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    Unintuitve Moodle

    I know I'm getting a bit dim in my old age but everytime I look into Moodle, I find myself searching around trying to find out how to do simple stuff. ops:

    Its been around 9 months since I set up my last one, I've been on about 6 training sesssions including a 1 day administrators course but I still gaze at the screen and can't work out out how to to the simplest of things ops:

    My latest site (now up and running thanks to CLEO - merry christmas to them) is http://vle.euxton.lancs.sch.uk.

    I can't even change the front page - I managed to get the calendar showing and put in the schools holiday dates but that took me 1/2 hour ops:

    I'm sure the problem is that the Moodle developers are so far down the path of adding brilliant new features that they've not stopped to work out how bloomin hostile the basic system is

    or maybe I should re-read my own 1st paragraph...

    Is it just me or do/have others struggled with theirs - no need for Geoff to answer this purely rhetorical question AFAHIC :P

    regards

    Simon

    PS How do to I get something on the front page again...? I did it once before ops: http://vle.hoole.lancs.sch.uk

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    Re: Unintuitve Moodle

    I would start by adding some courses. The Latest News block should appear once you have some courses created.

    http://docs.moodle.org/en/Courses_(administrator)

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    Re: Unintuitve Moodle

    No you're right it's very un-intuitive. And the main factor why my school would quickly plumb for something else if they were only free.

    New teachers trying it for the first time are scared off, and that's the IT literate ones.

    I spent a lot of time trying to get a smooth and simple (as much as it is) like moodle have on the projects' home page. Of course that theme isn't available to the masses. And finding things on there is not an easy task.

    Seems there are a lot of individuals struggling with the templates.

    Bottom line - the interface needs some serious work - the intended audience are teachers for heavens sake! (apologies )

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    Re: Unintuitve Moodle

    Si, i'm having a similar problem with the CLEO moodle. It's very ristricted by CLEO, I think that is why Geoff has gone down the reverse proxy route. Take a look at Carr Hills VLE, it's very good and it's moodle.

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    Re: Unintuitve Moodle

    Quote Originally Posted by dezt
    ...I think that is why Geoff has gone down the reverse proxy route...
    How did he get the reverse proxy set up?

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    Re: Unintuitve Moodle

    Nice Christmas theme Geoff!

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    Re: Unintuitve Moodle

    Quote Originally Posted by arran
    Quote Originally Posted by dezt
    ...I think that is why Geoff has gone down the reverse proxy route...
    How did he get the reverse proxy set up?
    It's a service offered by CLEO.

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    Re: Unintuitve Moodle

    @SimpleSi

    Most of the Carr Hill front page is produced by adding various labels. To do this you need to go to Site Administration/Front Page and then turn on the "Include a topic section".

    To really customize the page you will need to play around with the different themes and be familiar with CSS.

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    Re: Unintuitve Moodle

    @mge
    As you don't know ( :P ) we don't have much control over the appearance of CLEO hosted moodles.


    But I'm not trying to get up to your standards - I'm just trying to remember/work out how to get a bit of welcome text up like I've done before ops: on vle.hoole.lancs.sch.uk

    I turned on the topics flag but still didn't see anything I could edit to add some text

    Thanks for the other comments of support - I'm glad its not just me.

    regards

    Simon

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    Re: Unintuitve Moodle

    Once you add the topics section you need to turn editing on in order to see it, once text has been added it will be visible.

    I support multiple moodle installations, training many staff both teaching and support staff - Course creator training and Administrator training. Feel free to PM with any questions.

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    Re: Unintuitve Moodle

    Hi there - I think you need log in as Admin then go to Front Page> Front Page Settings> Front Page description (summary ) and type something in there. And , as has been said, tick the include a topic section box lower down. Our is below -except CLEO seems to be on holiday over Christmas so it's virtually impossible to access...
    http://vle.olchs.lancs.sch.uk/

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    Re: Unintuitve Moodle

    Quote Originally Posted by secretlife
    http://vle.olchs.lancs.sch.uk/
    Don't you find it annoying because you have to scroll to the bottom to login? I prefer it when the Moodle login box is positioned at the top of the page.

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    Re: Unintuitve Moodle

    @secretlife

    Front page description isn't needed to get the labels working.

    @SecretSi

    If you want to pm me with some login details I could have a browse around and see how CLEO set up their Moodles. From a memory from a distant discussion I think the login page is forced - so basically it should be be pure HTML with the login block. I am sure someone will correct me if I am wrong.

    BTW I know that replying to this on Christmas morning is a little sad but I am waiting for the oven to warm up before putting in the turkey. Excuse over.

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    Re: Unintuitve Moodle

    hello mighty eagle and Edu_IT- merry Christmas to all - I am 'sad' too! Can't even get on ours today, thanks CLEO, so you were lucky even to have the annoyance of scrolling down to the login. (It was a deliberate decision apparently, to force people to view all the stuff first)

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