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Moving from Moodle 2.2 to 2.4 in the Summer - so what's new in 2.3 and 2.4?
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Assignments in Moodle 2.4

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How to create a Moodle assignment, how the student submits their assignment, how to grade their submission , and how they access their mark and feedback.
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Grade export in 2.4

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Moodle 2.4 allows user profile fields, including custom ones, to be exported from the Gradebook.  This would allow, for instance, the student code/id to be part of the export.


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E-Learning Unit's curator insight, March 27, 2013 4:22 PM

We still need to get the student code/ID surfaced in the Gradebook itself!

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Category:New features in 2.3- MoodleDocs

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Index of user documentation for new features in Moodle 2.3


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E-Learning Unit's comment, May 10, 2013 7:20 AM
Since we're skipping from 2.2 to 2.4....need to look at those 2.3 features too
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Group Assignment Moodle 2.4

A quick demo of how to make a simple group assignment in Moodle 2.4

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E-Learning Unit's curator insight, March 25, 2013 4:07 PM

Yes!  Moodle finally gets proper group assignments.

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Two short videos on the new Moodle Assignment Activity for Moodle 2.3

I saw that the new Assignment Activity code was in the development stream today, so I installed it on my test site to play. I like it! It is super cool. So here I have added two short vidcasts of t...

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E-Learning Unit's curator insight, March 25, 2013 3:46 PM

Since we're skipping from 2.2 to go to 2.4, it's actually quite useful to see the incremental changes that were introduced in 2.3.  This is where the assignment activity was merged into one...

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Moodle 2.4 release notes - MoodleDocs


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E-Learning Unit's curator insight, March 25, 2013 3:23 PM

The official lowdown on what's new in Moodle 2.4.

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Blind Marking in Moodle 2.4 Assignment

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As part of my testing of the upcoming Moodle 2.4 I got to try out the new Blind Marking feature.  This post gives a quick overview of how it works. So what is

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E-Learning Unit's curator insight, March 25, 2013 3:39 PM

Gavin Henrick's description of the blind (or anonymous) marking feature in Moodle 2.4.  The feature works with the offline grading sheet functionality.  The blind marking feature is locked while marking is taking place but the staff member can choose to reveal the student identities after the marking is complete.

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Restrict access to course sections in Moodle 2.3

How you can set access conditions on topics or weeks instead of individual activities in Moodle 2.3 out in June 2013

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E-Learning Unit's curator insight, March 25, 2013 4:03 PM

Again, interesting to those of use who missed Moodle 2.3...this introduced the ability to restrict whole topics instead of just individual resources and activities.  In 2.4 this is further extended to allowing access to be restricted on user profile fields making for a potentially highly flexible set of features.

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Working with files - MoodleDocs

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E-Learning Unit's curator insight, March 25, 2013 7:09 PM

Moodle 2.3 introduced the ability to create a file alias or shortcut. This is just the MoodleDoc page, Mark Drechler's video scooped elsewhere on this page provides a much better view on how this actually works.

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Course overview block - MoodleDocs

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Moodle 2.4 allows users to control how many courses are listed on their home page and the order in which they are displayed.


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E-Learning Unit's curator insight, March 27, 2013 5:48 PM

Customisation of this block is something we've been asked for by users.  We currently have issues with the information that is put into this block by assignments (e.g. students being shown they've submitted an assignment when they haven't).  I wonder if this fixed with the re-written assignment module and this block?

Leo Havemann's curator insight, April 8, 2013 9:34 AM

A big improvement to the usefulness of the "Course Overview" block.

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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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E-Learning Unit's curator insight, March 27, 2013 3:54 PM

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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Moodle 2.3 – Section per page

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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.


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E-Learning Unit's curator insight, March 27, 2013 3:43 PM

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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Moodle 2.3 files – an inconvenient truth no more?

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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.


