We would like to create a consent form for students to either consent or refuse consent for class recording. Ideally we would like to have all courses be able to access a common consent form. Faculty in individual courses will need to have the consent of all students, so they will need to be able to track individual students (our classes are very small). We have considered using the feedback activity, but don't know of a way to make that activity publicly available so that the language of the form is standard. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
You could use the Site Policy function in Site Admin|Server to set up something like that.
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You've mentioned that you've considered using the Feedback activity for the consent form. Have you tried to put this activity on your Moodle site home page? In this case it will be available to all registered users on the site, not just people in one class.
If you use My home as the default home page on your site and not Site home (Appearance -> Navigation -> Default home page for users), many students might never visit the Site home page. To work around this, you can give a link to the site-wide consent form by putting in an HTML block with a link to the form in the default My home page layout, and of course the link can be shared in different courses all over the site.
What about an assignment activity? The school creates a standard
electronic form. The teacher creates an Assignment and attaches the
form. I know I can create a standard form with Adobe Acrobat or for
that matter MS Word. I am sure there are other options. The student
has to put their name on the form and check the box, "I agree" or "I do
not agree" and submits it. The teacher grades it for tracking purposes and downloads each completed form.
Another way would be to use a quiz, with question category available on a site wide basis. The teacher requiring a consent form would build a quiz. Hint: If you put a number in the question title they will always import in alpha order into a quiz. The first question could be the instruction. The second question "Do you agree to being recorded?"
Get clever with you custom scores. One answer might be "I agree to being recorded" and it gets 5 points. A second answer might be "I do not agree to being recorded" and that gets zero. You could also give some feedback with the second answer and allow the student to take it again. Then there is the assignment module.
Another way would be to use the questionnaire plugin. As I recall,
questionnaire will allow it to be saved as "public", allowing one
teacher to use another teacher questionnaire.
Lots of options. For a small class, I would opt for the form.