Activities: Reader

mod_reader
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The Reader module for Moodle 2.x tracks the students' reading achievements.

Reader 2014-04-04 (52) for Moodle 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

Note This plugin version is no longer available here in the plugins directory.

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Don Hinkelman
Sunday, 6 April 2014, 6:39 PM
Usability
9/10
General comments

The Moodle Reader module is management interface for a "blended" extensive reading program using a paperback book library with online testing and rewards. Extensive reading is a method of learning vocabulary and reading skills in a second language, not through explicit instruction, but from free reading of enjoyable books chosen by the student at an easy level or slightly challenging level.  It is  pedagogically opposite to the grammar-translation method which emphasizes heavy dictionary use and intensive bi-lingual translation of the words with little concern for reading for meaning and purpose.  The problem with extensive reading is that the management is difficult to ensure whether students actually read the books they say they read.  This module is an interface to a huge 3000+ book library of quizzes for graded readers (simplified stories, biographies, and non-fiction works). It is a unique combination of both open source code and teacher-donated content.  The module itself maintains question banks for each book and randomly deliveries ten questions that check whether a learner has read the book.  Points are awarded according to the number of words in the book. Images of book covers are also awarded as badges to signify accomplishments.  I have used this module for four years and it produces prolific readers and attracts students to read at any level.  It drawbacks are an incomplete backup system and no integration into the Moodle gradebook (soon to be provided).   It is a powerful, content-filled plugin that is a driving force in language education.

Usability

The gamification features make this a highly motivational tool to encourage reading for fun.

Accessibility

I do not know about its accessibility features.

Technical

This plugin is designed for individualized learning, so it is unlikely to be used in mass testing or other heavy load situations.