Thanks to the "Moodle for Language Teachers" participants. it has been now tested on a wide variety of browsers, so should work.
Thanks go to Peter Ruthven-Stuart, Jean-Pierre Pawlak, Peter Sereinigg for their help in testing it, and to Timothy Takemoto for his enthusiastic encouragement of the project. Please report any problems that you have with it to me, and I will try to deal with them as soon as I can.
What follows is the contents of the READ.ME file. Unfortunately, I had trouble uploading the file as an attachment, so please take it from:
This is version 1.1 (2004/02/20) of a new Hot Potatoes module. It should work with Moodle versions 1.1.1 and 1.2dev although perhaps not with any releases since mid-January 2004.
NOTE: Please use Hot Potatoes according to the conditions of use which are listed at the end of this file. If you restrict use via a required Moodle login, you most likely can still meet the 'freely available' condition if you make the same material on a separate URL that permits free access. Otherwise, please purchase a license.
IMPROVEMENTS SINCE v. 1.0
* It now works with all browsers
* The start time and lapsed time of each attempt is displayed in "View Results".
* The number of mistakes/clicks on check/requests for hints is now report via a "Penalties" value in "View Results".
* HTM files containing only are now properly handled.
* The admin/grade function will report hotpot results
* Source files in subdirectories are now recognized and re-write files into a corresponding subdirectory inside the moodledata/(course)/hotpot directory
1. Copy the files to the corresponding locations in your own Moodle directory:
hotpot.php --> moodle/lang/en/
hotpot (folder) --> moodle/mod/
2. Visit your course "admin" area. You should see a report saying that (prefix)_hotpot and (prefix)_hotpot_events have been successfuly installed.
1. Create a Hot Potatoes quiz of any type using Version 6 (Win) of Hot Potatoes.
2. Upload the file to the intended course file area.
3. Also upload any graphics to the file area if they are required by the quiz.
4. With editing turned on ("Turn editing on"button) select "ADD / Hot Potatoes", and select the desired HTM file.
5. The module will then rewrite the HTM file, inserting the required code to output the score to the Moodle database, to a file called "hotpot_events". The newly rewritten file is stored inside the course file area, inside a directory called "hotpot". The original file remains intact in its original location. (If you modify the original file, please remember to update the added resource as well.)
6. You can view the students results via a "View Results" link which only appears for administrators and teachers.
1. Make it work with Moodle 1.2 once it has been officially released.
HOT POTATOES CONDITIONS OF USE
**Reproduced from the Hot Potatoes site**
Hot Potatoes is offered free to the educational community by the University of Victoria Humanities Computing and Media Centre (formerly the Language Centre), under certain conditions. Hot Potatoes is free for use by state educational institutions which are non-profit making, on the condition that the material produced using the program is freely available to anyone via the WWW. However, you need to purchase a licence under any of the following conditions:
* You do not work for a public sector educational establishment.
* You charge money for access to the material you make with Hot Potatoes.
* You restrict access to the material in some way. (The only exception here is if you have an account on www.hotpotatoes.net, where you ARE allowed to use password restrictions.)
* You want to use the Masher program included with the Hot Potatoes suite.
For more information on licences, and details on how to purchase one, check out our Website at:
If you intend using the programs to generate more than a handful of exercises, please make sure you register. This costs you nothing -- see How to register for details.
Martin Holmes, Half-Baked Software and the University of Victoria HCMC, 1998-2004.
Now with one of the modules, JCROSS which makes crossword puzzles, one can see the correct answers through 'View Source' but for the other modules, there is a simple, but most likely, effective, encoding scheme to prevent cheating.
I should point out, though, that Hot Potatoes was originally conceived as a program for PRACTICE and REVIEW rather than for testing. Still, however, if the instructor is assigning these activities for practice, s/he needs a way of knowing whether the students have done the work and how successful they were in doing it. Thus the Moodle tracking feature is still important.
Of course if Hotpot is used for practice and review there is no problem. But if it is used for assessment, I think one ought to be mindful of such a potential limitation.
It occurs to me that it is possible to use the module outside of Moodle by simply clicking on the HotPot quiz when it appears and opening it up in another window. It will act normally, although it will not result in any scores or other data being recorded.
For this case, I could easily insert a statement which would cause the window to close just in cases where the supporting parent window isn't there. At any rate, we can deal with these problems once they occur or look likely to occur. Right now, I'd just like to have a few people install it and verify that it works 'as advertised'!
Thanks very much for this.
-- Art Lader
I don't want my Moodle to become merely a place where students drill, drill, drill, but I do like to post practice quizzes.
I have found this too, and uploaded the crosswords to a set of webpages I had in the days before Moodle. Even though it's fun to create the puzzles yourself, it's much better for the students to do it for themselves.
Me ha causado mucha alegría ver que se ha creado el modulo Hot Potatoes, pues ampliará las posibilidades de moodle.
He empezado a probarlo y veo algunos errores al obtener las calificaciones de los alumnos.
Supongo que se irá perfeccionando.
felicitaciones por la creación del modulo Hot Potatoes
It has caused much joy to me to see that it has been created I modulate Hot Potatoes, because it will extend the possibilities of moodle.
I have begun to prove it and I see some errors when obtaining the qualifications of the students.
I suppose that it will be perfected.
congratulations by the creation of I modulate Hot Potatoes.
Thanks very much.
Francisco Javier Soler Moreno
Where can I find the "Moodle for Language Teachers" discussion?
What will happen if I'm using the latest version of Hot Potatoes for the Mac instead of the Windows version? I work in an all Mac school district and train the teachers in the use and integration of technology.
Should I just forego the use of the Hotpot module? I'd rather be disappointed now, rather than spend hours creating something that just won't work.
Thanks for any info!
I installed the hotpot module in my moodle 1.4-dev.
Perhaps a stupid question: is there no lang folder in de hotpdownload folder?
sorry, we have not german translation now, ...
but if you like to help us ... we will publish a german translation, visit the german´moodle site here and we may discuss the possibilities ..
p.s.: wir suchen Freiwillige die mithelfen Module zu übersetzen!
Thank you for making the Hot Potatoes Moodle module available. I have a little suggestion for improving the conversion of HP files with graphics files attached to them (or any attached media files for that matter).
Suppose I create a HP file named myHPCloseTest.htm which refers to a graphics file named myPicture.jpg and both are saved to a subdirectory of my Moodledata directory called \myHotPotFiles.
When the Moodle Hot Potatoes module does the conversion and saves the converted myHPCloseTest.htm to the \hotpot Course directory, any attached graphics (or media) file remains in the orignal directory but the pointer in the HP exercises points to the \hotpot Course directory where of course the graphics/media files are absent...
Could you make your HP module parse the original file for any attached graphics files and either:
- retain their original address;
- or copy those files to the \hotpot Course directory (more costly in terms of storage resources).
Thanks in advance,