I posted this question in the Journal activity sub-forum, but didn't get any responses. I'm giving it a try here in the teaching forum:
I'm trying to find the best way in Moodle I can do the following:
- For each of the assigned readings (perhaps more than 25 in a semester) ask students to submit a reflective writing assignment.
- Deadline is something like three hours before my course, and I will use their contributions to prepare mini-lectures.
- Grading is simple (if they submit something reasonable, they get full credit). I only take marks off if they submit reading summaries (paraphrasing the content of what was read, not personal, not reflective).
- For the purpose of my mini-lecture preparation, I want to annotate their submissions, e.g., with comments on passages such as one can do in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Adobe Acrobat, etc. I don't want to do this on hard copy in 2015/2016.
- I'd like to be able to generate a word cloud using the content.
- I could have up to 40 students in two sections (80 students total) and I don't have a secretary to help me click!
Looking at the Journal activity in Moodle, I think it comes up short on the annotation feature (at least based on the documentation I looked at, there seems to only be a form field for instructor feedback and a grade).
I'm thinking of going with Assignments (there's bulk download of Word/PDF/etc.) documents although a Word cloud wouldn't be possible (that's not a show stopper).
I'd appreciate feedback from the Moodle community regarding this approach. Thanks!