Polygon Design Package for Level Maps now available — get your free copy now!

Our brand new course format “Level Maps” is all about images. Which is why we decided to not only develop a plugin like we ususally do, but also create the images that are needed to create a great learning world. While the “Standard Design Package” which ships with Level Maps Pro is already a great start, we did not want to stop there. Today, we’re happy to announce that we’re releasing another Design Package, for free. It is called “Polygon” and has a totally different look and feel. We have decided to go abstract, in order to showcase how versatile the course format is. Look for yourself: … or try it out for yourself on labs.bdecent.de

Level Maps Pro 1.0 Product Release

Improving the learning experience was always important for us. That’s why we have already created the Designer course format — letting teachers customize the look and feel of a course tremendously. We are very happy about how Designer and Designer Pro have been received by Moodle HQ and the community and of course by our customers, but we did not want to stop there. That’s why today, we’re announcing a whole new era of course design. With our latest course format “Level Maps“, teachers can gamify their courses. A course using level maps is literally another world. With Level Maps, learning can be fun! It lets you turn Moodle courses into learning worlds quickly and easily. It becomes a visual learning pathway, with the activities layed out as objects in the learning world — or hidden as “Easter Eggs”. But need to take our word for it, look for yourself: …

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We won! Level maps-powered course wins 2nd price in moodle competition

When Moodle HQ’s Moodle Community Engagement Lead Aurélie Soulier announced, that Moodle would host a “little” competition for the community to share their Moodle love, asking to “show us a Moodle course design that you love”, we knew that we had to participate with our latest project, “Teacher’s Paradise”. The course had been in the making already for a while and uses our brand new level maps course format which will be released very shortly! With teacher’s paradise, we want to help teachers around the world to create more engaging courses, for free. The public sign-up will open soon and we’ll make an announcement for it here in the news section. Here’s a sneak peak: Because we had already put so much time and energy into it, we’re thriled to announce that we’ve won the 2nd price as “runner-up” of the Share your Moodle love 🧡🎓 competition on 14th February …

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Video Time 1.5 released

The new release of our Video Time product family brings a number of much anticipated improvements: Tab interface Interactive transcripts Support for subtitles and captions in global search Do not track support for enhanced privacy We’ve also improved the overall code quality, updated all libraries and used APIs to the latest version and implemented a modular architecture for more tab types.

Create a kanban board with Designer 1.2

We’ve recently released our new course format Designer and feedback was super positive, which we are very grateful for! Today, I want to give you a sneak peak at one of the features we’re working on at the moment: Kanban board. Moodle courses are not only great for learning, they can be used for many other usecases. Probably the most popular one so far is a “community”. Using the course as a container for one or several forum activities, a course can essentially bring together employees, students and project teams to discuss anything and everything. Moodle.org relies heavily on this, and it works great! There’s one more use case which we think makes a lot of sense: courses as projects. In core Moodle, roles can already be renamed locally in a course, so the non-editing teacher could become a “project mentor”, students can become “project members” and the teacher the …

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Learning Tools 1.0 is now officially approved on moodle.org

Our latest plugin Learning Tools is now officially approved and available in the plugin directory. We have built Learning Tools as the foundation for all the little (or not so little) things that students and teachers are missing in moodle courses. Inspired by many great apps, and Google’s material design system, all tools can be accessed using the floating action button (the so called fab). It’s simple, intuitive, a well-know interface element and perfect to provide context-based tools all around Moodle. In the first release the following tools are included: Bookmarks Create a bookmark to the current page Notes Create a note for the current page Focus Mode Click to show only the content of the page (hides header, footer and sidebars) Schedule Click to create a calendar entry for the current page — “Learn later” If you haven’t done so already, give it a try on our demo site …

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Mix and match your course layout with the Designer plugin

If you teach with Moodle, it’s quite likely you use a variety of content – perhaps some links to websites, some resources for reading and some assignments and quizzes for actively involving your learners. Perhaps you use one of the standard Moodle course formats, such as the Topics or Weekly format. Or perhaps your organisation has installed course format plugins in Moodle which allow you to display your content in different ways, making it more appealing to your classes. Whichever format you use, until now it has only been possible to have one type of layout per course. But what if that restriction were removed? What if within the same course, you could select the most appropriate layout for your content? Mix and match! This month’s featured plugin is a course format called Designer, developed by Stefan Scholz (whose other contribution Kickstart we’ve featured before in this series) which enables you to do just …

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Designer won “Reviewer’s choice” award

Our Moodle course format Designer has received the reviewer’s choice award (again, we already won it for Kickstart and Restriction by section completion) for bringing new UI and UX concepts. We’ve built Designer to allow teachers to build amazing courses. Usually, all activites in a Moodle course look very similar. While they have different icons, there is no obvious distinction between important or mandatory content and (optional) resources. With Designer, teachers can choose different layouts per section. If you want to see Designer and Designer pro in action, have a look at our Designer Tutorials course. Or create a test course and try it out yourself!

Designer 1.1 Pro now available

We’re thrilled to announce that Designer 1.1 Pro can now be ordered here on bdecent.de. For those that do not know our brand new course format, here’s a quick recap: Designer is a super versatile course format which is compatible with recent versions of Moodle (3.9 – 3.11). It features three different layouts for sections: list, card and link layout. Each section can have its own layout, allowing teachers to build unique layouts. Each activity is displayed with the all the relevant information: activity title and icon, an expandable description and a visits counter and a unified completion badge. In Designer 1.1, we’ve introduced collapsible sections. Teachers can configure the initial state (expanded, collapsed, first expanded) and turn on accordion mode. The section progress is displayed next to the section title. Designer Pro has of course all the features of Designer Free, but comes with several great features: The circles …

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Dash Pro 1.2 now available

The latest release of Dash is now available. This update includes the following improvements: A new data source for badges The courses and completions data source now provide a course image which is linked to the course A customisable fallback course image if no course image has been added to the course The grid layout now supports background images for each grid item (e.g. a course or a user) The admin can configure a redirect to a specific URL when users try to access /course/index.php We’ve created a demo course which shows many different configurations; you can find screenshots of most of them below. Grid of courses (one per page with pagination) Accordion of courses by category Grid of Video Time activities in selected courses Two dashes using two figure layout Grid of users in same group Grid of users with filters Grid of completion data with background image Table …

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