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What’s next for the Quiz and Question bank and for Moodle community collaborations

What’s next for the Quiz and Question bank and for Moodle community collaborations

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A talk given to the 2022 UK and Ireland MoodleMoot about about how the Moodle quiz and question bank might continue to evolve in future.

A talk given to the 2022 UK and Ireland MoodleMoot about about how the Moodle quiz and question bank might continue to evolve in future.

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What’s next for the Quiz and Question bank and for Moodle community collaborations

  1. 1. What’s next for the Quiz and Question bank and for Moodle community collaborations Tim Hunt The Open University Luca Bösch Bern University of Applied Science
  2. 2. Agenda Making changes in an open source project TH 5m Plans for Moodle 4.1 TH 5m Creating and running a community driven project LB 5m The future TH 5m Q & A 10m
  3. 3. Making changes in an open source project
  4. 4. Open source – the theory Code is available to everyone Collaboration protected by clever copyright licence Anyone can propose a change Changes should be judged on their inherent merit ⮚ Not who proposed them, …
  5. 5. Open source – meets reality Changes to Moodle affect many people Software development is a skill ⮚ Much Moodle-specific knowledge too An activity undertaken by humans Judgements of merit are tricky ⮚ Reputation becomes a useful proxy
  6. 6. The ethics of open source “First do no harm” ~Hippocrates ~400 BCE “Scratch your own itch” Eric S Raymond 1999
  7. 7. What to change and how? Listen to users Find strategic solution Make changes Il semble que la perfection soit atteinte non quand il n'y a plus rien à ajouter, mais quand il n'y a plus rien à retrancher. Antoine de Saint Exupéry It seems that perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to remove. Antoine de Saint Exupéry
  8. 8. Plans for Moodle 4.1
  9. 9. From the The Open University Allow one quiz to generate multiple grades ⮚ For example, grade per section ⮚ Lots of details an implications to work out Customise question numbers if desired Force language per-activity, not just per-course
  10. 10. From the Moodle HQ Better usability for teachers building quizzes ⮚ Details being worked on now Also some tweaks for students attempting quizzes
  11. 11. From the Question bank ‘4.0’ project Better searching in the question bank ⮚ Search on almost any information you can see on-screen ⮚ Selecting random questions for a quiz can use any search ⮚ Shared code with participants page, so that gets improved too Question bank becomes an activity ⮚ Choose which question banks you need in your Moodle site ⮚ Control who can access each one ⮚ Fixes long-standing backup/restore issues Manage categories screen usability improved With more crowdfunding, we might do more. Talk to Luca!
  12. 12. Creating and running a community driven project
  13. 13. How to create a community driven project? Search for the broad need! Use your connections (Moodle Users Association, conferences) Take the responsible persons in Take HQ onboard (LMS Team) Inform broadly and repeatedly (attract and retain) Word of mouth propaganda
  14. 14. Examples “We pay this out of our budget as the department for Learning Platform Management which is part of the bigger central service unit Center for Learning and Teaching Services (CLS). In general, we have a lot of support in Moodle issues from the CLS board, which wants the CLS as institution (together with our IT Center which is responsible for technical questions on Moodle) to contribute to the community (through plugin developments, involvement in coalitions, etc.) and to be visible there. This fits into the digitization strategy for teaching the university has been following for years. Since we had enough money, this could be paid for out of the budget.” „We pulled the funds from an initiative of the State Ministry of Science and Arts dedicated to basic maintenance for Open Source Learning Management Systems.“
  15. 15. Why do it this way, when there is the MUA? Possibility for a shorter time line Foregoing the (two) vote(s) Able to going beyond the financial constraints of MUA projects Believe in your dream and never give up!
  16. 16. The future
  17. 17. Moodle Quiz – a continuing story 2002 Quiz added to Moodle 1.1 2004 Question types become plugins in 1.4 2006 Question bank separated from quiz in 1.6 Lots more feedback added in 1.7 2008 New gradebook & improved question bank in 1.9 2009 Better quiz reports in 2.0 2011 New question engine & behaviour plugins in 2.1 Quiz access rule plugins in 2.2 2013 Improved usability for editing questions & auto-ave in 2.5 2014 Improved quiz building in 2.8 2015 Drag-drop question types added in 3.0 2016 Mobile app support in 3.1 2018 Use question tags in random quizzes in 3.6 2020 SEB integration in 3.9 2022 Enhance question bank & plugin type in 4.0 More and more community plugins created Many question types StudentQuiz & other activities Embedded questions …
  18. 18. Where might we go after 4.1? Review the question types in core ⮚ Add Ordering? ⮚ Add Record audio/video? ⮚ Improve multi-choice – add features from plugins Better manual grading ⮚ Including on-screen annotation like Assignment? Improved question import/export? Your idea here!
  19. 19. Questions? Luca Bösch luca.boesch@bfh.ch Tim Hunt tim.hunt@open.ac.uk Moodle quiz forum https://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=737

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