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Moodle 2.0 E-Learning Course Development [Kindle Edition]

William Rice
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This book contains everything you'd expect from an introduction to Moodle: clear step-by-step instructions, plenty of screenshots, explanations and guides through the many features and options that you have to choose from. Throughout the book you will follow an example course that will help you to explore the sort of decisions, design considerations, and thought that goes into developing a successful course. This book is for anyone who wants to get the best from Moodle. Beginners will get a thorough guide to how the software works, with great ideas for getting off to a good start with their first course. More experienced Moodle users will find powerful insights into developing more successful and educational courses.

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About the Author

William Rice is a software training professional who lives, works, and plays in New York City. His indoor hobbies include writing books and spending way too much time reading sites like slashdot and 43 folders. His outdoor hobbies include orienteering, rock climbing, and edible wild plants (a book on that is coming someday). William is fascinated by the relationship between technology and society: how we create our tools, and how our tools in turn shape us. He is married to an incredible woman who encourages his writing pursuits, and has two amazing sons. For more updates on him and his work, you could visit his online blog:

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7472 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849515263
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (25 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MY94FQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #339,502 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moodle 2.0 E-Learning Course Development 10 Nov. 2011
By David
The "Moodle 2.0 E-Learning Course Development" in my opinion is a great publication for those individuals who are just starting out with Moodle as well as a solid ongoing reference for those more experienced users. The book is loaded with screen shots explaining all the features in a very logical order that a person constructing a new Moodle installation could comprehend easily. I believe that anyone with only the most basic computer skills should have little difficulty in becoming proficient in creating and administrating an online course after using this publication. The author has broken down the book into an easily understood 10 step process that takes you through each phase of developing an online classroom while giving you a solid foundation of the logic of how Moodle works every step of the way. If I had to pick a single publication I would choose "Moodle 2.0 E-Learning Course Development" because of its clarity, organization and easily understood approach.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Introduction 5 Jan. 2012
The book is a massive 344 pages covering topics from access levels to WYSIWYG tools. The 10 chapters covered the usual induction, installation and configuration of Moodle and then moved to the different steps covering different phases of your e-learning development.

As William explains, this book is designed for people who are creating and delivering courses in Moodle but he has also added in some administrator information.
Chapters 1,2,3:

In the first few chapters William brings us through the philosophy behind Moodle and then introduces and explains the interface. He touches on the architecture of the Moodle installation before bringing the users through the steps to install Moodle onto a web server. There is a lot of valuable information here for those who want to have that level of control over your code with information on the folder installation, domain configuration, database creation and the installation process itself. He also touches on the cron job setup.

Before he moves onto the live site work, he then takes the reader through the configuration side and covers the key aspects of:

account management
user authentication
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In chapter 4, William tackles the first key step for a live Moodle site - deciding the structure of the categories and course. He explains the way categories work and how the user can navigate them, and also explains about the limitations that categories bring.

William then covers the course setup and configuration itself. This part brings the user step by step through the key settings carefully explaining each one and the options available including the different types of course formats available out of the box.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sound introduction to the features of Moodle 2 6 Nov. 2011
(Disclaimer: I was one of the technical reviewers of this book) As far as I am aware, this book, in its 1.8 version, was the second major Moodle book to be published, after the "Bible" of Using Moodle by Jason Cole and Helen Foster. It was and will continue to be a very popular introductory manual, suitable for techies who are installing Moodle, Moodle admins and regular teachers developing courses with Moodle. In the earlier incarnations of this book, I felt that the author was writing from the point of view of the installer/admin, whereas often the most active Moodle users don't have such privileges or knowledge. It's nice to see in this book, the 2.0 version, that William takes into account more the user teaching with Moodle and is careful to point out what actions need admin rights and what teachers can natively do. He also shows us features from the student point of view and that too is useful.
This book is written for those users who have never used Moodle before and so have no need to know any of the differences between 1.9 and 2. It starts with a "guided tour" of Moodle 2, after which the author goes on to discuss installing Moodle and configuring the site and adding users. I do like the order in which the chapters come - it is logical and well thought through. I've been adding some pages to the Moodle 2 documentation recently and deciding where and how best to present information to complete newbies is very difficult, so I appreciate this. The first few chapters are mainly for installers/admins/course creators and then from Chapter 5 onwards we learn how to create activities in Moodle.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to creating courses 7 Mar. 2013
By ian
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Number of typos need correcting. You should always spell check and proofread before publishing a book. A large part of the book talks about the initial installation which is better handled in the administration guide.

More thought should have been put into the course development side showing good and bad examples. A full worked example would have helped more.
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