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Trying to reduce Attempt abandoned in Hot Potato Hot Pot Moodle quizzes

    1. The Hot Potatoes quiz activity per se does not seem to have a submit button, since it is auto-grading, per question.
    2. . When the quiz is completed, the string in ExerciseCompleted (usually: “You have complete the exercise” )appears in a modal dialogue and on top.
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    4. Before Exercise is complete, the instructions now remain, since I have turned off ShowCompleteSoFarclip_image001
    5. One could make  ExerciseCompleted much more visible (like with ShowCompleteSoFar permanently in a Hot Potatoe inhstallation), if looking out for this message would help the students not abandoning the quiz early: image

How to get rid of “Questions completed” feedback in Hot Potatoes quizzes

  1. If you dig into the JavaScript in the HTML, looking for the default feedback t4ext (“Questions completed so far”), you see (as I have done here manually; this could be relatively easily done also for an entire batch of course quizzes with a global replacement) that you turn this option off:
    1. var CompletedSoFar = ‘Questions completed so far: ‘;
    2. var ShowCompletedSoFar = false;
  2. But that does not get rid of the #/# being displayed.
  3. There is an option to get rid of the Feedback text: image
  4. If I read the options correctly, there is no such setting (we tried the obvious suspects here): image
  5. function CheckQuestionsCompleted(){
        // trp: trying to disable showing to student QuestionsCompleted 
    // (entire function  even if somebody changes the variable ShowCompletedSoFar) 
        // if i understand correctly, what users really do not want to show 
    // is a misleading completed correctly for completed 
    // (which leads to students not know that they have finished?) - \
    // is there no better way? 
        // was: if (ShowCompletedSoFar == false )){return '';} 
    // trp: cannot find a gui to set ShowCompletedSoFar  to false
        var QsCompleted = 0;
        for (var QNum=0; QNum<State.length; QNum++){         if (State[QNum] != null){             if (State[QNum][0] &gt;= 0){
    //Fixes for
        if (QsCompleted >= QArray.length){
            return ExerciseCompleted;
            return ''; // trp: CompletedSoFar + ' ' + QsCompleted + '/' + QArray.length + '.';
  6. Since you can edit the sourcefiles of a HotPotatoes installation, you can turn it also off for a machine permanently:
  7. If this variable is there in the underlying code, shouldn’t there be also an option in the GUI (not necessarily, maybe was never implemented – or maybe I just have not found it…).
  8. For what the output will look like, see here.

How to change your button text in Hot Potatoes activities

  1. In Hot Potatoes, use the “options”/ “configure output”:
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  3. Tab: “Buttons”:image
  4. Save and regenerate the html file: image
  5. Voilà: submit

Another way to upload many files into Moodle 2

  1. Last time we started from “Add folder” to get to the handy drag-and-drop file upload control in Moodle 2.
  2. This time we do not want to create a new folder, but work within an existing folder (better for categorizing lots of files).
  3. Browse into the folder and click edit
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  5. click create folder
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  7. add name and click create
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  9. click to open folder
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  11. drag/drop files as zip in folder
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  13. oops, check the upper right warning :
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  15. Split your files into smaller segments
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  17. And be patient, there is no visual indicator of progress, or any action, after the drop), or else you get duplicates:
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  19. Just delete duplicates you might have created:
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  22. click on each zip file and choose “unzip”:
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  26. Delete the zip files (not needed anymore)
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  28. Finally, click “save changes”
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  30. Note, by working within a folder, you cannot link directly to the new folder you created.  It should however be easy enough to navigate to it if you send the link to the root folder, here “Interaction”.
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How to compare two MS-Word documents for plagiarism detection

2013/11/14 2 comments
  1. You could start with the document properties
    1. some  students leave even the author and editing time in. However, author does not prove any wrong doing, a student may have borrowed a laptop, including its MS-word installation, to author a document and submit it
    2. It may  actually be more of an indicator of something illicit if document properties are empty.
    3. Students have likely used the “Document inspector”:
      1. (1): File / (2) Info, (3) view the properties (this document looks like it had its privacy information removed), you can use (4) to view even more. image
      2. to remove all privacy relevant information, like so: (5) unfold “check for issues”, (6) “inspect document””,
      3. in the window: “document inspector”, click image, you will be given the option to “remove all”personal information: image
    4. However, removing personal information can be perfectly legitimate, unless something else was assigned. And it does not help plagiarizers cover their tracks anyway, for…
  2. …there is the more substantial “compare” documents feature which (even though it was developed for the legal profession, as blackline) tracks what really counts: content changes.
    1. Access it form the ribbon’s “review” tab: image
    2. point the tool to your 2 documents: image
    3. make your life easier by selecting on the “review” tab to view only content changes  (formatting comparisons is noise for plagiarism detection): image
    4. You get a handy (here blurred, but still demonstrating the amount of similarity (=black), compared with changes (= blue),  between the 2 documents ) overview of (from the left)
      1. list of changes
      2. view of changes in a merged document (which you can save)
      3. original document
      4. secondary (likely plagiarized) document: compare documents-blurred
      5. The feature is nice, but only moderately intelligent (see the first match, I would obviously not count that as substantially different) and best used with discretion, to make it easier for a teacher to decide how likely it is that these similarities are accidental.
      6. In this instance, even if the teacher questions are not counted, it seems obvious that only minor alterations were made to the original document and many responses, including quite lengthy sentences, are entirely the same.
      7. While this *is* an instructional use, you can find happier instructional uses of MS-Word’s reviewing/tracking changes feature here.