Moodle Upgraded

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Moodle has been upgraded to version 3.4 and here you will find details of the most noticeable changes. These include a new plugin for plagiarism checking within Moodle Assignments, a new plugin for creating interactive content, and a range of other enhancements designed to improve course design and management.

Managing Assignments

  • Moodle assignments now include a Turnitin plagiarism plugin so that an originality report can be generated for any paper submitted by a student individually, or on behalf of a group.
  • Feedback comments which are overlayed on Moodle assignment submissions now appear to students in a collapsed status for improved readability.
  • When specifying the required file types in Moodle assignments there is now a helpful file type selector to make the selection easier.

Building courses

  • The new H5P plug-in allows you to create interactive learning such as slide shows and videos with embedded questions.
  • Stealth activities is a new feature that improves on a ‘quirk’ that allowed resources located in ‘orphaned sections’ to be linked without being shown to students on the course page.
  • The standard icons throughout Moodle are now been replaced by Font Awesome icons. Emoji support is now available anywhere that text can be entered.
  • Activity completion management is improved with a bulk edit and update settings page.
  • When adding files to a course page they can now be drag and dropped directly.

Managing students

  • The Participants block now has a Group column which shows each student’s group (or if they are not in a group). You can add to make changes to a student’s group membership on this page, and there is a useful filter to show only students belonging to a groups or their by the inactivity.
  • There was previously an Activity reports column linking to a student’s usage log, but these are now available by clicking a student’s name and following a link to their profile.
  • Override activity completion status means teachers can manually mark as complete (or incomplete) activities on behalf of learners.

Mobile app

The Moodle tile in iNapier app has been replaced with prompt to download the official Moodle app which supports a wider range of functions. When viewing Moodle in a web browser there is a prompt in the page footer and in user profiles to encourage downloading and use the Moodle Mobile app on mobile devices.

Other changes