In the olden days of paper, I used to have a (blue) mark book into which I would add my classes and their grades for different activities during the school year. When I first started teaching, we had to hand write the students' names but as the years progressed, we got printouts of class lists, although sadly they never quite matched up to the rows in the mark book One useful feature was that I could make notes about individuals in a column against their name. This could be anything from statments about their level of achievement or educational difficulties to reminders to me for Parents' Evenings (quiet/long brown hair/glasses etc..)
Moodle has a class notes feature in Notes, and I was wondering how many teachers make use of it and if so, what you think of it. Do you use it in an innovative way or do you see it as somewhat limiting? Does it display well?
Any teacher in a course can make notes on one or more students from Navigation>Participants>Notes (as long as admin has enabled it in Advanced Features) You can then select either one student to make a note about or add the same note to several students - useful if you have to add a common attainment target levels, for example.
As a teacher, you can add three types of notes: course notes are seen only in that course and can be seen by teachers who share the course with you, so if you share a class with another teacher that might have its benefits. Prof Plum can see his own course notes and those of colleague Ms Wilson here:
There's also an option to replicate the "quiet, long brown hair" type of comment -ie, anything you want to keep to yourself, because if you add a personal note against a student then it is private just to you. Other colleagues won't see it. However, it's handy to know that you can add personal notes to yourself! You could use that as private reminders in a course for example. So Prof Plum sent himself a note as well as making one about a student:
You can also add a Site note which is seen everywhere by teachers who teach those students. Teachers see Site notes in their courses as well as course notes.
The one major point to be aware of here is that if you give students the teacher role in a course ,they will be able to see any site notes about themselves or other students in a course where they have the teacher role. As a teacher in a different course, Michael Moriarty probably won't be too displeased when he reads his talents are recognised site wide, but it could have been quite different...