If I may be allowed a belated two bits on this subject:
I feel quite strongly that Hot Potatoes should remain a learning
tool. This is what its authors, Martin Holmes and Stewart Arneil, intend. I'm a bit shocked that they're called "Hot Potatoes Tests
" in Moodle. As other people have said, the in-house Moodle tests are designed for testing and fulfil this objective much better. Maybe the word tests
leads people to think that Hot Potatoes should fulfil this function too.
I use Hot Potatoes to do my best to create inductive, constructivist exercises
through which learners can create their own know-how. I'm not even happy with the word "quiz
" as this assumes a pre-existing body of knowledge which learners have to assimilate/learn-by-heart.
I'm happy for my students to "cheat
" - they can find the answers very easily - or should do if I've designed my exercises correctly.
Am I the only constructivist around here?
(Hope I don't come over as too agressive