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Moodle Issue - Homework

I have experienced two issues with Moodle that annoy me. One is inconvenient, the other is truly frustrating.

The inconvenience doesn't surprise me: the full-featured editor and some dialogs do not function properly in Safari. Since I don't mind coding the HTML manually, this is okay, but for students wanting the "Word-like" editor I have to explain they need to use another browser on a Mac. It's definitely not unusual, since Blackboard behaved oddly via Safari.

The frustration was with assignments. If you select a "single file" assignment, you cannot return a copy of the file with comments. The problem for me, and probably other writing instructors, is that mark-up is part of the grading process. I like to return a paper with comments in the original file.

If you create an "Advanced Assignment" item you can return drafts, with certain requirements. But, not realizing I had to create an "Advanced Assignment" even for a single file if I wanted to return the paper with comments, I had created several items before class started.

Now, I have to delete assignments and recreate them before the due dates. A true pain that you cannot modify an existing assignment item or simply return files for a basic assignment.

The solution I settled on was to create a folder and upload the edited files into a specific folder. The students like this, but I found it slow and tedious.

Now that I know the limits with assignments, I'll be more careful.


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