Kineo Open Source updates Moodle build with new extensions

Kineo Open Source  is pleased to announce that they are extending their standard hosted Moodle build, with a number of useful third party extensions.

Moodle has a range of inbuilt standard modules including Assignment, Chat, Choice, Forum, Glossary, Lesson, Quiz, Resources, Survey and Wiki. However, due to Moodle’s modular and open source nature, there are many third party modules that Moodle contributors have built themselves.

Kineo Open Source offers a number of tested and proven modules that we install in our hosted Moodle sites.

The Feedback module allows you to create and conduct surveys to collect feedback from students.

It is smaller in scope and easier to use than the Questionnaire module, and unlike the Survey module allows you to write your own questions, rather than choose from a list of pre-written survey instruments.

The Questionnaire module allows students to complete online feedback style forms using a variety of user input methods.

It allows you to create your own questions, unlike the Survey module which has presets to choose from, and it allows for more advanced questionnaires than the simpler and easier Feedback module.

Useful for blended learning programmes, the Face-to-face module allows users to keep track of training events which require advance booking.

Sessions can be given over multiple days, confirmation messages are sent on enrolment or cancellation and reminder messages are sent a few days before the session is scheduled to start.

The Book module makes it easy to create multi-page resources, with a book-like format which can be printed entirely or by chapter. The module is not interactive, however you can link to resources from within a book and include multimedia objects.

With the Simple Portfolio module each user gets an e-portfolio which is displayed as a new tab in their profile and a file repository.

The portfolio holds “elements” which contain reflection, date, file attachment and a simple permission setting (private/public). It also has a block for direct access through the course area.

Kineo Open Source are happy to validate other modules for customers.

Quality often varies amongst third party modules, so Kineo Open Source perform rigorous testing on any requested modules prior to deciding whether it is suitable to install or requires further work. Kineo Open Source will also quote for building modules from scratch.

All these modules are available in Kineo Open Source’s standard Moodle build from March 2009.

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