ATAC 2018 Conference at Lafayette

A view of one of the gates at Lafayette College.

  The first-ever Academic Technology Administrators Conference (ATAC) is being held at Lafayette College on June 25 and 26. Sponsored by CLAMP, the conference is dedicated to the people who design, implement and support the academic technology ecosystem. In some ways this conference is the successor to the old NITLE User Group meetings, where folks … Read more

Fuzzy Badges in Mozilla Backpack

Two silver shield-like badges - one for i-Lingua and another for i-World - appear in a Mozilla Backpack.

I spent the last week or so rolling out the 2017 editions of Lafayette’s i-World and i-Lingua badges. Evidence to support the various flavors of badges is collected using a customized Moodle instance (called, simply enough, “Badges”). Once graded using the corresponding rubrics, the badges are baked by Moodle and can then be shared with the … Read more

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2017

Harold F. Johnson Library on a sunny day with blue skies overhead. The building itself features a stacked block design.

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2017 will be held Wednesday, June 21 through Friday, June 23, 2017 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. A pre-Hack/Doc documentation and coding sprint will be held Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Hampshire also hosted Hack/Doc in Summer 2011. Unfortunately I can’t be there myself because of a prior commitment. It’s bittersweet — this is the first Hack/Doc … Read more

Hack/Doc’ing at Butler University

Stylized art blocks comprise the word "Moodle"

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest at Butler University has come and gone, yielding recommendations regarding adopting Moodle 3.0/3.1 and demonstrating that the new “competencies” module isn’t going to be nearly as useful as I’d hoped. At first blush, Competencies seemed like something that might be useful for our badges project (e.g. demonstrate competency in a foreign language, then use that … Read more

CLAC 2015 Takes the Field

CLAC 2015 is getting close. The Consortium of Liberal Arts College’s annual conference is being held at Lafayette College from June 16 to June 18, 2015.  This is my first CLAC conference — it’s something I’ve heard people in ITS talk about for years, but it always fell at inopportune times. This year isn’t much … Read more

Moodlers Assemble! Hack/Doc Fest at Holy Cross, June 2015

It’s time to get Moodling again. CLAMP’s Moodle Hack/Doc Fest for Summer 2015 is being held at the College of Holy Cross in June 2015. This is our 16th Hack/Doc, and our first time back in Massachusetts since Summer 2011’s event at Hampshire College. Last summer’s Hack/Doc at Macalester College saw me spending three days … Read more

Eat, Chat, Geek out about Moodle

CLAMP Presentations are available on YouTube.

A long-running tradition at Hack/Doc are our lunchtime presentations. These are 15-30 minute Moodle-related presentations in which presenters talk about projects they’ve been working on, cool things they’ve learned, or new code they’ve written. Past topics have included LAE Grader, WordPress and Moodle integration via LTI, and Moodle theming. If you’re going to be at … Read more

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