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      Around ten screen shots (maybe more) illustrating Moodle's most loved features, together with brief descriptions.

      http://docs.moodle.org/en/Features (work in progress for site page)

      http://docs.moodle.org/en/Features_tour (docs page)

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          Mary Cooch added a comment -

          I will start gathering ideas and examples of how other LMS/VLEs organise their "features tour" on the Talk page of http://docs.moodle.org/24/en/Features_tour and then put something together shortly. If anyone has any favourite "most loved" features, please speak out

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          Mary Cooch added a comment - I will start gathering ideas and examples of how other LMS/VLEs organise their "features tour" on the Talk page of http://docs.moodle.org/24/en/Features_tour and then put something together shortly. If anyone has any favourite "most loved" features, please speak out
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          Andrew Nicols added a comment -

          As a thought, it might be an idea to have more than one feature tour - perhaps one for teachers, and one showing the student view. Our institution is heavily focused on student perspective and this is an increasingly important area to highlight.

          It may also be worth highlighting some of the administrative features and the plug ability of Moodle - a lot of institutions want to be able to easily create and manage their users and courses. Highlighting these would be beneficial.

          If you're after a case study, we (Lancaster University) can probably help supply one. Our enrolment is performed by a custom plugin similar to the database enrolment plugin which creates users, cohorts, course categories, courses, groups, and groupings. We've also written numerous plugins to integrate with Lancaster-specific systems, as well as with various vendor provided plugins.

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          Andrew Nicols added a comment - As a thought, it might be an idea to have more than one feature tour - perhaps one for teachers, and one showing the student view. Our institution is heavily focused on student perspective and this is an increasingly important area to highlight. It may also be worth highlighting some of the administrative features and the plug ability of Moodle - a lot of institutions want to be able to easily create and manage their users and courses. Highlighting these would be beneficial. If you're after a case study, we (Lancaster University) can probably help supply one. Our enrolment is performed by a custom plugin similar to the database enrolment plugin which creates users, cohorts, course categories, courses, groups, and groupings. We've also written numerous plugins to integrate with Lancaster-specific systems, as well as with various vendor provided plugins.
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          Andrew Nicols added a comment -

          I was thinking about this and wondering about other ways it could be done. Here are some design examples of some good features pages that I've come across recently.

          These are some examples of the components of features pages for a wide variety of products. This includes services, software, and hardware.

          If we were to do this in Moodle, we'd probably have to do so using a custom local plugin, or theme component. Not sure how feasible it is to do in Mediawiki.

          The HTML5 whole page on the beoplay site - http://beoplay.com/Products/BeoplayV1

          Difficult to get screenshots to demonstrate it but go and try it out

          The left-hand menu system breaking areas down into different categories

          This one is from cloudflare:

          The short paragraphs with matching images approach

          Lots of features pages I've looked at do something like this. They have a short paragraph describing a feature and an appropriate image showing part of that feature.

          This is from cloudflare:

          And Apple:

          And github

          Breaking things down into multiple pages using a carousel

          An alternative way of doing the menu approach by having it on a carousel at the top with an appropriate screenshot.

          Github:

          Gandi:

          Complete list of the ones I was looking at

          Some examples of feature pages for a wide range of products, both services, software, and hardware:

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          Andrew Nicols added a comment - I was thinking about this and wondering about other ways it could be done. Here are some design examples of some good features pages that I've come across recently. These are some examples of the components of features pages for a wide variety of products. This includes services, software, and hardware. If we were to do this in Moodle, we'd probably have to do so using a custom local plugin, or theme component. Not sure how feasible it is to do in Mediawiki. The HTML5 whole page on the beoplay site - http://beoplay.com/Products/BeoplayV1 Difficult to get screenshots to demonstrate it but go and try it out The left-hand menu system breaking areas down into different categories This one is from cloudflare: The short paragraphs with matching images approach Lots of features pages I've looked at do something like this. They have a short paragraph describing a feature and an appropriate image showing part of that feature. This is from cloudflare: And Apple: And github Breaking things down into multiple pages using a carousel An alternative way of doing the menu approach by having it on a carousel at the top with an appropriate screenshot. Github: Gandi: Complete list of the ones I was looking at Some examples of feature pages for a wide range of products, both services, software, and hardware: http://www.cloudflare.com/features-security http://usa.autodesk.com/autocad/features/ https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/features.html#security http://www.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/features http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/en-us/technologies.aspx http://beoplay.com/Products/BeoplayV1 (scroll down the page or use the up/down arrows on your keyboard - this is all HTML5) http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/ https://www.gandi.net/hosting/ (particularly the feature spots at the top on the carousel you can move left/right) https://github.com/features/projects (similar kind of idea to the previous)
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          Mary Cooch added a comment -

