For Moodle 2.5 or newer.
At this uni we have a lot of off-campus students taught via Moodle. Some lecturers use the Essay question in timed Quizzes to simulate an exam situation where students see a question and have a limited time to write a response.
So a Quiz with a single Essay question may be open for a week, 1 attempt allowed with a 1 hour timer.
Students are instructed to pick an uninterrupted hour in that week, when they start they have 1 hour to read the instructions and complete the work.
Now there is a desire to put the text through a plagiarism checker.
Rather than adding the plagiarism checker to the quizzes I thought it would be easier to add a timer to the Assignment which has better tools for feedback etc.
Has anyone looked at adding a timer (same as in the Quiz) to the Online text (or other) assignments?
Or know of a plugin that does this?
I thought that the quiz essay question type already support Plagiarism checking via an appropriate Plagiarism plugin?
The Plagiarism API Improvements page for 2.3 certainly implies this: http://docs.moodle.org/dev/Plagiarism_API_improvements
Thanks for that.
However, there hasn't been much activity on the quiz front in the link and it seems to be shelved.
And Assignment marking and feedback is better.
So if anyone knows of an assignment timer …
Hmm...that's a shame.
You're probably looking at something that customises the "online text" submission plugin then, as your assessment mechanism doesn't really work with file submissions (as they could spend as much time as they want writing the file).
Though off the top of my head I can't think of anything that does this (and a quick look at the Moodle plugins directory https://moodle.org/plugins/browse.php?list=category&id=42 doesn't return any options either).
It may be a question for Tim Hunt as to why the plagiarism plugin stuff for Essay question types hasn't made it in...it would be nice
I don't know of anything that does this, but its a great idea. For the reasons that you suggested.
I think it is not so difficult either. You would base it on the onlinetext submission type, rename it to something liked timedtext, and add your timer features.