Using Moodle Scheduler
Let Moodle scheduler handle the grunt work of setting up meetings with students. You can set up time slots that you will be available, control when students can sign up for them, and students then add or delete themselves as needed - all within Moodle.
Once the appointments are set up, you can review the schedule, students can double check their slot - and best of all - you can set up automatic email reminders. Click fullscreen on the video below to learn how!
Doodle is a free, user-friendly scheduling tool. One of the most convienent things about Doodle is that it doesn't require registration by the initiator or participants. It radically simplifies the process of scheduling events, whether they’re board or team meetings, dinners with friends, reunions, weekend trips, or anything else.
It is best used as tool to schedule one time meetings or events. It works as a poll and gives participants many different options, as opposed to a meeting request that is for one time and date. Doodle can connect to a number of different calendars, like Google, iCal or Zimbra. This link provides a how-to on synching personal calendars with Doodle.
Using Moodle Questionnaires
The Moodle Questionnaire module is a survey-like type of activity. It allows teachers to create a wide range of questions to get student feedback e.g. on a course or activities. The goals of the Questionnaire module are not to test or assess the student, but to gather data.
In creating a questionnaire, you can set the date window for when users can complete the questionnaire or make it continually available.
There are a several kind of response options available for your questionnaire:
- Select whether users will be allowed to respond once, daily, weekly, monthly or an unlimited number of times (many).
- You can display your users' full names with each response by setting this to "fullname".
- You can hide your users' identities from the responses by setting this to "anonymous"
- Once the "anonymous" option has been set in a questionnaire, it's impossible to revert to the "fullname" option, for obvious privacy reasons. So be careful when you set your questionnaire to "anonymous".
- If your Moodle course allows guests, they will only be allowed to respond to a questionnaire whose responses have been set to anonymous.
SurveyMonkey is a free online software, with the opportunity to pay for more powerful features, that can be used to create customized surveys, analyze and export the results. It does require survey creators to make an account but participants do not need one to complete a survey.
Click on this link for a great user guide of the best practices of SurveyMonkey's features.
SurveyMonkey is partnered with many different online tools to easily integrate surveys across multiple platforms. It also works with any mobile device.