ITS recently upgraded to Moodle 3.11 for both Moodle and Spaces. This upgrade includes some minor changes to the look and feel of Moodle as well as new functionality and improvements to existing tools. The following highlights the most significant of the changes. Other Moodle help documentation on the Help website will be updated in the near future to reflect the changes.
The Turn Editing On button is back! To edit the content of your Moodle or Spaces course, click the [Turn editing on] button in the upper right corner of the screen. When finished, click the button again to turn editing off.
The interface for adding Activities or Resources to your course now has a new look and feel. Choose from a visual display of all available activities and resources or ‘star’ your favorite activities/resources by clicking the star on the activity/resource icon to create a tab of all your “Starred” activities/resources.
Folders are a useful way to group content together and now have the option to allow students to preview the folder contents on the main course page as well as an optional [Download folder] button to download the contents.
In the “Edit Settings” interface for the folder, set “Display folder contents” to “Inline on a course page” to display a preview of the folder contents. Check the box for “Show download folder button” if you would like the [Download folder] button to display.
Course participants now have the option to download course content, allowing them to download files, folders, pages, and labels contained in the course. Course participants will see a [Download course content] button at the top of the course page and instructors can access the option in the gear icon drop-down for the course. Instructors may choose to disable this option by going to the “Edit Settings” page for the course and selecting “No” in the “Enable download course content” option.
Whole forum grading is a new feature that allows the instructor to view and grade the entirety of a student’s forum postings on a single, intuitive page. To set it up:
Located in the Gear icon drop-down list, the forum summary report allows the instructor to see a report of all student activity on a forum as well as export a file (.csv, .xlsx, .pdf, etc) of all of a students posts and replies for that given forum.
Instructors can now display the due date on activities on the course page by enabling “Show activity dates” in the course settings.
For assignments that have a due date (i.e., Moodle assignments, Forums, etc), the activity date as well as the “opened” date (date activity is available to students) can be displayed on the course page once the “Show activity date” is enabled.
The opened and due date can be set in the settings for the assignment under “Availability.” To show the opened date, set a date in the “Allow submissions from” field and check “Enable.” To show the due date, set a date in the “Due date” field and check “Enable.”