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LDAP User Account Filtering in Moodle

Setting up LDAP in Moodle LMS is a great way to enable single sign-on, the synchronization of user accounts with other systems in your organization. Once you have configured the LDAP authentication plugin in Moodle and confirmed that it is… Continue Reading →

Should you create a new role in Moodle?

You have been thinking about creating a new role in Moodle. Think it might solve your challenge? Here are a few things to consider before creating one or more new roles. Before we begin, lets cover what a role is… Continue Reading →

Developer Tools for Moodle

Getting started in Moodle Development? Here is a list of useful tools for Windows that may be of interest to Moodle Developers. Moodle Coding Style Guidelines In general, you can configure code editors to understand 90% of the Moodle Coding… Continue Reading →

MoodleMoots – Humanized Conferences

The most social conference that I have attended since COVID started in 2020 has been the MoodleMoots, specifically MoodleMoot Global 2020 and MoodleMoot U.S. 2020. What makes virtual MoodleMoots humanized conferences? Like many virtual conferences, they include multiple concurrent sessions… Continue Reading →

How to feel connected during COVID-19

Feeling disconnected because of COVID-19? Are you sure you are being 100% completely and totally honest with yourself? Maybe you just need a few friendly suggestions The first step is to make a list of 31 people you have not… Continue Reading →

PHP XDEBUG’ing in Brackets

XDEBUG enables you to walk through the execution of PHP source code and debug the code as it is executed in real-time. It is one of the most important tools that a PHP developer’s toolbox and is well worth the… Continue Reading →

Forcing Links to Open in a New Tab or Window

Have you ever found yourself browsing the web on a smartphone and clicked on something that opened in a new tab? It is almost impossible to tell when this happens. In fact, many people don’t even realize that browsers on… Continue Reading →

Creating a Multilingual Moodle Site

I have built many multilingual Moodle sites over the years. Unfortunately you cannot make a course appear or not appear based on the user’s current language. But you can create a multilingual Moodle site and multi-language Moodle course. First you… Continue Reading →

Surviving Canadian Winters

The key to surviving Canadian winters is to dress appropriately warm and get involved in winter activities like skiing, winter camping, skating, snowshoeing, hiking and our many Winter festivals. If you start off with the mindset that it is a… Continue Reading →

How do I know that she loves me?

Every relationship is different because we all have different values. What is meaningful sign of love to you can be completely different for another — even between you and the person you love. Assuming that you are in a relationship… Continue Reading →

WCAG 2.0 – Closed Caption, Describe Video and Transcripts

Adding (or burning) captions into raw videos will not satisfy WCAG 2.0 criteria because the text then becomes part of the image which will not be narrated by screen readers or displayed on braille device. Real Closed Caption (CC) /… Continue Reading →

Camtasia alternatives and other media tools for screencasting

Camtasia is one of the best and most complete set of tools out there for capturing a recording of your screen (called screencasting) but comes at a cost of $313.99 per person (as of this writing). While you might be able… Continue Reading →

Multi-language content in Moodle

So, you are have a Moodle website that runs in multiple languages. To date, you’ve been doubling up all you text doing things like “This content is in English. / Ce contenu est en français.” As a result, the site… Continue Reading →

Choosing a Moodle theme

While you may simply choose a theme based on the way it looks, smart people know that themes are more than skin deep. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a Moodle theme: Make sure that the theme… Continue Reading →

How to be Happy

I often talk about finding fulfilment through growth and contribution. Today, we will look at how to actually find happiness. You can’t buy happiness — this isn’t actually true. Scientific studies have shown that you can actually buy happiness. The… Continue Reading →

Words of Wisdom: Take Control of Your Life

With every breath you take in life, you have the power to make new choices, see things in a different way and adopt new beliefs — regardless of anything that has happened in your past. Your future does not have… Continue Reading →

Dealing with a mean bad boss

It depends on what you mean by a really bad boss. I’ve had some bosses that kept having me do things that were not really my job. I may not have liked it at the time but I learned so… Continue Reading →

Words of Wisdom: What do you live for?

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what does inside us while we live. –Norman Cousins. If you are reading this, it is probably because you still have something to live for — even if… Continue Reading →

Building a Sustainable Future

Want to make the world a better place? It’s our children who are going to shape our future and, next to parenting, providing these children with the best possible education will create a sustainable future for our economy and our… Continue Reading →

Words of Wisdom: We shouldn’t all be millionaires

Think about this for a moment. If you make everyone millionaires, all you end up doing is devaluating your currency. In fact, the same can be said of raising minimum wage. Everything ends up being more expensive because employers then… Continue Reading →

Words of Wisdom: Solving a Problem

If you have a problem with an individual, talk to the individual. Nobody needs more general rules, regulations and laws to solve individual problems. When you take global action to solve an individual problem, you are setting yourself up for… Continue Reading →

Words of Wisdom: How to drop the bad attitude

Having trouble giving up that bad attitude? Want to change it? I can help you with that. First, go find it again and get ready to say goodbye to it. I’ll give you and your bad attitude a few more… Continue Reading →

Words of Wisdom: Love Yourself First

As you learn to love yourself, you will also begin to feel worthy and brave to let others see and appreciate the wonderful loving person that is inside you. Related Posts:How do I know that she loves me?Words of Wisdom:… Continue Reading →

Words of Wisdom: Free hugs once a day

Such a basic human thing that any human should be able to give another. It costs nothing so everyone can afford to give free hugs. I would be grateful if a teacher gave my kid a hug if they were… Continue Reading →

Words of Wisdom: Feeling loved vs being respected

What do you crave more, to feel loved or to just be respected? I believe that people who don’t feel loved in an intimate relationship unfortunately often try to settle for respect. Related Posts:How do I know that she loves… Continue Reading →

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