Getting Ready for Macalester

Moodle is hitting Macalester College in a big way in June. First, the Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project (CLAMP) is hosting it’s first ever Moodle User Group meeting (or “MUG”) at the St. Paul, MN college. The MUG runs June 23-24, 2014 and features a packed schedule focusing on the pedagogical uses of Moodle. Immediately after the … Read more

New ITS Coffee Breaks

The ITS Coffee Break is back! After an extended hiatus Courtney Bentley and I have started recording new podcasts on a bimonthly basis. Check out the most recent shows: ITS Coffee Break #70: Mobile Web, Smart Watches, MOOCs, Faculty Technology Grants ITS Coffee Break #71:WordPress, IT Security Training, Google Reader Retired ITS Coffee Break #72: … Read more

Moodle Hack/Doc V: One Week Later

Lafayette hosted Moodle Hack/Doc Fest V during the first week of January, and I have to say, I think it went pretty well. We got a lot of stuff done, including putting the finishing touches on two new tools for Moodle: Assignment ZIP (which allows you to download all of the files associated with an … Read more

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest returns to Lafayette in January

The first Moodle Hack/Doc Fest was held at Lafayette College in January 2008. Two years later it returns to Lafayette for another three days of coding, documentation, and testing January 5-7, 2010. On the agenda: debugging and testing Moodle 1.9.7, experimenting with the Moodle 2.0 beta (if it’s available), and fixing bugs with Scheduler, Chat … Read more

Acadmic Commons publishes CLAMP Case Study

“The Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project: A Case Study” that I co-wrote is available on The case study looks at the efforts of a loose coalition of liberal arts colleges to transform our informal Moodle Hack/Doc Fests into a more formal organization.  The case study is part of the September 2009 issue, which features a … Read more

Firefox/Acrobat Reader incompatibilities

It’s funny how college life ebbs and flows. Each of us ends up having our own rhythms based on the academic calendar, and some of them can be a little obscure. Like the  clash between Firefox and Acrobat Reader that happens almost every fall. As we did last year (and the year before that), we’re … Read more

Bug: Moodle won’t stay in editing mode

I’ve posted this to Lafayette’s Moodle Support forum, but figured I’d note it here as well: there’s a bug with Moodle that keeps it from staying in edit mode whenever you update or edit the page (e.g. adding a resource, updating an existing resource, etc.). I’m not sure what’s causing it, but I’ll be delving … Read more