As we come back from a restful summer I want to make sure everyone is aware of the summer updates applied to our LCC Moodle.
July 9th our Moodle instance was updated to Moodle 2.8.
A full review of all the updates can be found in my Moodle Summer Update July 9th post.
Below are some of the highlights from this update:
We have 4 themes available in Moodle. The reason for ONLY 4 themes is due to the drop in support of external themes by Moodle core and MoodleRooms. The positives to having 4 themes allow Moodle/MoodleRooms to focus their development on a few themes (rather than many). Moodle is committed to making all themes accessible to all students regardless of ability.
Snap, More, and Clean are responsive themes. Responsive design focuses on creating a site that responds to what device a user is currently accessing the site from and optimizes the layout to fit the screen size and orientation. This helps users with accessing content and eases navigation. – See more at: http://www.moodlerooms.com/resources/blog/using-responsive-theme#sthash.0Y2BLdcV.dpuf
Note: Express is not a responsive theme. We will be looking to replace Express in the future with a responsive design.
Though they are not perfect I expect to see great advances in these themes since Moodle/MoodleRooms are now able to focus their work on them.
Maybe the largest change in Moodle 2.8.
Natural aggregation – This has replaced sum of grades aggregation method. Now items that are not yet graded can be set to not count against a student’s grade. Each item has a “natural weight” based on the course total and the items point value. If new grade items are added Moodle will automatically recalculate each items weight. You can manually edit weights by editing the settings in the gradebook.
Setup – the categories and items tab is now renamed “settings”.
Extra Credit – Once you edit the settings of any item you can enable extra credit on that item. When you view an item that is marked as extra credit you will notice a “+” next to the items name within the setup menu.
Single View – a great way to enter grades, view all of a single students grade, or view all of the grades for a specific activity. You can also “Perform Bulk Insert” for empty or all grades. Note – if you have “exclude empty grades” enabled you must enter a 0 for any empty grade you want to count towards a students course total.
While in your gradebook take a look at the
Blackboard Collaborate ULTRA
This is a web conferencing tool we have had in Moodle for some time. If you teach online, hybrid, or even face-to-face you should really consider taking a look at Collaborate. Instructors use Collaborate in a variety of ways from lecture capture, online office hours, meetings with students and other colleagues, tutoring, etc. See the view for a quick view of Collaborate Ultra.
Additional updates include changes to forums, assignments, choice activity, and the quiz-building interface. A full comprehensive list of all the new additions and improvements can be found my original Moodle Summer Update post.
Items we are still working on are the email reply features. We are working out some bugs in order to allow faculty and students to reply to forum posts via email as well as sent files to their My Private Files area through email as well.
If you find any bugs please let me know. I am always working with MoodleRooms to resolve issues.
For any support on what is new and other course development needs please contact the ATC.