Activities - Database - Fields
In order to collect data, you need to add fields to your database.
It is best to plan out in advance exactly what information you wish to collect.
Things that are automatically collected (don't need fields added):
Adding a field:
Activities - Database - Setting up a database
Choose "Database" from the "Add an activity or resource" menu.
Name - Give your database a name
Description - Give your database a description. This will display at the top of your database.
Approval required - If enabled, entries require approving by a teacher before they are viewable by everyone.
Allow comment on entries - This allows teachers and students to comment on database entries.
Entries required for completion - The number of entries a student is required to submit before the activity can be considered complete.
Note: If entries are required before viewing, the database auto-linking filter should be disabled. This is because the database auto-linking filter can't determine whether a user has submitted the required number of entries.
Maximum number of entries - The maximum number of entries a student is allowed to submit for this activity.
Available from and to is when the database may have entries added to it.
Read only from and to is when the database can still be viewed but can no longer have any entries added to it (or edited).
If you are feeding the entries of this database out using an RSS feed (either into another course or an external site), here you can determine how many entries are included in the RSS feed.
Roles with permission to rate - To submit ratings users require the moodle/rating:rate capability and any module specific capabilities. Users assigned the following roles should be able to rate items. The list of roles may be amended via the permissions link in the administration block.
If "No ratings" is selected, then the activity will not appear in the gradebook.
Scale - If ratings are enabled, choose which scale will be used.
Restrict ratings to items with dates in this range - If enabled, only entries made between the dates specified can be rated. If entries are made outside of those times, they cannot be rated.
Activities - Database - Templates
There are three main templates you need to worry about:
All others can be left on their default settings.
This is the default view when people first arrive in the database activity. It shows multiple entries, usually stacked vertically one after the other. If there are a lot of entries in the database, and the entries are long, it may be worth making this a reduced view (with just a title and entry author) which can click through to the single entry.
Single entry view
This shows just a single database entry. It will contain all the information.
This determines what the page looks like when a student (or teacher) adds a new entry to the database. It will also contain all the possible fields for the participant to fill out, laid out in a way and order that makes sense.
Activities - External Tool
The external tool activity module enables students to interact with learning resources and activities on other web sites. For example, an external tool could provide access to a new activity type or learning materials from a publisher.
For example, to Add Echo360 activity, you can select "Echo360' from the 'External too type' drop down menu:
Activities - Feedback
The feedback activity module enables a teacher to create a custom survey for collecting feedback from participants using a variety of question types including multiple choice, yes/no or text input.
Feedback responses may be anonymous if desired, and results may be shown to all participants or restricted to teachers only. Any feedback activities on the site front page may also be completed by non-logged-in users.
Feedback activities may be used
Activities - Feedback - Adding / editing questions in a feedback form
Using the tabs along the top of the activity, choose "Edit questions"
There will be no questions there yet.
Choose a question type:
As you add questions you will see them appear in the preview section below.
As a teacher you cannot answer the questions in the feedback form.
Activities - Feedback - Setting up a feedback activity
Choose "Feedback" from the "Add an activity or resource" menu.
Give your feedback activity a name.
Write a brief description (maybe why you are gathering this feedback).
You can leave these disabled.
Otherwise, choose a date range where students can submit feedback.
Record user names
Auto number questions - Enables or disables automated numbers for each question.
Completion message - You can enter a message, maybe a quick thank you, which is displayed after a student submits feedback.
Link to next activity - After submitting the feedback, a continue button is displayed, which links to the course page. Alternatively, it may link to the next activity if the URL of the activity is entered here.
Activities - Forum
The forum activity module enables participants to have asynchronous discussions i.e. discussions that take place over an extended period of time.
There are several forum types to choose from, such as a standard forum where anyone can start a new discussion at any time; a forum where each student can post exactly one discussion; or a question and answer forum where students must first post before being able to view other students' posts. A teacher can allow files to be attached to forum posts. Attached images are displayed in the forum post.
Participants can subscribe to a forum to receive notifications of new forum posts. A teacher can set the subscription mode to optional, forced or auto, or prevent subscription completely. If required, students can be blocked from posting more than a given number of posts in a given time period; this can prevent individuals from dominating discussions.
Forums have many uses, such as
Activities - Glossary
A teacher can allow files to be attached to glossary entries. Attached images are displayed in the entry. Entries can be searched or browsed alphabetically or by category, date or author. Entries can be approved by default or require approval by a teacher before they are viewable by everyone.
Glossaries have many uses, such as
Activities - HotPot
A single HotPot activity consists of an optional entry page, a single elearning exercise, and an optional exit page. The elearning exercise may be a static web page or an interactive web page which offers students text, audio and visual prompts and records their responses. The elearning exercise is created on the teacher's computer using authoring software and then uploaded to Moodle.
A HotPot activity can handle exercises created with the following authoring software:
Hot Potatoes (version 6)