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Monday, June 11, 2012

Liven up the Participants List by changing the City field into Hobby

How would you like to have a Hobby field show up in the Participants List in Moodle 1.9? Well it can be done! Charles Kelly of http://www.manythings.org has done it and in this blog post I will show you how.

Why should it be done? In my humble opinion, knowing that you come from Melaka or Kansas City is not as interesting as knowing that you have a liking for Pink Floyd, Manchester City Football Club or body building. How can we do this? Two steps. First: change the City field's display name to "Hobby / Interest / Free Time". Secondly, modify the length of City field from a measly 20 characters to a generous 100 characters.








Like what you see? What do you think? Do you think that a Hobby data field makes the Participants list more interesting? Personally, I feel that if everyone were to be truthful and open to show others their hobbies, then the online community of your course page will get to know each other better. And that makes for a fun experience for your students.

For more information and code, head on over to my full article Moodlenews.com.

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