London calling! Registrations open for MoodleMoot Ireland-UK 2016 – March 22nd-24th

BALLROOM CABARET SET - 300In just about 10 weeks, Moodlers from the UK and Ireland and further afield will descend on London for the Ireland and UK MoodleMoot 2016.

The MoodleMoot is being held over three days at the Park Plaza Riverbank in London on 22nd March – 24th March with the following schedule:

  • 22nd – Workshops and Hackfest
  • 23rd – Presentations, Keynotes, Gala Dinner
  • 24th – Presentations, Keynotes, Gala Dinner

Call for Presentation proposals.

The call for presentations is still open and they are looking for presentations across all sectors and themes in one of three formats:

  • Short Presentations (15min + questions)
  • Pecha Kucha (20 slides x 20 sec/slide)
  • Posters

See the Presenter Guidelines for more information about presentation types

Registration is open!

You can reserve your place at the Ireland and UK MoodleMoot and join hundreds of Moodlers for fun days of learning, networking and development.

The registration provides access to the panels, workshops, presentations, keynote addresses, meals (Coffee breaks and lunch) for each day that you are registered. Both options include the Conference dinner held at the Park Plaza Riverbank on the evening of the 23rd.

There are two ticket options for the MoodleMoot Ireland and UK 2016;

  • a 3 day ticket which includes the workshops/hackfest and the 2 presentation days
  • a 2 day ticket that includes the two main days

For more information check out the Registration page

Register now

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Special offer from Packt on Moodle Administration Essentials

A few months back, we finished the Moodle Administration Essentials book for Packt. It was just focusing on the key areas that a new administrator of Moodle would have to look at including:

  • Install Moodle on a Linux Server
  • Set up the structure of the site using categories
  • Manage user accounts, authenticate users, and control permissions with roles
  • Enhance the site with plugins such as activity modules, admin reports, admin tools, and more
  • Brand the site with configured themes
  • Prepare the site for end-of-year rollover
  • Monitor the usage and performance of the  site

Packt have been so kind as to offer all readers of the blog a 50% discount code when buying the book so be sure to use this code SAHfZsg

Get the book on Packt Publishing

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Moodlemoot Spain 2015 #mootes15

Last week, I was lucky enough to be over in Palma, Mallorca for the Spanish Moodlemoot that was held at the Maths Department in the University of the Balearic Islands. The MoodleMoot was held over three days with the first day being a Hackfest, and the second and third days being the keynotes and presentations and workshops.

The MoodleMoot was organised the Spanish Moodle Partner CV&A Consulting (@CVA_Moodle)and by Toni Mas – many thanks for the invite, it was a great experience.

It was my first Moodlemoot since I joined the Moodle HQ team in September, and was there with Mary Cooch (@moodlefairy), Helen Foster (@moodlehelen) and Juan Leyva (@jleyvadelgado). Be sure to read Mary’s blog post which gives a great overview of the Moot!

I gave a presentation focused on the Student Experience and examples of ways to approach improving the experience. I have uploaded the slides to Slideshare and should appear below.

I hope to write a short article to explain my ideas more from the slides at some point in future.

It was a beautiful venue and city and I wish I had more time to explore the Island afterwards. Mallorca is definately on my list as a place to visit in the future.

Check out the Twitter feed for lots of photos, useful links, and thoughts from those attending. Also if your Spanish is up to it, check the collaborative notes that were assembled throughout the MoodleMoot by attendees –  or if like me, Google Translate is your friend


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Upcoming Moodlemoots in September and October 2015

There are some Moodlemoots coming up in the next two months around the globe.

Moodle Moots are always a good place for sharing good practice in teaching, course design, administration and development.


MoodleMoot Italia 2015, Genoa, Italy – Sept 9-11

6th International Slovenian MoodleMoot 2015, Koper, Slovenia –  Sept 18


MoodleMoot Peru, Lima, Peru – Oct 15 y 16

Moodleposium 2015, Canberra, Australia – Oct 8-9

Canada Moodle Moot, Montréal, Canada – Oct 21-23

MoodleMoot Spain, Mallorca, Spain – Oct 22-24


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New Book: Moodle Administration Essentials with Packt Publishing

We have just released a new book with Packt Publishing called Moodle Administration Essentials.

Moodle Administration Essentials

When training new organisations on Moodle administration, our approach has been to focus on just the tasks that they need to get up and running and this book covers those essential areas.

More Info

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5 things to know about MoodleCloud

Martin Dougiamas from Moodle HQ announced a new free cloud based hosting for small Moodle sites. MoodleCloud enables an individual who does not know how to install Moodle themselves, or does not have the money to spare, to get a small Moodle sitethat they can test out with their training group or class.

So what is it?

1. The service
The MoodleCloud service provides free hosting for an up-to-date Moodle site on You cannot change the URL. The site will always be running the very latest release of Moodle but with no hassle of upgrading – it will just happen. So no hassle, and no technical know-how required. Just fill in a form, verify you are you – and you got a small Moodle site.

2. Small is beautiful

MoodleCloud is designed for smaller users.

  • a teacher trying out Moodle for the first time with a class before later moving to a full Moodle site for the school – with a Moodle Partner
  • a trainer wanting to try out Moodle and see how it works for them without any commitment
  • administrator wanting to see how Moodle works installed without having to set up an environment themselves
  • an instructional designer wanting to practice building a course in the Moodle site

The system is free to use but the user numbers are capped at 50 – which is quite sufficient for a small class or test site.

The space allotment is 200 mb – however this should quite a lot really. Moodle integrates with YouTube, Dropbox, Flickr, and many other content sites out there – so files can reside on those without impacting the install size of Moodle.

3. Video Communication

The site is the core Moodle install, no extra plugins with one exception – BigBlueButton – an excellent open source video conferencing tool – which this limited version will cater for 6 people in a session. Again, quite enough to test with or use in a small discussion.

4. Free

It is free to the teacher, but someone has to pay – so there are some Google ads in the footer of most pages on the site. Not too intrusive really. Something that while running a small class or trial site is not a turn-off.

5. Verification

The service uses a mobile number to verify that you are real. This works two ways – firstly, it sends you a code to confirm your setup request. Also once you have successfully set up a site  you cannot use your mobile to make another site. Just one Moodle 4 u!

In a nutshell

So if you need to just tip your toe in the water,  or if you have no resources and want to try out Moodle in your training, or in your class teaching, then MoodleCloud is an easy option to try without commitment.  If you need more, then have a look to the Moodle Partners

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