Join Kevin Kelly for an in-depth discussion in this video New features in Moodle 2.8, part of Moodle 2.8 Essential Training.
- Moodle 2.8 has a number of new features that are designed to benefit both the teachers and learners using Moodle. Here are a few of the features that will benefit everyone. The new Atto text editor now saves what you type automatically. A new user menu provides quick access to your personal pages. Teachers can create a single item scale, meaning you and your students can have a Facebook style "Like" rating. And, you can email a file directly to your private files area in Moodle, where it's saved and ready to add to your course.
The Moodle 2.8 developers have also enhanced a number of activities. Now the Forum activity allows you to subscribe to individual discussions within a forum, so you only follow the threads that you want to follow, navigate more easily through each forum using previous and next links, and email replies directly to forum discussions that you receive via subscription. In addition to these great features, the Quiz activity has an improved edit screen.
The Choice activity now allows learners to make more than one selection from the poll options, and the Assignment activity now allows teachers to add files directly on the settings screen, so you can provide access to instructions, examples, rubrics, and more. There are new and improved features in the Moodle 2.8 Gradebook too. The grader report now works across all devices with smooth scrolling and cells that can be edited without reloading the page. The single view page lets you make quick edits to a single gradebook item, or a single user.
The new grade history report lets you review the grading history of specific students, specific grade items, or specific graders, like teaching assistants, for a specific set of dates. Last, a new aggregation method called Natural, improves the former method called Sum of Grades. Last but not least, Moodle 2.8 has added some administrative features for teachers and administrators. Now you can use event monitoring to keep track of specific types of activity, sign up to get pop-up or email notifications when learners do something specific, like create a glossary entry, or when activity levels get high, such as an active discussion has over five replies.
It's also possible to add an entire cohort of students to your course in one click. If you can't keep track of it all, don't worry, I'll point out many of these improvements again when we get to the appropriate chapters and videos in this lynda.com course.
- Navigating a Moodle course
- Setting up learning outcomes
- Adding, moving, editing, and deleting blocks
- Uploading files for students to download
- Adding links and RSS feeds
- Adding students and teaching assistants
- Creating groups
- Communicating with announcements, polls, emails, and chat
- Facilitating discussions, peer review, and team projects
- Creating and grading quizzes and assignments
- Working with the Moodle gradebook
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting Ready to Teach with Moodle
2. Preparing Your Course in Moodle
3. Managing Course Resources in Moodle
4. Managing Course Participants in Moodle
5. Communicating with Students in Moodle
6. Facilitating Activities in Moodle
7. Assessing Learning in Moodle
8. Course Administration in Moodle
Setting up the gradebook5m 3s
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