Several universities have joined forces to form the Academic Moodle Cooperation (AMC). The purpose of the cooperation is to ensure long-term operation, maintenance, advancement and support of Moodle and its related services as well as to create synergies for the most efficient use of the partnership institutions' resources.
In the course of the Cooperation, Moodle modules have emerged from the needs and demands arising from the university teaching and we want to make these modules available to the entire Moodle community. In doing so, we also want to express our gratitude to the Moodle community for its support.
As yet, we offer the following 8 AMC Modules/Plugins:
With the module Student Folder (mod/publication) students can upload documents which can be made visible by teachers. This facilitates publication of student's documents in a course and improves exchange of knowledge.
The student folder has two features: on the one hand participants can upload their documents in the student folder which can be made visible for other students immediately after the upload or after the teacher has checked the document and given his/her consent.
On the other hand it is possible to import documents from the activity assignment. Here teachers can decide which documents should be visible to all participants. The teachers can also let the participants decide whether their documents should be visible to others.
The Grouptool module (mod/grouptool) enhances the functionality of Moodle default groups. Two of the additional features are the possibility for students to enrol in groups with waiting lists on their own, and the transfer of grades within groups.
The grouptool module features the following functionalities:
automatic creation of groups with simultaneous enrolment of participants
o 1-person groups
o groups with pre-defined numbers of persons or groups
o groups with certain pre-defined group names, consisting of [lastname], [firstname], [idnumber], [usernumber], numbers, alphabetical indexes, and pure text
simultaneous creation of groupings for each group created
self-enrolment of participants in existing groups:
o activate the groups and specify their order for each grouptool instance
o use a waiting list system with optional limitation of the number of participants
o define the maximum number allowed per group or for all available groups
o allow each participant to enrol in several groups (min./max.)
group grades - transfer awarded grades to other group participants
o automatically for all groups or just for some
o select the participant from whom the grade is to be transferred
The MC Offline Quiz module adds paper-and-pencil multiple-choice quizzes to Moodle. Students mark answers to questions on a sheet of paper. It is used intensively at different Austrian universities for mass exams. Hundreds of students can be easily examined in lecture halls at the same time without the need for expensive e-testing equipment. After results have been created in an offline quiz, students can review their result as usual. If the teacher allows it, students can also see the scanned answer forms and which markings have been recognized as crosses. A complete offline quiz consists (at least) of the following steps:
A teacher creates an offline quiz in Moodle and adds multiple-choice questions, all-or-nothing multiple-choice questions or description questions (text) to the quiz.
From the question lists the teacher creates question sheets and answer forms as PDF (DOCX) documents using the module.
The question sheets and answer forms are handed out to students for the actual quiz. The students mark the answers they think are correct in the answer form.
The teacher scans the filled-in answer forms and uploads the resulting images into the offline quiz. The scanned answer forms are evaluated and graded automatically by the module.
If necessary, the teacher corrects errors that might have occurred due to mistakes made by the students or due to bad scan quality.
The Organizer module (mod/organizer) allows participants to subscribe to events, which can be created easily and efficiently by teachers. The Organizer consists of three tabs:
Events: provides an overview of all available and past events and allows teachers to create new events, delete and edit existing events, assess events in which people have enrolled and print all selected events.
Students' view: shows a simplified view of the enrolment page as seen by participants.
Enrolment status: provides a detailed overview of participants' enrolments. This tab allows teachers to send reminders to students who have not enrolled yet.
Teachers have access to all three tabs, whereas students can only access the second tab "students' view".
If a group organizer was created, a grouping must be selected in the settings for which the organizer is to be used. As soon as one participant enrols, all other group members are enrolled as well and are notified about time and place of the event.
Create events for group meetings for submitting a project to allow students to enrol in an event of their choice. The events should, for example, be created for the two upcoming weeks to take place from Tuesdays to Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., at 15 minutes each. Enrolments, changes and unenrolments should be possible up to two days prior to the event, or at least by a specific date. Students' attendance and grades are to be documented.
The Checkmark module (mod/checkmark) allows teachers to obtain information about the assignments completed by the students prior to a lesson. It enables the teacher to specify an assignment where students have to check marks which can then be graded.
A lecture with 500 students is accompanied by a training session. Teachers publish the assignment names and the number of achievable points per assignment. Each week the students work on the assignments and use the checkmark module to inform the teacher in advance about the assignments that they managed to complete. In the classroom session where individual students present their solutions, teachers can use a printed copy of the tabular overview to verify the indicated performance. After the training session there is the option of automatic grading on the basis of the assignments checked.
The Checkmark Report (local/checkmarkreport) is an extension to the module checkmark and shows the marks and grades for one or more checkmarks in a tabular form. The overview displays the amount of marks, the grades and the percentual allocation. The checkmark report consists of 3 different views. The overview gives a complete chart. In the student overview individual students can be inspected. With the overview teachers and students have an immediate feedback of their status. The application optimizes the learning process because of its improved overview for all enrolled users.
In the Semsort block (blocks/semester_sortierung), courses are grouped by their starting dates in a semester view on the MyMoodle page. The Semsort block also displays all MyMoodle information regarding the course activities of the individual courses. The module will also feature a "My favourites" area, for which courses from different semesters can be selected and they will then be listed at the top of the favourites area.
Use the Semsort module to display the winter and summer semesters with all your courses, and the favourites area for quick access.
The report Grade Distribution (grade/report/gradedist) visualizes the grades of students in a course. Changes to letter grades (i.e. the boundary of a grade) can be analyzed visually, saved and therefore overwritten if necessary.
Usually letter grades of a course should be communicated to the students at the beginning of a term. Occasionally it occurs that changes to letter grades are necessary. The grade distribution visualizes the grades of students. Changes to letter grades (i.e. the boundary of a grade) can be analyzed visually, saved and therefore overwritten if necessary. By means of an alternating graphic chart changes can be seen immediately.