The Moodle Dailies – a guided tour

I’ve had quite a number of requests from people who couldn’t make my session at the 2011 MoodleMoot, and have finally got around to creating a screencast walkthrough. I’m not the world’s biggest screencasting fan (after all, who wants to sit through 15 minutes of being talked at?), but the nature of Moodle conditional activities is such that I’ve created 15 minutes of being talked at for you to sit through if you’re so inclined. The video takes you through the introductory stage and first full level of the Dailies as a player, then walks through the back end and talks a little about the setup and a couple of design tricks.

For those of you who haven’t been playing along at home, the Moodle Dailies is a games-based PD environment for staff (or students) to learn to use Moodle – read the background info here. It was primarily designed in response to my frustration that lecturers/teachers/etc are generally not self-directed learners and the current workshop model (2 hours of being told what to click on) is doing nothing but creating a dependency on training that isn’t efficient, scalable or effective. The Dailies are an attempt to move into a completely user-directed PD model. The design is based on key game concepts from both World of Warcraft and Angry Birds and really turns the traditional PD model on its head (as well as moving away from any kind of traditional LMS course delivery).

Feel free to ask curly questions in the comments – my goal is really to get discussions happening around a big rethink of online teaching & learning and how we design professional development, and game design in Moodle is my way of getting the ball rolling.


13 Replies to “The Moodle Dailies – a guided tour”

  1. Innovating and interesting idea. It has me thinking.

    But the main question I have at this stage is, around adoption by the target audience? Did academics use it? How did they use it? Was there some stickiness?

    Were the Dailies used as replacement for traditional approaches, or as an additional approach? If replacement, did academics feel they’d lost something?

    Is all that another paper/presentation?

    1. Your last question is correct – at this stage it’s a proof of concept. Next stage (starting in the next week or two) is the pilot with staff. While I think it’s a long shot to say it will replace traditional training, my goal is at least for it to complement and begin to reduce dependency on the system. Paper (or something) pending – watch this space.

  2. Hi Sarah,

    Are the Moodle Dailies available for wider use? I’d love to trial them with our staff. I love the concept and really believe it could transform our staff training delivery and engagement.



    1. Not yet, I’m afraid, although it’s one of my goals for the near future. There are two issues – one is that conditional activities are tracked to an authenticated user, so even if I allow guest access to the course here, nobody outside my institution will be able to use it. The other issue is that I can put the course up on MOOCH, but because some of the design is a bit of a kludge and there are a lot of site-specific links etc, I’ll have to write a fairly comprehensive ‘edits to make’ document before the Dailies will function in a different Moodle installation. Keep an ear out, because I will get there, but public access has always been one of my issues with it :(.

  3. Hi Sarah,

    The idea of having different levels (1-3 stars) of completion is really compelling.

    I’m curious, though, about which version of Moodle you are using? We have been interested in a feature like ‘Show only topic’, but our version doesn’t seem to have this.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. We’re running Moodle 2.1 atm but I made the Dailies in 2.0. The ‘show only topic’ icon should be in earlier versions of Moodle; it’s just an icon in the corner of each topic so you should have access to this.

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