I’ve now completed a few small pilot training sessions in Moodle 2 .0. Some general comments:
Workflow: Edit mode on, the Add resources/Add activities dropdowns, the icons, Sections
Forums (the bug with Q&A forums is still there)
Groups/groupings (except for new site wide groups aka cohorts)
- Navigation in the new Navigation block is a challenge, with the navigation block, section naming, docking etc.
- The new file system takes a bit of getting used to if you are used to Course Files in 1.9. I have not enabled the Legacy Course Files repository. The systems we use have no File System repository enabled.
- Blogs are looking more like blogs now, with comments. Some users are struggling with navigation. Unfortunately you cannot restrict visibility to course level , and you cannot view all Course blog posts by student X.
- Gone: multiple file upload plugin, Journals (!)
- Conditional release, activity completion (enables simple dependencies to be built)
- Improved editor
- New wiki
- Blocks: Comments block, Course completion block, Private files block
- Private files for everyone, including students. And they can ut images in forum posts.
- There are other things . . . . have not used them yet . . .
Philosophicaly speaking I now see again the need to approach things in three stages. Much as I dislike standard workshops, I use this (linear) sequence, based on a very very simple course design.
- EXPERIENCE: See and experience Moodle as a student. I do a field trip to Moodle in a course on Coffee Appreciation.
- DESIGN: Look at the design of the experience. Critique it. Plan a simple design for a section.
- BUILD: Implement it in Moodle.