The amount of voluntary contributions to Moodle always leaves me in awe. So much so that it impedes me from giving the proper recognition to all who deserve it for making Moodle a growing, functional, flexible living entity. The least I can do is a quick highlight of new and updated plugins added to the Moodle Plugin Directory in the past weeks.
You will notice that some of this plugins were made as extensions of commercial services and might need sign on to external services. In any case, plugins have Open licenses and are free of use. They even include free tiers. External sign on extends functionality and simplify the paid upgrade process, should you consider worthwhile to do so.
Could Skype be more ubiquitous? The online conference software has made great strides into its webapp interface. This plugin includes its best desktop features: file sharing, chat and SMS messaging.
NED – My Progress
Gives students an exclusive block showing their progress related to activity on a given course. It puts completed and incomplete activities in one place, the latter ones with links for students to follow and finish the job. Instructors do not have access to the student’s track record.
Puts check-off boxes next to activities. It is the basic tool to promote better time management for students. Completion of activities can be set to trigger the check, or manual ticking is also possible. Boxes can be required or optional. Teachers can view individual checklists.
Allows automatic grading through the OfficeGrader commercial suite. It is compatible with the popular MS Office file types. It retrieves files from Moodle and upload grades back automatically.
Online Audio Recording
A Flash-based solution gives an alternative to streaming through Java applets. It records audio from microphone and uploads the MP3 audio file to Moodle.
Restriction by Week from Start
Sets content access triggers depending on the time of enrollment of the student, which gives them better focus on the present. Shifts up to six weeks long available.
Enables shortcodes to embeddable widgets in Moodle. Pasting a snippet code into the text editor prevents from dealing with HTML code or input view.
Adds chat windows on the bottom of Moodle. Much like in-Facebook messaging. It works by overriding default HTML footer configuration. May not work in every Theme. Conversations are not stored after the session ends. Be mindful.
Fullscreen Toggle Button
Shows a button that stays visible (floating) when scrolling down the page. Upon click on the button, it hides everything but main content. Best uses are videos and SCORM packages. On mobile, it overrides default theme display settings and the button does not appear.
Give these plugins a try, and share your reviews with us in the comments or social media.
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