Best Moodle Innovation results 2017
1st Prize: 化学式フィルタープラグインChemJaxの開発
三浦 謙一, 松木 孝幸
2nd Prize: MAJ Submissions Block
This blocks coordinates a set of tools that together allow Moodle to be used as a conference organization tool. The tools allow conference organizers to easily setup databases to collect information, transfer the collected data to Workshop activities for vetting, and create resources and database templates from which to print registration documents, the conference schedule and other conference documents. As well as the main coordinating block, the tool relies on four additional database fields, that were developed by the same person who developed the block. Together, the block and database fields form a "set" of plugins, and they should be installed as a set.
- MAJ Submissions block
- Admin database field
- Action database field
- Constant database field
- Template database field
Honorable Mention: Speech Assessment
Paul Daniels, Nobuhiro Kumai
The speech assessment activity plugin allows teachers to set up speaking activities which can be automatically scored by the computer. This new computerized assessment system automatically scores spoken language and provides immediate feedback to learners. This plugin is intended to encouraged learners to improve their communication skills via extensive online speaking activities. This automated scoring and feedback plugin is useful for larger language classrooms where instructors are unable to provide sufficient individualized feedback on speaking skills. Key features of the plugin include:
- individualized speaking tasks to learners that can be automatically scored
- personalized and immediate feedback on speech
- simplified process of administering and scoring online speaking activities
- low-anxiety environment to improve second language speaking skills
- cost effective and accessible
- combines the advantages of face-to-face speaking interaction with individualized speaking practice and personalized feedback
Honorable Mention: VoiceShadow 3
Nobuhiro Kumai, Paul Daniels
VoiceShadow 3 is a plug-in for Moodle that enables learners to record and upload audio to Moodle’s VoiceShadow activity. VoiceShadow allows self, peer, and teacher evaluations supports the recording of multiple audio files and user commenting. Since recordings are organized by student name, it allows the teacher and student to easily follow a series of speaking assignments. The plug-in is meant for shadowing activities for language learners. However, it can also be used for simple audio uploading, such as reading a story aloud or making a speech, without doing shadowing.
With VoiceShadow 3 Plug-in, you can record and upload audio from PC browsers as well as mobile browsers. It can work well with iOS and Android devices, which couldn't be done before. The plug-in also has a speech recognition engine. VoiceShadow 3 Plug-in has a built-in feature that transcribes speakers’ speech by utilizing Google Speech API. Rubric evaluation can be done when specified so that learners can get more detailed feedback about their performance afterwards from the teacher.
Honorable Mention: Forum Interface Improvements
中原 敬広, Eric Hagley, David Campbell, Thom Rawson
This change to the code of the forum improves the interface in a number of ways. The video below shows this.