The Real Time Collaboration Text Editor (just like Google Docs) for Moodle!


Here’s a super cool module released to the Moodle community by Juan Levya.  It’s a real-time collaborative text editor which you can add as an activity to your classroom.  It works just as described at it’s repository page and takes just a second to install by unzipping the package to Mod/Assignment/Type (then just edit the name):

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Once you’ve run notifications as Admin the activity is now available in all classrooms.

Setup is very easy with just a few fields of information to fill out (including the standard release date options and group settings):

Once setup students can jump on the site and in real-time see what their classmates are editing.  Very cool.  Check out a screencast of me using it on two screens side by side.  Note also that the course facilitator can then “replay” the typing that students did,

Teachers can review theirs students job, for every student the total account of chars added or deleted by him in the text is displayed in the submissions view of the assignment.

Direct link to video:

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  1. Hi Joseph,

    thanks for testing my new contrib.

    Just a comment: The text is not submited when user clicks on Back button, is automatically submited for evaluation during the 24 hours previous to the finish date of the assignment.

    So in this way the student can work in every moment with the text.

    The text will be the same for all the users of a group or course but the total amount of chars added or deleted is registered so in this way the teacher can grade the activity (with the replay option that is not finished at all for the rich text editor it also can view in real time the users interactions)

  2. Juan,

    Thanks for the clarification. I was curious how the save worked (I should have assumed that it was just saving automatically!). It’s a great little addon for Moodle; I will be interested to see the playback function when that’s available…you said it wasn’t finished for the rich text editor, is it finished for an alternative text input?



  3. Hi Joseph,

    the playback function currently works (is the Review text edition tab).

    There are two alternatives for text input, plain text and rich text editor.

    The playback works fine for plaintext but for rich text editor not cause the html tags are displayed and the text is not showed as same as the user view when editing.



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