I have a couple of questions about the hot potato module.
- How do you set one up? I have looked at other moodle sites that have got matching symbols, quizzes, crosswords and would like to be able to do the same but don't know where to start.
- I have read that you create them offline (jquiz, jmatch, jcross seem to be mentioned in the forums but I don't know how these tie in).
I don't really know anything about them and have looked through the documentation but it doesn't help and there doesn't seem to be a clear explanation in the forums.
What a relief to finally think that I can answer one of the questions that came up on the forum and thus hopefully contribute something back.
Hot Potatoes is a separate program which is available from their website - http://hotpot.uvic.ca/. It is Open Source and free in some instances, but take a read through the licensing blurb to see whether or not you qualify.
Basically you create Hot Potatoes quizzes on your computer and then they output to and html or a SCORM zip folder. Both of these can be uploaded into Moodle. You will not automatically see the Hot Potatoes module in Moodle. It is part of the standard download, but it needs to be turned on in the Administrator settings>Modules>Activities and make sure that the eye shows as open in the Hide/Show column.
Once it is visible, you can add it as a Hot Potatoes Quiz activity into your courses (or SCORM through the SCORM module depending on how you have done your output). Note that you upload the html file rather than the .jcl etc. files. There is quite a bit about it on the forums, but feel free to ask again if I haven't been clear.