It’s That Thing Where…

::TRIGGER WARNING:: I make words up, and use slang. English Teachers, and grammar gurus– proceed with caution.

OK, first and first-mostly – a big shout out to all the Moodle admins out there supporting entire universities and large companies! It’s a big job, and I just want to be the one to remind you that you’re super duper appreciated. Your hard work is clutch. You will always have a piece of my heart <3 <3

It’s Monday, and that means the Moonami support team has been busily troubleshooting instructor concerns and showing people the ropes… it also means that, at nearly 5pm pacific time, I am ready to dish out just a splash of snark. Acting as my emotional interpreter is Stefon, as played by Bill Hader from/on SNL. Hold on to your backsides, some of this may come as a shock…

Everyone knows I love Moodle. Like, le duh… I’m p-much always talking about Moodle this and Moodle that. It’s actually become kind of a problem for my social life, but that’s a whole different story. Anyway, what some people might not know is that there’s a small but significant aspect of Moodle that irks me to no end. Like… I encounter it at least 15 times a day, and every time I feel like the rage swelling inside me… like flames – flames on the side of my face.


OK, so what is it? What could get a Moodleholic like Shalimar all in a tizzy and posting snark on the blog?

It’s that thing… where you. as an administrator, “login as” someone else – an instructor or student – in an attempt to recreate an issue, or otherwisely troubleshoot.  And you’re just truckin along, all hunky dory, when you need to get back to your normal permissions, when all of a sudden…

No can do! I’m talkin’ ’bout how you have to log allllllllll the way back out, and log back in again. I mean, ughhh, COME ON?! Amirite?

And before you even start in with the “well, now Shalimar, it’s for security concerns and we really can’t take any chances with the overlapping of the bloopety bloops and yakkity bobs….” Let me say to you, “Yeah, I know.”

Sometimes the logical answer isn’t the feel goodery I’m looking for.
But, consider this dear reader who is arguing with me about this in my head – I’m an admin already… the time to question my security protocol has passed. Check AND mate!

In summation, I think you will find that a simple button in the admin panel would be a relief to site administrators who are continuously logging in and out while serving their fine institutions.

What do you think? What’s your east favorite feature aspect of Moodle? Shoot from the hip!

The Five Types of Moodleholic: A guide

Moodle nerds (don’t deny it – we’re nerds) come in all shapes, ages, and colors — but just like any subculture, there are some general archetypes within the community. So whether you’re new to the scene or an old pro, having our guide at your next Moodle gathering… or even while you’re browsing #Moodle tweets… should help identify (and tag)  the zany characters you might encounter.

Here goes, in no particular order…

5. The Begrudging Instructor —

We’ve all met this one — annoyed by the idea of having to learn anything new (all irony is lost on The Begrudging Instructor, BTW) on the computer esp. cause “it’s so inauthentic.” Luckily, this instructor is hip enough to student movements that they “really really want to get their course content to be totes accessible” so they make like infinity appointments with anyone who offers to impart knowledge. And when each of  the bagillions of appointments come, they can be found looking mostly at their notebook (the paper kind) because they’re taking notes. Fun Fact — the evolved form of The Begrudging Instructor is “The Campus Moodle  Hot Shot” (and for those of you who might be worried about my use of “evolved form” just there – fear not, it’s a Pokemon reference).

4.  The Campus Moodle Hotshot—

This is what the Begrudging Instructor can become after the infinity training sessions. Conversely, the CMHS can be born seemingly spontaneously out of a normal instructor (or IT staff) who is instantly taken by the raw appeal of Moodle’s instructional prowess. Clearly, a lot of Moodleholics fall into this category — and we <3 that!
Fun facts about the CMHS — This class of Moodleholic can morph/evolve into other forms of Moodleholics, seemingly at will. These folks turn into Moodle Celebs ::coughJulianRiddencough:: and Particularly Helpful Moodlers.  The CMHS is prone to flights of fancy due to solidly held belief that Moodle is capable of  *literally* anything. P.S. I heard that Moodle 3.0 can actually earn you your education PhD and create course content through telepathy and ritual magic.

3. The Programmer —

Ahhhh, programmers. Here’s the thing – we know they’ve got the world by the shorts… they know they’ve got the world by the shorts. What can I even say here without potentially incurring the wrath of the most l33t Moodleholic class out there? The answer is …
Programmers are amazing. I love them. I will not say unkind words about them, even in jest. Smile Pretty. Curtsy. Back away slowly.

2. The Particularly Helpful Moodler —

These angelic people are the reason Moodle is still going strong. They give their time to noobs (and pros) with half-formed questions and crappy attitudes… the care and patience they demonstrate should be a lesson to us all! I literally cannot think of one biting remark with which to poke fun at this class of Moodleholic.

Gun to the head though, I might bring up the occasional lag in getting a reply from one… but I kinda want to slap myself for even mentioning it. These people deserve your praise, adoration, tips… and care packages at the holidays.

1. The Open-Source Revolutionary—

This Moodleholic is dedicated to anything that brings learning opportunity to the masses. They eschew the shackles of traditional LMSs, and actively seek the free alternative to all eLearning monoliths. They’re definitely nursing a pet project — likely related to some form of dance, eastern medicine practice, or other similarly crunchy hippie movement. In fact, using the word “movement” in their presence has the same effect as saying the word “treat” to my overweight puggle (pug/beagle mix)  –  which is to say that their ears perk up and their tails wag involuntarily… it’s so adorable how they just can’t help themselves sometimes.


Did I leave one out? Comment below with other Moodleholic types, and I’ll write em up one of these afternoons!

Also, and I hope this goes without saying , this article is intended for entertainment only. A sense of humor is a must. I LOVE MOODLERS, OBVI.

*BREAKING* Leaked Footage of Famous Moodlers from #MtMoot – You Won’t Believe What Happens Next

We interrupt your regularly scheduled blog topic to bring you the latest video uploads of your favorite Moodle celebrities acting like sugar-mad children.

That’s right folks, the ever-watchful Moonamites have risked it all to bring you never-before-seen footage of the Ice Blocking scandal of #MtMoot2014, wherein innocent blocks of ice are ravaged by the backsides and tum-tums of Moodlers to the delight of crazed onlookers. Warnning: the following videos contain content that is not suitable for solid states of water, grassy knolls, or haters of fun. Additionally, I suggest turning your speakers down a touch – because the person filming can’t contain herself (spoiler alert – it’s me).

Nearly everyone has been implicated in this complete frenzy of hillside fun. I’m talking about your Julian Riddens, your Michelle Moores, your Floyd Saners. Heck, we’ve even got your Rex Lorenzos, Dan Cases, Ryan Hazens, Emma Richardsons, and your Randy Thorntons.

Here we see a disgusting example of the brutality these poor ice block face, all in the supposed name of “fun.”

Inquiring minds want to know the most fashionable method of bombing (skater lingo – duh) that hill, and sources indicate that both Floyd Saner and Julian Ridden have cracked the code – it’s Superman Style.

It’s clear that the folks over at Mountain Moot are attempting to erode the longstanding tradition of calm, orderly, and utterly boring conferences, one filthy ice block at a time.  Our pledge to you, dear readers, is to remain vigilant at subsequent MtMoots to ensure no fun is had, and no more ice gets brutalized for the enjoyment of these sick and twisted hooligans.

JK – totes loved it! #mtmoot4lyfe #IceButtsDriveMeNuts #SummerSlides #NotYoMomma’sMoot #CanUevenPutApostrophesInHashtags #YOLO #mtmoot