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Review: Moodle 2.0 First Look by Mary Cooch

Moodle 2.0 First LookWell? I’ve reviewed all the other Moodle books by Packt so why not my own? 🙂  We’ve just heard   RC1 is out (September 21st) and I’m expecting this  book  out in the next few days also, so it seemed a timely opportunity to talk a little about its contents.

When Packt approached me last winter to write Moodle 2.0 First Look I was initially extremely flattered that they should think I might know enough about Moodle 2.0 to be capable of writing it; a few months in to the first drafts – and having learned a lot along the way- I began to wonder if perhaps they’d asked several better qualified people before and I was the only one daft enough to accept the offer: who in their right minds agrees to write a book about something that hasn’t been made yet? One day I would churn out several pages on a  particular module only to update my test Moodle and discover it was all different now..By the end of the first drafts of the eight chapters I went back to chapter 1 and virtually rewrote the book again. Moodle 2.0 is still changing; more slowly now as we approach RC1 but there will be more changes as we get to 2.0 stable and then in the ensuing months. But I had to stop sometime. Right up until last week when Packt asked if they could “freeze” the content of the book in order to publish, I was sending in regular, apologetic emails ” please could you just add this/take this out/swap this screenshot”. Now of course I can only see bits I have missed (which I will include on this blog over the next few weeks) rather than what I have managed to incoroporate.

Below are some pointers as to what the book is and is not, to help you decide if it is for you (or not):

What this book IS:

  • It’s a sort of Moodle 2.0 “lite”, a tour of the new features and changes from 1.9 to help familiarise admins and teachers.
  • It’s an instruction manual for using the new enhancements such as Conditional Activities/Comments/Workshop etc while assuming you’ve already used Moodle  before. The emphasis is on teaching with Moodle 2.0  although the necessary administrative elements are covered also.

What this book is NOT

  • It’s not a techie’s guide to upgrading and installing Moodle 2.0 While there is some technical help there, and Chapter 8 covers administration as fully as they would let me ( I  was told to cut that chapter by 20 pages because it was too long) the main focus of the book is on using Moodle 2.0 once you have got it up and running. (If you’re wanting a Moodle 2.0 administration manual then at some point I daresay Alex Büchner will update his excellent 1.9 Administration version)
  • It’s not a how to use Moodle 2.0 if you’ve never met Moodle before guide either; nor is it geared towards non-technical teachers as my first book Moodle 1.9 for Teaching 7-14 Year Olds was. But I’d like to think that if you read that first book then you would be able to pick up a fair amount of useful ideas from this book once your school moved to Moodle 2.0

What does it include?

  • Chapter 1 gives a general overview of what’s new in Moodle 2.0
  • Chapter 2 explains the new way of navigating around and the changes in blocks
  • Chapter 3 talks about editing text with the new TinyMCE editor and the new way of handling files (Oh just don’t, don’t ask.… I have endeavoured to keep this as up to date as possible before publication – anything else that changes, I will document here)
  • Chapter 4 takes you through the “add a resource” drop down highlighting the changes
  • Chapter 5 takes you through the “add an activity” drop down highlighting the changes there, focusing on the Workshop, Quiz and Wiki – although I felt the Wiki section wasn’t as in depth as the others
  • Chapter 6 deals with the long awaited “Conditional Activities” and Activity/C ourse Completion. Basically this is how you can control what a student has access to, based on exam grades, time, performance elsewhere etc and decide and when  how an activity and a course is classed as “completed”.  I liked this chapter
  • Chapter 7 is all about commenting, blogging, messaging and feeding back –  having your say. I liked this chapter too.
  • Chapter 8  – condensed – takes you through the Administration settings, exploring what is different. (Any omissions  will  be documented here.)

So that’s it. Welcome to Moodle 2.0. And no- I don’t know what the cover picture is of either 🙂

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4 Comments »

  1. I am looking forward to reading this book (being a star in it). I think that this book is promising as you spent HOURS!!! on this, after all the delays and printing and even the moaning, it is now complete. A very well done to you Mary 🙂

    Emma

    Comment: Emma Anforth – 22. September 2010 @ 3:55 pm

  2. Congratulations Mary !

    My best wishes of success to your 2.0 Moodle fairy adventures

    Fred

    Comment: Fred Quay – 22. September 2010 @ 6:30 pm

  3. Merci Fred – quelle corvée….!

    Comment: admin – 22. September 2010 @ 7:19 pm

  4. I’m really looking forward to reading it! Your own review is great! Best wishes!

    Comment: Silvina Hillar – 25. September 2010 @ 4:09 am

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