It gives me great pleasure to officially announce Moodle 2.9, our latest major release that packages up all the new things from the past six months of work.
This release has a lot of new things in it (over 360 issues), ranging from some great interface improvements in many areas such as navigation, messaging, lesson and quiz, to things in the backend that designers and developers will be happy about, such as full support for jQuery and the mustache templating library (which I hope explains the Moodle kids photo for this release! )
For the best overview of everything new start with our New Features page or watch our series of explanatory videos below:
For more technical details see the full Moodle 2.9 Release Notes and our Upgrading page. And of course to download it just go to our download page or use Git.
As always, thanks so much to the entire community of developers, teachers and others who contributed towards this release, and especially our dedicated team at Moodle HQ and the Moodle Partners who support us.
We are now already busy on Moodle 3.0, due in November!
Youtube and Moodle play beautifully together, meaning teachers can incorporate into their courses the best of Youtube’s educational videos to enhance and develop their students’ understanding. Making sure you use reputable channels and check out the video content first, here are four ways to use Youtube and Moodle in teaching about major historical events:
Learning analytics and elearning reporting offer insights into the progress of learners and ensure that objectives are being met. Viewing trends of participation, submissions and other data can assist educators improve the elearning experience, vastly helping retention rates and student successes. Here we explore 7 ways to view trends, analytics and data in your Moodle site.
Learn how to use graded activities in Moodle such as assignments and quizzes and how to set up the gradebook.
Teaching with Moodle: An Introduction is a free MOOC designed to provide a good foundation and context to Moodle. Discover more about the course and register today - learn.moodle.net.
The MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is a four-week self-paced and collaborative course up to 3 hours a week, ideal for teachers to master the basics of Moodle, enrich their knowledge and enhance their students' learning.
Just by looking the number of features and improvements that are introduced in the latest addition, one can quickly get a grasp on how much Moodle focuses on making the open source LMS so much loved by the users.
Features for all Moodle 2.8 users These features are accessible by all users of Moodle 2.8, including administrators, educators, and students:
A new User Menu Now you can access the pages you want or need quickly and efficiently. The settings are customizable, allowing you to set things up to suit your personal needs appropriately.
Email to save privately This feature allows the user to email documents and other important correspondence with attachment directly to themselves, which in turn automatically saves the correspondence and attachment in a private file for future use.
Auto-save feature for text Anything you are working on, be it a fairly minor assignment or important article or thesis Moodle’s auto-save feature allows you to securely store any content you have written, keeping it safe until you are ready to edit or publish it.
‘Like’ rating ability Simply put, this allows you to share what you choose with social media sites you use by taking all of the benefits of social media and bringing them together with Moodle in harmonious integration.
Improved Gradebook Features The following features have been designed for the use of educators for the most part, but are also beneficial to some of the duties of the administrator:
All-new Grade History Report feature
The following features have been designed for the use of educators for the most part, but are also beneficial to some of the duties of the administrator:
All-new Grade History Report feature This will make keeping track of each individual user’s grade history as well as the tracking of specified markers as easy as a click or two of the mouse.
Single-view feature This allows you to make changes to user information or other specifics on a fast and efficient basis; there is no need clicking back and forth to get the job done.
Natural Weight Dispersment This convenient feature handles everything from day-to-day assignment grades to hidden and excluded grades to grades given for extra-credit assignments, bringing them all together into on convenient balancing method.
Grader Report with improved features The Gradebook and Grader Report features are now easily accessible on all devices, navigable through the simple use of scrolling technology. You can conduct any editing you need to right on the device as well, and it can now be done without repetitive loading and re-loading.
Enhancements to the Moodle Forum
Moodle’s Forum is a popular resource rich with information and support. Now you are able to reply or comment on Moodle forum posts via email interface, and you can include attachments, a feature which was not available on the forum before. Thread navigation has also been greatly simplified, making it so much easier to find specific statements within threads which are needed or desired. Now users are also able to subscribe to forums which are topic specific, enabling them to narrow their applicable focus appropriately.
Brand new Assignment, Choice, and Quiz Options
Now users are able to select more than one Choice option at a time, allowing students to be challenged appropriately. Moodle has improved the edit and completion settings in Quiz mode enabling easier, faster use for the administrator and teacher, and they have also provided educators with the ability to attach assignment specific files to different user accounts as needed. All of this can be taken care of in the ‘Assignment’ portion of the settings, and has proven to be a wonderful additional feature, as it enables the educator to not only expand on the individual teaching they are focusing on from person to person, but they are also able to conveniently add additional resources and other documents to the student’s file as needed on a hassle-free basis.
Moodle 2.8 Reporting & Analytics features
Now you can keep track of upcoming events and appointments with detailed logging features. These also make the grade tracking process incredible simple in many ways by organizing and averaging as specified and needed. You can also take advantage of upcoming events by subscribing to new ones with this feature as well. No more missing out on those you really want to participate in.
‘Cohorts’ tracking feature
Now administrators and educators alike are able to track all involved cohorts and any applicable data as needed. The need to search, sort, and scroll is minimized greatly as all Moodle 2.8 participants are as close as your mouse or touchscreen. You have the ability to create or upload new cohorts, and you now have a screen dedicated to the display of and easy access to your cohorts.
Theme settings and clear individual user profiles
Now you have access to the information which applies to you or the students you teach right on their personal Moodle profile. There are individual settings and themes which allow for personalization, adding a bit of fun to the whole process. Communicating with one another and seeing to it that materials are provided and studies completed, as well as all grading and tracking, are made easier than ever with the new Moodle 2.8.
If you have been considering integrating Moodle 2.8 into your learning and teaching dynamic you are thinking about a wonderful product that will make the entire education process and all of its aspects and participants easier to deal with. Moodle will organize, assign, attach, assist, and aide administration in a way the world has never known. Take advantage of all the wonderful new features available with Moodle 2.8 and begin making learning and teaching fun and easy for all!
Packt Publishing is running a free book download giveaway from February 16th through March 2nd and this Sunday it will be giving away Moodle 2.0 Elearning Course Development for free to Moodlers worldwide. Get your own copy!
Learn about Moodle for free
Packt Publishing is encouraging customers to develop new skills and try new technologies with 18 days of Free Learning. For 18 days throughout February and March the publisher is inviting customers to claim a free eBook everyday to learn a new skill.
Today [2/22] is Moodle’s turn!
So follow the link to download Moodle 2.0 E-Learning Course Development but hurry, the offer is only available for 24 hours!
If you are an existing Packt customer, all you have to do is simply click on the free eBook link and it will instantly be added to your account. New customers are also encouraged to sign up and take advantage – this is a great opportunity to get to know Moodle a little better.
The Moodle Wall for Moodle 2.x just got better. Much better. And the best part is that, in the spirit of Christmas and Open Source, I am giving away the prized source code to all Moodle developers and students.
For now let me take you on a tour of the FIVE improvements of the Wall.
Mobile cloud learning, a combination of mobile learning and cloud computing, is a relatively new concept that holds considerable promise for future development and delivery in the education sectors. Cloud computing helps mobile learning overcome obstacles related to mobile computing. The main focus of this paper is to explore how cloud computing changes traditional mobile learning. A case study of the usage of Moodle in the cloud via mobile learning in Khalifa University was conducted.
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