It is that time of the year again. If you are new to Moodle, or MoodleNews, catch up with our end-of-year rankings.
We begin with our most read articles between January and today (mid-November).
If you want to take a look at MoodleNews’ most popular post ever, visit this page. Let’s jump right in:
Honorable mention: The Neuroscience of Learning Design: Britt Andreatta At MoodleMoot US 2016, August
The applications of neuroscience for learning are very promising. The Chief Learning Officer of Lynda.com shared the way she takes advantage of the latest research into her leadership training programs, in the largest Moodle event of 2016. For those interested in references, the end of the article includes the most relevant items mentioned by Andreatta.
Tenth place: Interested In Integrating SharePoint With Moodle?, March
While I am only beginning to understand how important it is for IT managers that new solutions, LMS in particular, can interact with existing platforms, Moodle Partner Paradiso CEO Sach Chaudari was aware of this before most. As Microsoft still dominates in enterprise software, Sharepoint is the gold standard in intranet solutions. Until Chaudhari himself successfully convinces you to replace intranets with Moodle, that is.
Ninth place: How Can You Boost Sales Of Your Moodle Courses Using Content Marketing?, March
With humility, we can confidently say that our content targeting the group in the crossing between Moodle and entrepreneurship ―one which we, with affection, call “Moodlepreneurs”― has rewarded us with solid engagement throughout the years. We expect our views and practical tips encourage more aspiring entrepreneurs to help push the world’s learning forward with successful and inclusive business models.
Eighth place: Get A Sneak Peek At New Features In Moodle 3.1, May
This was the year of Moodle 3.1, as 2017 most definitely be that of Moodle 3.2. Radical and exciting changes have arrived throughout 2016, but since its launch it came with an assortment of new features. Interaction between external services and standards is, arguably, Moodle 3.1’s defining quality. It gave us competencies, offline viewing, permalinks and outbound sharing, content tagging and search, bulk download and, what I forecast to be a game changer in the 2017 learning content market, Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI).
Seventh place: How Machine Learning And Mobile Are Working Together, August
Guest contributor Brigg Patten explains how “big data” is a critical part of the conversation on machine learning today. Predicting user intent shows promise, particularly on mobile, where interfaces should be practically context-aware at all times. We may not realize the decisive, if perhaps timid, mechanisms through which machine learning is gaining ground around us, from advertising to learning management.
Sixth place: Which Are The Best Moodle Modules And Plugins?, June
We featured the favorite picks of Rafael Scalpin, Ph.D., “Moodle Evangelist” and Coordinator of Educational Technology at Dawson College. It was part greatest hits, with mentions of BigBlueButton, Progress Bar, Checklist, Collapsed Topics and PoodLL; with some niche essentials, such as Sharing Cart, Accessibility, and Level Up! for gamification enthusiasts.
Fifth place: Moodle Course Certification Course By Elearning Experts Beginning October 12th, October
Interest for self-actualization is a constant among frequent MoodleNews readers. Thanks to our partnerships, like the one with Elearning Experts, we have been able to keep them up-to-date about opportunities such as this, the only approved MCCC in the US. The latest announcement was over a month ago, but fear not. All you have to do is follow us for new dates and similar events.
Fourth medal: Universal Instructional Design Principles: Usability, Accessibility, Evidence In Moodle vs MOOCs, July
Personally, this one was a nice surprise. While it was probably due to the muddled waters MOOCs seem to have been this year in the eyes of many, the fact that it dealt with theoretical research as a framework to think and assess them bears some recognition. It also leaves open lines of discussion about the role of “massive” in online learning, and whether Moodle should embrace Universal Design for Learning (UDL) practices in the pursuit of more populated courses. In any case, 2017 looks like the “make or break” year for MOOCs.
Bronze: Want To Create Interactive Moodle Content?, April
I am actually proud to admit that the forums at Moodle.org were one of our wealthiest sources of news and ideas. In this perfect example, we probably witnessed the birth and thriving of the H5P standard of interactivity as implemented in Moodle. H5P is not new, but taking advantage of its possibilities is still a new frontier. H5P’s potential will become clear as we learn how it interacts with more popular technologies. Could H5P be the gateway for VR in Moodle?
Silver: Blackboard Is Now An Official Moodle Partner, March
If Moodle Partners are the Knights of Moodle’s Round Table, Blackboard is King Arthur. Blackboard followed an aggressive plan of acquisitions and partnerships throughout the year, and while it has not always been smooth sailing, its name and Moodlerooms’ still stand. Even though they are unmatched when it comes to worldwide presence, the spawn of new, local Moodle Partners, in countries where Moodlerooms is sole player, throughout 2016, will shake up things come 2017.
If for some bizarre reason we could only cover news related to Moodle Themes, I think we’d still be alright. No other topic was as abounding and encompassing this year. Phones and tablets have given interfaces, and therefore design and user research, a critical role in the battle for user bases and their attention spans. Lots of anticipation surround the launch of Moodle 3.2 which is a reflection of a year-long debate on theme and navigation, which will have consequences on how Moodle ranks in the minds of learners, as well as those of world-class designers. After all,
Eighty percent of life is showing up.
There you have it. You can expect the same or more of passionate debate and exciting new technologies, always with learners at the center, from MoodleNews in 2017. Cheers!