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2011

JoomlaLMS end user interface configuration options




JoomlaLMS is a multifunctional platform for distant learning organization. Very often it happens so that the complete set of its options isn’t called for when the system is used.

Let’s take a look at JoomlaLMS default system interface. This is what end user will see when working with the system either studying the learning materials or creating/managing new courses (image 1).

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Image 1. JoomlaLMS user interface

To enhance the system efficiency it’s necessary to configure software user interface for the end user to work in it conveniently. In order to make the end user menu more intuitive it’s possible to disable unnecessary services in JoomlaLMS. If you disable all the unnecessary services the menu will become much smaller and more convenient to work with, users will spend less time for studying the interface and extra manipulations.

Let’s take a course with theoretical learning materials and tests for example. How is it better to configure the user menu for any student taking a random course and how should it be done?

There are more than 15 available items in the main user menu (see image 1). Which menu items will be necessary for our imaginary student is shown in the following table:

Menu item

Short description

Enable/disable

Home

Brings a user to JoomlaLMS Home page

+

Courses

Brings a user to JoomlaLMS Courses List

+

Subscriptions

Brings a user to the Courses Subscriptions page

+

File library

Brings a user to the Library with additional materials

-

Course home

Brings a user to the Course Home page

+

Announcements

Allows a user to add/edit announcements

-

Documents

Allows a user to work with course documents, add, edit, delete them

-

Learning Paths

Allows a user to work with the course learning modules

+

Links

Allows a user to work with links

-

Quizzes

Allows a user to take tests

+

DropBox

Allows a user to work with DropBox

-

Homework

Allows a user to do home tasks

-

Attendance

Allows a user to set attendance

-

Chat

Allows a user to work with chat

-

Gradebook

Allows a user to work with grades

-

Mailbox

Allows a user to send mails

-

User Options

Allows a user to toggle Student/Teacher mode

-

Help

Online help forJoomlaLMS

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Image 2. Disabling unnecessary menu items ( +/enable, - / disable)

In order to enable or disable unnecessary items please enter course Settings (log in at the front-end as teacher or LMS administrator), select the necessary radio button and save changes, see image 3.

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Image 3. End user menu configuration panel

After saving the changes we will see a simplified JoomlaLMS student menu with no extra items, see image 4.

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Image 4. Configured student menu user interface

We described above how it’s possible to configure the user interface particularly for Student user role for a certain course.

It’s possible to configure JoomlaLMS tool menu for Teachers in the same way. It’s preferable to allow Teacher to create announcements, set grades, upload materials and edit course contents and quiz questions. In case Teacher should only supervise the learning process without changing course materials it’s possible to disable this option.

In JoomlaLMS system there is a possibility to configure interfaces for various user groups from Joomla! CMS administration panel that will be applied to all courses imported to the system. To do that you need to enter Joomla! CMS administrator back-end -> Components- > JoomlaLMS -> Menu Manager, select the user group and publish or unpublish necessary menu items.

There is another user interface configuration option we would like to pay some attention to. It’s a special menu module for JoomlaLMS (an extension) which is installed as any other module and can be output at any position on your website. This module facilitates end user interface configuration options. For unregistered users the module provides only two menu items: Home and Subscriptions, see image 5.

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Image 5. JoomlaLMS menu module

You can change the layout of this menu using site template styles. In this way JoomlaLMS will have the same look and feel as the rest of your site pages. In image 6 you can see the layout of JoomlaLMS main menu placed at site main menu position (menu items are shown as logged in Teacher sees them).

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Image 6. Horizontal JoomlaLMS menu

Logged in Student will see the menu in the same way. Menu layout only needs to be configured once enabling all the items and checking how users with different user roles will see them. Unnecessary items can be disabled later and enabled if needed without worrying that additional menu items can damage site look and feel.

We showed you how you can change your system user interface. If any questions appear please feel free to contact JoomlaLMS support. Our team will gladly provide further assistance.