Posts Tagged ‘Blogs’

The story of blogs in Moodle

For those of you interested in some Moodle history, blogs arrived in Moodle in version 1.6, based on the work of Daryl Hawes. Since they were added, the lack of a blog comments option has been discussed at length (see Blogs, Forums and the nature of discussion and Blogs and comments) and as a result, blog comments will be included in Moodle 2.0.

In Moodle 1.7 it became possible to limit blogging to specific users by setting up a Blogger role.

Last year the Open University in the UK released their own blog module, the OU blog, which allows for course and group blogs.

In addition to blog comments, Moodle 2.0 will include a number of other blog improvements (see MDL-19676), such as support for external blogs and blog associations (based on the GSOC 2008 project Blog improvements by Joey Morwick).

As for my own blog on moodle.org, I’ve just moved it to helenfoster.wordpress.com where I’m enjoying discovering lots of cool  WordPress features. Feel free to comment on any of my blog posts here!

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Blogs on moodle.org

Since starting a blog myself, I’ve come across quite a few interesting blog posts on moodle.org, including a recent one by Olli Savolainen, Documenting Moodle usability work.

As Olli mentions, it’s not possible to publish to anyone in the world, to prevent blogs being used for spam. A small hack makes my own blog an exception to this, as it needs to be world-accessible in order to make it available on Planet Moodle.

A number of blog improvements are on our Roadmap for Moodle 2.0 (MDL-14411). Thanks to GSOC student Joey Morwick for his Student projects/Blog improvements. Joey even blogged about his GSOC project on moodle.org.

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