Welcome to dev.moodlebites.com – a single location to demo Moodle 2.x plugins

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Moodle is a rich LMS. It is made richer by the wealth of third-party plugins that extend your Moodle site’s functionality. When sourcing for plugins, where does one start?  The most obvious would be to go to Moodle.org’s Plugins Directory.

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For those who are still using Moodle 1.9.x, I would like to recommend this French-Canadian site for a comprehensive listing of “Potentially great” Moodle 1.9 plugins.

If you’re using Moodle 2.x, then it might interest you to know that http://dev.moodlebites.com is a Moodle 2.2.3 site setup by Stuart Mealor that allows you to test many Moodle 2 plugins. Expect it to be upgraded to Moodle 2.3 soon.

See the image below? Well, I managed to create my own “Frankie Kam” self-enrolled user account and thus am able to do more than what the Guest account affords me (think forum posts and other activities).

The site allows you to try out many Moodle 2.x plugins, filters and blocks in a safe environment.

The primary purpose of this site is to have a single location that demonstrates many of the things that are possible with non-standard blocks, modules, filters and plugins in Moodle 2.

The site currently has 35 plugins, listed alphabetically. Expect more to be added as Moodle 2.x matures and develops over time.

Each plugin has a short description explaining its purpose, as well as a forum for users to post questions.

The following plugins have a ‘safe harbour’ course dedicated to their usage:

  • ACCESSIBILITY
  • Admin presets Block
  • Attendance
  • Booking
  • Certificate
  • Choice Group
  • Collapsed Topics
  • Collapsed Weeks
  • ConfigReports
  • Contact Form
  • Participants
  • AWARDS
  • Course Contents
  • Flickr Carousel
  • Graph Stats
  • Label collapsed
Here’s the course page for the FlickrCarousel block.

This one-coursepage per plugin allows one to be focused when reviewing or learning about a featured plugin.

This site has been re-engineered after 5 years(!) Orignally it was used for demonstrating various plugins and modules for Moodle using Moodle 1.5, right through to Moodle 1.9.

We have recently updated the site to Moodle 2, and are now be using the site to demonstrate modules and plugins for Moodle 2 onwards.

All Courses allow Guest access (so you don’t even have to create a Login if you don’t want to). However, you will get more value out of the Courses by creating an account and enrolling in Courses, as you will see the modules working from a Student’s perspective.

Kudos to the creator(s) for making it easier for the rest of us! Hope to see more Moodle 2.3++ goodies to try out on dev.moodlebites.com in the near future.

I hope you found this information useful.

That’s all for now.
Frankie Kam