What's New in Moodle for Fall 2016

New “Temporary Enrollment” Role in Moodle

A new role in Moodle called “Temporary Enrollment” will allow faculty to manually give students access to their Moodle sites (in the event of a slow-processing registration, for instance) while providing safeguards and reminders to ensure that official registrations get processed. This will prevent the frequent problem of students and faculty assuming a registration had been processed, because the student could access Moodle, when in fact it was not.

Here’s how it will work. A faculty member can manually add a student to a Moodle site, but instead of adding them into the “Student” role, they will use a the role called “Temporary Enrollment”.

The Temporary Enrollment role will give a student full Moodle access for two weeks- ample time to get a registration processed. A student in this role will receive email reminders to check their registration’s progress, and faculty will see a block in their course listing which students are using Temporary Enrollment. Once the student’s registration is processed, they will automatically switch over to the Student role, the email reminders will cease, and the block will disappear.

We think this is a good mix of providing the ability to give short-term access to a Moodle site while preventing long-term registration problems. Faculty will still be able to give access to a Moodle site using the Teaching Assistant and Auditing Student roles, so that will provide flexibility as needed.

See our instructions on how to give access to your Moodle site here: https://moodle.hampshire.edu/mod/page/view.php?id=75913

New Feature: Collapsible Sections in Courses

In your course sites, you will notice that each section for a class meeting can now be toggled open and shut. You can also expand or collapse all sections at once.

This will make navigating a long site much easier! One important thing to note is that to upload a file, the section must be toggled open before you drag the file into it (or just “expand all” before you start editing).

If you don’t care for this format, you can switch back to non-collapsing sections in your course settings (in the Course format section, switch the Collapsible sections menu to “don’t use collapsible sections”). If you want a topic-based format with collapsible sections, we suggest editing the individual sections and simply overwrite the dates in the section name.

A feature we implemented last year which continues to provide ease of navigation is the fact that the two class sections closest to the current date are highlighted.

Upgrade to Moodle 3.0

We’ve also upgraded the Moodle system to version 3.0. There are some small changes and new features detailed below.

The User Menu

Moodle has added additional navigation features in the User Menu, accessed by clicking your name in the top right corner.

  • Dashboard: Formerly called “My Home”, the Dashboard is a customizable page showing various blocks such as a Course Overview list, Messages, Upcoming Events (ie Due Dates for all your classes combined), etc.

  • Profile: The profile page has been redesigned with links to edit your user details and view your work and activity on Moodle.

  • Grades: This new page provides a list of links to the courses you are taking OR teaching. Click the link to a course will take you right to the gradebook for that course.

  • Messages: View or send messages within Moodle.

  • Preferences: Update your user and activity preferences.

Section Controls

Each section now has an “edit” menu which contains the edit and move functions, and they also have added a delete function (use with caution!).

Thanks, and as always, email moodle@hampshire.edu for any questions!

Last modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 1:41 PM