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Archive for July, 2009

Looking for a job working with Moodle? Or perhaps you have a vacancy for someone with Moodle skills? If so, our large Moodle Jobs database, with over 120 adverts, may have exactly what you’re looking for.

Looking for a job working with Moodle in Perth, Australia? We’re currently advertising for two new positions at Moodle HQ – a Moodle developer and a Moodle technical project manager. Both jobs provide the opportunity to work as part of a fabulous team, with a really cool boss – Martin D!

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Moodle logos galore

Looking for a Moodle logo to use in an article or presentation? A new page on moodle.org: Moodle Logos (in the Downloads dropdown menu) now provides download links for various sizes of logo and desktop wallpaper.

If you wish to show the world you support Moodle, please visit our Moodle Shop (in the Community dropdown menu) for t-shirts, mugs and even teddy bears sporting the Moodle logo! A percentage of all sales from the Moodle Shop goes towards Moodle development.

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The Moodle wiki story

There was an interesting discussion in the Lounge last week entitled Why Mediawiki Instead of Moodles Wiki Module for docs.moodle.org? As this question has been asked quite a few times, I decided to add it, together with some of the answers in the thread, to the Moodle.org FAQ.

The current Moodle wiki module, ewiki, based on the ErfurtWiki, was integrated in Moodle by Michael Schneider and Mike Churchward. Rather than trying to keep maintaining the complex code, it was decided that ewiki should be replaced in Moodle 2.0 with either NWiki, developed by Ludo (Marc Alier) and his team in Spain, or the OU wiki, developed by Sam Marshall of the Open University in the UK.

The Moodle community was asked to vote for the wiki they would like in Moodle 2.0 by means of a vote and a discussion Voting on NWiki vs OUWiki. NWiki received the highest number of votes and is now listed in the Roadmap as the wiki for 2.0. Thanks to both Ludo and his team and to Sam for developing wiki modules for Moodle.

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Have you ever visited the Moodle Exchange and wondered whether any of the databases, glossaries and quizzes on offer might be suitable for including in your courses? Thanks to Paula Clough, you can now check out many of the activities from the Moodle Exchange in the Exchange Samples course on demo.moodle.org.

If you’re looking for ideas on how to improve your courses in Moodle, the discussion What are the components of an exemplary high school Moodle course? has an increasing number of useful suggestions.

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I’m pleased to announce that demo.moodle.org now has two more demonstration courses – in Arabic and Persian. These courses provide the opportunity for Moodle developers to test support of right-to-left languages. A big thank you to all our Moodle features demo course translators.

A new course in Dutch has also been added to the site – ICT en samenleving (thanks to Koen Roggemans). The course showcases a number of Moodle features including wiki activities with history, a random glossary entry block and even a quiz containing questions created by students (after assigning them the role of question creator).

If you have a course illustrating some of Moodle’s many features which you’d like to donate for use on demo.moodle.org, please see Moodle demo courses for details of what to do.

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Yesterday I added a new book to the Moodle Books database – Moodle 1.9 Multimedia by João Fernandes.

Remember, if you buy a book by following a ‘Buy this book’ link in the Moodle Books database, you’re helping support Moodle development, since a percentage of all sales from the database goes to the Moodle Trust.

If you’re interested in writing a Moodle book yourself, you may like to check out the recent Lounge discussion Packt invites Moodle book ideas and authors.

Packt has published six Moodle books to-date. A further book Moodle 1.9 for Second Language Teaching by Jeff Stanford is due to be released in a couple of months time.

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I’m very pleased to report that our GSOC students, Andrei, Jose, Olli, Mihai and Alberto, have all passed their mid-term evaluations with flying colours! Congratulations everyone, and a big thank you to our super mentors. approve

Our students now have another month to complete their projects. After a final evaluation period, the results of GSOC 2009 will be announced on 25 August 2009.

Please help our GSOC students by providing comments and feedback about their projects. See GSOC/2009 for all discussion and tracker issue links.

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