Life on the edge of the moodleverse

Share Dropbox block

To get teachers to adopt moodle – they need to be shown how it can extend learning opportunities rather than create marking opportunities.

A normal moodle ‘assignment’ or drop box is a great way to manage submissions of work – but can lead to increased marking workload.

I’m a big fan of peer assessment – students, particularly weaker ones, learn a lot from looking at peers’ work and assessing it’s relative worth. Learning to comment constructively on each others work is a very important skill to develop too.

The Share Dropbox custom block extends the standard moodle assignment dropbox to allow sharing of submitted work.

The gallery display works best where submitted work is video, web pages or images – but essays can also be displayed [as links to a pdf say].

Sharing can be configured – allowing, for example, students to ‘like’ peers’ work and add comments – or just allow the teacher to display the ‘gallery’ of work as a plenary. Teachers find this much easier to manage as method of going through examples of work than getting student to bring to the front thumb drives – or send in emails – of powerpoints/websites.

Peer review of submitted work can be a very useful homework – extending learning opportunities beyond the classroom. I’ve included a training handout below with just a few ideas of how the block can be used.

Note: peer review and ratings of work can be achieved with out-of-the-box moodle forums but we’ve found take up has been greatly improved with the Share Dropbox block.

Thanks to Tim Carrell who has given me permission to open his classes draft work to the world.

Training document: ShareDropBox


3 responses to “Share Dropbox block

  1. nadavkav 05/11/2011 at 18:04

    I have made a similar Dropbox plugin to the HTMLAREA editor in Moodle 1.9 (Also, some other useful plugsin)

    Please have a look at:

    It might be more intuitive to use? not sure. do try and send me some feedback 🙂

    • drcheckers 07/11/2011 at 16:42

      Hmmm. Would need to see more documentation but I think we use ‘shared dropbox’ in very different contexts.

      Look like some nice work though – you haven’t migrated to tinymce editor?

      • Nadav Kavalerchik 08/11/2011 at 00:21

        Yep, it seems, after some more digging into it, that it is good for a different scenario.
        All those plugins are for HTMLAREA. And actually,there is a plugin for TINYMCE

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