Lightbox Gallery and Attendance Activity added to Moodle

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Two new Moodle plugins, the Lightbox Gallery resource and the Attendance activity have now been added Emily Carr’s Moodle system.

The Lightbox Gallery resource allows you to create ‘Lightbox’ enabled image galleries within your Moodle course. The Lightbox system is a set of scripts than can be used to apply nice effects to image galleries.

Viewing a gallery

As a course teacher, you are able to create, edit and delete galleries. The main configuration option involves telling Moodle which directory contains the images you want to include in the gallery. After you’ve finished configuration, small thumbnails will be generated, which are used for the thumbnail view of the gallery. You can user the Image Editor to tag images with keywords which can then be used for searching.

Clicking on any of the thumbnails brings that image into focus, and allows you to scroll through the gallery at your leisure. Using the Lightbox scripts creates nice transition effects when loading and scrolling through the images.

You can give users the capability to add their own images to galleries, the following screen shows the Add Image screen in action.

Adding an image to a gallery

 

Attendance Activity Module

The Attendance module is designed for teachers to be able take attendance during class, and for students to be able to view their own attendance record. A teacher can mark the attendance status of a student as “Present”, “Absent”, “Late”, or “Excused”. These status descriptions are configurable, and more can be added. The teacher adds Attendance as an activity of a course, and then sets up the sessions whose attendance is to be tracked. The Attendance module can generate reports for either the entire class or for individual students. Students may also see their own attendance record if the activity is not hidden.

The optional Attendance block allows teachers quick access to the Attendance functionality, and allows students quick access to a summary report for their own attendance. (A block is a user interface element that can be added to Moodle screens.)

Please also visit the documentation at http://docs.moodle.org/24/en/Attendance_module#Teacher.27s_usage_instructions

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