Posts Tagged ‘Moodle’
One of the concerns we see a lot with Moodle is the lack of self-confidence tutors and support staff have with its use. They seem to be concerned that it will take ages to get a good course on Moodle and don’t really know where to start. There are a number of Colleges and Learning Providers who have created a “sandbox” for people to try out Moodle, but few that I’m aware of that know it is possible to give out a complete Moodle installation on a stick to help combat this issue.
Providing a complete installation of Moodle on a USB stick can help to increase confidence and enables users to try things out for themselves without anyone knowing what they’re attempting to do!
Administrators can use Moodle on a stick to test out new functionality and create new designs and content without going near their live installation. I’ve been using it to compare Moodle 2.0 with Moodle 1.9 and to assess the impact that the changes will have on our site.
Users can create courses and materials and then when they are happy back it up to import it into the live Moodle site later.
There have been a number of organisations who have previously made Moodle available on a stick as a complete package: VLE Middleware used to distribute Moodle 1.9+ as “Sticky Moodle” and the RSCs distribute it (again at the time of writing, version 1.9+) as part of eduApps and Maxos (Moodle and Xerte on a stick).
However, it is possible to create a Moodle 2 installation on a memory stick yourself using free software. Creating a Moodle 2 on a stick is fairly painless and I would encourage anyone to try it.
Take a look at: http://www.chsoftware.net/en/mowes/mowesportable/main.htm and, once you’ve read the instructions, start the Mixer. You can then select Apache, MySQL and PHP5 along with the Moodle package. Follow the next few screens through until you’ve got the zip file. Unzip this file onto your chosen memory stick and follow the installation instructions.
Once you’ve installed your Moodle on a stick and tried running it, you may encounter a couple of problems which look like it has failed. If your browser has opened but Moodle hasn’t loaded, just refresh the browser page. I suspect sometimes the server part of the stick loads slower than the browser. Also if you are a Skype user, you need to ensure it isn’t running because it uses the same port.
I’m sure that you’ll find having such a portable Moodle really useful and glad you tried it. Feel free to comment if you have any problems with your install.
David Salvesen from IS Oxford has recently posted new information to the Heritage mailing list regarding Heritage online and it’s integration with Moodle. This looks like it could be an excellent development and I can’t wait to see it in practice. The email is below.
We are working on an API (Application Programming Interface) to Heritage Online that will permit information to be pulled from by other web-based applications e.g. VLEs such as Moodle or Sharepoint-based systems. Such technology, where a single ‘webpage’ draws information from a number of different sources is sometimes referred to as Web2.In the first release, our Web2 development will allow borrower information to be picked up e.g. number of loans, items overdue, items becoming due, but we will extend this further in future developments. The initial development work is underway with a test application providing data to both Moodle and Sharepoint. The release of this part is planned to be available in the Summer.
Two related developments will be Single Sign On (SSO) to avoid borrowers having to manually identify themselves to Heritage Online and changes to our licensing of Heritage Online. We will provide more information on these when we have it, most probably within the next two to three months.