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Summertime: Testing , testing! getting things ready for the new academic year

It’s that the time year again when things in the foreground seem to quieten down but in the background a lot is happening. The eLearning team have been busy making preparations for the next academic year and we are looking at improving our Moodle installation and upgrading our service.

We are in the process testing Moodle 2.7 (we currently have version 2.5 installed)and so far, we are pleased to say that the new version looks really good and has additional features that we think the teaching team will appreciate. To give you a taster of things to come:

  1. We will be improving the overall look and feel of Moodle making it more user- friendly and more appealing
  2. The Moodle assignment tool has new functionality including:
  •             PDF annotating: Staff can provide feedback to a Moodle assignment with the inbuilt Moodle PDF annotating tool
  •             Video upload: Students can upload videos from YouTube and embed the link directly into a Moodle assignment OR, if logged into YouTube, they can record video directly from Moodle and submit it as a Moodle assignment
  1. There are also several new activities that are included in Moodle 2.7 and these include the Attendance activity and the Flash card set.

Tools that have been available and are still in the new version but have been underused but could prove useful as we move forward are:

The conditional release feature in Moodle: This allows you to restrict access to resources for students based on them completing certain tasks or activities.

Reporting tool: This allows you to analyse how students are engaging with your Moodle site and see what resources they are frequently accessing or finding useful.

Hopefully, over the summer you will get a chance to explore some new aspects of Moodle and embed tools within your course that will prove useful to the delivery of your Module. An eLearning advisor is always on hand for a chat if you would like to discuss ideas for embedding technology within your course.

More information about our improvement and upgrade plans will be communicated in due course.

Happy Moodling!



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