Moodle Upgrade

We recently moved all our ecourses to a new Moodle server hosted by MOREnet, in the hopes of gaining stability. As a bonus, we also now have access to all the new features of Moodle 2.3.

Drag and Drop

  • You can drag files straight into the course page and they will be added as resources.
  • You can also drag and drop files into file upload areas, instead of clicking the Choose File button.
  • Students can make use of the drag and drop feature when uploading assignment files, adding pictures to forum posts/profile, etc.
  • Blocks can be dragged and dropped around the page (again).

Rubrics

  • Rubrics are available as a grading method for assignments.You can create a rubric from scratch or choose from a template.
  • Students can view the rubric when completing the assignment.
  • Teachers use the interactive rubric to score the assignment which is then automatically entered in the Moodle gradebook.

Course Sections

  • You can now add/remove sections directly from the course page. Scroll to the bottom of the course with editing turned on and look for + and – button below the last section/course.

  • Courses can now show sections/topics on individual pages.
  • With paged sections, navigation is possible between sections (previous, next, main).
  • You can restrict access to whole course sections/topics.

File Picker

  • Images now display as true thumbnails in the file picker.
  • Other files have pretty icons for most file types.
  • Three viewing options:  icons view, table view with sizes and dates, or a hierarchical list view.

Easily Create and Rename Activities and Resources

  • The new popup Activity chooser has been added with full introduction, examples and links about each activity or resource module.
  • You can edit the name of any activity or resource directly on the course page without entering the settings using the pencil editing button.
  • Activity and resource descriptions can be displayed on the course page just below the link to the activity or resource by clicking the “Display description on course page” checkbox in the activity or resource settings.

File Alias/Shortcuts

You can now use one file in multiple courses in such a way so that when the document is updated, all the courses see the updated file.

Our Previous 1.9 to 2.1 Upgrade

When we upgraded our Moodle server from 1.9 to 2.1 at the start of the school year, we gained several useful new features as well including:

  • New Navigation Block
  • Docking a Block
  • New Setting Block
  • Activity Completion Tracking
  • Conditional Activities
  • New Editor
  • File Picker
  • Updated Quiz Activity

For more information on these upgrades, view my Moodle 2: New Features Document.

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