We have selected some of the best Moodle Plugins for you
Moodle plugins are used to add functionality or customize Moodle. We include installation of 5 standard plugins with Moodle Hosting and grouped our recommended Moodle plugins by use.
Our hosting package includes the installation and setup of 5 standard plugins. We have tested that this list of plugins will work with version 2.5 of Moodle. We verify, customize and create other plugins as part of our Support Services.
New Moodle Plugins
Mobile Identity Verification API and Plugin
Educational institutions, employers and industry certification authorities have for a long time faced the problem of cheating on tests, especially in online learning environments. The common solutions for the problem have been proctored exams, utilizing authentication and identity verification by a proxy, code of conduct warnings and other. Compliance regulations often require multi-factor authentication and identity verification in both education and industry certification testing and certificate issuance.
Lambda Solutions’ Mobile Identity Verification plugin for Moodle and Totara LMS provides multi-factor authentication and identity verification via following methods:
- SMS / Voice authentication via phone
- ID scanner via web/mobile camera
- Face Match via web/mobile camera
Configuration enables site administrators and teachers to require authentication at time of enrollment, start of a quiz, and more… Reporting provides administrators and teachers the insight into individual authentication attempts and statistics.
This plugin is not a standard plugin and requires customization and integration. Subscription costs may apply.
Contact us to learn more about the Mobile Identity Verification plugins. >>
Best and most popular Moodle plugins
This is just the start, we will add more really useful plugins as we review them.
Best Moodle Plugins for Learning Engagement
Blended learning helps students and trainees feel more engaged with the material they’re assigned. It’s not at all surprising – when you replace or supplement a student’s textbook with an innovative way of looking at the material, you’re already going to get their attention. When it comes to the Moodle LMS, the following modules help students feel like they’re collaborating and learning in interesting ways.
- Team Builder lets you build teams based off a set of criteria. “You ask your students some questions, and then develop a predicate based off their answers for your teams.” It’s also an effective drag-and-drop interface for building Groups, helping you save a little time on the administration side.
- Dialogue lets students or teachers communicate in a two-way private conversation or with all members of a group.
- Lesson Objectives shows current lesson milestones in the side bar (to both teacher and students). The teacher can check them off as they are completed. “You can enter a timetable, linked to different groups, so that objectives can be entered as far in advance as you want and will be displayed at the appropriate time.” One important feature is that students can view all lesson objectives a week at a time to track progress.
- Face-to-face. activities are used to keep track of in-person (e.g. classroom) trainings which require advance booking.
- Quickmail Block. The quickmail block adds a link to a tool that has a checkbox list of all students in the course, and a mail composition text area.
- Invitation. With this enrolment plugin, teacher will be able to send personal invitation to some users by email.
- Webinar. The Webinar activity module enables Adobe Connect hosted webinars to be added as an activity to any course. This is intended for hosted Adobe deployments, not on-premise deployments – see http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html
The Webinar activity module includes the following functionality:
– Add/edit/delete webinar session
– Assign a host user to a session – based on ‘teacher’ system role
– Register for session / assign students to a session
– Unregister for session / unassign students from a session
– Automated email notifications to registered students
– Join sessio
– View / record webinar
– Run attendance report
Best Moodle Plugins for Course Presentation and User Experience
Moodle 2.0 and later versions offers better overall course presentation and user experience. Thanks to constantly updating modules, the open source learning managements system makes it easier to view information, create lists, categorize activities and create easy-to-use checklists at the click of a button.
- The Book Module (NOW part of Core Moodle 2.3) makes it easy to create multi-page resources with a book-like format. Basically, you can build complete book-like websites inside of your Moodle course, including chapters and sub-chapters.There’s an example of how the Book Module is used over at Glyphdoctors, where they’ve set up a chapter-style site for learning about Egyptology. It’s not particularly sophisticated, but it does the job – at least according to one educator familiar with learning management systems:”The module looks great and is very intuitive. The book module seems like a good option for those migrating from traditional content delivery platforms such as WebCT & Blackboard. I can appreciate that Moodle was built on a social constructivist philosophy – but many instructors still want to deliver content in an easily navigable and readable format. Thumbs up for the Book module.”
- Collapsed Topics Module. This works for topics exactly the same as for Collapsed Weeks described above, simply making it easier to rifle through course topics without getting lost.“One or more topics can be displayed at any given time. Toggles are persistent on a per browser session per course basis but can be made to persist longer by a small code change.” Not revolutionary, just really nifty for teachers and students who need a better user experience.
- Checklist Module. As you might expect, this module allows teachers and students to create checklists for individual assignments or for a series of eLearning activities. Color coding makes checking progress a snap.Naturally, teachers who would prefer to have total control over students progress can check off items themselves, but some users have found greater student “buy-in” when they’re authorized to check off their progress on their own. After all, isn’t eLearning supposed to help teachers cut down on admin as opposed to adding a new layer? The option is there if online Moodle instructors want it. Here are the options users have:- Indenting items, to show a hierarchy of importance.- Optional items (which can be hidden in the class progress report and contribute to a secondary ‘all items’ progress bar)
– Student checklist items (so that students can add their own items to keep track of)
– Dates on checklist items
– Choice of coloursThat’s our top five list of Moodle modules for version 2.0 and later, but perhaps you’ve got other ideas? If you think other Moodle modules are more deserving, feel free to leave a comment and explain why.
- Certificate. The Certificate module creates PDF certificates/diplomas for students of the course and is completely customizable. You can add borders, watermarks, seals and even show grade information.
- Lightbox Gallery Resource. This resource allows you to create image galleries within your Moodle course.
- Pcast. This module makes it simple to create podcasts in moodle. Podcast episodes can be instructor created or added by course participants.
- Accessibility Block. The block allows users to customise Moodle to their visual needs. It supports changing of text sizes and colour schemes.
- Progress Bar Block. The Progress Bar is a time-management tool for students.It visually shows what activities or resources a student is supposed to interact with in a course.
Best Moodle Plugins for Mobile
Plugins for mobile features within Moodle or Apps.
- Mobile Apps – while technically not a plugin we though we would include the Mobile App built with HTML5 and phonegap.Features
- Responsive design for phone and tablets
– Upload a picture into your private file area
– Record an audio file and upload it into your private file area
– Send a private message to a course participant (can be done offline)
– Take a personal note about a course participant (can be done offline)
– Add a course participant to your phone contact
– Call a course participant touching the phone number
– Locate a course participant address on Google map
– Download and view some resources
– Quick access to your course contents
– Remote translation (see bellow)
– Remote layout/style customization (see below)Notice that Moodle Mobile is not a replacement of the MyMobile or Bootstrap/Simple theme. Moodle Mobile offers offline contents, camera & audio features and (in a future) Push notifications. You can use Moodle Mobile app in combination with a Mobile theme.
Best Moodle Plugins for Exams and Quizzes
Open University Question Types
Open University has developed and release a set of question types to be used within Moodles quiz activity. The question types expand on the standard available questions (true and false, multiple choice, short answer, etc) by adding new question formats to the quizzes.
Types of Questions
- Drag and drop into text
- Drag and drop markers
- Drag and drop onto image
- OU multiple response
- Pattern match
- Pattern match with JME editor
- Select missing words
- Variable numeric
- Variable numeric set
- Variable numeric set with units
Best Moodle Plugins for Reporting
Plugins that extend the reporting capabilities of Moodle.
1. Configurable Reports. This block is a Moodle custom reports builder and is very useful to extract additional information about courses, users, etc.