Five things you probably didn’t know about Moodle Plugins.
The M in Moodle stands for Modular, and one of the great benefits of Moodle is that if its many standard features aren’t enough for you, you can search over a thousand additional plugins to find what you need – for free!
Quick overview on Quiz Happily, the Plugins directory is very well organised so if, for example, you are a fan of the powerful Quiz module, it’s easy for you to sift through the different question types, formats, reports and more. Did you know, for example, that you can require students to agree to a plagiarism statement before they begin a quiz, in a similar way to assignments? You can do this with the “honesty check” quiz access rule plugin.
Extending the power of the teacher with Availability conditions Recent improvements in availability conditions have encouraged developers to contribute in this area too. Perhaps you have a course accessed by users with different native languages and you want an easy way to restrict activities in each language. Did you know about the Restriction by language plugin which lets you do just that? Read more about availability condition plugins here.
Update your course format Most Moodlers are happy with Moodle’s standard weekly or topics course format, but if your users are particularly keen on Facebook or Twitter and you think having a more social media-like course might motivate their learning, you can have just that with the Socialwall course format. Explore the many useful contributed course formats here.
Gamification for engaging courses Along with the social side of learning, gamification of courses is very popular these days. Did you know you can add a Level Up! block, allowing students to gain experience points and level up in their courses? Check out other handy blocks here.
What else is on offer? A ‘local plugin’ is one that doesn’t fit into a particular area such as quiz or block. Did you know there is a local Moodle welcome plugin which sends a welcome message to a new user and alerts the admin at the same time when a user creates an account? Being made to feel welcome when you first join a course is good for your motivation, and it’s yet another example of how Moodle plugins support successful learning.
Moodle 3.5 has arrived, and we are currently testing it for compatibility with existing plugins.
An interesting feature that existed back in Moodle 3.1, but which seemed to mysteriously have disappeared was stealth topics. Moodle never admitted that this was a feature, in fact the developers considered it a bug and removed it from the application version 3.3 onward.
After considerable lobbying Moodle have agreed to reinstate this feature, but as an official feature this time. It is hoped that it will appear in one of the regular upgrades in 3.5 over the forthcoming weeks.
In the HT Moodle we have added two new formats which you may like to experiment with:
Grid format allows you to create a course based on a series of tiles to form your menu, whereas Buttons format allows you to create a course based on buttons, numerical, alpha or roman numerals. You can also create subsections etc.
For further information please send an inquiry to Paul Raper who will be glad to explain these features in more detail.
As of May 25th 2018, the new GDPR law will come into force across the whole of the European Union.
Moodle has in its latest upgrade to 3.5 taken some measures to address these new regulations and it maybe worthwhile just taking a few moments to read through them so that you are clear about what they mean to yourself here at the FHNW.
Sehr gerne möchte ich Sie auf die Veranstaltung Von Hochschule zu Hochschule. Plagiatsprävention stärken. Herausforderungen meistern am 18. April von 9.30 – 16.00 Uhr an der Pädagogischen Hochschule FHNW am Campus Brugg-Windisch hinweisen und einladen.
Setzen Sie an Ihrer Hochschule bereits eine Plagiatssoftware ein oder stehen Sie vielleicht vor der Entscheidung, ein entsprechendes Tool anzuschaffen? Was sind die rechtlichen Dimensionen die hierbei beachtet werden müssen? Welche Strategien versprechen bei der Implementation einen erfolgreichen und nachhaltigen Einsatz? Welche didaktischen Szenarien sind beim Einbezug von Studierenden denkbar? Wo sind möglicherweise die Grenzen einer Plagiatssoftware und was sagen die Prüfberichte eigentlich aus?
Diskutieren Sie die didaktischen Anforderungen und strategischen Überlegungen im Hochschulfeld. Lernen Sie Personen aus der nationalen und internationalen Hochschul-Community kennen und tauschen Sie sich untereinander über Ihre wertvollen Erfahrungen (Good Practice) aus.
In der Mittagspause wird ein Marktplatz stattfinden, an dem unter anderem die beiden Plagiatssoftware-Anbieter Turnitin und PlagScan vertreten sein werden.
As we all know Moodle is open source, and so for that matter is H5P. Further, there is a plugin for Moodle developed by the H5P developers which allows you to display content that you produce using H5P on your Moodle pages.
Whilst at this point in time the Main FHNW Moodle platform does not have this plugin installed, the HT Moodle platform does.
There is now an additional feature that we have available to us through Turnitin, LTI Moodle integration.
LTI, or Learning Tool Interoperability, allows platforms to communicate with each other via single sign on. This means that if you now want students to submit work for checking via Turnitin straight from Moodle, you can easily do so. Learn more here.
Clearly the advantages of this are evident in that students can no longer complain that they are being asked to register with multiple sites.
Should anyone wish to know more about this process, they should contact me.
A New Service on the way from Turnitin
Authorship Investingation is a new service that is soon to be available through Turnitin.
Upto now it has only been possible to check whether a student has copied work from somewhere else, but Authorship Investigation should soon enable academic staff to check whether or not a student has contracted someone else to write their work.
An individuals writing style is unique, and so in brief the system compares the writing styles of the student with the writing style of the submitted work. If one differs significantly from the other, then there is a good chance that the work has been “Contracted”.