At a recent demo of another web based app, Webgrader: http://dennisgdaniels.com/tiki-index.php?page=Webgrader+Review
I saw some nifty bits.
*email dunning letters to parents and students for missing assignments
*categorization of all assigments by 'standard'
I was a little surprised to see how excited people were about the homework dunning letter that was generated if a student didn't turn in their homework on time. The teacher/admin had the option of sending an email to the parents if their child did not turn in a paper... and after a bit of consideration I like that a lot!
The number one enemy of teachers is apathy... and when parents are fully informed on a regular basis the apathetic student is transformed.
Let's hear it for email dunning letters when students fail to turn in an assignment, as an option, in Moodle!BTW
, webgrader was a joke compared to Moodle. The real advantage for webgrader was the email and the assignment of a categorized standard to every object (quiz, journal, assignment etc.). Not being able to categorize all objects in Moodle would be a huge step forward in getting more Administrative buy-in for the software.