Moodle 3.0, the newest version of the Moodle learning management system was recently released and is available to download on the Moodle website. The latest version includes several new features such as added quiz question types, easier section editing, an improved text editor, and the ability to delete personal messages.
- With the upgrade to Moodle 3.0, there are not many big changes to the look, layout, and functionality of the Moodle platform. The upgrade to the newest version includes a number of bug fixes, and behind-the-scenes improvements that make the Moodle platform more efficient, and more effective. I like the line that Moodle used to describe the upgrade which says, "Moodle 3.0. It's not a whole new Moodle, it's just the best Moodle yet." There are a few important new features, however. Let's take a look at some of them. First for teachers, there are some added quiz question types.
There is the Select a Missing Word, in which students select the term from a drop-down menu that fits. And you have some Drag-and-Drop questions, in which students drag the correct term onto text, or onto images. There is improved Workshop Submission Reports, as well as the ability to show the date that files were uploaded into the course. There's improved filtering options, which allow you to now filter students by the last time they accessed the course, and whether or not they're in groups, and it's now easier to edit sections.
You can now edit sections from right within the course page. There's also some upgrades for administrators. One is that administrators now have the ability to reset the dashboard and profiles for all users with the click of one button. There's also major improvements to the plugin upgrading. This is probably the most significant upgrade for administrators, as they can now install and upgrade multiple plugins at one time, and the process is easier. There's better handling of tags, as well as a requirement for an upgrade key, to access the upgrade screen.
A couple other changes include improvements to the Acto text editor, you now have some added equation functions, as well as the ability to customize tables within the text editor. You also now have the ability to delete personal messages. With the release of Moodle 3.0, there are also some improvements to Moodle Mobile, their mobile app. There's the ability to make choices from within the app, they can now engage in Chat from the app, they can complete surveys, search for courses, and self-enroll into those courses.
So now that we've looked at a few of the upgrades to Moodle 3.0, let's get started creating our course.
- Navigating a Moodle course
- Starting with a blank course shell
- Using Moodle blocks to add different features and functionality
- Creating course sections
- Adding resources as file downloads and links
- Incorporating assignments, quizzes, and forums
- Enrolling students
- Creating groups
- Setting up the gradebook