MoodleNews Plugin February Roundup: ‘Can’t Pick Just One’ Edition

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MoodleNews Plugin February Roundup, ‘Can’t Pick Just One’ Edition
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A quick reminder before you read below: Verify a plugin is compatible with your Moodle site version.

Activities: 360° feedback

This plugin provides the popular and oft-controversial 360 review or 360 assessment method within Moodle, in which everyone discusses everyone else’s performance. Compatible with anonymous and non-anonymous responses.

mod_threesixo

 

Activities: Bootstrap Elements

Bootstrap Elements improves course layouts by adding some of the fun components, like a “modal box” and collapsible sections. Optimal themes to use this with include “Adaptable”, “BCU” and “Essential.”

mod_bootstrapelements

 

Activities: UNEDTrivial

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UNEDTrivial enables teachers to create tests based on specialized learning approaches, among which is the “testing effect” (topic reinforcement period before introducing new topics) and “spaced learning” (involving repetitions with breaks and physical activity). It features a custom analytics dashboard.

mod_unedtrivial

 

Admin tools: Cohort external database

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When adding users in bulk (as by linking Moodle with an external database), this plugin automatically adds them to a particular cohort for better management.

tool_cohortdatabase

 

Admin tools: Object storage file system

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This one enables linking external file storage systems into Moodle, so files from any linked location can be seen on the Moodle file picker.

tool_objectfs

 

Assignment submissions: Changes

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Changes creates a log detailing student actions related to their submissions: first uploaded, edited, and so on.

assignsubmission_changes

 

Atto: Question

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This plugin allows teachers to quickly add questions made with the Simple Question plugin into any editable field in Moodle. Changes on the original question will be reflected anywhere the question is sourced.

atto_question

 

Atto: Templates

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Build templates, such as text snippets, that can later be added anywhere there is a text editor in Moodle. Also available for the TinyMCE editor.

atto_templates

 

Authentication: mojeID

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mojeID allows users to sign up for Moodle sites and courses using the mojeID protocol, based in OpenID popular in Western Europe.

auth_mojeid

 

Block: Adaptable News Slider

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A playful way to display important updates on top of your Moodle site, this plugin is made with jQuery. Recommended to use this one with the Adaptable theme.

block_news_slider

 

Blocks: Bookings

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It displays bookings made with the Bookings plugin. This offers sorting and filtering options.

block_booking

 

Blocks: Exabis Library

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Exabis Library uses a XML file to create a structured list of resources. Admins and teachers can update the tree-like library with files of links to externally-hosted resources. Read more at exabis.at.

block_exalib

 

Blocks: Featured Courses

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Choose courses from your Moodle site to be displayed on the site’s front page or anywhere else. Sorting options available.

block_featuredcourses

 

Blocks: My ToDo list

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Add a personal to-do list with ticking-off functionality on the dashboard of every user with My ToDo list.

block_todo

 

Blocks: Yammer

https://moodle.org/pluginfile.php/50/local_plugins/plugin_screenshots/1414/Example%20embedded%20feed

Yammer takes advantage of the Microsoft internal corporate communication tool’s API. It works for members of the same domain network only.

block_yammer

 

Filters: Insert question

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Use tags to add questions from a database just by adding the question’s ID between curled brackets. Demo and further documentation available at open-learning.co.nz.

filter_simplequestion

 

Course formats: eTask topics format

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An extension of the “Topics” format available on Moodle by default, eTask includes goodies such as a “grading table” and a passing grade simulator.

format_etask

 

Question formats: Gift with medias format

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It extends the popular GIFT syntax for building questions by allowing embedded rich media on ZIP packages.

qformat_giftmedia

 

Enrolment: Guest Cohort

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Guest Cohort allows guest access to courses for students belonging to a specific cohort on the Moodle site.

enrol_guestcohort

 

Calendars: Thai Buddhist Calendar Type

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Happy new 2561! While relatively similar to our Gregorian calendar, enabling it will be a nice touch for students from South East Asia. Available in the site’s language and Thai, which could be more suitable.

calendartype_thaibuddhist

 

Enrolment: Enrol Notification

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Get enrolled, get notified.

enrol_notificationeabc

 

Filters: GeSHi

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A quirky filter to easily add color, highlights, and other layout changes using “Generic Syntax Highlighter” anywhere text editing is enabled.

filter_geshi

 

Filters: Format timestamp

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Handily display and convert dates from the Moodle text editor. Supports Unix timestamps, time zones, and custom formatting as per PHP’s time string manipulation options.

filter_formattimestamp

 

General plugins (Local): Auto Group

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It uses data from user fields to add the student to a specific group automatically as soon as they enrol. It supports custom user fields.

local_autogroup

 

General plugins (Local): Changelog Lib

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This one keeps track of changes in files chosen for manual or automated backup. Useful to determine the right time to perform a backup, depending on the amount of changes in the candidate files.

local_changeloglib

 

General plugins (Local): Upload notification

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It updates students whenever the teacher makes new content available.

local_uploadnotification

Reports: Course completion overview

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It allows admins to check the completion status of users in one central place, by course or by user. This plugin is compatible with, but does not require, completion tracking.

report_completionoverview


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