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Accesorize Your Moodle Like No One Before You With Our February Plugin Roundup

Accesorize Your Moodle Like No One Before You With Our February Plugin Roundup

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The Moodleverse is a community of self-actualizing professionals with a passion for learning. Our desires and searches are as varied as the diversity of Moodle sites out there. While many plugins are nearly standard features because of their ubiquity, in the Moodleverse there is never a shortage of simple, effective, niche, and even quirky plugins.

The following list of seemingly small contributions have a large impact, maybe on just a handful of users, but like the lamps, paintings or weird-looking coffee mugs you own, they show character, and might help you feel at home in Moodle.

All the 18 plugins here noted are Moodle 3.2 compatible and should work fine on mobile devices.

Reset completion

Reset completion allows students to take back all their work across Moodle activities, including data on Quizzes and Choice activity, and SCORM, as well as any course completion data (like checkboxes). It is useful for students looking to re-certify themselves, maybe after some time has passed.

Music theory

A question type catering to music theory instruction. To date, Music Theory supports 13 different exercises, such as note, key signature, interval, scale, chord and harmonic function writing and identification. It has an HTML5 graphical user interface and provides several question display options.

Mathslate for Atto

A visual mathematical equation editor that opens from a button on the Moodle Atto text editor. Mathslate supports both drag-and-drop from a symbols and structures menu, as well as LaTeX scripting. Similar plugins are available for the main Moodle text editors.

Multinumerical

Multinumerical is a question type that support multiple input fields and calculations to validate a students’ answers. It supports equations and inequalities. Grading can be all-or-nothing, or proportional to the number of correct answers from all input fields. Penalties and feedback after wrong guessing is available.

Aardvark Post-It note

This plugin adds a section for “post-it” type notes to Moodle right under the header. Prominent member of the Moodlerati Mary Evans maintains this plugin and suggests administrators allow “block docking” by users, enabling them to collapse or expand the site-wide section.

Word count

A very simple script that uses Moodle’s own word count function to display the word count for any written piece. The use of a core function within Moodle helps it to ensure consistency with other parts of the System, such as Assignments with word limits. The icing on the cake is that the Word count plugin is available for MoodleCloud.

Horizontal rule

Another matter-of-fact button added to the Moodle text editor menu, this plugin allows you to insert a horizontal rule. Its existence is also a message for developers: any contribution is welcome, no matter how small.

Course schedules

For courses using Cohorts, this plugin can be used to allow or restrict access during specific time frames. It comes with a handy dashboard to visualize and manage every restriction set for every cohort. The scheduling allows weeks, days, hours and even minutes.

File upload

A plugin for user fields, File Upload allows personal profiles to include files. Handy for portfolios or having individual documents ready to download. When users upload a file, they can define who is allowed to download it or view it. Default actions can be defined by administrators.

Course feedback

Course feedback extends Moodle’s traditional feedback options with a prominent block where users can give their input at any time during the course. Access to responses can be restricted to instructors or left freely available. Giving feedback through this block can be set as mandatory for course completion. Feedback questions can also be rated by students.

Simple map

This block is made of two parts: a CSV spreadsheet of places and addresses, and a Google Maps search widget. Upon search of an address, the widget will point on a map the closest addresses. Visualization of all places is also possible, and so it is manual place submission (no need of the CSV file).

Course description

Another seemingly small contribution, this plugin displays the course name, and optionally, the course description on any given page. However, it saves precious time for administrators who want that information and would have to manually add it to each page. The information can be placed anywhere, including the footer.

Filtered course list

This plugin adds a block to Moodle with a list of courses set by the admins. It allows sorting by course fields such as name, category of code if they have it. It also allows filtering and even Regex matching. Multiple, collapsible sections are available as well. This plugin is maintained by the CLAMP Liberal Arts college consortium.

Stamp collection

Stamp collection is a Moodle Activity that turns a Moodle course into a virtual safari. It could be set to reward curiosity or to identify absences or activities missing. It includes control capabilities to enable stamp trading among students, and to determine who can see a student’s collection of stamps.

Moodle welcome

This plugin sends an automatic, personalized email to a new user as soon as they enroll in a course. It can also be used to notify admins of moderators when a new user has signed up. The message to users can include personal fields, much like the options from services supporting mail merge.

Myddleware

Myddleware enables “free” and “secure” data transfers between a Moodle site and other applications, from an instant messaging app to a CRM platform. It is compatible with enterprise software including Salesforce, SAP, and Microsoft SQL Server. It requires an active Myddleware service (but there is a free tier available).

Question trends

The question trends plugin complements other SCORM functionality by providing reporting with statistics. Examples include the number of times or percentage a question has been answered correctly. Naturally it takes some amount of user behavior logged in to visualize useful information.

Anti-hammering / login blocker

Developed by Sebsoft, this security plugin applies “smart detecting” to suspicious behaviors or attacks. “Hammering” is a hacking practice that sends a high volume of requests to a server to overload it, or to find a user password by sheer brute force. Criteria for identification and blocking, such as the IP address that generates the requests, can be setup. It also enhances Moodle temporary account lockout for when a users types the wrong password too many times, for example.


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