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Here is a collection of the key terms regularly used in Moodle. Best to learn them now. It will assist your future learning a use of Moodle. One can't learn the concepts without first understanding the words.



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O

Oracle

A commercial database management system like MS SQL with an Open Source leg.

Outcomes

An Outcome is like any other grade except that it can be applied to multiple activities. When the activity is marked, a mark should be given for the submission itself and for the outcome.


Outcomes are newly introduced in Moodle 1.9


basically implements a way to connect outcome statements with Scales.
Scales themselves are connected to courses and their activities.



Example

ExampleOutcome: ‘Identityin social psychology’

Scales:{Refuser, Drifter, Searcher, Guardian, Resolver}

P

PEAR

An acronym for PHP Extension and Application Repository. PEAR is a framework and distribution system for reusable PHP components.

For more information see http://pear.php.net/.

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL is a full-featured open-source database with many enterprise features, including:
  • Support for database transactions
  • Strong support for SQL-92 standard
  • Native external interfaces for ODBC, JDBC, C, C++, PHP, Perl, TCL, Python and Ruby
  • Referential integrity
  • Internal functions can be written in C, C++, Java, Perl, TCL, Python, Ruby, PHP and PL/PgSQL
  • Insert/Update/Delete Triggers
  • Inheritance
  • Unicode
  • Extensible data types
  • Indexes on functions
PostgreSQL scales well into large multi-user environments, where the application has significantly intermixed reading and writing activity.

See http://www.postgresql.org/ for more information.

Postnuke

Postnuke is a free, open source, database driven php website. Many Moodle people use postnuke as a front end page to forums, calendars, guestbook and other non-education specific activities. There are literaly thousands of free themes, and hundreds of open source modules that a postnuke site can use.

However, the administration and permission system UI for postnuke can be daunting for newbies, and often requires some basic knowledge of php coding to implement many tasks.

http://www.postnuke.com/

A great website for educators to start at is the postnuke education forum.

Production Site

A production site is site that is publicly operating, it has courses and is being used by anyone enrolled.

R

RELOAD

Reusable eLearning Object Authoring & Delivery

RSS

RSS is a Web content syndication format.
Its name is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication.
RSS is a dialect of XML. All RSS files must conform to the XML 1.0 specification, as published on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) website. Subordinate to the <rss> element is a single <channel> element, which contains information about the channel (metadata) and its contents.

(extracted from http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss)

S

SCORM

Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) is a collection of standards and specifications for web-based e-learning. It defines communications between client side content and a host system called the run-time environment (commonly a function of a learning management system). SCORM also defines how content may be packaged into a transferrable ZIP file.
After going through SCORM standards 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 2004 first edition, the current latest version is SCORM 2004 2nd edition.

sections

The areas within a course that hold activities are known as sections. This is a generic term that covers weeks and topics.

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