Activity Modules

Moodle contains a wide range of activity modules that can be used to build up any type of course.


 Assignments

Assignments allow the teacher to specify a task that requires students to prepare digital content (any format) and submit it by uploading it to the server. Typical assignments include essays, projects, reports and so on. This module includes grading facilities.

 Glossary

This activity allows participants to create and maintain a list of definitions, like a dictionary.

The entries can be searched or browsed in many different formats.

The glossary also allows teachers to export entries from one glossary to another (the main one) within the same course.

Finally, it is possible to automatically create links to these entries from throughout the course.


 Chats

The Chat module allows participants to have a real-time synchronous discussion via the web. This is a useful way to get a different understanding of each other and the topic being discussed - the mode of using a chat room is quite different from the asynchronous forums. The Chat module contains a number of features for managing and reviewing chat discussions.

 Forums

This activity can be the most important - it is here that most discussion takes place. Forums can be structured in different ways, and can include peer rating of each posting. The postings can be viewed in a variety for formats, and can include attachments. By subscribing to a forum, participants will receive copies of each new posting in their email. A teacher can impose subscription on everyone if they want to.

 Quizzes

This module allows the teacher to design and set quiz tests, consisting of multiple choice, true-false, and short answer questions. These questions are kept in a categorised database, and can be re-used within courses and even between courses. Quizzes can allow multiple attempts. Each attempt is automatically marked, and the teacher can choose whether to give feedback or to show correct answers. This module includes grading facilities.

 Feedback

    With this module you can survey your students with a custom survey.


 Lightbox Gallery

A lightbox gallery resource allows you to display multiple images from a directory using the Lightbox2 Javascript libraries. Image editing plugins allow you to resize, crop and rotate images, while the tagging and captioning options allow for searchable images.

 Labels

This is a not a true activity - it is a "dummy" activity that allows you to insert text and graphics among the other activities on the course page.

 smartcom

This file contains the main description of the smartcom module. Usually, it's used to explain the main features of the activity, with a natural language. Also, the overall process of the activity is detailed here with its pedagogical foundation.

From a developer perspective, this "help" directory will contain simple html files like this that you will be able to link from smartcom code when any sort of explanation is necessary (it's easier to add those links automatically, both from the formslib stuff (see mod_form.php) and from everywhere else (see the helpbutton() function).

Also, don't forget to add one link to this help file from the smartcom/help "index.html" file, it will allow Moodle to show all the existing help files related to the module when the complete list of available help files is requested.

Please, replace me with the real information about the smartcom!


 About Mediabird

Mediabird is about learning together. Users can take notes on subjects they want to learn and discuss questions in the context they appear.


 Resources

Resources are content: information the teacher wants to bring into the course. These can be prepared files uploaded to the course server; pages edited directly in Moodle; or external web pages made to appear part of this course.

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