Moodle with a Beginner’s Mind

It is summer now, the year is behind me. I am a survivor and it is a thing to be proud of. Someone told me this and it rings true and frees me from my own ruminations about the nature of self. The summer is to reset, from the pandemic, and a brutal year.

When the year started, somewhere in July of last summer, when I was hired and dashed up to Bellevue and grabbed a laptop to use in a class they had signed me up for, and found a condo and purchased it (yes, all in the same day) and launched my year…one of the things I realized is that I was in for change and it might well be approached with a Beginner’s Mind in all facets. It was a great plan. I remain attached to it now. The pandemic was hard and it isn’t clear that any alterations to the plan would have changed that.

It is day one of summer. Three days ago began a journey that surprised me. An interesting experience with Moodle has begun. I have used Moodle since 2005 after it was chosen by students completing a research project for me into what Learning Management System I should use.

I am sure I have reloaded before and yet, often it is with courses and configurations and methods I have used in the past. This time I simply did a clean install, taking all the features in that Moodle now utilizes, keeping no legacy files, classes, or organization and just starting again.

It is configured and sits working through backups again tonight and each day I have added one thing so far and am easing into making it a productive system. Starting with making it a working system. The possibilities, of starting with a Dashboard, and having Learning Plans up front and all manners of things is simply so cool and energizing. To look at this with my experience but also beginning again, from the beginning with nothing to remain attached to, this is so cool and makes it so easy to simply flow through the short activity this morning, it was so engaging, a reminder that the entire plan was to approach things with a beginners mind was the essential piece.

The rest happened and was mean spirited and for the most part punishing. But that is fine, it need not define me or my teaching practices and teaching students.

On Adding YouTube Content to WordPress, Moodle, and Your School’s Web

Often while adding a YouTube video to some site you are using for educating your learners you wish to alter the playing experience.  I recently had the experience of having a perfectly acceptable video which had potentially less acceptable videos show up on the related video screen at the end.  While the tool I was using had limited controls I was able to remove related videos by simply adding the YouTube Embedded Player Parameters to the string the tool used for inserting the videos.  In my case:


Values: 0 or 1. Default is 1. Sets whether the player should load related videos once playback of the initial video starts. Related videos are displayed in the "genie menu" when the menu button is pressed. The player search functionality will be disabled if rel is set to 0.

Moodle 2 Moodle Tool Guide

Many of you will have used and maybe still use Joyce Seitzinger’s Moodle Tool Guide released two years ago.

A Moodle 2 version

So now, G Henrick, has added to SlideShare a starting point for a Moodle 2 version.  You can also Download it Here.

For all details on the original version created by Joyce Seitzinger for Moodle 1.9 check out her website -> Moodle Tool Guide

Moodle 2.2 and Rubrics for Assessment

We are using Moodle 2.2 and I am beginning to work with our English department to establish rubrics as part of advanced grading methods utilizing rubrics.

I am looking today at University of Wisconsin/Stout’s Rubrics for Assessment site as it not only covers writing but also Web 2.0, ePortfolios, Video projects.  Yes, one can quibble as they use the term Powerpoint instead of slideshow, but you they probably don’t actually use more modern tools.  I am hopeful the site offers some good basic examples.