New Tools
“LMS 2.0 – Engaging Learners Using More Advanced Techniques and the Odd Mash-up inside Moodle”

Jason Hando
Sydney, Australia

Jason Hando is a teacher of Design and Computing subjects at Macarthur Anglican School in Sydney, Australia. Over the years he has filled many roles, the most important being Outreach Coordinator for the school, leading teams of students and staff overseas to help communities in developing countries and Head Teacher of the Technology Faculty, leading a team of inspirational teachers and developing innovative courses.

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Presentation Title
“LMS 2.0 – Engaging Learners Using More Advanced Techniques and the Odd Mash-up inside Moodle”

A series of screencasts showing people how to bend and stretch Moodle to allow for authentic, web 2.0 style, participatory engagement and learning for their students. These screencasts will be accompanied by support files where appropriate, such as backed-up Moodle courses that can be restored on people’s sites as well as any instructional material such as worksheets in pdf form. I’d also like to provide some way for people to screencast their own work in Moodle and share with the rest of the community – perhaps using screen-o-matic, a free screencasting tool that works from your browser. This will allow other people to share new ways they have used Moodle.

iPod ready (Run Time 7:04min; m4v; 13.2MB)
Audio only (7:04min Run Time; mp3; 1.6MB)

Supporting Links
First Mashup– adding pageflakes:
Slideshare mashup:
Vuvox Mashup:

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16 Responses to “New Tools
“LMS 2.0 – Engaging Learners Using More Advanced Techniques and the Odd Mash-up inside Moodle””

  1. Sonny Joiner says:

    Nice job, Jason. Can’t wait to try each suggestion.

  2. Rita Hughes says:

    Thanks for the tips–I use Blackboard so I can hardly wait to see if I can try some of these in that program.
    You did a great job!

  3. Sharon Betts says:

    Thanks Jason,
    I have never used vuvox and will try it with a class. Also, liked the “take a flake” portion.

  4. Jason Hando says:

    Thanks for your encouraging comments Sonny and Sharon.

    The credit for these screencasts really should lie with the fantastic team that put this conference together – in particular I think for my stream I couldn’t have had a better crew than Wes Fryer and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach. So supportive that it made this happen!

  5. Jeff says:

    A big thanks Jason!
    As a new Moodle’r, I have never investigated the HTML Block. This will add another dimension to my moodle toolbox.

  6. Fubdog says:

    Thank you teachers! We (at VUVOX) have had a lot of interest from students to use VUVOX for their school projects. The top feature request is to ‘save locally’ to their computer.

    Please send feedback so we can make this better for Visual expression, education and communication. Feedback is welcome and taken very seriously.

    all the best,

    the VUVOX Team

  7. Jason, I love your moodle mashups. What version of moodle do you have installed?

  8. almohaya says:

    Professional way to connect LMS with E-learning 2.0

  9. Jason Hando says:

    Hey Jeff, Vinnie and almohaya,

    Thanks for the great comments. They are very encouraging words.

    As for the version, my current site is running 1.6 but am soon to upgrade now that I feel 1.8 is stable and maybe even go to 1.9, depends on what I read on the forums at

  10. Dave Powers says:


    Thanks you for taking the time to create your presentation. I have been exploring different uses of Moodle with my math classes, and your idea of embedding tools made on other web 2.0 websites makes a lot of sense.

  11. Frank says:

    All very cool Jason. Moodle couldn’t rock harder. If F/OSS doesn’t rule the world yet, it will.

    To that end, I’d love to see any district interested in a roll-your-own solution such as setting up Moodle instead of sending the district treasury to Blackboard, to host it on a GNU/Linux computer.

    ANY OLD computer can be set up with Ubuntu ( or PCLinuxOS ( and you’ll have entered a new realm. Be prepared to support your jaw and to reinsert your eyeballs.

    If all you’ve experienced is Macintosh or Windows computers, opening Synaptic, searching for Moodle returns Moodle itself, Moodle Book, and Moodle Edu theme, clicking one off and pressing Install, ought to fairly blow your socks off.

    Still not convinced? Try any of the thousands and thousands of other applications that are all Free (as in freedom as well as free of cost).

    Kids, this is only for a Linux user, please don’t try this at home…


  12. Jason Hando says:

    Hi Dave & Frank,

    Thanks for your comments.

    Moodle does rock my sox but i find it even easier than you suggest Frank seen as Moodle is now one of many web solutions that installs with one click through fantastico on many web hosts. A $10 a mth account will get most teachers/schools started before they get hit by big numbers and have to migrate to a larger hosting plan. I still host mine this way through a cheap monthly shared hosting plan – works a treat!

    I also like where Moodle is reportedly headed – eportfolios and outcomes are two areas I am greatly looking forward to. Not to mention conditional activities!!

  13. Darrel says:

    Thanks for a great tutorial Jason!
    I had just written a “How to Embed Content with Moodle” article on my blog. But now I also have a video of how to do it as well as a few other ways to embed content. Fantastic :)

    I normally embed via the resources pages:


  14. Jason Hando says:

    Hi Darrel,

    I had a look at your article and some great instruction there. I am glad you found my videos useful. You may want to check out the video series from Atomic Learning also, they are very good:


  15. Jon says:

    Hi Jason,

    I think you need to update the bio if you are not teaching at Macarthur since 2008.



  16. Derick Jones says:

    We have several online learning and online teaching programs and tutorials. Moodle with a blog would be a great way to learn. Thanks for the ideas.

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