Moodle was upgraded to version 3.5 June 18th. There are no big changes to functionality, and there are some useful new features we hope you will enjoy. Here's what to expect!
You’ll notice we have new menus at the top of the page providing links to Moodle Help, Accessibility Resources, and Moodle-related news & updates. Placing these menus allowed us to remove the “Moodle Help” block and thus free up screen real estate for all users!
Hide Unwanted Sites
When a course has multiple sections, multiple Moodle sites get created. We now have a method with which to hide unused/unwanted section and/or umbrella sites from your view. Please put in an AskIT Ticket with the sites you’d like hidden and we’ll take care of it. We hope this will help de-clutter your Moodle home page!
Course Overview Block
The Moodle "Dashboard" page has a new course overview block. This block sorts courses by timeframe (current, past, future) and shows students upcoming deadlines like assignment due dates.
The Amherst Moodle now has an integration of NameCoach, a service that aims to solve the common problem of name mispronunciation. Here's how faculty can add NameCoach to their Moodle sites.
Moodle has a new and improved audio/video recorder. Wherever you can type, you can record video, so you can have students record videos in forum posts, assignments set to accept online text, quiz essay questions, etc. Here’s more info on how it works and supported browsers. This can replace our A/V Recorder assignment type which is based in Flash (Flash being obsolete).
Drag and Drop Media Embedding
If you'd like to add an audio or video clip to your Moodle site, you can now simply upload it with the drag-and-drop method and Moodle will give an option to display it in an embedded media player (versus as a downloadable file).
Labels for Hidden Items
It was not always easy to tell which items on a Moodle site were hidden due to the subtle difference in font color. Hidden items now get a very obvious label right below the link. The label is visible only to instructors.
Quick Navigation Links within Activities
When viewing an activity like a forum or assignment, you now will see previous, next, and "jump-to" links to go to other activities in the Moodle site, without having to go back to the main Moodle page.
Accepted File Types for Assignments
Tired of students submitting assignments to you in Open Office or other wacky file types? You can now limit what type of files you will accept for an assignment (e.g. PDF or Word only).
Grading Reminders for Assignments
Moodle can now show you a reminder to grade an assignment. You set the date in the assignment's setting, and a reminder will display on the Course overview block and in the Calendar. It will display when at least one student has submitted.
Thanks to Moodle.org for some of this content!