October 29 2014

Top 10 Moodle Plugins of 2014

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Last week we released an article that provides a detailed list of the best Moodle Plugins we curated over the past 12 years. The list is extensive so if you are wanting to know the most popular plugins by number of downloads then continue reading as we provide a brief summary for the top 10 Moodle Plugins of 2014!

1. The ‘Essential’ Moodle Theme (182,000 downloads)

By far the Essential Moodle Theme plugin is the most popular given the sheer amount of downloads. The newest version of Essential aims to make your Moodle site look anything but a Moodle course list and instead serves as a simple and clean company homepage. Better yet, Essential is completely responsive so users can access your site with optimal readability from any device!

2. HotPot (134,000 downloads)

HotPot provides teachers and administrators with the ability to upload Hot Potatoe and TexToy quizzes in Moodle. Teachers simply create the quiz on their computer and then upload it into the Moodle Course. What teachers and administers love the most about HotPot is the reports that become available once a student(s) has completed the questions. Who wouldn't love automatic statistical trend analysis on student responses so you can get a better idea of whats being understood and whats not?

3. Questionnaire (107,500 downloads)

Wanting feedback from your student's or employees? Questionnaire allows you to easily create and administer survey's in Moodle. Questionnaire is also a great tool for administering quizzes and tests because it provides you with fields for long and short answer questions in addition to multiple choice.

4. Certificate (85, 600 downloads)

Reward your students for their success in your course. With the Certificate plugin you can create PDF certificates/diplomas for students taking courses in Moodle. The certificates are completely customizable allowing you to add borders, watermarks, seals and even show grade information.

5. Configurable Reports (84,700 downloads)

The Configurable Reports plugin allows you to do just that, configure and customize reports without any SQL knowledge! Check out the Configurable Reports link above for more information on the types of reports you can create.

6. Aardvark (83,600 downloads)

Youth and adults alike are becoming accustom to visually pleasing websites with minimal text and lots of imagery. Aardvark allows you to create a Moodle themed site that does exactly this. With boxed stories, headliners and images, your students or employees will be more likely to consume the content you provide them with.

7. Grid Format (77,400 downloads)

With this plugin you can view courses in both a modular and visual format. The Grid Formart plugin allows you to hide all topics to instead create a grid of icons for each topic with a short description for each. After clicking on course icons, users become privy to the 'lightbox' style display.

8. Collapsed Topics (77,000 downloads)

The Collapsed Topics Module allows users to avoid ‘the scroll of death’ when a course has many topics, sub-topics and weeks. Make your courses seem less daunting as students can view course schedules week by week as opposed to an entire year!

9. Progress Bar (69,600 downloads)

Progress Bar is a time-management tool for students that visually shows what activities or resources a student is supposed to interact with in a course. Teachers select which pre-existing activities/resources to include in the Progress Bar and when they should be completed/viewed. Can you say teacher and student organization and communication bliss?!

10. Quickmail (61,700 downloads)

The Quick Mail Plugin provides selective bulk emailing within courses allowing users to create drafts, send multiple attachments, include signatures and email by group and role filters.


With hundreds of Moodle plugins created by the open source community, it can be a tad daunting to know where to begin in considering and selecting the plugins that will benefit your learners the most. Download this guide to learn about Moodle plugins for: self-paced learning, blended learning, online compliance training and more!

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