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Ian MacKinnon

eLearning Consultant | Totara Learn Expert | Totara Certified | Moodle Expert | I advise clients on all stages of their Moodle or Totara Learn journey
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What are my file resource display options in Moodle and Totara Learn?

Uploading files for your learners to access is a big part of many Moodle and Totara Learn courses. Whether that's video or audio files that you want to play within the course page, PDF files view or PowerPoints to download, there are different display options that suit each type.

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Designing for accessibility: How to add captions or subtitles to media in Moodle and Totara Learn

Designing your eLearning courses with accessibility in mind is the best way to ensure you cater for a wider range of needs. One of the top tips for designing inclusive courses is to subtitle and caption your videos.

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How to explore course reminders in Totara Learn and why feedback is so important in e-learning

Earlier this year Totara Learn published an interesting article with Julia Dirksen on the importance of feedback in eLearning. This acts as a great reminder of why feedback is so important to improve the entire learning experience. After reading why feedback is so important, I’d like to share how

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What’s new in Totara Learn 10

Totara’s latest release is upon us, and brings with it a new name too: Totara Learn. This new release, version 10, has some great new features and improvements that I want to share with you.

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Exploring the Certification Completion Editor in Totara Learn

In this blog post I explore Certifications and the Certification Completion Editor in Totara Learn, and how they can be used as great tools for training in your organisation. If you’re not using the functionality yet, read on to find out how they can add value. 

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LMS Research - Key questions answered about Totara Learn

by Ian MacKinnon | Jul 11, 2017 | Totara

When you’re starting to explore eLearning for your organisation, the research alone can be a daunting task. There are so many providers offering LMS products and services, it can be hard to understand what they are and if they’re relevant for your needs.

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The Ultimate How-To: Integrate Moodle 3.3 with Office 365 and Google G-suite

by Ian MacKinnon | Jun 06, 2017 | Moodle news, moodle 3.3

As one for the world's most widely used learning management system, Moodle enables organisations from a wide variety of sectors to create rich online learning experiences, and so it's only natural that so many have been eager to integrate Moodle with Microsoft Office 365. The great news is that[...]

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How to use Group images to differentiate users in a Forum in Moodle

I was delivering bespoke Moodle training at a UK housing association earlier this month, where Moodle is used as a platform to engage with their residents. Moodle has been in place for a few years and the Forum activity module is used extensively for residents to communicate about issues they[...]

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Totara LMS: What's coming up in 9.0

As we approach the release date for Totara 9, the most highly anticipated major release of Totara LMS (and the first since the announcement of the fork from Moodle), here at HowToMoodle towers we’ve been having a dig around the preview site getting to know all of the exciting new features it’s[...]

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What is the Report Table Block in Totara LMS

by Ian MacKinnon | Aug 09, 2016 | Blog, Totara Tips

In the rapidly developing world of Totara, it’s easy to miss new updates and additions – especially if they’re not flagship features. One of the more recent additions from last year’s 2.9 release was the Report Table block, which, alongside the Report Manager and Report Graph blocks, could[...]

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