with MailChimp and Single sign-on. The Single Sign On (SSO) part of this project would allow participants in the main MAJ site to move to the MAJ Hub site easily with no signing on again. The second part of the project involves improving the mailing list management with MailChimp. Depending on further fund-raising, we hope to integrate the free mailing list management software called “Mailchimp” with Moodle for use with the MAJ and the MAJ Hub mailing list. After a test mailing with MailChimp in December 2014, it was clear that a closer integration was necessary with Mailchimp, so that time-consuming manual processes can be reduced. We wish to use segments, merge fields, and sync course membership with the Mailchimp mailing list. The integration would be used to expand mailing list use to MAJ, R&D and other MAJ communications.