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How teachers can ease their editing pain by turning on "filters" in Moodle

  1. A teacher called my attention to the filters when she reported that the automatic linking of references to chapter/topic activities in the chapter/topic text stopped working for her with the upgrade to Moodle 2. If you change the below setting for "Activity names auto-linking", it will start working again:
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  3. A "filter" in Moodle (if turned on) examines what is being add to your course by you (also by your students: That’s at least what I assume the Word censorship” filters is meant for!) and if it finds a certain pattern/feature, “automagically” enhances or adorns your input. This can save you a lot of manual editing time .
  4. You can view and change the filter settings by clicking  on "filters" in Activities:
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  6. There is a campus default – which, to judge from my course, seems to be  this:
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  8.   The teacher of the individual course can override this default (there seems to be no personalization that would allow you to use the same settings for all courses you teach, within and across terms):
  9. The documentation linked on the filter settings page explains what these filters do. I only quote the filters which I think are of interest to language and humanities:
    1. Activity names auto-linking – This scans text for activity titles that exist in the same course and creates a link
    2. Convert URLs into links – This filter converts URLs in selected formats, such as Moodle auto-format, to click-able links
    3. Database auto-linking – As the name suggests, this filter enables automatic linking of Database module entries
    4. Display emoticons as images – This converts emoticon (smiley) characters into images
    5. Glossary auto-linking – This scans text for glossary entries that exist in the same course and creates a link
    6. Multimedia plugins – This finds a link in text that points to a multimedia resource and replaces the link with an appropriate multimedia player code which can play the resource.”
    7. [This one we do not seem to have installed, unfortunately:] Multi-language content – This filter enables resources to be created in multiple languages.
    8. [These ones are not included in the documentation linked on the filter settings page, since these plugins  are specific to our campus installation, but extremely useful for authentic speaking proficiency assignments: ] NanoGong, Kaltura.
  10. For what it is worth, here are the filter settings that I am testing now in my course: 
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