I'm learning lots of webstuff while also learning moodle. I've discovered that scrolling up/down, clicking on links to external (to moodle) pages, clicking toggles/etc on the page, don't affect session timeout. Thus we wouldn't want a short timeout on a page where we want students thinking about the contents (exactly how David Le Blanc has argued, above).
So, my question (understanding that I'm trying to deal with the "in the other room while the computer sits unattended" problem) - is there a way to make scrolling and other such screen activity preserve the session, while the default timeout is rather short? (let's say 15 minutes is short)
I *am* incorporating the student self-certification register module (by Domenico Pontari) for offline and "out of moodle" work (such as webquests and blogs). And student "reports" are important, forum input is more than simple numbers (though there is that--the tasks must "qualify" to be counted), homework tasks are many (even if quite short), etc. However, I am dealing with administrators who ask questions about attendance, and to be fair, I see such questions as legitimate... we have an attendance policy at our school, and students who walk out of class sessions for extended periods of time (half an hour?) are supposed to be marked "absent." There should be some level of parity between online and f2f instruction, no?