Writing collaboratively in Moodle : Tips by Moodlefairy

Mary Cooch (@Moodlefairy) once more posted some more tips about writing collaboratively in Moodle on the Moodle forums. She discussed pro’s and con’s of Wiki, group assignment with online text, linking to an online doc etc.

Few other Moodlers also posted their views about database and glossary activity and their usage in collaborative writing. Here are some of the excerpts of the forum post:

  • Wiki:
    • Pro’s:
      • It’s standard Moodle.
      • Clicking on the History tab allows you to see all changes and revert them if needed.
    • Con’s:
      • Unless your students only edit a single page, they will need to understand wiki editing  which is not intuitive.
      • Editing is problematic with a large number of people working on the wiki at the same time.
      • You can’t grade a wiki (although you can add a grade item and manually grade in the gradebook.)


  • Group assignment with online text:
    • Pro’s:
      • With the online text option it is easy for students to click and edit the document.
      • You can force all students to submit, ensuring everyone in the group pulls their weight and each member sees who has not yet done their “bit”.
    • Con’s:
      • Setting up a group assignment, and getting the settings right so it works as you wish, is a bit tricky.
      • (As far as I can see) there is no easy way to see who has added or changed what in the submission, if you need to know this.
  • Linking to an online doc:
    • Pro’s:
      • If Google docs or Word online are used, students are able to collaborate with tools and formatting they are comfortable with.
      • The documents save automatically and seem to work well with a number of people editing simultaneously.
    • Con’s:
      • You’ve gone outside of Moodle and have to set up a separate item beforehand.
      • If the link is available for anyone to edit, there is no history of who did what. If they are required to log in to be seen, an extra step is required (although this might be fine if your organisation is connected to Google or Office 365; I’m not sure.)
      • It’s not automatically connected to the gradebook, although, as with the wiki, you can set up a grade item and grade manually.

To go through the complete thread, just check out this link: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=310813#p1243827

Thanks Mary for sharing such a nice tips with all the Moodle community members.


Jaswinder Singh

Jaswinder Singh, passionate about using Moodle in improving the Indian Education System and reaching the students in far flung areas where still education seems to be a impossible prospect of life. He is the author of the popular Moodle Book "How to use Moodle 2.7". In October 2016, Jaswinder was elected as the Moodle User's Association Committee member - the first to make it from India.

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