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  • Moodle is a widely-used open source learning management system (LMS), that can be used to deliver course content and host online learning activities.  For each term you teach an on-campus class, you must request a Moodle course in SPIRE. You can request your Moodle course for an upcoming class when...
  • Moodle Backup Files FAQ What is a .mbz file? A Moodle Backup FIle (.mbz) is a compressed archive of a Moodle course that can be used to restore a course within Moodle. The file preserves course contents, structure and settings, but does not include student work or grades. The contents of the ....
  • In early January 2013 UMass Amherst upgrades to Moodle 2.3. We are really excited about many of the new features and hope you will be too! Here's a snapshot of new features: Add Activities and Resources from a Single Menu The Add an Activity and Add a Resource drop-down menus have been...
  • On May 16, 2013 UMass Amherst upgraded to Moodle 2.4. We are really excited about many of the new features and hope you will be too! Here's a snapshot of new features: Changes to User Interface and Visual Design Login Changes The login box has moved to the left side of the screen. This was...
  • On July 2nd, 2014 UMass Amherst upgraded to Moodle 2.5. This upgrade focuses on making Moodle more usable and efficient. It also includes a few new features, especially for the Moodle Gradebook. Here's what to look for: Interface Improvements Simplified Settings Pages When reviewing options for...
  • On Tuesday June 30, 2015 UMass Amherst upgraded Moodle to version 2.8.  This upgrade continues to make Moodle more usable and efficient. The Moodle team at UMass Amherst is especially excited to see that many of the modifications we previously added to our Moodle Gradebook have been incorporated...
  • On Thursday, July 7 2016 Moodle at UMass Amherst upgraded from Moodle version 2.8 to version 3.0.  Even though this is a "whole number" release, most changes are behind the scenes to improve performance and backend efficiency. Still, there are several new features and improvements to the interface...
  • Instructors & Facilitators What is an "Ad Hoc Community Course"? Ad Hoc courses in Moodle allow non-credit courses, online trainings, collaborative groups, and other course-like activities to be hosted on moodle.umass.edu even if they are not officially listed as classes in SPIRE. Ad Hoc...
  • I am having trouble logging into Moodle.  What should I do? Anyone with an active IT Account should be able to log into Moodle. Make sure you are using the correct NetID (IT Account user name) and password. Make sure the computer you are using meets IT's Recommended and Minimum Computer...
  • OPEN UMass (open.umass.edu) is a pilot installation of Moodle designed for use by open courses (MOOCs), and community based projects requiring enrollment of off-campus participants. Although both OPEN UMass and Moodle at UMass Amherst (moodle.umass.edu) use Moodle for a Learning Management System,...
  • I am a UMass Amherst student.  Why can’t I access open.umass.edu Moodle courses from Moodle at UMass Amherst? Although they both use Moodle for a Learning Management System, open.umass.edu is a separate Moodle installation designed for use by MOOCs, open courses, and open communities in which...