The Board module for Moodle is a plugin that enables a post-it/sticky note board activity for students (like Padlet but with restricted access on Moodle). This is a collaborative activity where the teachers set out a number of columns with optional headings and then students add contributions to a column. Students do not see who has posted what.
Why use it?
Board offers a collaborative space where participants can create headed notes with thoughts, ideas and linked resources that can be sorted and rated (optional) or categorised under different headings.
Who can use it?
Tutors and Course Administrators can set up and configure boards, move items and download contents.
Students can create and delete (their own) posts and rate others' posts (if set up appropriately).
Before I start...
Consider if you want to give names to the columns on the board.
Consider if you want to enable/disable the ability for students to rate posts.
How do I set one up?
Navigate to the Moodle course where you wish to add your board and use thetoggle switch to turn 'Edit mode' on.
Go to the section where you would like to add a Moodle Board and click 'Add an activity or resource' and choose Board.
Give your new Board a name and a description.
Explore the Board Settings:
You can set the background colour
You can choose a background image
Rating posts can be disabled or made available to students, teachers or both
You can limit posts by date
You can allow all users to edit the placement of their posts
You also hide columns and sort notes
Click the 'Save and display' button at the bottom of the page when you are happy with the settings.
What can a tutor do on the Board?
If edit Mode has been toggled on, a tutor can move the sequence of columns by clicking on the move (crossbar) icon and dragging the column to the preferred board location.
In the latest version, they can now also move a post from one column to another (provided both columns are unlocked) again by clicking on the move (crossbar) icon and dragging the post to the preferred board location
In addition, a tutor can download a copy of the board contents. To do this, they should firstly go to the Export tab.
What can a student do on the Board?
Add a new post with some of the following:
Add a link.
Upload an image
Embed a Youtube video (and set a name)
Edit or Delete one of their posts.
In the latest version of the plugin, students can now also perform the following tasks, if a teacher has allowed this in the Board settings:
Move their post into a different column.
Star someone else's post (steps shown below)
Notes are anonymous as far as peer-to-peer visibility is concerned but participants should be made aware that the activity logs note creation details e.g. who created a note and when.