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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (January 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849513228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849513227
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A readable book with a different take on Moodle. --Mary Cooch, MoodleBlog

About the Author

Jason Hollowell

Jason is an English language teacher and educational program administrator. As a university student, Jason studied Political Science with the intention of proceeding to law school and becoming a lawyer. When he studied abroad in Japan, prior to his senior year in university, that plan changed and he returned from his study abroad to complete his university degree and then promptly headed back to Japan to learn more about its fascinating language and culture, never to consider law again. It was the beginning of a series of rewarding experiences that include working as a technical translator and interpreter for both Mitsubishi and Toyota Motors, earning a Masters Degree in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii, working for the University of Hawaii and then for Nihon University in Japan where he is now employed as a Associate Professor of English and the Director of the English Language Program. He has been involved in online education programs through the development of a Sloan Foundation funded English writing program and, since 2004, has been an avid user of Moodle. Jason subscribes to the constructivist principles upon which Moodle was founded and has developed a working knowledge of PHP, MySQL, Linux, and Apache through many hours of experimentation and countless visits to online forums, especially those hosted on the Moodle.org website.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Mattson on February 1, 2011
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As an educator, I feel that this book is a great source for anyone who plans on working with Moodle. Mr. Hollowell has written the book in a logical, easy to follow sequence, that allows for both cover to cover reading and/or referencing for subject specific questions. Institutions new to Moodle, particularly their tech departments, should consider this a must as it provides step by step instructions for getting started and provides ideas as to how Moodle can best be used to meet your needs. For those who are already using Moodle, this book will provide a variety of ideas on how Moodle can be used to streamline a wide range of tasks. As noted in the subtitle, this book will help readers to "use Moodle to manage and organize your administrative duties, monitor attendance records, manage student enrollment, record exam results, and much more". Whether you are completely new to Moodle or an experienced user, an administrator, teacher, or IT coordinator, this book will prove invaluable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin J. Reynolds on March 13, 2011
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The two books I wish I had had when I started Moodling are this one and Mary Cooch's "Moodle for Teaching 7-14 Year Olds - Beginner's Guide" [...] Both are in the "Beginner's Guide" series by Packt Publishing, and both would have reduced considerably the learning curve to building a Moodle site and building Moodle classrooms. In fact, Mary Cooch has written a longer review of Jason Hollowell's book, which is located here: [...] In her usual, methodical approach, Mary goes chapter by chapter through "Moodle as a Curriculum and Information Management System." I'm just going to "gee whiz" about some specific parts.

I wish I'd known that I could install a test Moodle site on my computer. It's a fairly simple process, and Hollowell takes readers through it with great clarity and simple prose. If you're new to Moodle, this is the very first thing you should do: read his Chapter 1, and start playing to see what Moodle can do. He's also very clear about how to build a course, create categories for courses, and -- holy grail for large programs like mine -- use the Bulk Course Upload tool to create courses in, well, bulk. My institution had considerable floundering -- which I see among Moodle newbies on the discussion boards at Moodle.org -- about how to bulk enroll users, but had we had Jason's book, we would have saved ourselves several months of explorations.

The real meat of Hollowell's book, however, is in the last 5 of its 10 chapters. Here, we begin to see the true power of open source and of the "modular" part of the Moodle acronym. We learn how to make Moodle function as an information portal, how to add supervisory and parental roles using the Mentees block, how to add and use the Enhanced User Administration and Custom SQL blocks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jade on October 25, 2012
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I found the book very easy to follow but it suffers from the perennial problem of any publication of this type. Moodle itself has moved on (Now version 2.9) and, while I could have installed an earlier version of Moodle (1.9), I am reluctant to do this. The author could have made sure that the "addins" he recommended were still available for download (A few have been discontinued and the others extended) - maybe they could have been made available on the publisher's website. .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Baars on June 3, 2011
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If your school is considering Moodle (versus another LMS) you MUST read this book first. However, the greatest use of this book is for moodle admins as it covers a lot of their work and issues with Moodle. There is a lot out there for teachers and users who want to work with moodle, but not so much for (technical) administrators.
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