After "Open Source", the 2nd defining principle on the Moodle philosophy page here is about pedagogical principles. This is the first thing I read about Moodle, and I was excited ... it goes on ... "helping create effective online learning communities.
In the end, however, am I to discover that this really just a mechanism for delivering graded tests? ie, with little to do with the other side of the equation? - Constructivism, Constructionism and Social Constructivism, ie the educating and learning side?
Here's the thread ...
Answer: It there to let students know that the essay question is not automatically graded, so the grade they know that the grade they recieve doesn't include the points for the essay questions.
Me: Ah, right. Makes complete sense. My use of Moodle is coming from a whole different direction and I wasn't even think about the "testing" that I guess is its current primary use.
What we're doing is actually trying to use it for the "teaching" part as well, in subjects that do not have right and wrong answers. We educate teenagers on things that are not formally taught in highschool, ie, Friendship, Money Management, and Living Life Intentionally (Planning, thinking about the Future).
Generally our formula is consistent: We ask a question that encourages consideration and reflection, like "Why do some people earn more money than others?". We ask the student for their initial views on the subject, then we show what their peers have answered. We then encourage the students to reflect upon/critique/expand on other's responses, considering how their own responses to the question. Finally, we reinforce the reality discovered - that the knowledge is already there, that it just needs to be given light and exercised.
Surprisingly, this sort of follows your Constructivsim/Constructionism/Social Constructionism philosophy.
Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place ? Do you know where I can look for suggestions as to how to implement this type of teaching? In particular, open essay responses to chained questions, without any grading.
Another response: Hmm, you can change the message in your lesson's language (lang/en/lesson.php) file to say something like "Thank you for sending in your response", and then (if desired) have the next page be a branch table with a message specific to that essay.
If you don't want this to be a sitewide setting for all lesson, you can use custom language files for courses & provide different messages for various activities, including lesson.
And another: I deal with similar situtations. Better remember what changes you make, because they could be upgraded to the default.
Seem to recall that you can establish a Shealy_language. Somebody else can tell you the pros and cons of that.