Showing posts from December, 2014

Moodle Triage Session and Open office hours

UPDATE (2/24/15)
We will be cancelling the remaining office hours in favor of providing 'in-time' support. We are happy to meet with anyone on an as-needed basis. Please feel free to contact adam or Jedidiah with questions or concerns regarding Moodle.

UPDATE: New Location
Beginning January 26, all Moodle office-hours will be held in the LITE Room, located on the lower level of the Library. If you have questions about this please contact Jedidiah or Adam.

Moodle Drop-In Sessions
We will be making ourselves available for Moodle questions during open office hours during the common hour (12:30-1:20), Monday through Friday of next semester. The first session will be Tuesday, January 20. Come with your "in time" Moodle questions. No topic is off limits. 
Drop-In ScheduleMonthDatesJanuary20, 21, 22, 23
26, 27, 28, 29, 30February2, 3, 4, 5, 6
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23, 24, 25, 26, 27March2, 3, 4, 5, 6
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Google Form to Document with Autocrat

One recent request I have received is a way to take information submitted into a Google Form and then create a document (Google doc or otherwise) with that information. After some searching I found the Autocrat add-on.

This add-on functions like a mail merge, but with a few more features. You can install it on any Google sheet, including a form response sheet. This allows you to create either a Google document or PDF from the form submissions. The add-on requires that you create a template document with embedded merge tags. These are easily created by closing text between double chevrons, like so, "<<your_tag>>" The template and merge tags may be formatted however you like.

Autocrat allows you to set up conditional merging, meaning you can create two (or possibly more) different templates and Autocrat will use the conditions you set up to choose which template is used to create the merged document.

I can see many applications for this add-on. Aside from those su…

Blogger Comments

Thanks to a friendly instructor (who also blogs) I discovered that the commenting system on this blog was non-functional.

I found this post. Most browsers block third-party cookies by default. This is causes an issue when the the blog is set to use embedded commenting. A person enters a comment and then nothing happens. This seems to have been a problem for awhile as I found this blog post from 2012 about the same problem.

Pop-up comments: The recommendation in the forum post linked above is to enable this or full page comments. The pop-up really works well and allows a person to still see the blog they are commenting on. Any previous comments are listed in the pop-up so replies are easy to make as well. Once a comment is posted it appears under the blog post. The one downside to this is that it does not appear to allow threaded comments.

To enable this:
Navigate to Posts and Comments Select "Pop-up window" from the comment location drop-down menu.

Moodle Quiz Docs [UPDATE]

I recently came across some Moodle documentation describing some strategies for making the Moodle quiz as effective as possible.
I posted links to our internal quiz documentation earlier this year and thought this would make a welcome addition. I have updated that post to include the link above and will be updating our internal documentation to include the link as well.

A couple of the ideas that I think bear a highlight here include recommendations for security, and creating random variants of questions.

Because Moodle is a digital/internet venue it is possible for students to copy or print questions and answers. Depending on how the quiz is setup this may make it possible for a student to reproduce a quiz in its entirety. The documentation shares strategies to minimize the possibility and effect that this may have. Creating question variants is one such strategy. While it may take more time on the frontend to create the questions and variants, doing so will make a quiz more robust …