As a developer I seldom build content, which means I don’t really know the finer details of the content authoring tools available in Moodle. Yesterday I built a small Lesson activity for a client to show them how it works.
I did not sit and plan it out before the time, resulting in the navigation being all wrong. I looked at this and thought that there has to be a better way. In Storyline you can clearly see the flow of your content in the story view. I wanted to be able to see the same in Moodle.
A few years ago I built a Diagram tool in Adobe Flex 3 that installs to your desktop as a small AIR application. I fired this up and tried mapping my Lesson out in it. Below are a few images showing the results of my efforts.
The tool worked quite well, and I could see the path the user would take as they navigate through the lesson.
Here is an animation showing who the tool works.
There are a number of panels on the left. Each panel contains a group of icons. Select a group and an icon and drag it onto the screen. Once on the screen the icon can be linked to other icons as well as labelled.
The diagram can be exported to .jpg, .pdf or .png formats. You can also export to XML and import again to rebuild the diagram.
Lastly, you can also change the way in which the diagram is displayed, and the spacing between the icons.
If anyone would like a copy of the tool to muck about with, please drop me a mail and I’ll send one over.