- Upgrade to Moodle core 3.1.3
- Moodlerooms updates
- What's new in review
We're continually evolving to improve your teaching and learning experience.
In the December 2016 release we not only upgraded to Moodle Core 3.1.3 but we focused on improvements to Snap and the Advanced forum activity module.
Recommended minimum browser: recent Google Chrome, recent Mozilla Firefox, Safari 6, Internet Explorer 9 (IE 10 required for drag and drop of files from outside the browser into Moodle).
Moodle new features
The following are the Moodle features that are new or updated in this release. For a detailed description of each of these new features, including links to video tutorials, please see the official Moodle 3.1 New Features guide (may be available in English only).
Moodle 3.1 introduces a new competency-based framework, similar to the Moodlerooms Outcome 2 functionality.
Moodle's competency framework allows standards and competencies to be created and imported. Moodlerooms supports importing CSV, ASN (RDF), Academic Benchmarks, RDF and XML based files.
Imported standards or competencies can then be assigned to courses and activities. Competencies can be marked as completed by an instructor for a student or through a new setting in activities that marks a competency as being met once the student meets the completion requirements. Students and teachers can also track student progress against standards at the course level.
If you are looking into using competencies or standards, Moodlerooms recommends using this framework over the Moodlerooms outcomes system going forward. Moodlerooms does not plan to create a migration process from the Moodlerooms outcomes to the competency based framework. The two systems are structured in a very different way.
More on the competency-based framework on the Moodle website (may be available in English only)
Learning plan templates
Learning Plan templates allow institutions to assign a set of competencies or standards to a student as something the student must achieve. The student can then track their progress on their learning plan.
More on the Learning plan templates on the Moodle website (may be available in English only)
Assignment interface enhancements
The assignment grading interface has been updated to convert documents to a PDF. The PDF appears on the left of the screen for annotation and commenting.
On the right teachers can access the comments, grades and advanced grading methods configured for the course. Teachers are also easily able to navigate between student's submissions that need to be graded.
More on the assignment interface enhancements on the Moodle website (may be available in English only)
The recycle bin is a powerful new feature for teachers. The recycle bin works like the recycle bin on your desktop computer. It stores any activities or resources a teacher has deleted from the course for a number of days before the activity or resource is permanently deleted. Teachers can restore activities or resources that they accidentally deleted.
The recycle bin does not show up in Moodle unless a teacher has deleted and activity or resource.
More on the recycle bin on the Moodle website (may be available in English only)
Publish courses and activities as LTI
You can now share your learning content with external entities by using the Publish as LTI tool feature in Moodle 3.1.
Share individual activities and resources or the entire course. Other systems using Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI) can connect to a Moodlerooms site that has published course content as LTI. Users in the external system are launched into your Moodlerooms site and interact with the Moodlerooms content as if they are enrolled in the course.
Any user that accesses the content in your Moodlerooms site in this way is counted as an active user for Moodlerooms billing purposes.
More on publishing as LTI on the Moodle website (may be available in English only)
Moodle mobile improvements
- The Moodle mobile application now supports quizzes and wikis.
- Users can now perform offline creation and completion of message, course note, choice, survey, forum post, wiki page and assignment.
- Students can also view learning plans and their progress.
- Guest accounts can now access content in the mobile app they have been given permission to access.
More on the mobile improvements on the Moodle website (may be available in English only)
Important Moodle clarifications
The "Global search" and "Assignment file conversion" features require additional implementation work. The availability of these features will be communicated at a later date.
Improved look and feel for course sections and activities: With this release, course sections in the Snap theme received a facelift! Based on your feedback slats are used instead of cards. This reduces the white space between cards. We also reduced the size of the icons. We recommend reviewing your courses. Consider incorporating images and videos into the course pages through the page resource and object embed filter. This breaks up any predominant white color on the screen. Readability of the text content should be significantly improved with this change.
New icons and Course tools area: You should notice with this release that there is a new set of icons for Snap. These icons have been designed by our user experience group to match the default Snap color scheme for activities and resources. You will also notice that they are more subdued as well on the screen. These icons are fully GPL and clients can feel free to download them. The course tools area has also been improved to make more sense with the overall Snap design using cards and new icons.
Indicate draft and current section: Snap now makes it clearer when a resource is in draft state. This means that instructors know what's visible for learners at a given moment. Instructors can also mark a course section as "current". This tells students what part of the course has the present focus.
Pinned posts: Teachers can now pin discussions to the top of an advanced forum with this release. Moodlerooms worked to incorporate the core pinning feature into advanced forums.
Permanent linking to posts: Posts in advanced forums can now have permanent links to them that users can copy and use in external systems like email to send a user directly to the post they are talking about.