Archive for October, 2010

Offering a moodle questionnaire to guests

Although the Moodle Questionnaire activity is quite easy to use, by default only students can take it. This is great if you want to get a snapshot of your class, but less so if you want to deliver the survey to the general public. This can be a problem if you want to use the Moodle questionnaire to gather feedback from a larger group of people who may not be members of your Moodle community.

To solve this:
1) Open up your questionnaire and click the “Update this Questionnaire” button top right.

2) Three tabs at the top of the screen appear. Click on the third one “Override Permissions”

3) A number of roles will appear. Choose “Guest”

4) Select “Allow” for “Complete and submit a questionnaire” and “View a questionnaire”.

5) Click Save

Now return to the main screen, and go into Settings on the administration panel. Make sure that “Allow guest access” is selected.

Finally, you’re ready to deploy your survey link. Simply browse to the survey, copy the url and email it to anyone you’d like to take the survey. If you’d like to automatically sign them in as guest simply add &username=guest to the end of the address. So, if the questionnaire link is:

change it to:

That’s it! If anyone in the world clicks on that link it will take you directly to that survey.

Let me know if you have questions,


October 31, 2010 at 9:19 pm Leave a comment

Another way to Moodle – Setting your moodle up as a blog.

Often, engaging in online discussion is the sole purpose of setting
up a Moodle. In these situations building a typical Moodle classroom
with multiple topics doesn’t make sense. Instead it would be useful if
the first thing students saw upon visiting the moodle were the
discussion posts. By default Moodle uses a “Topics format”. Although
very versitile and familiar, there are other ways to set up the main
page of your Moodle classroom. Setting this up is relatively simple:

Once you have created your Moodle classroom and had it approved,
visit the site and click on “Settings” on the administration toolbar.

Next, directly below the course description is a selector called
“Format”. By default this will be set to “Topics format”. Select this
and choose “Social format”.

When you now visit your Moodle page you will notice that the topics
are gone and instead there is a big “Add a new discussion topic” button
at the top of the screen. Click this button to post, and you’ll notice a
big difference from the typical Moodle forum. Posts are displayed as a
blog! Visitors can click “Discuss this topic” to enter the forum.



October 2, 2010 at 6:01 pm Leave a comment


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