Using Chamilo for MOOCs

Although the hype around MOOCs has faded a bit already, these Massively Open Online Courses are now part of the daily internet products or services you can invest in to make your professional or personal life better in the short,…

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Installation guide for Chamilo 1.11.4 on Digital Ocean with PHP7

This guide will take you through the process of installing the Chamilo e-learning portal, version 1.11.4 on a fresh Digital Ocean instance,on an Ubuntu 17.04 64bit distribution (also works with minor changes with Ubuntu 18.04) To follow this guide, you…

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Assignments in LMS: How to cope with disk space issues

In this article, we’ll talk about managing an LMS when all institutional assignments handed in by students have to be handed in through the LMS, and what that means if you have several thousand students. This case is based on…

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How to properly rename a projet in Redmine

Redmine is a project management system and a support ticket management system. See other articles on this blog and my video on YouTube about a previous version of Redmine for more info. At some point (and this only happened to…

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Installation guide for Chamilo 1.10.x on Digital Ocean with PHP7

This guide will take you through the process of installing Chamilo 1.10 (from Github sources) for testing on a fresh Digital Ocean instance, on an Ubuntu 16.04 distribution. A previous article on this blog explains how to install Chamilo 1.9…

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Change SVG icons to grayscale with Inkscape

If you design your icons in SVG with Inkscape and wonder how to quickly make an “inactive” icon in grayscale, here’s a quick fix (at least for Linux users): inkscape -f teacher_na.svg –verb EditSelectAll –verb org.inkscape.color.desaturate.noprefs –verb FileSave –verb FileQuit…

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Recover a student task in Chamilo LMS 1.9.*

In Chamilo LMS 1.9.* (meaning 1.9.0 up to 1.9.10), deleting some files from the web interface don’t always delete them on disk. While this means that, sadly, you don’t get to get space back when cleaning up your courses, you…

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Redirect mobile devices to alternate URL with Varnish 3.0 and Drupal 6

This is a short note for ourselves, but it might help others considering the (new for now) rules of Google indexing of non-mobile sites. Drupal 6 does not really provide all the stuff that would be really useful to switch…

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Benchmark: dirname(__FILE__) vs __DIR__ in PHP

dirname(__FILE__) and __DIR__ give exactly the same result in PHP, although one (__DIR__) is evaluated at compile-time, while the other (dirname(__FILE__)) has at least part of it (the function) evaluated at execution time. Ever wondered what the difference is, in…

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Tricks to debug Captivate SCORM 1.2 content

If you have to make Captivate-generated SCORM 1.2 content in your (web) platform and you want *more* information about what’s going on, this guide might help. One of the trickiest things about Captivate and SCORM is that Captivate doesn’t handle…

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