Imagine you are using Moodle to teach an Art class about the Impressonist movement in France (Well, it's my example ) After an initial general background introduction, you want the students to branch off and select a particular artist to focus on, and then come back later for the assessment tasks.
To streamline your course page, you only want the students to see the materials for the artist they have chosen for their focus project. Conditional activities allow you to restrict who sees what -but how can you set this up according to their choice of artist?
- The obvious option would be to use the Choice module. However, currently it is not possible to set access to different sections or items according to which choice a student makes. You could manually put the students into groups depending on their choice, and restrict access by group, (or use the contributed Group choice plugin) but what if you can't add plugins, don't need groups and just want the whole process automated?
- The Using Conditional activities documentation describes how you can set up project selection with forums at the start of your course. Once a student has posted in one forum - the Monet forum for example, the other forums are no longer available and they only see the teaching materials on Monet. This method involves setting up more than one activity, however.
- Another workaround is to use the Moodle quiz, with just one multiple choice question, where the student must select the artist (or whichever project) they wish to focus on:
Each choice has a different grade, and the quiz is set to be complete once a student has received a grade. The section on Monet (for example) is set to become visible if the student gets the grade they received for selecting Monet, and so on.
It's important to untick/uncheck all the boxes in the Quiz set up Review section, so as not to confuse the student. The quiz is not being used here for grading purposes; there is no right or wrong answer, so the grade is irrelevant; it is just a vehicle for opening up a section based on a choice.
For this reason. it is helpful to go into Course administration>Grades>Categories and items and make a new category, 'Ungraded', and move the quiz into this category. If the category total grade type is set to 'None'. the quiz selection will not affect the student's total course grade.
You can try this out on the Mount Orange School demo site by going to the Impressionists course and logging in with the username student and password moodle. At first you only see the introductory section. Once you have selected a response in the quiz you can see the materials for your chosen artist.
As an aside... you'll note the teacher says that once the required activities have been completed, then the student can access the assessment and feedback section. This provides an opportunity for using the (new in 2.7) 'Restriction set.' Access to the assessment and feedback section is available EITHER if the student has completed all the Monet activities OR if they have completed all the Pissarro activities. (Log in with username teacher and password moodle to see it in action)
Of course - there is always the question: do we want to restrict the materials like this? Can the student not simply see all the options on the page, and work through the one they are most interested in? Why cut off some potential learning? An interesting point...