Moodle Tip-Reset your course for the new term

The new term is nearly upon us and lots of tutors are running about doing last minute Moodle changes to their course areas.  One question that keeps coming up is “How do I reset my course and clear last years students?

The answer is simple, use the course reset feature in the course admin block.

This little gem is often missed and tutors are rarely informed of its use during Moodle training.

Moodle: PowerPoint white screen when opened in Internet Explorer

For some strange reason, when a user clicks on a PowerPoint from within Moodle that is set to "New Window" they are prompted with the Open, Save, Cancel Box.  But when they click open, PowerPoint is launched and the presentation displays an empty white screen.

I think it has something to do with the TEMP folder and the way IE references this folder.  This bug only seems to happen on campus and works fine with Firefox, Chrome etc…

As a quick fix I edited file.php in the Moodle root directory.

And changed the line:

Tips and tricks for a Moodle overhaul

PalletteI often receive questions from Moodlers about how to tackle a Moodle overhaul so I thought I’d share my thoughts on this with the Moodle community.

Moodle to me is a constantly evolving project, I often change things as I’m going along.  Many people set out to create a finished product and as a result set their expectations too high and put too much pressure on themselves to finish the project in the allotted time.

Leeds City College Moodle Goes Live!

Leeds City College Moodle Goes Live!

The new Leeds City College Moodle has now gone live.  The new Moodle will include all the courses from 2 previous Moodle installations and 1 Blackboard installation.

The new Moodle is load balanced using 3 web servers and 2 database servers and is expected to serve in excess of 30,000 students.