Archiving Courses

I would also like to invite thoughts on archiving courses.

With more and more of us running exams, tests, or just simply grading work through Moodle, I feel that we are sure to run into some issue concerning how we store and retrieve past results in the case of recourse.

My initial thoughts would be that at the end of every semester, and after the grades have gone out and been accepted, past courses are backed up and then downloaded to a local PC.

From here, the backup files should, in my view, be stored on a secure server in the FHNW under the School or faculty they apply to, the subject they cover, and the course name they applied to along with the semester/year.

Moodle and Resources move to a new home.

Home Sweet Home.

From the start of the new semester, the tools that we have been developing will have been moved to a new home.

The so called HT Moodle application is already now running on a new server at the FHNW. We have Moodle 3.7.1+ which is the very latest version of the application. The move comes in connection with the on-going development work and IBRE Project where we are developing a new Python based tool for the School of Mechanical Engineering, thermodynamics.

Making good use of the server, we plan to Migrate and to the same server and at the same time we shall have a very small OwnCloud installation for our own research purposes.

All-in-all, we are becoming more and more innovative and this means finding new and exciting ways to deliver our courses to students.

None of this means that you have to use our tools, but if you fancy trying out something new and different, feel free to give it a go.

Only Office and SwitchDrive

Switch are offering Google doc like services through their SwitchDrive service.

What this means is that you can now work collaboratively on documents in more or less the same way as you do with Google docs, just with the added security of knowing that only you and your collaborators know what is going on.

The service uses OnlyOffice, a tool that is based essentially on Open Office or Libra Office.

For more information click here.

Moodle and MS Office 365

Microsoft have developed an entire suite of tools aimed at giving users a greater deal of flexibility when working with Moodle.

The tools include a calendar sync function, submission of assignments undertaken using Onenote, intergration of MS Teams and much more.

We are currently looking to evaluate the usefulness of these tools and also their reliability on the test platform.

Moodle Users Association

The Moodle Users Association or MUA is a group of people who get together to help develop, mold, fashion and influence the next generation of Moodle.

There are different levels of membership from individual users through to Institutions who want to have a greater say in the develop process.

Moodle 3.7 is here.

Moodle 3.7 has been launched. This means that our test platform is now running the latest version to test plugin compatibility and to ensure that we have stability in the system. At the same time the development server is running the next Moodle version Moodle 3.8.

The developers in Australia have already unveiled Moodle 3.9 which will be launched to us in the Spring of 2020.

Greater Moodle Flexibility

Corporate IT have welcomed our idea of a split Moodle concept which they say will fit in really well with their vision of some form of cloud e-learning idea.

It would allow the Corporate Moodle to remain slim and efficient whilst allowing the School of Engineering to utilize plugins and resources that they really need and want.

Our Moodle, which is currently version 3.6.2+, has, for example, all the maths and Latex filters enabled which allows for us to make the most of engineering notation.

The plan is for this site, and the Moodle application to be moved to an FHNW internal server over the summer break. This should also give us plenty of time to test and make sure everything is working the way we want it to be.

Moodle News

The Corporate Moodle is now running Moodle 3.5.

Since Corporate IT took back the responsibility for running our own Moodle, they are performing regular minor updates to the application. If for some reason you notice something not working as it should be, please let me know and I can request that the issue be rectified as quickly as possible. CIT will normally respond within the day.

Moodle Upgrade News

Unfortunately there was a problem with the planned Moodle upgrade last night and CIT regret to inform us that as a result, the platform is still running with the old version 3.1.

CIT have announced they will make a second attempt to upgrade Moodle on Thursday 14th February at 20:00. If this attempt fails, they will make a further attempt on Saturday also at 20:00.