New eReserve Tool
On Thursday, June 3rd, 2021, Moodle received an upgrade from version 3.8 to 3.10. This upgrade contained just a couple new features and improvements. Please contact askIT@amherst.edu if you'd like help trying anything out!
Activity Chooser improvements
The activity chooser appears when the editing is turned on in a course and you click the link 'Add an activity or resource'. It has been redesigned and enhanced for 3.10, and is now more user-friendly and customizable. The “recommended” tab will show you the resource and activity types most frequently used at Amherst.
There are a few minor improvements to the Quiz activity, including:
- Better visibility of quiz timer for students
- Option to mark a quiz “Complete” before it is graded
- Size limit option for Essay Question file uploads
Font & Highlight Colors - Improved Accessibility
The color options available to faculty and students when adding text have been adjusted so that any text added to a Moodle site will be more accessible in terms of color contrast and visibility. This is an important improvement for people with color vision deficiency or other visual disabilities.
Image and HTML files added to a folder resource will now display directly in the browser, instead of being downloaded. To enable this feature, you will need to un-check the box for "Force download of files" in the Folder settings.
Participants list filtering
The Moodle participants page (Course Management > Participants) has an improved filtering feature to view students by role and other criteria. Note that this does not apply to Amherst’s custom participants page (Sidebar menu > Participants).
Download course content
Faculty will have the option to download all course content that was added as File, Folder, Page or Label resources. You will also have the option to enable this feature for students in your course.
Farewell to the Mass Actions Block
The Mass Actions block was occasionally used by a handful of faculty for moving or deleting resources en masse. Unfortunately, it has reached the end of its useful life: it has not been updated since 2018 and no longer works in this version of Moodle. We are looking into alternatives for this functionality.