Today’s websites are all about big splash screens, and the login page is no exception. For many organisations, the Moodle login page is the first screen their users will see. So why not make it look good and make that first impression.
Here is a small selection of Moodle login pages that I have been developing. All done with PHP, CSS and some rather nice backgrounds.
I have just finished an early release of my Moodle Twitter Block. The block simply allows you to post a tweet to a Twitter account. At present it asks you to enter your Twitter username and password but I will be customising this to pull the data from user profile fields already in Moodle. A lot of work has already been done on a similar block by M3 (http://m3.jiscemerge.org.uk/) but I wanted to create my own and slowly develop it over time to fit in with my custom tweaks. It uses some simple AJAX to submit the form so it stays inside the block.
My Moodle bar is almost ready for public release. I have cleaned the code up (a lot), the bar now installs with just one simple PHP include tag in the footer of your Moodle theme. The buttons now have a CSS based tooltip rollover (like Facebook). I just have a few Internet Explorer 7 glitches to take care of.
I am also planning a notifications module for the bar which will alert users of messages, deadlines and calendar events.
The block is hidden from students and is sticky so that it appears on all courses.
The purpose of the block is to allow teachers to perform their own course checks and get instant feedback on areas for improvement. Points are awarded for the number of resources available but to avoid a repository-based course more points are awarded to the interactive activities. So a course with 12 word documents will not score as highly as a course with a workshop, a forum and a journal.
A course with an average score of 80 is good, 100+ is excellent and over 200 is fantastic.
I have a added a file count and a script to display the size of the course directory.
The report highlights items that need addressing on the course, such as:
Encouraging the use of labels to aid contextualisation.
Encouraging the use of webpages rather than links to word documents
Encouraging the use of forums, journals, books etc..
The tutor is commended for using key activities
A green tick indicates a good point
A red cross indicates a bad point
A yellow warning triangle is a recommendation/suggestion
I am currently beta-testing the block with our e-Learning mentors at college. Based upon their feedback I shall add more elements and maybe an even more detailed reporting engine.
Currently the block searches all the default Moodle activities/resources plus the extra “third party” ones we use here at Leeds City College, such as the Book Module, Gallery, Questionnaire etc.. so it’s still bespoke to our installation. I don’t think I’d ever make it work for all third party modules, there’s too many to list. I still have many bug tweaks to do and I need to clean the code up before I can release this block to the public.