Cracking the Crossword Code with Moodle

Bonjour, everyone! Or should I say, “Bonjour to Building a Moodle Crossword Puzzle!”

Not only a crossword, but a crossword puzzle en français! I must confess, when the request for this course activity from L’Université de Saint-Boniface, à Winnipeg, landed on my desk, I found myself momentarily stumped. Given my limited access to the back end of our preferred Learning Management System (LMS), I knew I couldn’t rely on coding alone to conjure up a solution. Even if I could, it wouldn’t seamlessly integrate with the LMS’s grading system!

I shouldn’t have worried; the amazing technology team at our partner institution swooped in to save the day, swiftly installing the Moodle Game plugin (collaboration to the rescue, mes amis)! With the plugin in place, I embarked on a quest to master the art of crossword construction—mon Dieu!

Naturally, I turned to the vast expanse of the Internet and discovered a marvelous revelation. By compiling a wiki with the specific words provided by my course authors, I could link these words to the crossword, and voila! The plugin would generate a unique layout every time. Not only would learners revel in the novelty of the activity, but they would also receive a well-deserved grade—a true win-win! I must admit, these Moodle plugins are nothing short of impressive. If only I could create a folder system for custom HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, I might fall head over heels! Alas, the current building methods leave much to be desired. Nevertheless, I remain eternally grateful for the existence of the crossword puzzle plugin!

Mahalo for reading,


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