Ah, the Moodle Forum. For those who managed to figure out its ins and outs, it is a human treasure, or at least a cool hangout. The rest of us have definitely found a key piece of info or two, and managed to interpret it to our current version of Moodle with relative ease. In any case, the role of the Moodle Forum in the creation of great ideas, is in part thanks to the crossing between Moodle HQ and members of the community and is undeniable. It explains the voices of concern about its future, given that the upcoming MoodleNet project will become its replacement, scheduled by next year.

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Here are some of the most lively threads in the past week in the “Teaching with Moodle” section:

Hyperdocs: Google-induced hypochondria

A debate Moodlers seemingly love to follow (or “hate-follow”?) is all things Google, especially G Suite for Education and its Google Classroom derivatives. A “Hyperdoc” is just the latest Google-based tool rumored to replace Moodle once and for all. In reality, Moodle compatibility with OAuth 2 enables it to connect with anything “Hyper” for synergistic results. There may be some who still view both tools as conflicting.

Feedback without evidence: Why would anybody want that?

Suppose you want to grade and give feedback to students over work that has no evidence to support it. While some top minds admitted being stumped by the technical request, it ensued a debate about enabling Moodle activities that neither create nor require evidence for student performance. It seems not everyone sees Moodle as the repository of hard evidence it is built to be.

Perilous Peer-based Moodle Forum ratings

A seemingly innocent question about recognizing students Forum participation in their Gradebooks opened the way to a body of theory about the consequences of grading, reminding of the Goodhart paradox, and in particular when the marks come from peers. Social feedback loops can ripple throughout a community, whose consequences in the volume and quality of contributions can be “negative” and “detrimental,” according to researcher, developer and Forum participant Matt Bury.■

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