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Moodle 3.0 Highlights

Announcing Moodle 3.0On 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 that might make your life a little better!

Here's what to watch for:

Security

Log Out from Anywhere

The new Browser sessions page lists your current browser sessions in Moodle. You can see if you forgot to log off on a different computer and log off, assuring that no one else is using your account. Link to your Browser session page from your Profile page.

For All Users

Dashboard

My home has been renamed Dashboard. It's a great page for students to check due dates and see what's new in their courses. Get there from the Navigation block, or from the User menu.

New top menus for Help and User

Help Menu

Link to the IT Support Center from the new Help Menu.

User Profile

The redesigned Profile page (formerly, My profile) provides more useful information and convenient links. The link to your profile has moved from the Administration block to the User menu.

User Preferences

The new user Preferences page lets you review and edit all your preferences. Link to your preferences from the User menu, or from your Profile page.

New Link to Grades

The new Grades page can be accessed from the User menu from anywhere in Moodle. The page displays grades for all courses students are enrolled in with links to relevant user reports, and for teachers, links to their Gradebooks.

More Easily Reuse Uploaded Files

When adding files, in the File Picker, search Server files to reuse files you already added to Moodle, including files you uploaded to another course.

New Editor Features

Better table editing, more text formatting options, right-to-left text option, full-screen editing, formatted HTML.
new features in the atto editopr toolbar  (click to enlarge)

Easy Media Embedding from More Sources

New media filters in Moodle allow teachers and students to easily embed media from a variety of sites, including presentations hosted on SlideShare, Office Mix, and Sway; audio from SoundCloud; video from Ted Talks and Office 365 Video (as well as Vimeo and YouTube); and books/stories hosted on Issue.

For Instructors and Course Designers

New Location to Set Up Guest Access

Manage Guest access to your course in Users > Enrollment methods rather than Edit settings.

New Menu for Editing Sections

Use the new Edit dropdown menu at the top of each Section to edit the Section name, add a Section summary, highlight the current Section, or hide a Section. The menu also includes the option to delete an entire Section.
The new Edit menu  (click to enlarge)

Management of Group Enrollment

Several useful features have been added for managing group activities:

  • Add the new Upload/download groups block to import groups of students from a spreadsheet. (From the Users > Group administration page you can only import Import group names. The new block lets you upload course members in groups). This should be especially helpful for users of team collaboration and peer review tools such as CATME.
  • Filter participants on the Enrolled users page by groups and by last access.
  • Add a course member to multiple groups at the same time from the Enrolled users page.
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  • Two new Restrict access conditions, Group and Grouping, let instructors exclude or include members from particular groups or groupings. Among other uses, the new feature allows an activity to be assigned to only a particular group without first adding the group to a grouping.
  • For activity types that support group modes, under Common module settings the new Add group/grouping access restriction button opens the Restrict access options for groups.

Gradebook Setup

The Categories & Items page has been renamed Gradebook setup and is now available through a quick link in the Administration block as well as from its tab within the Gradebook.

New Activity Features

Quizzes

  • New Quiz question types: Select missing words, Drag and drop into text, Drag and drop into image, Drag and drop markers.
  • Retakes of quizzes that pull from random question banks will now always use new questions where possible (this is a behavior change, not a new option).
  • Quizzes can now have section headings.
  • Questions can be shuffled on different pages.
  • Access to a Quiz question can be conditional upon other questions.
  • Sort Question banks by creation/edit date.
  • Improved print view for quizzes.

Forums

  • Instructors can add a new discussion topic for all groups in a Forum at the same time.
  • Users can subscribe to individual discussion threads.

Assignments

Ability to duplicate rubric criteria when building a rubric.

Workshops

Improved Workshop submission report allows teachers to see who has submitted and who has not, and to filter by submission and last modified.

And More...

For full details see the release notes from Moodle Headquarters for Moodle 2.9 New Features and Moodle 3.0 New Features.

Note: Some features described on docs.moodle.org (for example, blogs, messaging, and self enrollment) are not available on Moodle at UMass Amherst.

Get Help with Moodle

For help setting up Moodle courses, Instructors can refer to our Support Center Articles, or contact the Instructional Media Lab at (413) 545-2823, or instruct@umass.edu.