          Wow thanks Andrew, for all these links to features pages I had begun on http://docs.moodle.org/24/en/Talk:Features_tour but only looking at LMS. I like the idea of short paragraph with matching image although I also like Fronter (below) where a neat box pops up when you click a link.

          However, as I have no sense of aesthetics at all, I will concentrate on finding the best features with snappy text and leave the attractive display to the likes of you and Barbara I suppose it will also depend on how/where this Features tour will be linked from - will it be a docs page or a different type of page?
          Fronter http://uk.fronter.info/product/
          Frog http://www.frogtrade.com/index.phtml?d=2458882
          Schoology https://www.schoology.com/about.php
          Blackboard http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Features.aspx
          Claroline http://www.claroline.net/demo-2/?lang=en
          Sakai http://www.sakaiproject.org/learning-management
          Sharepoint http://www.sharepointlms.com/features

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          Mary Cooch added a comment - Wow thanks Andrew, for all these links to features pages I had begun on http://docs.moodle.org/24/en/Talk:Features_tour but only looking at LMS. I like the idea of short paragraph with matching image although I also like Fronter (below) where a neat box pops up when you click a link. However, as I have no sense of aesthetics at all, I will concentrate on finding the best features with snappy text and leave the attractive display to the likes of you and Barbara I suppose it will also depend on how/where this Features tour will be linked from - will it be a docs page or a different type of page? Fronter http://uk.fronter.info/product/ Frog http://www.frogtrade.com/index.phtml?d=2458882 Schoology https://www.schoology.com/about.php Blackboard http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Features.aspx Claroline http://www.claroline.net/demo-2/?lang=en Sakai http://www.sakaiproject.org/learning-management Sharepoint http://www.sharepointlms.com/features
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          Mary Cooch added a comment -

          Also, I take your point about different audiences - student/tutor/admin. I think we could probably cover that in one tour by having different sections.. again, much as I dislike the product, Fronter's features page does that quite well http://uk.fronter.info/product/

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          Mary Cooch added a comment - Also, I take your point about different audiences - student/tutor/admin. I think we could probably cover that in one tour by having different sections.. again, much as I dislike the product, Fronter's features page does that quite well http://uk.fronter.info/product/
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          Martin Dougiamas added a comment -
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          Martin Dougiamas added a comment - http://www.apple.com/iphone/ even
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          Mary Cooch added a comment -

          I've been writing some suggested text and ideas for screenshots - here http://docs.moodle.org/24/en/Features_tour I think we have to be careful to not write too much. Screenshots would have to be judiciously chosen because if you've never used Moodle then some screenshots won't really mean that much to you. I notice some LMS Features tours don't actually use any screenshots at all - just shiny smiley people -or videos

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          Mary Cooch added a comment - I've been writing some suggested text and ideas for screenshots - here http://docs.moodle.org/24/en/Features_tour I think we have to be careful to not write too much. Screenshots would have to be judiciously chosen because if you've never used Moodle then some screenshots won't really mean that much to you. I notice some LMS Features tours don't actually use any screenshots at all - just shiny smiley people -or videos
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          Mary Cooch added a comment -

          This will need updating for 2.5..

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          Mary Cooch added a comment - This will need updating for 2.5..
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          Martin Dougiamas added a comment -

          Some really great thoughts in the comments above.

          I like the idea (and the practice) of one huge page for scrolling down, with big fat sections on it.

