A simple question on the Moodle Forum sparked a lively debate about the style choices that need to be made at a time when mobile increases its role in learning and assessment.
For the inquirer, whose focus was mobile screens, the benchmark of what qualifies as “good” was the Google Form, which he considered “awesome.” Last month, new features built into the all-purpose Forms allowed teachers to create quizzes with three question types: multiple choice, single choice (“radio” or drop-down menu,) and short written answer. (Fill-in-the-blank, but only one blank. Needless to say, Moodle’s Quiz types and options are greater.). They can mark student responses manually or automatically, and if they are Google Classroom users, they can export the scores to count as grades.
Instead of showing a Google example, the question included a screen shot of Microsoft, which in his opinion “managed to make their form look acceptable”.
After that, the problem became a little subjective. Rick Jerz replied with his take on a Quiz from Moodle 3.3.1, using the “Boost” theme and displayed on an iPhone 6 browser. Solemnly, Jerz stated, “I can’t say that I see much of a difference.”
Jerz himself, and soon after Moodle HQ’s Mary Cooch, shared yet another candidate, this time from the Moodle Mobile app (seemingly the latest version, Moodle Mobile 3.3.1).
The final entry came courtesy of 3-bits’ Fernando Acedo, based on the “Adaptable” theme, which he authored and maintains. The theme applies custom styles to the Quiz, which Acedo admits, “Getting the same result you show is really difficult” as each type of question requires custom development beyond styling.
The discussion seems over, but it’s far from settled. The participants agree that there are two areas of debate that are not always comparable, Moodle Mobile and Moodle on a mobile browser. Unless they have some input in the planning stages of a Moodle solution, teachers usually do not have a choice between the two.
So which one LOOKS GOOD to you?