At this stage, this is only for iOS devices: so it’s compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad (and it requires iOS 4.2 or later). Never fear though – I hear there is an intention to develop the app for the Android next, so that’s excellent news.
Once the mobile web service is enabled by the site administrator, it’s very easy for you, the user, to set up. You’ll only need the website address of your Moodle and your username and password:
It’s also very easy to have multiple sites set up. Or multiple users on the same site (great news for teachers or people testing apps):
Once you’re set up, there are four options (Upload, Participants, Web, and Help).
Upload is meant to have three options, but I only found the two (Browse photo albums and Take a picture or video). As I’m back in the dark ages and on iPhone3, I tried with Kien’s iPhone4 and found all three options available.
Once I had all my details set, I took a short walk and snapped a quick photo of the Brightcookie office door.
The image, after uploading into Moodle, comes through with the orientation set to landscape (to put it another way: as if you were holding your phone sideways). If you’re out and about and see something amazing, snap a picture of it. Just remember to do it sideways!
I tried this app out with a ‘sandpit’ on our Moodle 2 site try.brightcookie.com without any real participants. This meant I wasn’t able to extensively play with the Participants part of My Moodle. The team here at Brightcookie would love to know if others found this useful or found any issues.
However, I did test whether a participant that has not allowed sharing of email addresses (in Moodle) is also not sharing them via the app. As you’d expect, that all works fine.
A little disappointingly, the web button does not take you to a scaled down, low feature, mobile version of your moodle site. I’m sure my expectations were set a bit too high for such an newly released app. The ‘Web’ is the fully fledged and teeny, tiny looking Moodle site. On my phone, at least, that’s too small to be workable. You’d have to be pretty persistent to forge ahead with that.
Then I tried viewing the site on the phone with just a simpler theme for mobile only (your Moode site administrator can choose a different theme that is just for mobile). This improved things a little.
We later returned to our Moodle and installed a dedicated mobile-friendly theme. That hit the spot. The My Moodle mobile app detected the mobile choice and it was all seamless after that:
So, the upshot is that it’s definitely worth thinking about a mobile-specific theme if you’re keen to make this app work for you and your learners.
Help will take you to the mobile-friendly version of Moodle Docs.
Try for yourself
You’ll need to be using Moodle 2.1 or later to use this app on your iPhone. Mobile web services must also be enabled (by your site administrator). If you’re not sure about how to get that set up, you’ll need to check with your Moodle hosting provider.
If you want to try it out on our sandpit environment, the My Moodle app is still enabled on try.brightcookie.com, so if you have access, you can give it a spin yourself. If you don’t yet have a sandpit and would like access, just contact us and we’ll set you up.