Hamble College in the UK recently rolled out a nifty theme upgrade/modification aptly named the “MoodleDock”. The Dock creates a nice, animated course category and link quick reference. The bar can be seen at http://vle.hamblecollege.co.uk/.
Here’s the line of thinking that led to the collaborative effort to create the mod:
Our Moodle front page, like many schools Moodle front page, showcases our subject areas with icons. Easily/large click-able cons linking to courses… but what if these icons were much smaller? That would free up space for much needed prime space for school communications. (http://kristianstill.co.uk/wordpress/?p=1276)
The MoodleDock was recently released to the public on KristianStill.co.uk for anyone to download (including a great tutorial and all of the sharp icons used in the original dock). The icons were all created by Craig Sumner (and are available for you to use, where applicable, on your own MoodleDock). If you opt to create your own icons the instructions are well marked in the download .zip file in the supporting documentation and tutorial (here’s a quick Jing of the animated dock in action: http://goo.gl/XQuT).
Kristian is submitting to Moodle.org (to the theme repository) but the dock is available now from his personal site.
- Download the MoodleDock and supporting documentation: http://kristianstill.co.uk/wordpress/?p=1348
- See the Moodle dock: http://vle.hamblecollege.co.uk/
- MoodleDock video (in case you do not have Java scripted enabled): http://goo.gl/XQuT
Note also the implementation of the MoodleBar on the bottom of the page.