A post on the newly redesigned Moodle blog highlights yet another in the countless uses for tags in Moodle. This time, it explains how students (and teachers too) can share their interests by adding tags about their favorite things on their own Moodle profile pages. As the author explains, hashtags are just a modern-day version of the functionality tags have offered since the early days of the web.
By adding tags to their profiles, it could be easier for Moodle admins to deliver on personalized learning in many ways:
- It could help planning on topics for future courses and learning interventions.
- Or it could help define extracurricular activities, field trips, and similar events.
- Over time, it could allow tracking the evolution of student interests, in general or across subjects (media, politics, art, etc.)
- It could be the basis for student groups and clubs, online or in-person.
- It could be analyzed for interesting and quirky correlations. Do kids who like comedies also enjoy blueberry muffins?
This, of course, in addition to the more common uses like search and filtering, which since Moodle 3.3 apply to individual Forums posts, Book chapters and Glossary items. Teachers can also create “tag collections.” Tags feature several managing permissions that are usually reserved for teachers and admins, but could be fitted so students have them in specific cases.
There are also several plugins that expand or take advantage of the Moodle tags. The post highlights the Tags block to display word clouds in Moodle, but there are several more in the official plugin directory.
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