I am trying to think of a way for moodle to support our A-level physics labs. we have ~15 experments that support the AS syllibus amd each week students pick an experiment, prepear before the lesson and then conduct the experiment in the lesson and write a lab report.
What I would like to be able to do within moodle is:
- Allow students to choose which experiment.
- Grade that write up as an offline assignment.
for the sake of simplicity assume that there is only one set of each experiment and it is conducted by indervidual students (neither assumption is actually true)
The way I have started to do it is:
- Create a choice activity with a list of experiments and a limit of one on each experiment.
- Create an offline assignment for each experiment that is open for the whole year,
Tis is fine but grading is a bit of a pain flicking between assignments.
Has anyone done anything simular or can think of a better way of doing this?
then you could just have assignments called
week 4 etc...
You can personalise feedback so no problem giving specific feedback.
The choice is a nice way to get them started on the first practical but I would then just have a rota from then as I don't see any way that you could prevent the last pupil ending up with the same practical again.
Thanks for you suggestions
We've run the circus for sevaral years amd we really like, not having a set order in which to the experiments. It allows us to focus students onto areas in which they are weakest. Whilst ensuring that they all have at least one go at the "compulsary" experiments. As there are more experiments than there are students or weeks we don't have a problem with running out of experiments.
I guess I'm really askning if there is a way to link the choice element and another activity (e.e offline assingnment)
Activity locking is an extra that you can add to moodle that will allow you to do this, but I have never tried it on a production moodle.
Activity locking is set for 2.0 I think.
If we organise Round Robin, we choose the theme-view: each experiment gets it's own section with composing activities and resources under it's own theme title. (for example 15)
We work with periods of 10 weeks each. Sometimes we say 'pick 10 out of 15', sometimes we say 'do all the activities'.
If the equipment is the limiting factor, we put in section zero (the top section) a set of choices:
- each week 15 choices (15 comes from our example)
- for each choice the equipment limit for that choice (no more choices with a limit then you have weeks
- students sign up with the rule: only one limited choice / week
- the rule is fair use, we monitor that (and overrule when needed)
- if there are more timeslots in a week we create an extra choice-line for each extra timeslot. (rule is then: max. one limited choice/line
Thanks, this seems a good way to do it, I'll play around and post how it goes
I know this thread has been dead for a while, but I have found a nice(ish) solution.
I have an offline assignment for each week of the term that the students are in Labs. the assignment has an Outcome attached to it. The outcome is based on a scale that is a complete list of the experiments that students undergo.
This meens that when I come to mark the work in the students lab books I can note the mark and choose the experiment they did that week from the outcome drop down...
Obviously this is a slightly odd way to use outcomes and I have to exaplain to the student to ignore the percentage grade that is attached to the outcome. But I now have a grade book that records what experiment each student does each week