Information Services has upgraded Moodle to a newer version (3.11 for those who are keeping track). While you’ll find that most things look the same, there are a few changes that we think are worth noting.
- We have added a couple of new course formats to choose from, to change the visual appearance of your site. The Tiles format is similar in appearance to the Grid format, displaying each topic section as a square tile on the main page of your site. The Onetopic format displays one topic section at a time, with a navigation bar of tabs at the top of the page to move from section to section.
- Activity dates can be made more visible to students. Moodle activities with associated dates (e.g. quiz opening and closing times, assignment due dates) can show those dates more prominently to students. This is a setting that can be enabled by changing the “Show Activity Dates” field under “Appearance” in the course settings.
- If you have been using Activity Completion for students to track their progress through your course, you’ll find changes to the appearance of that feature. Instead of checkboxes on the right side of the screen, each activity will have a “Mark as done”/”Done” button under the activity name. Conditions required to complete the activity are also shown more prominently to students, so they know what they need to do to mark the activity as complete.
- If you use the quiz activity, you’ll find two new features that will make question creation easier. If you find that you are constantly changing question settings from defaults to your personal preferences, you’ll now find that question settings will now be set to whatever settings you used previously for that type of question, rather than the system defaults. The essay question type has also gotten a new option- minimum and maximum word counts can be added to any essay question.
- The Section Links block can now display titles of each of the sections of your course page in a “Table of Contents” style. Click “Add a block” from the left-hand navigation bar and choose “Section Links” to add the block to your course page.
If you have any questions about Moodle or the changes that you’ll find in the newest version, please reach out to email@example.com.