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Moodle

 

Moodle was upgraded to version 3 on the 7th of July 2016

The upgrade will introduce improvements and new features, such as My Home will be renamed as Dashboard; a range of activity enhancements and increased usability, as well as:

•    Improve Moodle security and reduce vulnerabilities.
•    Ensure compatibility with 3rd party and Moodle community plug-ins
•    Maximise support, as all core modules with be up-to-date and supported by Moodle.org
•    Correct known issues

Improvements have also been made in a number of areas, and some of the most significant have been outlined below.  All existing courses will automatically be upgraded and most will behave as they do now.  

Major changes introduced with the Upgrade to Moodle 3:

•    Dashboard and new User Menu
•    Restrict access includes groups and groupings
•    Event Monitor
•    Rich text editor (Atto) automatic draft saving and table improvements
•    Topics-based courses easier to navigate and edit
•    Gradebook improvements

Dashboard and new User Menu

The first page that all users see when they log in to Moodle has been re-named from My home to Dashboard.

Dashboard in Moodle 3

 

At the top right is a new drop-down user menu to give quick access to key areas of Moodle.

User menu

 

This menu allows quick access to a user’s Profile page.

Profile

 

The Grades link displays courses in which the user is enrolled, grouped according to their role (teaching or non-teaching).  The Grade column will display the course grade if it has been released in Moodle.

Grades

 

The menu contains a direct link to a user's Messages page.

Messages

 

The menu allows users to easily view and edit all of their personal Preferences.

Preferences


Restrict access includes groups and groupings

It will be possible to limit access to individual resources or activities by groups or groupings, in addition to the existing restriction options.

Restrict access

 

In Moodle 2.7 the only option to limit access to a single activity or resource is via a grouping (via Common module settings), but in Moodle 3 any number of groups or groupings can be specified via Restrict access.

Restrict access


Event Monitor

This is a new feature which allows users define specific events in a course (e.g. updating a folder, adding a entry to a glossary) that will generate notification emails when they occur.

Event monitoring rules are created within a course (via Administration > Reports > Event monitoring rules). The rules define what events to monitor, how many occurrences are needed to trigger detection and the text of the notification emails.

Event monitoring

Participants with teaching roles can subscribe to specific rules and manage their subscriptions from their Preferences menu.

Event monitoring

When the specified events occur, Moodle will notify the subscribers via email.

Event monitoring email

Moodle.org has a video summarising the Event Monitor feature which was introduced in version 2.8:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkuK2w1lJnk


Rich text editor (Atto) automatic draft saving and table improvements

Atto is the default rich text editor in Moodle.  Text entered into the editor will automatically be saved every 60 seconds.

Atto

 

If a user leaves a page without submitting, the text in the editor will be restored next time the page is opened.

Restore

 

Tables created in Atto can now include border styling, sizing and background colours.

Table editor


Topics-based courses easier to navigate and edit

The Navigation block will now link directly to each section’s location.

Topic links

A new drop down menu allows each topic to be edited individually.


Gradebook improvements

There is a more modern Grader interface that scrolls well on all devices.

Grader report

There is a new ‘single view’ of any graded activity or student.

Moodle.org has a video summarising these Gradebook changes which were introduced in version 2.8:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMXvtFPmd0o

If you have any questions regarding the Moodle Upgrade to version 3 please do not hesitate to contact the Moodle Helpdesk on moodlehelp@uis.cam.ac.uk.