Posted by & filed under moodle, mosomelt, Themes.

At the iMoot this year I did two sessions on how to customise Moodle themes if you don’t have a lot of experience already with PHP and CSS.

This PDF is my presentation, but of course there’s a huge section where I did some demonstration.

Basically what it boils down to is:

  1. Get yourself a theme that has a custom settings page with a custom CSS box. There are quite a few standard Moodle themes that already have this, so you don’t even need to download and install one.
  2. Get yourself Firebug for whichever browser you prefer to use. For theme design, I prefer using Firebug in Firefox, but the browser extension is available for several different browsers.
  3. Watch this quick YouTube video on how to use the Firebug extension specifically with Moodle and a custom CSS box.

Away you go!

Just remember a couple of things:

  • Never, ever make back-end code changes directly to a core Moodle theme. Reasons why are in the PDF presentation.
  • Your changes in Firebug are temporary and will be lost if you refresh the page. To keep any changes, they must be put into the custom CSS box of your theme.
  • If you do want to make back-end code changes to a theme, DUPLICATE it first.

If you want to learn more about Moodle theme design, try our MoodleBites for Theme Designers course!


    Posted by & filed under moodle, moodlebites, mosomelt, unitec.

    It seems that whenever I get a blog, I (eventually) fill it up with posts that start with, “Sorry I haven’t posted in a while…”

    *sheepish*

    So what have I been doing?

    I presented at Wintec at their eLearning conference. I did two presentations, the first one was about the changes in Moodle 1.9 to 2.x, and was basically a condensed version of the MoodleBites 1.9 to 2.x course we run. The second was a brief slot during a wider presentation on PD opportunities, and I talked about what MoodleBites had to offer for lecturers and other staff at Wintec.

    I have been working on the MoodleBites for Theme Designers course.

    I currently have three courses on MoodleBites that I am facilitating, so that is keeping me busy, too. MaharaBites, MoodleBites for Theme Designers, and the Moodle 1.9 to 2.x Upgrade course.

    My work at Unitec has also been keeping me busy with our pilot of Moodle 2.2 site launching just before Christmas, then right up to this week (the first week of Semester 1, 2012). The campus is teaming with students again and has really come to life after a quiet Christmas period where there was no one here but us chickens.

    Cluck.

    I have done some training here and there onsite, which is always great fun. I love going to different schools or tertiary institutes and working with their lecturers. It gives me a great buzz to show people new things about Moodle, especially if they’re keen to learn.


    Posted by & filed under Book Art, Book Binding, Conference, Graphic Design, Illustration, mosomelt, Photomontage, research project, Story Telling.

    My Auckland University of Technology (AUT) master’s project, the graphic novel Carnival Land, was exhibited for three weeks at Satellite Gallery. I showed my book and 10 of the illustrations as prints (2m x 60cm). Sold six right away. AUT also bought 3 prints.

    The graphic novel Carnival Land
    The graphic novel Carnival Land
    Satellite Gallery
    Satellite Gallery
    Opening of Carnival Land at Satellite Gallery
    Opening of Carnival Land at Satellite Gallery
    Opening of Carnival Land at Satellite Gallery
    Opening of Carnival Land at Satellite Gallery
    Opening of Carnival Land at Satellite Gallery
    Opening of Carnival Land at Satellite Gallery

    I was the featured artist on Neighbourhood: Series 1, Episode 28: Auckland’s CBD, TVNZ. http://tvnz.co.nz/neighbourhood/s1-ep28-video-5198894. The footage was shot at Media Design School for over 3 days and also at Jason’s bookshop on High Street. (I was soooo tired afterward.)

    Neighbourhood: Series 1, Episode 28: Auckland’s CBD, TVNZ
    Neighbourhood: Series 1, Episode 28: Auckland’s CBD, TVNZ

    Carnival Land made to the big, big screen in the Big Apple. I was selected as one of the 10 finalists for the Chorus Network Student Competition. Scenes from Carnival Land were showcased on Times Square in NYC. I took my students from Media Design School to watch LIVE on Cinema 1 Queen Street (free popcorn). TVNZ gave the event full coverage on the news.

    http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/kiwi-artwork-fills-new-york-s-times-square-5127164/video

    Invitation for screening at Cinema One, Event Cinemas in Queen Street
    Invitation for screening at Cinema One, Event Cinemas in Queen Street
    Scenes from Carnival Land showcased on Times Square in NYC
    Scenes from Carnival Land showcased on Times Square in NYC

     

     

     

    Posted by & filed under moodle, mosomelt.

    Because I am getting questions a lot now that Unitec is going to upgrade to Moodle 2, and one of the questions I get is around the files area (or lack thereof).

    Here are two little slideshows I think you should watch if you are struggling to understand the whys and wherefores of the behaviour of files in Moodle 2.

     

     

    Thank you so much, Mark, for creating these!