Big Blue Button and Moodle

We probably all know Moodle, but how many of us have heard of Big Blue Button?

Big Blue Button is a purpose built open source on-line learning tool designed from the ground up to be an interactive classroom/video conferencing tool.

It has many of the features you might find in Adobe Connect whilst being relatively light weight.

Apart from it having the ability to be easily integrated into a Moodle course, it also has an exceptionally easy recording feature which automatically saves the recordings back to Moodle whilst at the same time providing the course administrator with statistics of who was present, who “really” took part and how long for.

Currently Big Blue Button can be accessed on the HT Moodle platform, which is linked to the BBB demonstration servers. We also have an experimental version on a server. This version is based on the very latest B code which effectively replaces Flash with HTML5.

We hope to have this version ready by the start of the new semester, but should you wish to try out this version, please let me know and I’ll give you access.

Feel free to try out Big Blue Button, and if you wish to join in any group trials, please let me know and we can see what it is possible to organise.

There are a host of resources on the Big Blue Button website, and also a complete set of instructions here – Carlton University, Canada. The developers of BBB.

Evento – Moodle Interface

It may be that you are not able to automatically setup your courses on Moodle from the Autumn semester. This is because the interface between the corporate Moodle platform and Evento is not working reliably at present.

Corporate IT are working on resolving this for the future, but it is at present unclear when the feature will be available again.

New Moodle is on the Way – Moodle 3.9

Moodle 3.9 is on the way. Whilst this does not necessarily mean that there will be a new look, we have in HT decided to make the Corporate an HT Moodle look the same, should you wish to do so.

HT Moodle has always been about options. You choose what you feel is the best layout for your students. With that in mind, you can also choose the look and feel that best suits you.

This extends not just to the theme, but also the format of your course, and you can combine these should you so wish to do so.

As always, I am interested in your feedback

Corporate Moodle will Receive a New Look

When CIT upgrade Moodle early in August 2020, they will also give Moodle a new look and feel. We will also extend this to the HT Moodle to bring the two platforms into line.

That said, we will retain our additional Formats, and our extensive range of plugins that are so useful to our users.

Moodle 3.9

With Moodle 3.9 just a short way off now, it may be worth just taking a quick look at what has changed.

New Tool Developed for Moodle

The School of Engineering, Energy and Environment, have just developed an amazing tool which links a Moodle application to a Python tool which enables them to create some realistic simulations and calculations.

For further details, contact Professor Dr. Timothy Griffin.

Moodle SwitchDrive Dynamically Linked

The Learnweb Team at the University of Münster developed an amazing tool that allowed for the linking of Moodle and OwnCloud, on which Switch Drive is based, file repositories.

Moodle, whilst basing its linking on the NextCloud Plugin lacks one crucial component, the dynamic linking of the two applications. This means you can pull files in to Moodle, but they will not be dynamically updated when you update the file on your local PC. The plugin developed by Münster, however, does.

After some experimenting with the test Moodle platform, I have finally made this plugin work on our Moodle instance, and here’s how to use it.


Moodle and SwitchDrive Linked

Switch have added the plugin that allows for the linking of SwitchDrive to Moodle.

This feature will doubtless save you a lot of time creating links in SwitchDrive when putting files on Moodle.