What will our Moodle upgrade get us?
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What will our Moodle upgrade get us?
This topic tracks the important features gained through updates to the online learning environment at Queen Mary University of London known locally as QMplus. In July 2014 we upgraded from Moodle 2.2 to 2.6.  In summer 2015 we'll be making a slightly smaller leap from 2.6 to 2.8.  
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What's New in Moodle 2.7? Find Out Here! - Synergy Learning

What's New in Moodle 2.7? Find Out Here! - Synergy Learning | What will our Moodle upgrade get us? | Scoop.it
Moodle 2.7 has been released and it is a good one. Find out why this release has been deemed the best yet!
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Embedded files repository

Embedded files repository | What will our Moodle upgrade get us? | Scoop.it

In Moodle 2.6 the embedded files repository allows users to access files such as images which they have previously embedded into the TinyMCE text editor.

E-Learning Unit's insight:

Came across this by accident.  This was a slghtly bizzare feature of Moodle...the ability to embed files via the HTML editor but then seeming to have no way to access them afterwards.

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MoodleBrighton December 2013 - Exploring Moodle 2.6

MoodleBrighton December 2013 - Exploring Moodle 2.6 | What will our Moodle upgrade get us? | Scoop.it

Write up of a meeting of Brighton based Moodlers where they discussed their thoughts on the new features of Moodle 2.6.

E-Learning Unit's insight:

Interesting honest discussion of Moodle features, including a critique of the user interface "improvements".  As we've heavily customised the look and feel (or arguably perhaps only the look) of our Moodle, it'll be interesting to see how this works out for us.

 

Their comment about assignments mainly being uploaded as Word files is something I think we'd recognise.  

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Moodle 2.6 Highlight: Course editing improvements - YouTube

Short demo of the changes in course editing in Moodle 2.6 - By Mary Cooch - MoodleFairy

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A demonstration of the neater course editing features in Moodle 2.6.  Inline title editing will be a timesaver for lots of users.

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New Moodle 2.5 features | Synergy Learning

New Moodle 2.5 features | Synergy Learning | What will our Moodle upgrade get us? | Scoop.it
New drag and drop features in Moodle 2.5.
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Further improvements to the drag and drop functionality including being able to drop images onto a course page.  Should be a welcome feature.

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2.5 New features - MoodleDocs

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The official 2.5 what's new list from MoodleDocs

E-Learning Unit's insight:

 Arguably "Badges" were the big news of this release.  Compatible with Mozilla Open Badges, I'm not yet sure whether this is going to be a heavily used feature in our context.

 

The movement of the Reports item from what was essentially a navigation menu into the Settings block (which is in turn renamed Administration) seems completely sensible and in our case will solve a rather major problem that we have since we have customised the navigation.

 

Under the "assignment enhancements" it says "Along with neater options for choosing submission and feedback types, resubmitting options are much improved" - assignments have been one over our major headaches since moving to Moodle.  Hoping that the accumulation of improvements to assignments through versions 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 and 2.6 will mean a much better experience for staff and students.

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Moodle assignment: “All my own work”

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Moodle 2.4 allows an academic to require a student to agree to a submission statement before they submit their work.  This can be done on a per assignment basis or site wide.

E-Learning Unit's insight:

If the assignment is also going to be submitted to Turnitin, I guess this could also include a statement indicating this to the student.

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The New Activity Chooser

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Instead of the "Add a resource" and "Add an activity" drop downs, there is a new (as of 2.3) Activity Chooser which provides the user with a nice description of all the resources and activities available to them.  

E-Learning Unit's insight:

Never again have to remember whether something is under Resources or Activities.

 

It is also possible to restrict the items that appear in this dialog through tweaking capabilities on Roles.

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Moodle 2.3 files – an inconvenient truth no more?

Moodle 2.3 files – an inconvenient truth no more? | What will our Moodle upgrade get us? | Scoop.it

March Drechsler of NetSpot explains the new file shortcut/linking feature introduced in Moodle 2.3.  This allows for sharing a single file across different areas in Moodle.

E-Learning Unit's insight:

This is a handy feature, it has nice features like showing that a file is linked, giving a warning if you attempt to delete a file that has links to it and providing an option to put a copy of the file instead of the link.  It would appear that those accessing the linked file do not need to have access to the area that the source file is in...this is useful in a variety of ways but may be especially useful for people who wish to link to common documentation, e.g. assignment coversheets, and are looking for intranet like functionality.

 

As Mark points out, this is not a replacement for a proper content management system or repository but will certainly reduce the pain for some users.

 

For those who are interested in the debate around the changes that were made to file management in Moodle 2, it's also worth reading Mark's musings about this on the same website.  Be prepared for your head to ache though!

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Some Features in the upcoming Moodle 2.3

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As QA Testing has started on the Moodle 2.3 release I thought it is time to look forward to some the headline features and changes! It is expected that Moodle 2
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Gavin's highlights include things like, the book module becoming part of core,  the ability to show a file's size and type (although we have nice icons for file types), but the thing he's most excited about in 2.3 is the improved file picker.

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Self enrolment for cohort members

Self enrolment for cohort members | What will our Moodle upgrade get us? | Scoop.it

Moodle 2.4 has an option to ensure that a course can be set up to only allow members of a cohort to self enrol.  

