Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.4. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version of Moodle may be available here: BIM module.
BIM allows individual students to register RSS/ATOM feeds and for the teaching staff to manage and mark entries in those feeds. The original intended use was for students to use external blogs as reflective journals.
The module has been used at a couple of Australian universities. More information is available on the this page including a video that provides an overview of BIM based on a MoodleMoot'AU 2010 presentation.
Differences betwen BIM and Moodle's blog services
BIM's focus is very much on helping teachers manage, observe and if wanted mark student blogs. Moodle's blog services and it's ability to integrate external blogs is different. It's much more focused on helping authors publish a blog. See this post for more explanation of this difference.
The process of adding BIM to CONTRIB has commenced, in the meantime
- Moodle 2.x - see the Moodle plugin database's BIM page and follow the instructions in the README file
- Moodle 1.9 - Download the zip file from github and follow the instructions in the README file
Some videos created for BIM 1.0 are available and still largely appropriate for BIM 2.0
There are also two videos for staff marking a BIM activity