Moodle Makeover

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  • Deadline: January 5 (J-term classes begin)


  • Kristen will work on the development of a new Moodle theme for roll-out by J-term. She is using a [non-MIIS dev site] to work on this.
  • Trinidad will work with Kristen on establishing admin / ftp access to the current Moodle server (Kristen follow up 12/19/08)
  • John and Trinidad will establish a dev server space for TLC and Help Desk to experiment with newer versions of Moodle platform
  • Develop Help Desk strategy for Moodle questions & course requests
  • Basic Course Template Development (ideally, load basic course templates into the course request form; if not, make them accessible in Course Settings as options)
    • Two basic templates complete, needs a little dress up (Bob)
    • Upload some generic files for general use (headers for each program, etc.) (Sarah / Anna)
  • Course request process - revise the form and info for Help Desk routing
  • Bob will work with IT to determine the source of the course back-up / restore problem we continue to encounter [solved by Trinidad]
  • Revise the course request form for ease of use and routing through the Help Desk; specifically "Reasons for requesting course" change to: Notes to HELP DESK (Eg. ROLLOVER: Course Number, Title, Semester; NEW COURSE TEMPLATE REQUEST: BASIC #1, BASIC#2"(Kristen)
  • Sarah and TLC Team (Edie and Anna) will coordinate a [training time] (early Dec) with Greg to get him up to speed on Moodle Basics (including user mgmt, course request process, FAQs)
  • Edie and Anna will develop basic 'out-of-the-box' course templates that can be adapted for new courses

Tabled for now

  • Default course settings updated for ease of use
  • Personal profile settings override course settings when it comes to tracking/flagging new items - change default profile settings to track new items
  • Consider using Google forms to upload a batch course request as a .csv file
  • Revise default course and user settings, specifically:
    • user default tracking posts setting should be turned on by default (Sarah's suggestion)
    • tie-in possible course templates to course settings selection
  • Researching off-site hosting costs with Moodlerooms (Bob, John G)

Moodle 1.9 Upgrade

  • Upgrade to newer version of Moodle 1.9x - hold off until Summer 09
    • delaying the upgrade will allow us to discover problems before faculty do

Still left to do

  • Coordinate with TLC team on Dec and Jan Moodle training schedule for Dean Assts and faculty (Bob)
  • Revise the Moodle 5 Easy Steps info page with Sprin 09 dates (Sarah)
    • Add Moodle Zoo (MIIS course examples to the 5 easy steps) (Sarah w/Bob)
    • Get the word out about Spring Training (Bob)
  • Tweak background color/gradient image leading into background color (Kristen)
  • Adjust font sizes to look better on PCs (Kristen)
  • Fix iTunes U quick link (Kristen)