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  • 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 June 30, 2015, UMass Amherst upgraded to Moodle 2.8. This upgrade added many Moodle gradebook features that were requested by faculty, and includes changes to a few specific grade calculation methods along with more general improvements to the gradebook. Moodle 2.8 Gradebook Calculation...
  • 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...
  • About Modifying Moodle Moodle is a widely-used open source Learning Management System (LMS). "Open Source" means that the source code is available for free and anyone with appropriate programming skills is able to make changes to how it works. This ability to locally control our own LMS is one of...
  • In response to a question (that may include an image) the respondent chooses from multiple answers. There are two types of multiple choice questions - single answer and multiple answer. Example of a multiple choice question: Question set-up In the Question Bank, select the desired question...
  • From the student perspective, a numerical question looks just like a short-answer question in that they enter their answer into a short edit box. The difference is that the answer has to be numerical, and answers are allowed to have an accepted error range. This allows a continuous range of answers...
  • Offline grading in Moodle allows you to grade Assignment submissions without being logged in to Moodle or connected to the Internet. With offline grading, you enter grades into a customized grading spreadsheet and upload the spreadsheet to Moodle at a later time.Note: Offline grading is not...
  • 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...
  • There are a number of ways to add structure and visual interest to your Moodle course page. For example, you can name Sections, add subheadings, annotations or images to the page, and indent items to create an outline hierarchy. Organize Your Course Page with Text & Images To make it easy for...
  • The Chat activity allows course members to hold real-time, text-based conversations with other course members. An instructor can add more than one Chat activity to a Moodle course, so be certain you enter the correct chat if there is more than one. Join a Chat Session To participate in a Chat...
  • A forum is one of the places in Moodle where your class can hold online discussions. Forums can be set up in different ways for different purposes. You can also watch a video tutorial on this topic (link at right). Types of Forums Forums can be set to work differently by your instructor: You may...
  • Moodle displays a Course total (or final grade) to students. The Course total can be based on calculated or aggregated grade items from the Moodle gradebook or instructors can manually enter numeric grades to the Course total column. For more see Grade Calculation in Moodle. At the end of the...
  • You can use the Respondus Publish Wizard to upload a quiz you have imported to Respondus from a properly marked-up text file (See Import Questions to Respondus), obtained through the Respondus Test Bank Network, exported using Respondus from Moodle or another LMS, or built directly in Respondus....
  • The following are brief descriptions of the quiz question types used in Moodle at UMass Amherst. For more specific help with each question type, please see the linked pages or contact the Instructional Media Lab (545-2823 or instruct@umass.edu).   Calculated and Calculated SimpleCalculated...

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