LDAP User Account Filtering in Moodle

Setting up LDAP in Moodle? Once you have configured the LDAP authentication plugin and it is working (you can log in), don’t forget to also enable LDAP User Sync to keep your account status in sync. When first setting LDAP up, you may not realize it but you may be getting more accounts than you expected. The trick is to limit user accounts to just persons of class users. You can limit synchronization to just user objects in Active Directory (AD) by completing the following steps: 1. Go to Site Administration > Plugins > Authentication > LDAP Server.2. Scroll down to the User Lookup Settings section.3. … 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 not to eliminate misconceptions: It is not a group. You don’t belong to the group of teachers. You are a teacher in a course.It is not a cohort. You are not elevated to the status of teacher on the site. You can be assigned the role of teacher in a course. If a group of cohort is what you are … 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 Style by configuring it to use PSR-12 and PSR-1, in that order. On top of that, Moodle has its own customizations to those standards which you can learn more about here: For PHPIn General To support you in your development, you will want to ensure that the following plugins are installed on your development instance of Moodle: Code checker — … 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 will need to install the Moodle language packs for each of the languages you want to support. Depending on the theme used, this should display a language selection menu in the Moodle navigation. If it doesn’t display a language selection menu, contact the theme’s author to have him or her fix it. When a user switches language, Moodle will display … 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 looks a mess no matter in what language you use Moodle. In addition, this results in an accessibility issue because users of screen readers get really confused when the alternate language comes through their speaker… and not even pronounced correctly. What can you do? If you haven’t come across it yet, take a look at the Multi-Language Content (v2) Moodle plugin available … 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 is compatible with the version of Moodle you want to implement. If it is not, contact the developer/vendor to find out if that was an oversight, or if they are imminently planning on releasing an update in the near future. Choose a layout that you like. Changing the layout usually means changing the theme source code which makes it hard … Continue reading

So you want to install Moodle, eh?

There is an increasing number of businesses who are looking at Moodle LMS to meet their training requirements for their employees and/or their customers as an alternative to commercial LMS. Open source is a very attractive alternative to pricey licensing of commercial products or alternatives that lock you into either a contract, a provider or technology — or all of the above. Have you considered giving Moodle a try? Moodle Quick and Simple The simplest and quickest way to give Moodle a try is to install a stand-alone instance of Moodle is to install it on your local Windows computer. … Continue reading

Moodle Cron

Although it is not an obvious part of the installation of Moodle, setting up Cron is very important when it comes to Moodle. For example, some emails are sent out immediately while others are scheduled and only sent out when cron runs. Other things that are often affected by Cron jobs are report generation. Eventually, if you never run cron, your Moodle site will also stop working so it is important to make sure that this is setup properly. This happened to one of our clients. They had their own people do the installation and they skipped the step of setting … Continue reading

Creating Multilingual Moodle Content With mlang Tags

My experience with the Moodle LMS has involved dealing mostly with multilingual sites. Unfortunately there are still many core Moodle plugins and third party plugins and themes that still do not support multilingual content. However the situation is improving with each code release. One Moodle plugin which has made life a lot easier when implementing multilingual courses is the Multi-linugual Content (multilangsecond) filter by Vanyo Georgiev. Unlike the core HTML based Multi-language Content filter plugin that comes bundled with Moodle, multilangsecond has a non-HTML syntax that enables you to wrap your content in plain text language markup tags like {mlang en}Hello{mlang}{mlang fr}Bonjour{mlang}. Entering these tags require no knowledge … Continue reading

Showing Students their Student ID in Moodle

Many people don’t realize that Moodle generates ID’s for every student on the site. Unfortunately there is built-in way to show students their ID. The easiest way to show students their student ID in Moodle without any programming is to use a 3rd party Moodle plugin called Configurable Reports. It is usually used to generate reports in Moodle but can easily be adapted to just provide students with their ID. Here is an example of how you would go about using this plugin. Install the Configurable reports plugin. Login as a site administrator. Go to the Front Page and turn on … Continue reading