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Moodle Formulas question type

In our opinion, formulas question type offers to Maths and Science primary/secondary teachers everything they need to produce a high variety of Moodle quizzes. This question type was written by Hon Wai Lau. Later was upgraded to the new question engine introduced in Moodle 2.1 by Jean-Michel Védrine. At the time of this writing this version is compatible with Moodle 2.6, 2.7 and 2.8.

This question shows its full potential when used it in connection with JSXGraph. This connection  was developed by Peter Haverlson

If you fancy you could try it by yourself. Click this link http://mustpro.eu/moodle/aaimg/ajsx/GraphForMoodle2.html?graph=2*x+1 and change the value of the parameters in the line equation. What you change manually it is changed randomly by the formulas question engine creating a different question for every student. Wonderful, doesn’t it?

Jsxgraph

In developing MUST materials we rely on JSXGraph . It is a cross-browser library  from Bayreuth University which is implemented completely in JavaScript. JSXGraph supports multi-touch devices running iOS, Android, firefoxOS, Windows 8 (at least).
One of the main aims of MUST project is to use it to create hands-on animations with a “didactical” view. In this Physics example the student has to draw the line representing the velocity of a defined motion (for example, v=-3 m/s) then checks it.

MUST project

Over the last decade, the education sector has invested heavily in digital technology, but there is not evidence that such investment has yet resulted in radical improvements to educational attainment. International surveys  describe the seriousness of a gap in the implementation of ICT-enabled innovation for learning and its negative implication on learning outcomes. Taking this into account, the European initiative on “Opening up education” shows that the development of approaches to ICT-supported learning and the access to quality OER (Open Educational Resources) is of high priority.

2In this context,  MUST vision is that  committed teachers, with convenient support,  are able to build research based elearning materials for innovative practices. These materials  will have the format of Open Moodle Courses developed in order to be used in mobile devices and will be translated to the partnership languages. Later, they will be used to promote teacher professional development by training teachers in their management.  In order to achieve this objective  a consortium composed of four secondary schools from four countries (Spain, Slovenia, Poland and Romania), one edutech company and a Regional Education Department has been set up.