Playing with 14 #Moodle 2.2 Mods and Blocks

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Like others who are just embarking on Moodle 2.2, I've been revisiting all my favorite mods and blocks . Which ones can I live without (e.g. Journal) is the question, and will those I can't live without be updated (e.g. Sharing Cart and LightBox Gallery) to work with Moodle 2.2?
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I recently asked the following question on the MoodleMayhem.org email list:
Anyone have an easier way to accomplish file handling in Moodle 2.2? You know, deleting old files (e.g. backup mbz files)?
Also, what are your favorite Moodle 2.2 mods/blocks ? The old reliables are Book, Certificate, but after that...I'm still hunting for some good ones to recommend.
The first question--file handling--came from having to delete/clean out old mbz (Moodle course backup files) that were left. Rather than delete them one at a time--which is what it looks like one has to do and I've been doing--I'd like for a simple multi-select and delete approach (sort of what you do with your email in your inbox).

My picks for must-have mods include the following (a short list I'm hoping to expand):
  1. Book - The Book module makes it easy to create multi-page resources with a book-like format. This module can be used to build complete book-like websites inside of your Moodle course.
  2. Certificate - This module allows for the dynamic generation of certificates based on predefined conditionals set by the teacher.
  3. Journal - Essential for some courses we're managing.
  4. Exabis E-PortfolioThis block can easily be added to a Moodle installation and provides ePortfolio functionality for each student and teacher. Note: I haven't gotten this one to work yet on 2.2 install but will be experimenting more in the future.
And, here are some of the suggestions by MoodleMayhem email list members:
  1. Collapsed Topics and/or Collapsed Weeks by Gareth J Barnard - This was suggested by Frankie Kam. Collapsible Topics: A topic based format that solves the issue of the 'Scroll of Death' when a course has many topics.
    Collapsed Weeks: 
    A week based format that solves the issue of the 'Scroll of Death' when a course has many weeks.
  2. Drag and Drop upload - This was suggested by Josh Davis.
Other suggestions on the server side:
  1. WebminWebmin is a web-based interface for system administration for Unix. Using any modern web browser, you can setup user accounts, Apache, DNS, file sharing and much more. Suggested by Rusty Meyners. This is not a Moodle module, but a server feature available for Linux servers and Windows.

Finally, here's a list of mods/blocks that I want to try out but haven't had the opportunity to do so yet. I'll be experimenting with these to see if they work as advertised and fit into use in K-12 environment...wish me luck and share your feedback! Descriptions come from web site:
  1. Adobe ConnectProvides an activity level integration between Moodle and Adobe Connect Pro
  2. Anonymizable Forum This is a stand-alone fork of the standard forum which allows anonymous posting. Apart from the option to post anonymously, it behaves just like a normal forum. 
  3. Collaborative Real Time Editorrtcollaboration is a new type of assignment. It's a collaborative real-time editor that works like Google Docs Two or more users can work at the same time in the same document. When you type a word the text is updated in real-time for the other users
  4. Group Self-SelectionThe Group selection module allows students to select the group they want to be members of. 
  5. Group ChoiceThis module allows students to enrol themselves in a group within a course. The teacher can select from which groups the students can chose, and the maximum nummber of students allowed in each group.
  6. Online Audio Recording Audio recorder (Flash 10.1+) with optional manual upload option. Records locally and uploads via HTTP POST, so no need for a streaming server. Watch the screencast
  7. PCastThe Pcast module makes it simple to create podcasts in moodle.  Podcast episodes can be instructor created or added by course participants.
  8.  Course File Area and Repository File AreaThis repository plugin provides a course file storage area within Moodle 2.x which is similar in function to the Course Files functionality in Moodle 1.x, using the same numbered directories within the moodle data directory. The primary purpose of this block is to provide file management capabilities for the 'Course files area' repository. However, this block is also capable of interfacing with the Moodle 2.x Files API to provide limited file browsing capabilities for some other repository types.
I'm sure there are others I've missed, but these are a start! I hope to have my list finalized in time for the TCEA 2012 Moodle Academy (just in case someone asks me!).



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