This is a short-ish posting to ensure reasonable consistency between the posts here on my blog, with posts I’ve made on the Moodle.org site. Amongst other things the Personalized Learning Environment (PLE) I developed for Stanmore College, is now proving useful in helping students navigate their courses in Moodle, & tracking which BTEC criteria they have achieved *. I have made the basic Moodle PHP code for this available on Github.com. The following files illustrate the basics of displaying grades & links in the /user/profile.php, & might help other benefit.
In the following file, see line 346:
https://github.com/jagobrown/moodle/blob/MDL_26_STB-grades-in-profiles/user/profile.php (// A hack related to MDL-39273 )
line 346 is where the following “include” file pulls in user grades from the database etc. https://github.com/jagobrown/moodle/blob/MDL_26_STB-grades-in-profiles/user/profilemycoursegrades.inc.php
The above links are also at: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=226791&parent=1062462 & are illustrated by https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=235598
All this should make more sense to interested parties when I post my #ALTC2013 presentation, which provides the broader context for and includes * early evidence. Following this I plan to make demonstration site http://www.thelearner.net & code available for these PLE enhancements – applied to Moodle 2.6 🙂
A primary interest of mine is supporting students development, & an important aspect of this is facilitating communication. @Stanmore college we have implemented what could be called an online “Personalised Learning Environment” (PLE) . This YouTube screen-cast should give you some insight. However in my experience it would do no harm if all maintained schools provided certain things as standard to staff & parents online.
In a recent book called “14-18 a new vision for secondary education” by Kenneth Baker (a former secretary of state for education), Mike Tomlinson and others makes a number of recommendations. The fundamental recommendations being establishing more middle schools for 9-13yrs, and improving the options we offer 14-18 year olds and their families.
It makes the point that we should learn from other countries with lower youth unemployment, and create (~3) substantial, popular & respected alternative pathways to GCSEs @16yrs, and Alevels @18yrs. Although it suggests that all 14-18 yr old should have a broad education including English, Maths, Sport, Science… it suggests a larger part of all students learning should be making connections with the real world of work and the jobs we do. The following PLE diagram includes a page supporting learning pathway choices at 14 & career advice . The diagram should be seen in conjunction with this screen-cast of an initial implementation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qYId0FKm4E
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Having implemented the changes shown in the previous blog post, adding Grades & Feedback seem like a logical improvement ?
(similar to below, is now in production in the Stanmore College Moodle & being piloted with its users) :
This improvement can be Voted for at https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-39273
@stanmoreCollege we are looking at ways to improve, customise & better integrate the pages which present information about a particular student. For example the “My Moodle Page”, the Grades “User report” page, ILP Block & other custom pages…Over time I hope to post examples of our other personalised pages for the interest to others.
More information at https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=226791