I thought I would look at the statistics surrounding Moodle plugin downloads…
You can view the statistics for Moodle downloads at this page:
As you can see from the feature image on this post, it’s quite revealing! Taking look at these we can see:
- Many of the downloads (almost a their of the tope twenty!) are Themes, including
- Interactive Content – H5P is hugely popular – although this will likely decrease once Moodle 3.9 with native H5P integration is released (so only older sites may require the plugin).
- The remaining top twenty plugins make complete sense when thinking about how an online learning environment is used:
- Custom certificate (although there are perhaps better certificate plugins now available)
- Attendance – great for blended learning on in-class management
- Questionnaire – has consistently been one of the most download ed plugins for 10+ years … which kind o0f begs the question “Why on earth have Moodle HQ not integrated this into the core code?” Although exactly the same question could apply to a Certificate module.
- Big Blue Button – a great video-conference system now standard in MoodleCloud installations
- Configurable Reports – Moodle has always been seen as a little weak in this area
- Completion Progress (Block) – again, continually in the top ten of downloads for many years – and Moodle HQ have a blind spot about this being in core – it SHOULD be – simple as that!
- Hot Pot – very popular with schools – although this could decrease with more H5P use in the future
- Moodle eMail test – interesting – and so many admins seem to struggle with this (although it’s not just Moodle, it’s about understanding email servers too)
- Grid course format … I wonder if this should be wondered for inclusion in core? Now Boost has ‘settled down’ it should be possible.
- Game – nice fun plugin
- Level Up – popular gamification option
My conclusion is:
Moodle HQ should add to Moodle core:
- A certificate module
- An attendance module
- Completion Progress block
- And maybe a Grid course format
What do you think?