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  • Blog Post: Integrating Moodle and Office 365 for Education

    We’re continuing to build the list of integration resources that we provide for Moodle, so that schools, TAFEs and universities can integrate their Moodle platforms more securely with the rest of their existing infrastructure. This is a common goal for central IT teams, where they want to ensure their...
  • Blog Post: Getting started with building a sophisticated student support app for Windows 8

    The Education section of the Windows 8 store is packed with new apps, as people are busy developing Windows 8 education apps. One of the things I've noticed is that many of them are intended to do just one job well – they're not really creating a whole learning journey for a student, but enabling...
  • Blog Post: Combining Moodle with OneNote and SkyDrive to raise standards

    There's a case study from the UK that I'd recommend reading. It's the story of a college that has enhanced their learning management system – Moodle – with integration Microsoft's OneNote to improve assessment and feedback processes for students and teachers. And their experience is that the system ...
  • Blog Post: Linking SkyDrive and Moodle together

    Moodle, a popular Learning Management System, is widely used across education. And Microsoft's SkyDrive is also widely used by both teachers and students (although in some government systems, the access is blocked to SkyDrive when in school) as a cloud-based storage drive. So you may be interested to...
  • Blog Post: Hosting Moodle in the Cloud - why now?

    It’s been a bit of a ‘big news week’ in the Moodle community this week. On Monday, it was announced that Blackboard had bought two of the world’s top 5 Moodle partners – MoodleRooms and NetSpot . NetSpot is Australia’s largest Moodle partner, and has been the partner of choice for many of the Australian...
  • Blog Post: Moodle in the cloud–a Moodle 2 kit for Windows Azure

    The Microsoft CodePlex site is host to a wide range of open source projects, and just last month the first beta release was made of the project to allow hosting of Moodle 2.0 or Moodle 2.2 on the Windows Azure cloud service. As the project notes say:   The MoodleBuild toolchain patches and packages...
  • Blog Post: Integration for Moodle 2.0 and Live@edu - free software for teachers in February

    Some Free February Appy-ness with a new piece of free software for teachers every day in February. Many of these items are unknown heroes, but they all share two things in common: 1) They are useful for teachers or students and 2) they are free. Moodle 2.0 integration to Live@edu Moodlerooms has developed...
  • Blog Post: The Office Add-in for Moodle - free software for teachers in February

    Some Free February Appy-ness with a new piece of free software for teachers from Microsoft every day in February. Many of these items are unknown heroes, but they all share two things in common: 1) They are useful for teachers or students and 2) they are free. Free Microsoft Office Add-in for Moodle...
  • Blog Post: Learning Management Systems - Desire2Learn

    There's plenty of change happening with Learning Management Systems at the moment in Australia. Some universities are faced with migrating from WebCT, and others are working out their future strategy to support a much more dynamic learning environment than their current existing learning management system...
  • Blog Post: Moodle hosting on Windows Azure in the Cloud

    This week I've written a few blog posts about Moodle, the open source Learning Management System. Part of the reason is to demonstrate that the worlds of Microsoft and Open Source are not mutually exclusive, and another reason is to demonstrate that there are plenty of ways to implement a learning management...
  • Blog Post: Why Moodle is better on SharePoint

    Earlier today I wrote about installing Moodle on SharePoint , in order to improve the capabilities of the system, and improving the experience for your staff and students. Although I summarised some of the benefits of doing this, I thought it was worth expanding the list out (with the help of my friend...
  • Blog Post: More Moodle advice – The Moodle on SharePoint white paper

    Following on from the Office Add-In for Moodle earlier in the week, there’s some further advice and support from the Education Labs team for Moodle that may be useful to you - Moodle on SharePoint. If you’re either using Moodle, or considering it, then you may want to consider how you set...
  • Blog Post: Moodle Integration for Office

    I've written a couple of blog posts about Moodle this week, so I thought I'd see if I could write a useful Moodle blog post every day this week. Today, the Office Add-In for Moodle . The idea behind the add-in is simple. Now, when you got to Open or Save a file in Office you can select to Open from Moodle...
  • Blog Post: Installing Moodle on a Windows Server

    Yesterday I wrote about Moodle and Live@edu integration. And somebody pinged me an email to ask why I was writing about it, asking 'isn't Moodle all about Open Source?'. I guess I see it differently, as I see a choice of using Moodle as just one small part of an overall ICT system in education. And Moodle...
  • Blog Post: Using Open Source Moodle with Microsoft cloud services - case study

    Whilst businesses have customer-relationship management systems, and online shops, the education equivalent is a Learning Management System (LMS) - something that will help a school, TAFE or university to deliver learning resources to their students, wherever they are. There's a diverse bunch of learning...
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