Consider an essay question on a math test that asks the student to do a geometric construction using the excellent (and free) GeoGebra program. It's a reasonable request, but unfortunately the construction (a ggb file) cannot be attached to the essay question.
I have read about MyFiles, and I'm wondering if it solves this problem. Consider the same scenario. The student creates the ggb file and uploads it to his MyFiles area. Can the student get the URL of the uploaded file (right click on filename, then "copy link location") and insert the link in the essay question? If so, I'll install MyFiles today!
I know this question has nothing to do with "repositories" but there are a lot of other MyFiles discussions here....
you wrote: 'Most Moodle activities do not allow students to attach or upload files.'
I would write: most activities allow students to attach or upload files.
Why don't you use an assignment?
Students can upload files in assignments, forum, glossary, wiki, database.
Let them upload a file in a glossary or a databse, hide the glossary entry. They can answer the quiz question with a link to the file in the glossary/database. After your gradings make the entries visible that all students can see all answers/files for the question.
You're right about Glossary, Forum, Database, and Wiki! I forgot about those because I don't use them very much. By the way, did you notice that they are all "social" activities? As a math teacher, I rely more on traditional online activities (Quiz, Lesson, online Assignment, and Journal). These do not allow uploads, and I wonder why. Is the reason purely historical?
I agree that there are workarounds. Students can upload an image in a Glossary and then link to it from a Quiz essay question. But isn't that like reaching around the back of your head with your right hand to scratch your left ear?
you are right on the left hand, but wrong on the right hand.
Journal is an old activity, disabled by default. Its replaced by additional functions of assignment. Assignment includes the upload of files. In 1.7 you can upload a file without closing the assignment.
Quiz and Lesson are activities with other functionalities in my practice. A quiz is a activity type with several questions a student should answer in a short time. There is no time for creating a new document for uploading. Thats the right hand.
But really you are right on the other hand. Quiz got with 1.6 the Essay question. Quiz and lesson have in future plans a common question database. Its possible to create quiz situation with an upload of a file and then additional questions about the work.
There are other activities with such functionality. Do you remember Exercise module or did you ever use the Workshop module. Both include an upload function and a set of crriteria.
It is wrong to equate online assignments and upload assignments. Clearly they are intended for different purposes, or they would be merged into a single assignment type. A teacher does not choose the assignment type based on whether or not the student must upload a file; the decision is based on other factors.
Imagine a quiz with three essay questions and several MCQ's. The essay questions require the student to upload a file, an image, and a drawing. Should the quiz be replaced by to three separate upload assignments and a quiz for the MCQ's?
It seems to me that the lack of ability to upload a file in the traditional activities is merely an accident, or an oversight. Will someone actually argue that a student SHOULD be allowed to upload a file to a forum post or Wiki page, but should be PREVENTED from doing so in a Journal entry online assignment? I'm sure there would be complex technical issues in adding attachments to essay questions, but there are certainly no pedagogical arguments against it.
Anyway, I entered issue MDL-8229.
I have used Exercise and Workshop, and I like them both very much. But they are basically extensions of the upload assignment (adding features like peer review). So if the circumstances call for a quiz, lesson, online assignment, or other online activity, I would make the same argument against Exercise and Workshop as I made in the last paragraph.
By the way, I am one of the people who believe that online assignment is not a replacement for Journal. There was a lengthy discussion in the Journal forum.
Just a quick question, what version of Moodle are you running? We were running 1.6.2 & MyFiles with no problem, we upgraded to 1.6.4 and it broke.
I find it disconcerting that the official 2005 version that you download from HSU (which is linked to from the moodle.org "modules and plugins database") has known problems. Some of these problems are fixed in a version posted at the head of the above discussion, but then you have to read the entire discussion to pick up fixes to the remaining problems!
By the way, do you have any more cool Moodle movies or anecdotes to share?
I am sorry that I have no more Moodle video footage but there is the Moodle salute where you put your middle finger over your ring finger and tuck you thumb under so your hand looks like something resembling an M and then you raise the M to your head and salute making sure that the M is visible as you move your hand away from your head. The Moodle slam where to people make the M(oodle) hand and slam them in to each other - this is meant to be like a high five except it is Moodle-ized which is like super-sized.
We recently had a day off of school and I was impressed that the Moodle usage that day was average (a quarter million hits and 1.5G of traffic) which means just because the students did not come to school they continued to learn. I was accused of being a romantic when I said that the students were home working on school work but I was able to defend my claim by pulling up the Moodle activity logs.
I've been asked why so many teachers are doing so much with Moodle and my theory is that we have educators that recognize this as an effective way of engaging the students in a medium that they (the students) are familiar with. The students have encouraged their teachers to use Moodle and that is because they find that it helps them to learn and to have many of the resources they need to learn in one spot.
I think that it has been a wonderful way of helping folks to communicate with one another. Students will Moodle message other students when it is that persons birthday, I can shoot a quick note to a student who makes a big play in a football game that I am listening to over the radio, and I find that I can remind students to turn in missed work when I am thinking about rather than waiting for the chance encounter and relying on what is left of my memory.
On a practical note, I used Moodle quizzes to help my students prepare for their semester exams. The students were able to take as many attempts as they wished of the quizzes and were given a randomly selected number of questions from each chapter. I found that the anxiety levels went down, grades went up, and the students felt good about being able to study. I could see what they were studying, how much they were studying, and what they were missing. In short - I love Moodle!
Ahhhhh... That felt good. I think I am going to read it again.
Anthony, you are a constant source of inspiration to me.
Please note that, as yet, MyFiles does not work on 1.7 (at least not with a Oracle Database).
I'll let you know how I get on with myFiles and 1.71 with a mySQl db.
Should MyFiles install in 1.6.4+? Art Lader said that the tables were not set up correctly.