Demonstrating the improvement in forms in Moodle 2.5

Moodle 2.5 has improved the usability of Moodle forms with a great step forward in providing the forms in a collapsed format and also providing the html editor in collapsed state by default too.

When you have a platform that has been built to cater for many different needs, one thing which happens is that there are usually a lot of options available to tweak the set up.

Moodle is no different in this matter. The settings pages when creating a course, or some activities (like quiz) have a lot of options available to enable each type of usage you can probably think of and also enabling you to configure it to how you want it to behave. For example  a 1 hr exam no retakes and no feedback, or a 10 minute test with unlimited retakes and lots of question by question feedback.

Taking Quiz as an example it has settings to address so many aspects they are broken down into the following headings:

  • General (3)
  • Timing (5)
  • Grade (3)
  • Layout (3)
  • Question behaviour (3)
  • Review options (28)
  • Display options (4)
  • Restrictions on attempts (5)
  • Overall feedback (5+)
  • Common module Settings (4)
  • Restriction of Access (5+)
  • Activity Completion (4)

The number is the amount of settings under that heading.

As you can imagine, this makes for a long page which can be a bit intimidating.

The new collapsed form shows the required information and then has the balance collapsed into sections that if you want to change the default settings you can expand it to do so. The image below shows the new look and the video demonstrates the change.

Adding a quiz in Moodle 2.5

Adding a quiz in Moodle 2.5

This is a great move and I know many will like this.

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5 Responses to Demonstrating the improvement in forms in Moodle 2.5

  1. As an addendum, it’s also still possible to use the keyboard shortcuts for the editor even when it’s collapsed. So you can still perform styling such as bold (Ctrl+B), italic (Ctrl+I), underline (Ctrl+U), etc.

  2. Derek says:

    As usual Gavin, quite a remarkable series of summaries of new things in a new version.

    Well done & thanks.


  3. Derek says:

    Unrelated question here Gavin: in the video, you say “Click force download like I always do”.
    Is there a philosophical or pragmatic reason for this?


    • ghenrick says:

      Embedding files in the browser has different impacts for different browsers, and devices.

      Where it is easy to download a PDF when for offline viewing on a laptop via normal browsers, have you tried to download a pdf on an ipad etc when they are embedded? Even when it is easy, not all people will know how to so can be at a disadvantage.

      For a standard consistent experience for download on videos, pdfs, allows the user have it offline for use in ibooks, kindle, or whatever tool they use locally.

      Hope that helps.

  4. Lenka says:

    Is there some way for an admin to decide which sections are expanded and which are collapsed by default?

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