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E-Learning Unit's curator insight, March 26, 2013 5:48 AM

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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Moodle 2.3 – five new features I’m excited about

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Those who know me well should also know that I am a cynical old bugger. When Moodle 2.0 came out, I was more concerned with working through the at times...

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E-Learning Unit's curator insight, March 27, 2013 4:07 PM

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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Category:New features Moodle 2.4

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MoodleDocs index page for new features in Moodle 2.4.


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Assignment settings - MoodleDocs

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E-Learning Unit's curator insight, March 25, 2013 6:56 PM

The official Moodle docs page for the assignment settings from version 2.3 and 2.4.  This is arguably one of the most important areas for us and includes everything from collapsing everything into one assignment type and improvements to grading workflow...and cut off dates, hurrah!

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Assignment Extensions Moodle 2.4

How to grant extensions to an assignment in Moodle 2.4

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E-Learning Unit's curator insight, March 25, 2013 4:00 PM

MoodleFairy Mary Cooch on how to grant an extension to a student on Moodle 2.4...with the example of Kate Moss who's been out partying all night...

 

Wonder if this is something that staff will be interested in using or is the ability to have a cut off date enough?

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Offline grading worksheet in Moodle 2.4 Assignment

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One of the very useful new features in Moodle 2.4 Assignment is the Grading worksheet uploading. I had mentioned in the post about Blind Marking but this post w

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E-Learning Unit's curator insight, March 25, 2013 3:36 PM

Gavin Henrick's description of the offline grading worksheet.  This allows staff to easily download a spreadsheet which they can enter grades and comments into and then upload it to Moodle

David Andrew's comment, March 26, 2013 3:22 PM
That sounds like a useful feature - making things more flexible for assignments that can't be done in QMplus
E-Learning Unit's comment, March 27, 2013 5:43 PM
In 2.4 it's also possible to upload multiple feedback files as a zip file which sounds like it could be interesting too.
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Moodle 2.3 and 2.4 – some of the improvements since Moodle 2.2

Many organisations will have upgraded to Moodle 2.2 last year, and because they are often locked into yearly upgrades only - they will be planning an upgrade in the coming summer. So one of the que...

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E-Learning Unit's curator insight, March 25, 2013 3:31 PM

A slideshare from Gavin Henrick (of MoodleMoot fame) outlining improvements made in Moodle 2.3 and 2.4.

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Conditional Profiles in Moodle 2.4

In Moodle 2.4, how to restrict access to activities or topic sections according to user profile fields.

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E-Learning Unit's curator insight, March 25, 2013 3:53 PM

MoodleFairy Mary Cooch describes an interesting feature in Moodle 2.4 which allows access to activities or topic sections to be restricted according to user profile fields.  This could potentially be a very interesting feature for us, especially if we could combine it with the creation of custom user profile fields which are populated with data taken from SITS, e.g. a student's programme code....this could be used within a course area to vary access according to differing programmes.

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[#MDL-3030] Late quiz attempts should be closed automatically - Moodle Tracker

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E-Learning Unit's curator insight, March 25, 2013 4:14 PM

The ability to force submit quizzes after the due date was added in Moodle 2.3.  This is something that our users have been asking for.

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Assignment module in Moodle 2.3

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The MoodleDocs description of the assignment module which was rewritten for version 2.3.  Instead of having several sub-types there is one assignment module with the subtypes being handled through assignment settings.


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E-Learning Unit's curator insight, March 25, 2013 7:51 PM

This should slightly relieve our problems around "which assignment type" users should use.  It only becomes about configuring the assignment properly.  There seems to be no trace of the problematic "upload a single file" assignment type.  No indication of how this integrates with Turnitin.

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Self enrolment for cohort members

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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.  


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E-Learning Unit's curator insight, March 25, 2013 8:17 PM

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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UNE Moodle: Teaching Online: New features in Moodle 2.3

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A summary of the new features in Moodle 2.3 from the University of New England.  [always interesting to see what different places highlight]


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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.

E-Learning Unit's curator insight, March 27, 2013 3:44 PM

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.