Is it just me, or do people in general spend more time than expected thinking about Tags? I want to be able to search and find information more easily and I want other people to be able to do the same with the information I make available for them. So I dwell: Which tags should I use? Which ones are the right keywords? Am I including every possible variant? Am I pushing it?
The Moodle blog offers an overview of the expanded tagging capabilities coming up in Moodle 3.3, going beyond courses and specific activities. Now, individual items can include tags that will show the element in search or in dedicated tag pages.
The items that are now available for individual tagging with Moodle 3.3 are:
- Posts in a Forum
- Entries in a Glossary
- Chapters in a Book (only teachers can add these)
The functionality to add tags and enable them as search and filtering criteria must be enabled by your Moodle site admins. They can add a standard set of tags, which will appear as suggestions when users start typing them on the activity. They can also define whether students can create new tags or remain limited to the ones defined by admins.
Tagging can also be restricted to some activities. A “Tag areas” panel is available for choosing the places where users can add tags and how they should behave.
Tags will then show up next to the item. When clicking on it, a page will open with every element on the Moodle site that shares that tag. The tag page also allows filtering by the type of item available.
An “add to my interests” function on the tag page allows users to save the tag and, if profiles are enabled, these can appear on a user. Basically, you have the option to tag yourself.
I still have so many questions left unanswered, but tonight I will rest easy knowing there are people who have given tags a lot more thought than I have.
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