Part 2: Not a Moodle Plugin But Sure Helps


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Part 1: Not a Moodle Plugin But Sure Helps


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Moodle Activities Plugin – Questionnaire

One of my favorite activities plugin that I discovered was the questionnaire plugin. I use the questionnaire plugin for all sorts of surveys that I take over the course of the year.  For example, at the beginning of the year I have students take a survey as to what technology tools do they have at home and whether that have access to the Internet. Or during the course of the year I may have students fill out survey (questionnaire) on what topic is their first, second, or third choice when completing a project. I may use one to determine the outcome of an activity’s presentation.  For example, students would vote on which presentation gave the most convincing argument.  Some teachers will say to me, “I see there is already a survey activity available on the Moodle. Why not just use the built-in survey?”  The thing to keep in mind is that the Survey module is that it provides various survey instruments (COLLES or ATTLS).  When attempting to extract information from students, as I mentioned above, you need to install the questionnaire plugin.
As with other plugins, I return to Moodle.org and go into the download section of the site. The video below walks you through finding, downloading, installing and adding your first questionnaire.

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Moodle and The Many Plugins

I thought I would spend the next week or so going over some of the handy free plugins that are available to add to your Moodle site.  These plugins add a variety of features that don’t come with the initial installation of Moodle.  But for I get started with them, I wanted to talk about how easy it has become to install these plugins.  Back in the old days of installing a plugin you really had to know where things went in order to get the plugin working. What do I mean where things went?  Well, if it was an activity plugin, you had to make sure it went into the mod folder either by having direct access to the server or being able to ftp into the server. But that wasn’t all! You then had language .php file that had to go into the correct lang folder (in my case the en folder within the lang folder). And if it was a block plugin?  Same procedure but with the plugin going into the blocks folder.   Course plugin? Course folder. You get the general idea.  Of course after doing it over and over again you would get the hang of it and it would almost become a robotic response to adding these plugins.
Now if you have administrator rights it is really easy! Especially after having to proceed as mentioned above.  It is as simple as finding the plugin you want and adding it to your Moodle through a simple procedure.  The video below will show you where to locate the plugins.
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These Are A Few Of My Favoirte Things

As the end of the year approaches and everyone has their top 10 lists for 2012, I thought I’d include my own related to educational technology.  Please note these may not be new for 2012, but just either things I discovered in 2012 or use all of the time. So here it goes in no certain order.
    So here is my list for this year. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some software or hardware that I find indispensable. Look for updates of this list, where 10 may become 11, 12, 13….
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