Moodle 4.1 Upgrade

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We are excited to announce that our Virtual Learning Environment ‘Moodle’ is getting an upgrade. We are currently running Moodle 3.9 and we will be upgrading to Moodle 4.1. This upgrade will bring a fresh new design, additional features and improved performance. These changes will improve both teaching and learning experiences. As an institution, we’re planning to upgrade during the summer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we’d like to share some of the new features that will be available in Moodle after the upgrade.

Signing in

Signing into the new Moodle interface is the same procedure as before. Moodle is accessed from or from your My Napier account. This will take you to your Moodle dashboard, where you will find links to the modules you are enrolled upon.

What’s new in 4.1?

This new version of Moodle brings with it some changes to its look and feel, such as the colours and position of the menus and buttons you will use. We have outlined below some of the key changes.

Note that any screenshots may be subject to change before the final version of Moodle 4.1 is released.

Edit Mode

The ‘Edit Mode’ has changed to a toggle switch and is now located on the top right of every module site.


The ‘block drawer’ on the right-hand side panel can now be hidden when not required. This gives you the option of having more of your screen available when viewing course materials.

Course index

The ‘Course index drawer’ on the left-hand side panel you see the named sections in your course an alternate way to navigate around a module (with the added benefit of being able to quickly collapse/expand topic areas).

Activity Icons

The icons for activities and resources have changed substantially in Moodle 4.1.

New color-coded activity icons: help learners identify the function of each activity
Blue for content (page, book);
Pink for assessment (quiz, workshop);
Green for collaboration (choice, survey); and
Orange for communication (forum, wiki).

What’s next?

Moodle 4.1 will be upgraded in December 2023, Moodle Train has already been upgraded so you can create your own test course.