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Add an activity - what do they do?

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


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. There is also a Turnitin assignment which allows assignments to be submitted directly to the Turnitin plagiarism prevention system.  See the Assignments miniguide and the guides for more information.

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The Certificate module creates PDF certificates for students and is completely customisable. You can add borders, watermarks, seals and even show grade information.  A Certificate can be revealed to students based on their achieving particular grades in different activities, and/or achieving an overall course grade, and/or them spending a minimum number of minutes in the course. See the Certificate miniguide for more information.

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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. See the Chat miniguide and the guides for more information.

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A Choice activity is very simple - the teacher asks a question and offers a range of responses for students to choose from. It can be useful as a quick poll to stimulate thinking about a topic; to allow the class to vote on a direction for the course; or to gather research consent.  See the Choices miniguide and the guides for more information.

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The Database module allows the teacher and/or students to build, display and search a bank of record entries about any conceivable topic. The format and structure of these entries can be almost unlimited, including images, files, URLs, numbers and text amongst other things. You may be familiar with similar technology from building Microsoft Access databases. See the Databases miniguide (currently under development) and the guides for more information.

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Forums can be an important component of a course - it is here that discussion, debate, questioning and general 'conversations' can take 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. See the Forums miniguide and the guides for more information.

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Glossaries 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.

One useful Glossary type is the FAQ (Frequently Asked Question) - instead of a word and a definition, you enter a question and answer.

Finally, it is possible to automatically create links to these entries from throughout the course. See the Glossary miniguide and the guides for more information.

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Hot Potatoes quiz

This module, the "HotPot" module, allows teachers to administer Hot Potatoes quizzes via Moodle. The quizzes are created on the teacher's computer and then uploaded to the Moodle course. After students have attempted the quizzes, a number of reports are available which show how individual questions were answered and some statistical trends in the scores.

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A Lesson delivers content in an interesting and flexible way. It consists of a number of pages and each page normally ends with a question and a number of possible answers. Depending on the student's choice of answer they either progress to the next page or are taken back to a previous page or to further reading. Navigation through the lesson can be straight forward or complex, depending largely on the structure of the material being presented. See the Lessons miniguide (under development) and the guides for more information.

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Media player

The Media Player is comprehensive wizard for deploying Flash video as activities in Moodle courses.

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The questionnaire module allows you to construct questionnaires (surveys) using a variety of question types, for the purpose of gathering data from users. See the Questionnaire miniguide (under development) or the guide for more information.

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This module allows a 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. See the Quiz miniguide and the guides for more information.

If you are planning to use quizzes for credit-bearning assessment you must refer to our guidance for online exams.

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SCORM/AICC packages

A package is a bundle of web content (usually off-the-shelf learning or training materials) packaged in a way that follows the SCORM or the AICC standard for learning objects. These packages can include web pages, graphics, Javascript programs, Flash presentations and anything else that works in web browsers. The Package module allows you to easily upload any standard SCORM or AICC package and make it part of your course. See the guides for more information.

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This module helps you to schedule one-to-one appointments with your students. You specify the periods during which you are available and the duration of each appointment. The students then book themselves into one of the available timeslots. The module also lets you record the attendance.

This module checks conflict constraints across scheduler instances. This means that an appointment within a course could generate a constraint on slots in another course. 

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This module is a simple activity which allows the user to view a set of images using thumbnails. Select the directory which contains the image files (png, gif or jpg format). Teachers will see a link to a special page that allows them to edit titles and captions for the pictures.

Images within the chosen directory are ordered alphabetically and thumbnails can be shown above or below the main image. Click on the thumbnails to navigate between the images, clicking on the main picture will progress to the next one. Teachers can choose to display titles and captions in various places to accompany the main image.

A warning will appear for teachers if there are filesizes which are larger than the threshold set by admin for this. 

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The Survey module provides a number of verified survey instruments that have been found useful in assessing and stimulating learning in online environments. Teachers can use these to gather data from their students that will help them learn about their class and reflect on their own teaching.  However for end-of-module evaluations you may prefer to use the questionnaire to create your own survey questions (or indeed use one of the standard questionnaires which the LTSS have set up). See the guides for more information.

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A Wiki enables documents to be authored collectively in a simple markup language using a web browser.

"Wiki wiki" means "super fast" in the Hawaiian language, and it is the speed of creating and updating pages that is one of the defining aspects of wiki technology. Generally, there is no prior review before modifications are accepted, and most wikis are open to the general public or at least to all persons who also have access to the wiki server.

The Moodle Wiki module enables participants to work together on web pages to add, expand and change the content. Old versions are never deleted and can be restored. See the Blogs and Wikis miniguide or the guides for more information.

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A Workshop is a peer assessment activity with a huge array of options. It allows participants to assess each other's projects, as well as exemplar projects, in a number of ways. It also coordinates the collection and distribution of these assessments in a variety of ways. See the guides for more information.

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