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    Moodle as School Website Front End

    I hope this is in the correct place, apologies if not.

    I'm looking to move from a website which is basically HTML based and therefore can only be updated by tech support staff to one based on Moodle and which can be updated by "some users".

    I know we could go joomla, drupal, etc but I'd prefer to explore the use of Moodle for this. As I see this there will be effectively 3 types of user:

    • a guest user (ie anyone) will not need to log in and will see basic school information
    • A parent will log in and see more information, and access some parent specific courses
    • Students will log in and get access to their courses (as they do now)


    Has anyone any experience of this and already using their Moodle as the front end as well as their VLE?
    Would anyone be willing to post a link so I (as a guest) can see how this could look - obviously there's some theming to do.

    What are the key pitfalls we need to avoid?

    Any thought?

    Thanks in Advance

    Dave

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    Hi there. We do. We use the standard theme as we don't have FTP access to sort out an alternative one (although we could ask our hosts CLEO to do this for us, to be fair) We're not into having a fancy smooth professional website - it is a community effort made and managed by teachers - basically everything you see on the front page is open access to guests. Parents count as guests to us -we haven't yet sorted parent logins to see their children's information. To see the courses you need to have a login. (although obviously if you are savvy enough to know the URL for the course categories you can see our courses but not enter them - but most casual guests wouldn't realise that) www.olchs.lancs.sch.uk

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    You mentioned open source Joomla and attracted me as a "fan"...
    Some time ago I also inspired to explore use of Moodle. I spent several months on exploration and then my enthuriasm was killed by deadline and I reallised that I should wind up wasting time. Then I recame Joomla fan. It is also open source by the way, you know. So, sorry for emotions )))) Some info additionaly:

    See LMS comparison chart without bias
    LMS comparison chart (filled, with some bias I guess)

    So, it is up to you. Moodle will be OK for your project and guys here will help you a lot. But... see above

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    To me it sounds like "Here's my car. It's a nice car. It runs well on the road. Now, how can I make it run on water also, like a boat"

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    feel free to take a look at ours, any questions please ask.

    we have added certain 'hacks' aswell to make it do completely what we want.

    The Peele Community College - Specialist In Science

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    Our head is interested in integrating together our website and moodle so that everything is just accessed via moodle. What if any problems have you had and the advantages of doing it this way.

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    Hi Ticker - I have a suspicion your head came to see our head the other day - we use Moodle as our website and VLE (see earlier post) Advantages - you don't need a techie to update front page. Disadvantages - Moodle being a course management system it does need a few workarounds to get it operating like a website but those workarounds work fine - plus you can get themes that improve its appearance to create the effect even more. In terms of usage -it means you have a one stop shop for news and work so everyone, pupils, staff and parents and prospective parents are focused on the one place. Our Lady's Catholic High School

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    I'm new to moodle but have been asked to set up a site. Can you advise me on what 'workarounds' can be used to have it act like a website. I've always used joomla in the past but I am being pushed to use moodle this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smurf79 View Post
    I'm new to moodle but have been asked to set up a site. Can you advise me on what 'workarounds' can be used to have it act like a website. I've always used joomla in the past but I am being pushed to use moodle this time.
    Goodness that's a big question with potentially a big answer! Basically - you need to ensure you have your Moodle set to auto log in guests and then on your front page you make links to spaces elsewhere.
    These could be guest access courses which can serve as webpages (remove all sections except section 1 which you can't remove, so hide that with the eye) You put your content in the section 0 at the top (examples here Our Lady's Catholic High School if you look at some of the text links top or bottom)
    You use the main menu block on the front page - use the "compose a webpage" feature to add your content and then hide the main menu with the eye but copy the URL of your webpage and add that as a link. You can make your links in an html block to make it look like website navigation or you can use text links or even clickable icons
    You can get themes from Moodle.org: open-source community-based tools for learning that will give you a nicer, more website like appearance as well.
    It is a workaround though - but it does mean everything is in one place and you don'.t have to be an html expert to update it once it has been set up

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    Thanks for your responses guys, and for sharing links. Still not sure if this is the best way for'ard but I'm feeling better about it seeing your examples.

    Cheers

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    @secretlife. I like the idea you've used of implementing the pages via the book module. Could you let me know how you've hidden the book link that arrives on the frontpage by default please.
    Cheers

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    We use sharepoint. Its a standard issue from the LA and i have modified the CSS to get it looking how we want and added a few fancy bits. Its a great solution because the 'selected users' can add content and all I have to is check its all working well. If you want to take a look, Robert Blake Science College.

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    @demsley - the book is in a course that is guest access.so I just hyperlink to the relevant page in the book in that course.

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    @secretlife
    I like your dedication to the Moodle cause

    Your site doesn't look too bad if you look at it as a website.

    And once you've put your main "hard links" in on the frontpage - I imagine its relatively easy (as much as anything is easy in Moodle ) to get teachers to maintain their bit.

    Its made me think

    regards

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    @SimpleSi - what bugs me is the banner isn't centred - two minute job if you can get to the code - I presume we could ask for it to be centred but I don't know if we'd have to pay, and SLT don't seem to have a problem with it - so it currently stays as it is. With having different courses acting as different "pages" then yes, different people can manage it. It might not be slick and flashy, but it is a community effort.

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