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!