The Stash plugin could be appropriately described as a way to play “hide and seek” inside Moodle. With Stash, you create code snippets for images that you can place anywhere in your course. The snippet includes an image and a collection button. When students find the item, they add the item to their “stash” by clicking. You can set a limited number of supplies for the item, to reward fast navigation. You can also set interval times to hide the item for a given amount of time after a student discovers it, to prevent overcrowding.
To use Stash, after it is installed and enabled in your Moodle, go to your course sections and Turn Editing On. A Stash module will appear, with a “Settings” link for you to click on. This will take you to a page with items, which will be empty if you are about to make your first submission. Click on “Add an item”.
You will be taken to a submission form in which you upload an image. A pop-up will allow you to select an already uploaded file, to upload one, or to find one online through Wikimedia. Choose your preferred image, name the snippet and add number of Supplies and Interval time. When you are done this creates the page. Go back to the list of items to set a location for the item and retrieve the snippet code.
Go back again to the course contents to place the item by pasting the snippet on the page content. Remember to do so in the HTML view instead of the rich editing view.
That’s all! Students now must be extra aware along the course contents to complete their own stashes. You can award extra credit or include their stash into their evaluations, in which case make sure there’s enough items for everyone to find.
Stash requires Moodle 2.9 or higher.
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