I've been pondering this for a while. There are a lot of suggestions in the tracker, ie not the bugs. Some are very personal suggestions. Others are of much more general interest. These are ones that give us a lot of productivity gains or a feeling of well-being and effectiveness when we see them come out in a new version. Some of these are simple. Some are rocket science and will be hard to implement.
I've listed below a few of the very ordinary requests for enhancements. They are not like badges, or bootstrap or editors. They are simple nuts and bolts, bread and butter.
And here is my summary, just so you don't have to read until the end: I'd like to see some time given to a few more basic bread and butter (non-sexy) type of issues each release cycle.
The wish list. When do you think we can get . . .
File management. Mainly deleting
I know it is official Moodle policy to encourage the use of repositories, but there are still times when there is a need to use the various file areas. Deleting is a one by one operation in many places that we often use:
- Bulk delete in legacy files: https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-36008
- Bulk delete in User Private Backup Area: https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-33671
- Bulk delete in Automated backup area:
- Bulk delete when editing a folder: https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-36121
There are probably more. Is it possible to get this sorted in all these areas with just one fix?
- Better image insertion into posts. Click and drag into the editor?
Rationale: this is one of the most common things one does in a course with lots of interaction via forums. Tracker: https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-40172
- Ability to manage the resizing of images when uploading into the editor.
Rationale: people still don't get this!! https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-32183
There are a few basic extra reports that would be good. The problem of course is performance hits. "Give me a print our of the courses yet to be completed by our 23,000 students"
Here is one of the reports that have good justification for being in core:
SPAM accounts deletion help. Maybe "A member of no courses report" - tracker item: https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-19190. Yes I know there are other ways to skin this cat.
There are five or six more I'd like, but I decided they really were too idiosyncratic.
This is a complex issue. Plugable questions and the new question engine are now humming along. But from a functionality point of view, here are two things I think would give good bang for buck.
- Improved view to mark a test for a single student: https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-43310
Rationale: if you need to mark a quiz for one student, you need to click in and out of every question individually. Could be improved.
- Provide a way to ask a series of short free response questions with an associated quick marking page.
Rationale: some answers are short but too complex to mark automatically, even with the OU AI smarts built in. You just want a bunch of short answers to mark manually.
Tracker item: https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-31581
- And a bonus random: I'd love a tweet question, 135 characters free response.
Forums in separate groups mode
I know this issue of forums is a complex issue. One reason ordinary forums in groups mode can cause grief for teachers:
- You have 27 groups. It is not possible to write ONE post in a basic forum in groups mode and have it in all groups and able to be replied to. https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-19670
This has huge benefits for MOOC's.
No ability to self sign up. (surely!!) Good also for MOOCs.
Why is ugly printing hard coded?
Afterword & Summary . . .
This is a personal view obviously. I'm fully aware of the thread from a while back "One person's trivial is another man's critical?" https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=180865
I do know all the processes etc, and I know the 241 stock replies from, you're stupid to want this, employ a plugin, we are waiting for perfection, and blinding us with science etc. Generally true attempts to respond I suspect.
I don't want to deny some progress has been made. (Progress bars on upload, drag and drop, book in core . . etc etc) This post is created from a few bookmarks to tracker items and discussions I follow, half finished conversations, ignored posts and frustrations all over Moodle.org, and I reached only about half way down my list before I called a halt. They often represent the final bit of a feature. Files with a delete option missing. Drag and drop great, but in a critical area. Quizzes, great, but ever try to make a quiz for one person?
In summary, I'd like to see some time given to a few more of these basic bread and butter (non-sexy) type of issues each release cycle.