Moodle 2. 0 First Look : Discover what's new in Moodle 2. 0, how the new features work, and how it will impact You
The book looks at the main functional areas of Moodle that have significant new features, explains the new features and how to use them. It draws attention to significant differences from how things used to behave, and gives the reader an idea of the kind of consequences these changes will bring to them. If you are an existing Moodle user, tutor, or administrator, then this book is for you. You are expected to be familiar with the operation of Moodle.
First Look is a quick and quality read which will be a great reference until the first official Moodle 2.0 user guides are relea
By Joseph G Thibault - November 19, 2010
The new title, Moodle 2.0: First Look, out from Packt Publishing and written by Mary Cooch (@Moodlefairy) is an in depth look at the soon-to-be-released Moodle 2.0 core code and the various changes in usability and function as compared to Moodle 1.9. The book is well organized, chockablock full of information and screenshots, and highlights (I gather) the vast majority of new features and changes found in Moodle 2.0. The writing is conversational and easy to follow, but at points I was left a little confused by the interaction between screenshots and descriptions (but this was my own problem as I was not following a long with a fresh install of Moodle 2.0 to see the various shots on my own computer screen -- which I highly recommend doing if you plan to go through the book cover to cover).
Highlights By far, my favorite parts of First Look were when Mary was exposing the new features of Moodle 2.0 and utilizing her well explained example users (in each of the various... read more
A must for anyone considering Moodle 2.0!
By Lewis Carr - November 4, 2010
"Discover what's new in Moodle 2.0, how the new features work, and how it will impact you".
That's the books subtitle and it really does deliver on its promise.
What's great about this book is that it dives straight into what's new in Moodle 2.0, the book assumes the reader is already familiar with Moodle and therefore doesn't get bogged down with explaining the core concepts and functionality that is already native to Moodle. Instead the reader gets an early digest of what's to come. Of course a lot has changed with Moodle 2.0 and this book does a fantastic job of holding your hand as it guides you through the changes. The new file system is explained very delicately with supporting screenshots and the whole writing process appears very natural. Mary's teaching background plays a very important role here and she manages to illustrate the technical changes without becoming too technical.
The book not only explains the changes in Moodle 2.0 but... read more
The right book at the right time (for the right people)
By Pieter van der Hijden - October 25, 2010
This is the right book for the right people at the right time. It describes for Moodle course developers, teachers and administrators, the main differences between the current Moodle 1.9 version and the heavily changed upcoming Moodle 2.0 version. At the same day, Moodle published its release candidate no. 1, Packt Publishing released the book (based on preview mode - beta). Of course, you can download this free and open source "course management system" yourself, convert your laptop into a server and find it all out yourself. However, if trial-and-error is not your preferent learning style, this book is a big time saver. At the same time it is of limited value. As soon as the production version of Moodle 2.0 has been released, a stream of user experiences will fill the forums on moodle.org, newer and more focussed books will be published and as new teachers enter the Moodle scene every day, they start with Moodle 2.0 and are no longer interested in what was before.
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