Thursday, 8 September 2011

Bring OpenSocial gadgets to Moodle.

I have developed a plugin for Moodle that allows to add OpenSocial gadgets. OpenSocial gadgets are rendered via Apache Shindig (extension of version 2.0) in an iGoogle similar fashion.

Plugin works for new version of Moodle 2.1. The installation instructions and source code can be found at github: moodle-shindig-mod.

The plugin adds a new module to shindig. It is very similar to pages in moodle, however in addition,
OpenSocial gadgets can be specified. Once it is installed, a teacher can choose a "Widget space" to be added to the course and specify OpenSocial gadgets for it. The teacher can decide whether 1,2,3 column view is used for gadgets.

Widget space creation

The resulting outcome is the iGoogle similar view where students can work with gadgets.

Widget space view

Hope it is useful!


  1. I really like your idea of designing plugin for Moddle that allows to add open social gadget. In this post steps are mentioned with the help of screen shots which help you get a clear view of what to do and how to do. I am going to try it.

  2. this just gives me some idea on how my code should be. good thing that i visited this post. thanks.

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