Installing the A.nnotate plugin for Moodle 2.0
Current version: 1.1.4 8-January-2012
For Moodle 2, the annotate plugin is delivered as a Moodle block. It has global configuration settings to supply the address of the annotate server to use and local configuration to specify how it should operate on particular pages.
- Download the plugin: annotate-moodle20-1.1.4.zip.
- Return to the admin home page for Moodle. It will notify you that there is a new plugin and prompt you to supply the plugin configuration settings. If it does not, then you can access them at any time from the "Plugins/Blocks/Manage blocks" page from the Site administration menu. If you would like to try the plugin out but do not have your own Annotate server, then contact support -at- textensor.com for access details for a free demonstration server.
- On the A.nnotate plugin settings page, enter the URL of the Annotate server, the server admin email address and the API key.
To enable annotate on a page simply add the "Annotate" block to that page.
The plugin can operate in two modes, "Individual" and "Group":
- In "Individiual" mode, each student gets their own independent copy of the resource in Annotate. Only they can see the annotations they make on it. Like other documents in Annotate they have the option of sharing it with other specified users on a per-user basis.
- In "Group" mode, they all share one copy which is owned by a "Master user" (normally the course instructor) which can be set in the configuration screen. When making annotations, students can choose between three visibility levels: "Private" for notes that only they should see; "Feedback" for notes that should also be visible to the document owner; and "Shared" for notes that can be seen by anyone with access to the document. The Document owner can set the default visibility level for new notes in Annotate.
Each occurrence of the block can have its own access mode and master user. The default mode is "Individual". Just turn editing on and edit the block's settings to change it. Note, that if you select "Group" mode and supply a Master user, then that user must tell Annotate to accept new documents. To do this, the master user should log in to annotate, go to their account page, and add the url of the Moodle server to the list at the bottom of that page under "Adding annotations to your own web pages".
Please contact support -at- textensor.com with any questions about the plugin or Annotate itself, or suggestions of additional features you would like.