E-Learning Unit's insight:

Could this be a way to set things up to allow self enrolment for students (or staff) only...could we maintain cohorts like this?  We do need to think about how we can make better use of cohorts.

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Moodle 2.7 some of the improvements since moodle 2.6

This is a presentation on the key improvements available in Moodle 2.7 since Moodle 2.6
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The Moodle Direct Turnitin Plugin

E-Learning Unit's insight:

By upgrading our Moodle version we'll be able to make use of version 2 of the Moodle Direct plugin.  As we've had numerous problems with Turnitin/Moodle integration since day 1 we need to sort out as many of the problems as possible. (actually, since we're upgrading to 2.6, it appears that Turnitin Direct V2 won't work after all)

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Moodle 2.6 Highlight: Annotate PDFs - YouTube

Short demo of the Moodle 2.6 Annotate PDF assignment submission feature

E-Learning Unit's insight:

Wonder how many of our staff would like to try this out?  I'm assuming students have to submit PDFs for this to work (i.e. there's no behind the scenes conversion of documents going on).  Much more streamlined than using Turnitin's Grademark but doesn't look like offline grading will be possible.

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Moodle 2.6 Highlight: Marking workflow and Allocated markers - YouTube

Short demo of the Moodle 2.6 Marking workflow and allocated markers feature - from Mary Cooch, MoodleFairy.

E-Learning Unit's insight:

This looks like a potentially very interesting feature for us and will probably mean that we can abandon our Submission Manager plugin which has never really done what we need.  The devil, however, is always in the detail.

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2.6 New features - MoodleDocs

2.6 New features - MoodleDocs | What will our Moodle upgrade get us? | Scoop.it

The official list of new features in Moodle 2.6 from MoodleDocs

E-Learning Unit's insight:

The addition of PDF annotation could be interesting to some staff.  Turnitin's GradeMark tool has been the only real option for online marking up until now.

 

The improved course editing interface should be a time and click saver.

 

More improvements to assignments, this time related to grading workflow and marker allocation…sounds good!

 

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Sticky blocks

Sticky blocks | What will our Moodle upgrade get us? | Scoop.it

From Moodle 2.3, it is possible to make blocks "sticky" in a wider variety of locations (apparently) including: whole site, category level, course level and resource/activity level

E-Learning Unit's insight:

This was supposed to be possible in Moodle 2.2 but never worked properly.  It provides us with a way around the lack of any templating system in Moodle...especially useful for those working at a departmental or school level to push out changes to all the courses in their department.

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Moodle Mobile

Moodle Mobile | What will our Moodle upgrade get us? | Scoop.it
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The new offical Moodle app requires Moodle version 2.4

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E-Learning Unit's comment, May 10, 2013 7:04 AM
Apparently this won't work for folks who use single sign on (we use Shibboleth)
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Moodle 2.3 – Section per page

Moodle 2.3 – Section per page | What will our Moodle upgrade get us? | Scoop.it

Gavin Henrick explains the new "Course layout" setting available in Moodle 2.3.  When set to "Show on section per page" the course home page acts as an index or table of contents for the whole course.  Clicking on a section displays that section on a new page and navigation buttons allow the user to move to the previous section or the next section, blog-post style.

E-Learning Unit's insight:

Looks interesting.  How will it fit with our lovely theme?  Will this address some of the problems we've been having with page load times on some pages?

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UNE Moodle: Teaching Online: New features in Moodle 2.3

UNE Moodle: Teaching Online: New features in Moodle 2.3 | What will our Moodle upgrade get us? | Scoop.it

A summary of the new features in Moodle 2.3 from the University of New England. 

E-Learning Unit's insight:

Always interesting to see what different places highlight out of the list of new features.  In this case some of the changes to the assignment module around workflow look potentially interesting, being able to lock assignment submissions, set cut off dates and grant extensions looking like interesting feature settings.  Also of interest are things like the offline grading spreadsheet functionality.

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Glyndwr E-learning's curator insight, March 26, 2013 7:22 AM

Nice summary of the new features in Moodle 2.3 - interesting to look at, ahead of our university's move to 2.4 in April.

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Moodle 2.3 – five new features I’m excited about

Moodle 2.3 – five new features I’m excited about | What will our Moodle upgrade get us? | Scoop.it

Mark Drechsler from NetSpot describes, in video form, his 5 top Moodle 2.3 features which are: navigation warnings, drag and drop (blocks and file uploads), marking guides, conditional topics and "Goodbye Scroll of Death" or the one topic per page course layout setting.

E-Learning Unit's insight:

I hadn't looked closely at the marking guides...a bit like a rubric but it also allows the ability to have a customisable set of feedback comments to add, a bit like Grademark but less sophisticated (they are only added to the whole assignment, not to particular points in the assignment as in Grademark).  These are set up at the assignment level but templates can be created to share them more widely. Wonder if any staff will find this useful?

 

Conditional topics are definitely something that some of our users will find immediately find useful and the 2.4 feature of the conditions being able to be linked to user profile fields might make for even more interesting possibilities.

 

Just as an aside, I like the "scrolly" course terminology.

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