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Extension for interactive content (H5P)

by Schnurbusch, Harald -

The moodle activity “Interactive content (H5P)” allows lecturers to create appealing HTML5 content easily and without any special knowledge. For example, one can enrich videos with pop-up text or quizzes. Since the update of September 11, 2019, the set of available content types has been extended. Now, you may also use the formats “Dialog cards”, “Dictation”, “Fill in the blanks”, “Find the words”, “Flashcards”, and “Advanced fill the blanks”. For more info on the various content types and examples, please visit the H5P website. If you have any questions please contact the RWTHmoodle support: servicedesk@itc.rwth-aachen.de

New activity “Fair allocation”

by Schnurbusch, Harald -

As of now, RWTHmoodle offers lecturers the new activity “Fair allocation”. This plugin allows users to rate their choices in a poll based on their priorities. While standard polls use the principle of “first come, first serve” the distribution of the users in “Fair allocation” will take their priorities into account. This fair procedure will increase the satisfaction of the students for example in group creation or the allocation of topics and exam dates.

Easier creation of Cloze questions in Moodle quizzes

by Schnurbusch, Harald -

Lecturers often use the question type “Cloze” in Moodle, although this type of quiz is difficult to create. The reason for this is the complicated syntax, which is used to define the gaps. A new button in the question editor solves this problem. To add a gap, click on this button. After that, a dialog window opens, where you can easily define the type of gap and the expected answer with just a few clicks. After saving, RWTHmoodle creates the syntax on its own. You can find the button in the lower right corner of the editor. It is easy to recognize as it uses the same icon as the question type itself in the question list.

New question type “Regular expression short answer” for quizzes

by Schnurbusch, Harald -

The question type “Short answer” for the RWTHmoodle quizzes is a half-open question type. Students enter a term or a short phrase into a text field, RWTHmoodle then compares the answer to the correct answer saved in the system. A problem with this question type are variants of the correct answer resulting from spelling variants, upper case and lower case, or different separators. With the standard short answers lecturers need to enter all variants manually. By contrast, the “Regular expression short answer” allows to combine all these variants in a regular expression. If the expected answer is “blue, white, red”, a different sequence of the colours or a differing set of the separators will also be accepted as corrected. A detailed manual with examples is available in the general Moodle help.

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