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.


Moodle in the Top 10 Learning Tools for 2011

From my friends over there, I was sent this from “some random thoughts” blog:

Every year there is a crowd sourced list of the Top 100 Tools for learning curated by Jane Hart of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT), and this week the 2011 list was finalised. 531 learning professionals worldwide submitted their top 10 tools and hence the top 100 list was created.

Moodle finished at number 8 with its best showing for the last 5 years where it was 10th, 14th, 9th, 12th and now 8th. Two other Course Management Systems appear further down in the top 100, at 58th and 89th respectively.

So what tops the list?

The top 10 tools in 2011 are:

  1. Twitter
  2. YouTube
  3. GoogleDocs
  4. Skype
  5. WordPress
  6. Dropbox
  7. Prezi
  8. Moodle
  9. Slideshare
  10. EDU Glogster

Take a look at the article and see how many of these tools integrate with Moodle.  Then determine how many of these you use.