On Thursday, June 7th, 2022, Moodle received an upgrade from version 3.10 to 3.11. Below is a list of improvements and changes. Please contact askIT@amherst.edu for help, or with any questions!
Recent improvements to Moodle have enabled us to use the default Moodle Participants list exclusively, providing us with better long-term sustainability and security for the site. The Participants list previously accessed from the sidebar was an Amherst-developed customization, which we had because Moodle previously did not have a way to display pronouns or preferred names (which it now can- see below).
When you access the Participants list for your Fall course, look for a pop-up tour which will walk you the features (including how to send an email to students). Also please see our full write-up and feature tour here.
This additional screen, linked to from the sidebar, provides large photos of students, as well as an option to toggle names on and off to help learn student names.
Preferred Name and Pronoun Display
- When a user has a preferred name set in Workday, Moodle will now display that preferred name (in place of their legal name) wherever their name is shown.
- If a user has pronouns set in Workday, those pronouns will now appear in the Moodle participants list.
- Instructions here for updating your preferred name, pronoun and user photo in Workday and Moodle.
Option to Show Activity Dates for Assignments and Quizzes
Instructors can change their course settings to display open/close/due dates of an assignment or quiz on the main course Moodle page.
To enable this feature, in the course settings set the "Show activity dates" menu to Yes in the Appearance section.
Note that the Tiles format currently has a bug where this information is displayed even when this setting is Off.
Quiz User Overrides: Better Visibility for Instructors
User Overrides allow instructors to grant certain students different conditions for an assignment or quiz- for example to give a student an extended time limit, etc.
In the new version of Moodle, if a quiz has user overrides set, instructors will see this indicated on the quiz page. Previously this information was only visible on the user overrides screen.
Completion Tracking Information Visibility
Moodle has had a Completion Tracking feature for many years, and this upgrade provides added visibility for completion tracking criteria.
In the course settings, both "Enable completion tracking" and “Show activity completion conditions” must be enabled.
Then, when an activity or resource has completion requirements set, students will see those requirements, and their status, below the activity on the main Moodle course page. If students can manually mark an item as completed, they will see a “Mark as Done” button (previously this was a little check box).
Visibility of eReserves in Spring 2021 courses and before
In Fall 2021, Amherst transitioned to a new eReserve system called eReserve Plus. Starting this semester, only eReserve links created with eReserves Plus will be visible in Moodle. This means that eReserve links in Moodle sites from Spring 2021 and before (which used the old system) will no longer be visible. For this semester, we will be able restore access to view old eReserve links in a course if needed- please askIT@amherst.edu.