          The current page is a good start but the text really needs to be cut down a lot, and images much bigger. Also have to be careful with cheesy advertising language like "it's your choice"!

          Note this is highly related to MDLSITE-2143 and should probably have a lot the same.

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          Martin Dougiamas added a comment - Some really great thoughts in the comments above. I like the idea (and the practice) of one huge page for scrolling down, with big fat sections on it. The current page is a good start but the text really needs to be cut down a lot, and images much bigger. Also have to be careful with cheesy advertising language like "it's your choice"! Note this is highly related to MDLSITE-2143 and should probably have a lot the same.
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          Martin Dougiamas added a comment -

          And BTW, shiny smiley people does not tell you anything much. Others do that just because it's easy and lazy.

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          Martin Dougiamas added a comment - And BTW, shiny smiley people does not tell you anything much. Others do that just because it's easy and lazy.
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          Mary Cooch added a comment -

          Following discussion with Helen, the page http://docs.moodle.org/25/en/Features_tour (which will be updated for 2.5) will remain in the About Moodle section of the docs and the content has been copied http://docs.moodle.org/25/en/Features for condensing (ie less text heavy). This second version will have much less text, bigger images and can be a work in progress for a page to be added to redesigned Moodle.org. I understand much should be the same as for MDLSITE-2143 although on a page with just screenhots and not moving video, it's important to only use screenshots that actually show something meaningful to new Moodlers.

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          Mary Cooch added a comment - Following discussion with Helen, the page http://docs.moodle.org/25/en/Features_tour (which will be updated for 2.5) will remain in the About Moodle section of the docs and the content has been copied http://docs.moodle.org/25/en/Features for condensing (ie less text heavy). This second version will have much less text, bigger images and can be a work in progress for a page to be added to redesigned Moodle.org. I understand much should be the same as for MDLSITE-2143 although on a page with just screenhots and not moving video, it's important to only use screenshots that actually show something meaningful to new Moodlers.
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          Mary Cooch added a comment -

          Features is less wordy http://docs.moodle.org/25/en/Features but I could do with some clarification as to how it links with MDLSITE-2143 Shall I redo the Features page using the items from the software overview? Or vice-versa? Or mix the two together?

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          Mary Cooch added a comment - Features is less wordy http://docs.moodle.org/25/en/Features but I could do with some clarification as to how it links with MDLSITE-2143 Shall I redo the Features page using the items from the software overview? Or vice-versa? Or mix the two together?
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          David Mudrak added a comment -

          Hi! This MDLSITE issue is in "Development in progress" state and no comment was added to it in the last 90 days. If you are the assignee of this issue, please consider amending the issue state to reflect the status quo. Doing that will help us in the SITES team to keep the overview up-to-date. Thanks for understanding.

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          David Mudrak added a comment - Hi! This MDLSITE issue is in "Development in progress" state and no comment was added to it in the last 90 days. If you are the assignee of this issue, please consider amending the issue state to reflect the status quo. Doing that will help us in the SITES team to keep the overview up-to-date. Thanks for understanding.
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          Mary Cooch added a comment -

          I am happy to either update this for 2.6 or stop progress on it, as we focus on the Moodle.org reboot. Waiting for guidance from Martin Dougiamas as to the future of this.

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          Mary Cooch added a comment - I am happy to either update this for 2.6 or stop progress on it, as we focus on the Moodle.org reboot. Waiting for guidance from Martin Dougiamas as to the future of this.
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          Mary Cooch added a comment -

          Just wondering where we are going with this page - XY Ng are we going to style this page too http://docs.moodle.org/en/Features ? as with the New Features? Do the images need redoing accordingly?

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          Mary Cooch added a comment - Just wondering where we are going with this page - XY Ng are we going to style this page too http://docs.moodle.org/en/Features ? as with the New Features? Do the images need redoing accordingly?
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          Mary Cooch added a comment -

          Closing so we can now focus on MDLSITE-2653

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          Mary Cooch added a comment - Closing so we can now focus on MDLSITE-2653

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