Some Essential Moodle 2 Plugins – Moodleposium 2011

Last night I presented remotely at the Moodleposium 2011 conference which was held at the Canberra Institute of Technology. It was great fun to take part remotely. The twitter feed was certainly one of the busiest I have seen recently.

The idea behind the presentation was the community contributed plugins for Moodle 2. The title was “Some essential Moodle 2 plugins” as there are really a lot of very good modules around and these are just some of them that I have reviewed.  I started trying to do a list of 10, but I can’t stop at 10, but I did get close.  For the full list of what I have reviewed check out the Moodle 2 module reviews.

The modules featured in the presentation are listed below.

Web Conferencing

Adobe Connect Pro

This module enables the teacher to create and manage sessions for the Adobe Connect Pro Virtual Classroom system from within Moodle 2.0.

Room Settings


This activity enables easy integration between Moodle 2.0 and the virtual conferencing system BigBlueButton.

BigBlueButton Classroom

BigBlueButton Classroom


Course Menu Block

The Course Menu Block provides an alternative in-course navigation for teachers and students, which increase the functionality of the overall navigation.

Course Menu

User Info Block

The user info block provides an easy way of navigating around some key parts of Moodle 2 for the user.

User Info Block

User Info Block

Unanswered Dicussions

This block displays a list of unanswered discussions from the course forums.

Unanswered Discussions

Unanswered Discussions

Course Tracking


This module enables the teacher/trainer to monitor and track the students progress as they tick off the different items on a course specific todo list.

Checklist Activity View

Checklist Activity View


This module enables the student to download a course certificate when they have completed the requirements.

Certificate Example

Certificate Example

Progress Bar

The Progress Bar provides a colour coded progress visual for students to help them manage their time while completing a course

Progress Bar block

Progress Bar block

Admin Tools

Drag and drop file upload

The Drag and drop file upload for Moodle 2.0 provides a great time-saving and easy way to upload files into a Moodle 2 course.

Drag and Drop File Upload for Moodle 2.0 Dragging

Dragging a file onto Moodle

Group self selection

This activity allows students to select the group that they want to be members of.

Student options

Student options



This module provides an easy way of creating your own surveys using a range of question types.





This resource provides an easy way to create multi-page resources with a book-like format and navigation.

Book View

Course Formats

Collapsed Topics course Format

The Collapsed Topics course format takes the existing topics from a topics format course, and presents them in a more compact view. The topics names are shown in a list and each topic can be toggled “open” or in its default closed or hidden state.

Collapsed topics

Collapsed topics


Admin Report – Custom SQL

This admin report enables users to create reports from SQL and view the results on the webpage and export the results to spreadsheet.

Example Report output

Example Report output


The slides have been uploaded to Slideshare and at some point I will record the voiceover for YouTube.


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1 Response to Some Essential Moodle 2 Plugins – Moodleposium 2011

  1. Erin Mucci says:

    Thank you for this list! I am new to Moodle administration and have been looking for some of the functions that these plug-ins provide. I will be trying them out right away.

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