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Moodle’s building blocks for eAssessment tools


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Presentation to the HEA Self-Assessment Seminar, 11th June 2012 at the Open University.

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Moodle’s building blocks for eAssessment tools

  1. 1. Moodle’s building blocks foreAssessment toolsTim Hunt, Leading Technical Developer,The Open University
  2. 2. Overview
  3. 3. Question behaviours• How the student interacts with the question• For example 1. Student give a response and clicks ‘Check’ 2. They immediately get told if they were right, with feedback. 3. If they were wrong, the can click ‘Try again’ 4. If they get it right on a later try, they get less marks 5. After 3 incorrect tries, they are just told the answer• Some parts of this are configurable.
  4. 4. Question behaviours (to date)• Interactive with multiple tries – as on last slide• Deferred feedback• Immediate feedback• Deferred feedback with CMB• Immediate feedback with CBM• Adaptive mode• Adaptive mode (no penalties)• Manually graded
  5. 5. Question types• I could describe the behaviour without saying anything about what the question was• Question types say what the question is – what is shown – how the student responds – how it is graded – how the feedback is generated• They let the teacher specify all that, within a template, using web forms
  6. 6. Question types (to date)• All question types are a combination 4 basic interactions – entering words – entering numbers and mathematical expressions – selection – positioning things – points, molecules, parts of a diagram• Moodle now has question types for each of these individually• … but what about combinations of them?
  7. 7. Question display options• Does the teacher want feedback or marks visible during the attempt, or only later?• It matters, so the needs to be a way to specify• Even if feedback is visible, it may not be available yet – e.g. until a student has submitted an answer
  8. 8. Putting it together• In principle, any question can use with any behaviour• In practice, it is not that simple – e.g. essays can only be manually graded• Still, a flexible set of components that can be assembled to build many activities.• So, why do we still only have the quiz?
  9. 9. To put it together each block must know when to take control and when to give it up
  10. 10. Useful linksDeveloper documentation documentation plugins