Blocks: Stash

block_stash
Maintained by Picture of Adrian Greeve Adrian Greeve, Picture of Frédéric Massart Frédéric Massart
Add an inventory of items to your course and let your students find items by exploring the activities. #game #gamification
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The stash block is a good way to encourage more interaction with activities and is invaluable for teachers looking to gamify their course.

This plugin introduces a block that shows students items that they have picked up through the course.

The teacher can create items and then place them in activities and resources for students to find.

Items can be set to be collected once and encourages exploration of the course material. It is also possible to set an item to have an unlimited supply from a set location. This could encourage  students to return to specific areas to collect more items. 


You can also check out this video:


Quick start


We've crafted a sample course for you to try, it is the best way to see what this plugin has to offer. Please accurately follow those steps:

1/ Get your hands on a Moodle installation (3.0 or newer preferred)
2/ Install the three following plugins (without exception)
3/ Enable the filter "Stash snippets" you just installed through "Site administration > Filters"
4/ Enable conditional access, named enableavailability under "Site administration > Advanced features"
5/ Restore this backup file as a new course

6/ Enrol a student in the new course
7/
Now, login as that student and try the course

Important note

In order to make this plugin easier to use and fully featured, please also install:

They are highly recommended.

Sets

This plugin is part of set Stash.

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Contributors

Picture of Adrian Greeve
Adrian Greeve (Lead maintainer)
Picture of Frédéric Massart
Frédéric Massart: (The real lead maintainer)
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  • Picture of Adrian Greeve
    Wed, 2 Nov 2016, 8:46 AM
    Hello Andrew Barrett,

    We're glad to hear that our plugin is of some use. Unfortunately stashes are currently restricted to a single course.
  • Picture of Adrian Greeve
    Wed, 2 Nov 2016, 8:49 AM
    Hello Guido Roessling,

    Thank you for trying out our plugin. We currently only have a limited report setup for the stash which shows which items have been collected by each student. I can understand that it could be difficult to make your way around this report with so many students. I think that your suggestions are useful. When we expand the reports, hopefully we can incorporate these ideas.
  • Picture of Anna Krassa
    Fri, 16 Dec 2016, 6:22 PM
    Hello Adrian and Frederic,
    What a cool tool is this! Just tested and absolutely loved it. Thank you!

    In Moodle 3.2 with Boost theme, while adding a location, the "Supplies" option displays twice. Unfortunately I can't share a screenshot here... :{
  • Picture of Frédéric Massart
    Mon, 19 Dec 2016, 10:00 AM
    Hi Anna,

    Could you please raise an issue for that in the github repo if there isn't one already?

    Cheers!
    Fred
  • Picture of Anna Krassa
    Mon, 19 Dec 2016, 3:33 PM
    Hi Frederic,

    Sure, I would be glad to. Just because I have never worked with github before, please confirm that this https://github.com/FMCorz/moodle-block_stash/issues is the place where I should raise a New issue (since nothing similar seems to be there).

    Best
    anna
  • Picture of Frédéric Massart
    Mon, 19 Dec 2016, 3:43 PM
    That's it. Thanks a lot!
  • Picture of Stuart Jones
    Sat, 25 Feb 2017, 4:57 AM
    Do you know yet when you guys will be able to work on this plugin again?
  • Picture of Nicholas Fahey
    Fri, 3 Mar 2017, 8:33 AM
    This is great, is there a way to manually give/take items from students? In a blended k-12 environment this could be the basis of a classroom management system with health points (punishment) and gold (positive reinforcement).
  • Picture of Joseph Liaw
    Thu, 16 Mar 2017, 8:10 AM
    Great plugin for gamification! Idea for future enhancement: for each Stash items availability, it would be nice to have besides the option of time (e.g. appears only every 3 days) to have the option to limit the number of items for the course (e.g. there are only 7 Golden Unicorns hidden in the course!)--then it could be a race or scavenger hunt to find the limited number of items to help encourage course participation, reward high achievement (e.g. unlock Stash item once quiz score is above 90%), etc.
  • Picture of Frédéric Massart
    Thu, 16 Mar 2017, 11:28 AM
    Hi Joseph,

    Thanks for sharing your ideas. We have thought of setting a strict limit on the quantity of an item for the whole course, it's a good idea. We could also add more options to conditionally display the item. The trick is to find the right balance between have too many options, and not enough.

    You can already reward for a high achievement for a quiz. Set a quiz feedback for a result higher than 90% and add the shortcode there.

    Feel free to report your suggestions at https://github.com/FMCorz/moodle-block_stash/issues/

    Fred
  • Picture of Joseph Liaw
    Thu, 15 Jun 2017, 5:08 AM
    +1Stuart Jones

    Great idea to hide a stash in a quiz or assignment feedback--love it! Wanted to bump up Stuart's feature request for a way to "cash in" your stash for "rewards", or a cool integration would be to tie Stash into Moodle's built in conditionals--e.g. trade in 5 gold coins to unlock an Activity or Bonus Treasure section!

    This plugin has a TON of potential once gamification of courses takes off as instructors catch up to pedagogical innovations....

    Thank you Frederic and Adrian for this great plugin!
  • Picture of Adrian Greeve
    Thu, 15 Jun 2017, 9:27 AM
    Hello Joseph,

    About being able to "cash in" your stash for "rewards", I have been working on this feature. It's currently being reviewed by Fred. It should be released very soon.
    Thank you for your feedback. Your comments help keep us motivated to work on this plugin in our spare time.
  • Picture of Frédéric Massart
    Thu, 15 Jun 2017, 10:55 AM
    Hi Joseph,

    To me understanding it already is possible to "tie Stash into Moodle's built-in conditionals". Have you had a look at https://moodle.org/plugins/availability_stash? Although, as Adrian mentioned, swapping items for other ones will be released soon, you can already limit the access to activities/sections based on student's collected items.
  • Picture of Joseph Liaw
    Mon, 19 Jun 2017, 11:19 AM
    Hi Fred & Adrian:

    Thank you for your hard work on Stash--can't wait until the swap feature is implemented, and I completely forgot about the availability plugin already made for Stash! I poked around and it is wonderful! Thank you for sharing your great work with the Moodle community!
  • Picture of Joseph Liaw
    Mon, 19 Jun 2017, 11:19 AM
    Hi Fred & Adrian:

    Thank you for your hard work on Stash--can't wait until the swap feature is implemented, and I completely forgot about the availability plugin already made for Stash! I poked around and it is wonderful! Thank you for sharing your great work with the Moodle community!
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