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Dear moodle community, which blocks are most useful for teaching?

 
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Dear moodle community, which blocks are most useful for teaching?
Plugin developers

quick bit of research :

There are a lot of blocks in moodle today. 

Which blocks do you find most useful for teaching?

and why?

 
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Re: Dear moodle community, which blocks are most useful for teaching?
 

Hello Stuart,

The 'popularity' of the Moodle blocks depends very much on the needs of the educational programme (the needs of a school are very different than the needs of a MSc postgraduate programme, like it is our case), the course format, the use of in-house/customised plug-ins and tools, the kind of users, etc.

In that sense, I don't think there is 'most useful block for teaching'.

We use a Moodle site to deliver a blended-learning MSc international programme and our students are based in the Middle East.

Our module lead find very useful Moodle-email clients such as 'Quickmail' or 'Jmail'. Admin staff/course officers find useful a block called 'Students Progression Report' which I developed myself tweaking the 'Find a user' block that was released to Moodle.org

We also use 'Course contacts', as it is a nice way of displaying the module leads, and we have recently moved from the 'Progress Bar' to the 'Checklist' module, because it is easier for me to add non-core module to the list of activities that the checklist displayed.

 
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Jim Judges
Re: Dear moodle community, which blocks are most useful for teaching?
 

HTML is a must for links, images, course tutor info etc.

Calendar always popular - looks good apart form potential useful links to deadlines and other events.

Random glossary entry is often popular with those that use the glossary tool.

Messages is good as a prompt and reminder for those that use the Messaging system.

Navigation & Settings are both useful but Navigation can be a bit confusing with too many options.

 
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Re: Dear moodle community, which blocks are most useful for teaching?
 

We always have:

  • Latest news
  • Upcoming events (to remind of assignments due in)
  • Table of contents
  • Calendar
  • Activities (provides quick access to activities such as assignments on one screen)
  • Course completion status

For online courses (rather than just access to resources) we also have:

  • Progress bar
  • Navigation buttons (not strictly a block but it is the way the navigation buttons appear on the course activities).

Checklists are also one our favourites and the blocks are added as and when appropriate.

 
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Re: Dear moodle community, which blocks are most useful for teaching?
 

Essential Plugins

Real Time Quiz: https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=mod_realtimequiz

OU Quiz Questions: https://moodle.org/plugins/browse.php?list=set&id=10

  • Drag and Drop markers
  • Drag and Drop onto image
  • Drag and Drop onto text

Reordering quiz: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=206145

Cloze Question quiz generator: http://projects.ael.uni-tuebingen.de/quiz/htmlarea/index.php

Rate a Course: Give Amazon style ratings: https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=block_rate_course

One Topic format:
https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=format_onetopic

Medallist:
https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=block_courseaward_medal

Also my collegaue Gideon Williams has devised a Scoop-it site with loads of wonderful resources.

http://www.scoop.it/t/learning-2-0-tools

http://www.scoop.it/t/moodle-and-mahara

My Web2 tools in a Word file:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7336564/all-tools-together2.docx

 

 
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Re: Dear moodle community, which blocks are most useful for teaching?
 

We love the Real-Time quiz used as a starter. Quick revision exercise and you can see results immediately. Doesnt store scores to Gradebooks though.

All the drag and drop quiz types have answered our dreams. Able to label images, or drop text into boxes (cloze). Great for Science and Geography.

The Gold,Silver and Bronze medals are great for rating courses, encourages friendly rivalry and also used for PM targets too. You can set your own criteria as to what a gold medal course looks like and includes.

Checklist block and activity, was a plug-in. Can be used by students to check they've completed their tasks and results in a progress chart in a block. Again can manually add the tasks you want them to check.

 
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Picture of Stuart Lamour
Re: Dear moodle community, which blocks are most useful for teaching?
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hi helen, this research is really all about one thing.

blocks.

those things that go in the sidebars of moodle!

Which blocks do you find most useful for teaching?

and why?

 

 
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Picture of Helen Bound
Re: Dear moodle community, which blocks are most useful for teaching?
 

See my comments above. Been using Moodle for 8 years now and have a very well-developed site. Always trying new blocks out, some work well, some are more trouble than they're worth.

Our site is at http://moodle.perins.net

 

 
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Re: Dear moodle community, which blocks are most useful for teaching?
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This reminds me of a useful tool, a polling tool, so that the community can vote in the main course page rather than discussing in a forum, in the "General developer forum", which is on of the 90 odd forums in "Using Moodle".
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Re: Dear moodle community, which blocks are most useful for teaching?
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I think the blocks used do vary based on the style of teaching. I personally think the random glossary entry block is very good but not a lot of our lecturers have created Glossaries sad

The two that I use/encourage the most at my college are:

Quickmail - Allows lecturer to quickly communicate with members of a class https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=block_quickmail

Course Contacts - Allows students to quickly communicate with their lecturer https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=block_course_contacts

 

 
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