Moodle Plugins are the best way to extend the features of the core Moodle to suit the requirements of any sector, environment without changing the core code. The Moodle developer community is growing at a steady pace with more than 1265 plugins, 700+ community developers and more than 428.4K plugin downloads.
In the year 2016, many new Moodle plugins were developed and released by the community developers. Few plugins are very much useful for a specific pedagogical need and immediately went to the top of the popularity list. Some other plugins are meant for meeting only the specific tasks but still they serve the purpose quite beautifully.
So, today I am listing out the top 9 plugins of 2016 based on the level of popularity among teachers. If you would like to add any other plugin, please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Top 9 Moodle Plugins of 2016:
- PoodLL Filter – PoodLL filter is the part of the PoodLL plugins set. Best suited for creating language learning courses, PoodLL adds audio and video recording functionality to Moodle, and comes with a range of useful widgets to enhance Moodle activities. This year however changed to the subscription based model but still PoodLL remains the favorite Moodle plugin. Find out more at http://www.poodll.com
- Generico Filter – Another plugin by Justin Hunt which is equally popular like PoodLL. Generico has quietly become the Swiss army knife for Moodle. The Generico filter is used for creating templates of code snippets and text which can be used in Moodle text areas. Already the Moodle community have contributed to showcase the applications of Generico here.
- Stash Block – Stash block is meant for adding an inventory of items in your course and let students find them by exploring the activities. Appreciated by many great Moodlers, Stash finds its way in creating gamified courses and helps in increasing the course interaction.
- H5P – The free and open-source content collaboration framework aimed to make it easy for everyone to create, share and reuse interactive HTML5 content is now available for Moodle users through the use of this activity plugin. By using this plugin you can create and add rich content inside your Moodle environment. Recommended for all Moodle teachers to use the H5P content in their Moodle courses.
- Content pages – Also named as iContent or Interactive Content initially the Content Pages plugin is mainly focused on improving the interactivity, usability and accessibility. The whole activity revolves around creating pages with different types of course material like images, text, questions thereby ensuring productive and effective reading. Check out more about the Content Pages plugin here.
- Quizventure – Provides a new way to take quiz in your Moodle course. The questions will come down as space ships and you need to shoot the correct answer. Quizventure is highly addictive to students and teachers also like it because of simple gamification interface. Quizventure also found a place in the MoodleCloud pre-installed plugins list.
- Completion progress – The perfect time management tool for students in your Moodle course. It visually shows what activities/resources a student is supposed to interact with in a course with color codes for completed and uncompleted items.
- Reengagement – The drop rate in online courses is very high and the reengagement plugin allows you to send email reminders to the enrolled students to return to the course and complete activities. You can also use this plugin to release any content in a time wise manner. Perfect plugin to cut the dropout rate of your Moodle course.
- Heatmap – Another useful plugin by Michael de Raadt. Heatmap block is a tool for teachers to highlight the course activities with which students are interacting about. The heatmap block will show the counts of visits and unique users to each activity.