MoodleNews Plugin Roundup: ‘Where Are They Now’ Edition

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MoodleNews Plugin Roundup, ‘Where Are They Now’ Edition

The vast availability of Moodle plugins can be easily overwhelming. Over the course of the years, we have tried to gather and offer cues about the ones our readers and other experts love, trust, and use the most. Some have built a loyal following of sorts, others have been mentioned in passing or reported on when they first came out. Today we bring you up to speed with the evolution of some of them.

BigBlueButtonBN

A crowd favorite, built by one of the only two “Moodle Premium Integrators,” the main BigBlueButton plugin has polished up a few blemishes recently including updating group recordings, time outs, and duration of recording storage.

 

Content Curation by Anders Pink

Content Curation has increased customization options, upon request and payment. Slack integration is a recent addition to the several integrations from where content can be drawn into a portfolio.

 

Moodleoverflow

The ultimate solution for reputation-based scoring in Moodle Forums comes with several improvements in its second release. These include session key verification to control voting, self-voting is prevented, language is clearer, and AJAX technology is anew.

 

Course completed enrolment

Rather than a new version, this update brings full compatibility for Moodle 3.3 and 3.4. See it along a “menu” of Moodle enrolment options.

 

Deferred feedback with explanation

Besides extending compatibility up to Moodle 3.4, it also includes Travis CI integration, which helps test the plugin to guarantee cleaner code and better performance.

 

Edit quiz settings

Same as above, this one now works with Moodle 3.3 and 3.4 and supports testing with Travis CI.

 

Safe Exam Browser quiz access rule

The Safe Exam browser control parts of the navigation experience that could be exploited for cheating. Available since 2008, it avoids becoming a legacy plugin by updating its Moodle link plugin for Moodle 3.3 and 3.4.

 

Acknowledge plagiarism statement access rule

This simple and potentially lifechanging plugin has kept it simple since we last checked in on it. It added Moodle 3.3 and 3.4 compatibility and Travis CI integration.

 

Edit roles by capability

In the past year, an issue in the roles and capabilities dashboard affecting the filtering functionality on sites using the “Boost” theme was detected and thoroughly addressed.

 

Course Checks Block

This automated tool to verify elementary parts of a course layout and display came a long way. Collapsible sections prevent endless scrolling when lots of courses are checked at once. Assignments are also supported now.

 

Resource notification

This time saver and alert tool is now compatible with “Boost,” as well as translation through AMOS.

Weekly format reversed

In order to accomplish compatibility with Moodle 3.3, Arnaud Trouvé rewrote the plugin, and took the opportunity to include a “Hide future week” setting.


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