Category: CLAMP Chats

CLAMP Chat: Documentation is Dead, Long Live Documentation!

CLAMP’s first CLAMP Chat for the 2021-2022 academic year will take place on Friday, October 15, from 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time. Carly Born from Carleton College proposes to solve the age-old problem that “No one reads the documentation” through the use of Moodle’s User Tours feature. Experience with faculty members suggests that everyone–new and tenured faculty alike–are googling for answers rather than using the documentation provided or just contacting their support professionals. What if writing help articles is a waste of time, and just-in-time documentation, the kind that pops up when you visit a page for the first time, is the way to go? In Moodle, these are called User Tours, and there is an opportunity for CLAMP to work together to produce a collection of User Tours that are specific to small colleges and lighten our collective load!

The chat will take place over Zoom. Please register for the chat using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkdO-orj4rHdBspLTmnqlUqIStw6kCr4Zi.

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest Summer 2021 general sessions

CLAMP has finalized the schedule for the Summer 2021 Hack/Doc discussions. All three sessions will take place from noon to 1:00 PM, Eastern Time. Each will take place on Zoom; attendance is free and registration is required. Please click on each event below to register:

CLAMP plans to record each discussion and make them available later on YouTube.

CLAMP Chat: Document conversion in Moodle (for administrators)

CLAMP’s sixth CLAMP Chat will take place on Friday, April 23, from 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time. This chat will focus on Moodle’s PDF annotation feature. Topics covered will include how the document conversion works under the hood, selecting the right document converter, and common issues maintaining the functionality. The chat will be led by a panel featuring Carly Born (Carleton College), Charles Fulton (Lafayette College), Leslie Harris (Bucknell University), and Eric Merrill (Oakland University).

The chat will take place over Zoom. Please register for the chat using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcO6hqz8uEtx_VeVD8jbUVf6H0FIRnQyH.

CLAMP Chat: Hypothesis Inside and Outside Moodle

CLAMP’s fifth CLAMP Chat will take place on Friday, March 19, from 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time. Joe Murphy from Kenyon College will discuss the Hypothes.is social annotation tool for collaborative close reading. We’ll look at using Hypothesis as an individual, in closed groups, and through the Moodle LTI plugin.

The chat will take place over Zoom. Please register for the chat using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkf-mrrzMqHNeFJ_disizAEvaSeIhnD1pn.

CLAMP Chat: Three Useful Add-ons

CLAMP’s fourth CLAMP Chat will take place on Friday, February 19, from 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time. Andrew Ruether of Swarthmore College will discuss three add-ons in use on Swarthmore’s Moodle site:

  1. Accessibility Filescan Block: displays information on the accessibility levels of PDF files within each course. We use this to make professors aware of the accessibility of their course files and to aid document remediation efforts.
  2. Turnitin Integration: plagiarism detection, grading interface, and student peer feedback system. Turnitin is best known for plagiarism checking, but the Moodle integration also includes a full-featured grading interface and robust method of assigning papers to students for peer review.
  3. Student name pronunciation: our method of having students record the pronunciation of their name in their Moodle profile. Although commercial products exist for students to record the pronunciation of their names, we’ve developed a system for doing this within Moodle that is free, easy, and lets us export the audio files for use in other systems.

The chat will take place over Zoom. Please register for the chat using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqdO-trDkvH9c6aNRooPMipDsxdc1gzFDX.