#Moodle 2.0 First Look - Reflections on Chapter 4

Note: This is part of a series of blog entries sharing my take-aways from Moodle 2.0 First Look by Mary "moodlefairy" Cooch, published by Packt Publishing.
In Chapter 4, What's New in Add a Resource, a lot of time is spent on how things have changed. The summary is helpful and provides a list that I think should have appeared at the front of the chapter (as quoted in the chapter):
  • File now replaces link to a file or web site and is the normal location to upload individual resources such as word-processed documents or slideshows
  • Folder is the new name for the display a directory option
  • IMS Content package is still available here with aesthetic changes
  • Label now uses the enhanced TinyMCE HTML editor
  • Page combines the previous compose a text page and compose a webpage options
  • URL replaces link to a file or website and is the normal location to display weblinks we wish our students to access



I couldn't help but feel this chapter was a bit rushed, with all the neat stuff to share (isn't that a nice problem to have?). For example, I was hoping for a screenshot of "Displaying a File" that would reveal what an ODT (OpenOffice document) would appear like in a Moodle 2.0 course. There also appeared to be an assumption that most users would have Moodle 1.9 as a frame of reference, rather than just go with the assumption that I'm completely new to Moodle 2.0 and want to learn that for the first time.

Does that make sense? As great as Moodle 1.9 is, learning Moodle 2.0's way would have been helpful without the constant comparison with 1.9. Yet, it's easy to understand why making the comparison is helpful for some readers. Maybe a list of new features and what they look like would be helpful. Just ruminating here...Mary's done a nice job overall in discussing Moodle 2.0.

For example, consider the "of course" on uploading a folder of files...folks who haven't used Moodle 1.9 would be unaware they had to upload multiple files as a compressed, zipped file.

We need to upload our folder as a zipped folder, of course.

Perhaps, I'm imagining the need for Mary's next book, Moodle 2.0:Teaching 7-14 Year Olds ? (smile)

I also like the fact that Mary discusses filter settings that affect multimedia.

In reading this chapter, I wanted to see more action, more things one could do with the resources. Although Moodle 2.0 First Look is great so far, it's turning out to be more focused on being a comparison of Moodle 1.9 and Moodle 2.0.

If this book is a comparison between 1.9 and 2.0, I'm definitely looking forward to Mary revisiting this, bringing to bear all her experience in integrating these tools into teaching and learning settings!!



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Mary said…
Hi Miguel! First-thankyou very much for reviewing my book; it is much appreciated. And yes -the book isspecifically written for people who are already familiar with Moodle 1.9 and who are moving to Moodle 2.0 The reason for that is that Packt are wanting to update Wm Rice's E-Learning Course Development to 2.0 for users totally new to Moodle 2.0 and also those of us who have written Moodle 1.9 books will be updating them -so yes, - there will arise at some point Moodle 2.0 for Teaching 7-14 Year Olds :)

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