Moodle
  1. Moodle
  2. MDL-10861

Let the teacher choose whether the Essay question type uses the HTML editor

    Details

    • Type: New Feature New Feature
    • Status: Closed
    • Priority: Minor Minor
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • Affects Version/s: 1.7
    • Fix Version/s: 2.1
    • Component/s: Questions
    • Labels:
      None
    • Affected Branches:
      MOODLE_17_STABLE
    • Fixed Branches:
      MOODLE_21_STABLE
    • Rank:
      1371

      Description

      WebCT has a "paragraph" question type which allows free-form text input - a similar functionality to the Moodle "essay" type - though focused more on fairly short answers. Students enter their answers in a text box not through an HTML editor. I find this has two beneficial effects:

      1) Students don't waste their time on fancy formatting;
      2) The (configurable) size of the text box is an effective hint at the expected answer length.

      Any chance of extending the essay type to allow this as an option?

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          Tim Hunt added a comment -

          Option to set text area size is MDL-6535.

          Letting the teacher choose whether to use the HTML editor is a reasonable idea, but I am unlikely to have time to implement it. Patches welcome.

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          Tim Hunt added a comment - Option to set text area size is MDL-6535 . Letting the teacher choose whether to use the HTML editor is a reasonable idea, but I am unlikely to have time to implement it. Patches welcome.
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          Mauno Korpelainen added a comment -

          In TinyMCE it is possible to use "ask-mode", "mode-toggle-buttons" or different init code for different css (id, class or name of element) but you may need to wait some time to get TinyMCE "officially integrated" to moodle.

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          Mauno Korpelainen added a comment - In TinyMCE it is possible to use "ask-mode", "mode-toggle-buttons" or different init code for different css (id, class or name of element) but you may need to wait some time to get TinyMCE "officially integrated" to moodle.
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          Tim Hunt added a comment -

          Hmm. it may actually be better to create a separate question type for manually graded code/plain text questions, rather than adding a million if-statements to the essay question type. I will consider this for Moodle 2.0, but it is low priority.

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          Tim Hunt added a comment - Hmm. it may actually be better to create a separate question type for manually graded code/plain text questions, rather than adding a million if-statements to the essay question type. I will consider this for Moodle 2.0, but it is low priority.
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          Tim Hunt added a comment -

          I think it now makes sense to only do this after the new question engine is finished.

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          Tim Hunt added a comment - I think it now makes sense to only do this after the new question engine is finished.
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          Tim Hunt added a comment -

          Also, the new input format infrastructure in Moodle 2.0 should help with this, but I have not seen the details of that yet.

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          Tim Hunt added a comment - Also, the new input format infrastructure in Moodle 2.0 should help with this, but I have not seen the details of that yet.
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          Tim Hunt added a comment -

          Fixed in 2.1 dev now that MDL-20636 has been integrated.

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          Tim Hunt added a comment - Fixed in 2.1 dev now that MDL-20636 has been integrated.

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