Stash is a new block plugin for Moodle which add an inventory of items to your course and let your students find items by exploring the activities. Stash block allows you to introduce some gamification in your Moodle course to encourage more interaction.
Stash block shows the items picked up by the students within the course. The teacher can create items and then place them in activities and resources for students to find. Items can be set to be collected once and encourages exploration of the course material. It is also possible to set an item to have an unlimited supply from a set location. This could encourage students to return to specific areas to collect more items.
Being a block plugin, the zip file has to be installed in the blocks directory of your Moodle site. If you are not aware about Moodle plugin installation, read this Plugin installation guide for complete steps about installing a new plugin in Moodle.
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The block is meant to be used by teachers to increase the interaction level within the course by putting the items in activities and resources for students to find. You, as a teacher, can also set unlimited count of any item for students to collect more items.
Here is a small introductory video about using the Stash block:
There is another related plugin “Stash Availability” which allows you to limit the access to a course module according to the content of a student’s stash.
The plugin comes with a separate documentation page which is very basic and doesn’t provides detailed instructions for plugin usage.
Does It Serves Its Purpose:
While testing on my local development server, I found that the plugin is having a good potential to increase the student interaction level in your course. You can make students go through a particular activity for reading properly and collect the items many times until they proceed to the next activity.
You can download the plugin from the Moodle plugins database here – https://moodle.org/plugins/block_stash
Moodle Versions Supported:
The plugin is supported for Moodle 2.9+ onwards.
The Stash block plugin has awarded with Reviewers’ choice badge which is given by the plugins guardians and reviewers for particularly useful, well coded or otherwise interesting plugins.
The plugin deserves 5 out of 5 stars because of the potential usage application.
This plugin will definitely make its way on many Moodle sites because of the increase in the level of interaction by using this plugin.
Highly recommended for all Moodle teachers who would like to add gamification in their course for greater level of interaction.
*** Please note that these reviews are based only on the usability part without any consideration for security and performance impact. So if you want to use this plugins, please make sure to test the plugin for security and any performance issues.***