A new playground: H5P Essay

Note: You can download the content type here, but remember that it is still in development and might not work perfectly.

What you’re looking at here is rather an experimental playground than a fully elaborated content type for H5P. Learners can write a text and receive feedback immediately. Initially (and maybe finally), this feedback will simply be based on a list of keywords that have been defined by a teaching person before. That’s a very naive approach, but it might be useful in some cases or could support teachers with grading.

The content type could possibly evolve into a solution for automated essay scoring using machine learning techniques — with all the pros and cons attached to that. However, that’s merely wishful thinking right now anyway.

You are hereby invited to have a look at the ideas for this content type — and to share your own, of course!

If you want to know more (and also want to see the editor), have a look at this video although it’s outdated already.

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https://youtu.be/DU6xnSWxFBg

Putting labels on things …

While there’s a new version of Agamotto in the pipeline anyway, mcroyle requested a new feature: Why not add labels to the tick marks? Sounded straightforward to me, and I guess it’s done already. I even made it a little more flexible — you can also use labels instead of tick marks if you like.

Do you have any thoughts on this? If yes, then there’s plenty of space for you in the comment section.

Making mooin more magnificent

There’s a platform called mooin that can be used freely for creating and hosting online courses. It’s based on moodle, but was customized quite a bit. Unfortunately, there are some kinks in the backend that tend to get a little annoying.

For example, if you want to move a course page to  a different position, you can only move it one position at a time — basically swap it with one of its neighbors. You cannot move it several positions without tampering with URLs. Well, now you can.

I cannot change the moodle code, but I wrote a tiny Chrome extension. It doesn’t only make moving pages more comfortable, but it also hides some options that you are allowed to change, but might wreck the course. It is really just a hack and will break when someone changes the stylesheets or some moodle plugins. I wouldn’t want to miss it anyway.