Utilizing Moodle hotpot

You don’t necessarily know it yet, but you’re going to need the Moodle hotpot plugin. Moodle is pretty unanimously declared one of the best LMS systems out there. It’s open source, and has a diverse, rich set of features.

Along with a great social network integration capacity, it offers some terrific, custom course design capacity, able to work with video and text, along with dynamic grading, wiki support, and group chat and messaging, allowing for a course and learning model of just about any design to be worked out. But you need the Moodle hotpot plugin.

Hot potatoes is the go to program for creating quizzes and tests for Moodle. But, in order to implement these quizzes inside Moodle, you need that plugin.


So, there’s really not much to say about the plugin other than it works, and makes hot potatoes quizzes work with Moodle. So, let’s talk a little bit about hot potatoes itself, since that’s where the action really is.

Hot potatoes is a visually-oriented quiz creation program that creates dynamic multiple choice, and standard field question quizzes, lessons and tests with an intuitive, easy interface.

No script writing is necessary, and a point and click form designer allows you to customize its appearance and even brand your quizzes for an extra, nice touch. Just as IDEs are becoming a big thing in programming, visual element scripting like this is becoming a big movement for systems like this.

Onboard systems, HTML5 SaaS platforms, and report creation tools for a vast number of SaaS titles, is becoming a standard either within the software, or as an extra tool.

The benefit of going with hot potatoes, in stead of just using Moodle’s base creation tools is that, as a more solid software system, it can use extra abilities that are costly to do via SaaS or as an SaaS subset feature.

Along with this, its third party approach allows it to be more intuitive, stepping outside the range of Moodle’s developers’ vision of how forms and tests would work. This lets you employ Moodle’s framework to its fullest potential, getting the best tests and the best results from them.

Tests and quizzes are unpleasant, daunting experiences for trainees or students. It is a make or break time, and as such, handling this well, and adding a solid aesthetic and richness to interaction can peel away some of that oppressive sense, and make the tests easier and less intimidating to engage.

This is an example of how LMS systems are helping to reshape training and education. Complex (but easy to use) tools allow for a creative approach to courses, information sharing and the like. Hot potatoes is still fairly early in its life, so it hasn’t really acquired the personality or polished GUI that I expect it will soon enough. But, it’s remarkably easy to use, quick to learn and powerful in its output.

But, you need the Moodle hotpot plugin to use this intuitive tool. So, when you install Moodle, be sure that installing this plugin is one of your to do things right out of the box.

Nicole Lewis is the Lead Author & Editor of MyLMStips. MyLMStips is dedicated to providing the most engaging topics, information, tips and tricks surrounding Moodle®. It's a place where Moodle® users can receive guidance on how to get the most out of it and increase their productivity and progress.