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Moodle Snapshot - Legacy Moodle

The “Legacy” Moodle platform will become a Moodle Snapshot (read only version) from Tuesday 30th April 2019. Professional Services Course Owners: Please ensure you update all material and links which direct to the old Legacy Moodle course and point them to 'New' Moodle.

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Why are we doing this?

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Legacy Moodle was kept running alongside the New Moodle platform that was launched last summer to facilitate the completion of courses which would finish after the start of the 2018-19 academic year. The majority of these were Masters level courses, courses that had specific resit requirements, courses that had a specific external marker access requirement and professional service courses. With the exception of ongoing professional services courses, the other use cases are now fulfilled and we can now work to snapshot the platform.

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What happens to Professional Services courses?

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Professional Services courses will be migrated to the New Moodle platform in order for them to continue running as usual once Legacy Moodle becomes read-only. This process is in it's early stages and we've contacted course owners and administrators to ensure the correct courses are migrated.

Please note: If you're responsible for running a professional services course please ensure you have updated any materials, webpages and links that link to the old Legacy Moodle course. If you have not been contacted about migrating your course to New Moodle, please contact the Moodle Improvement Project team with information about your course to moodleproject@ucl.ac.uk.

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How will this impact me?

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  • Legacy Moodle becomes read-only on Tuesday 30th April 2019 after which students will no longer be able to participate in course activities or make submissions.

  • Once the initial read-only status occurs, the standard procedure for snapshots will be followed and editing rights will be provided for administrators/tutors until the end of May as per the .

  • After the end of May, Legacy Moodle will remain fully read-only until it becomes a snapshot alongside the others that are found on the snapshot landing page.

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Who do I contact if I have any questions or concerns?

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If you have any questions or concerns regarding the creation of a snapshot from Legacy Moodle, please contact moodleproject@ucl.ac.uk with the subject Legacy Snapshot.

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Moodle Summer Upgrade 2019

This year's summer Moodle upgrade will begin on Friday 26th July at 5 PM and will be completed on Saturday 27th July by 12 PM.

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What's new with Moodle?

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There are several new plugins and features that are already available to you:

There will be more new features after the Summer upgrade.

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Why is the downtime shorter?

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The planned downtime is a much shorter period than we've offered in the past. This is the result of significant improvements in our technology and processes that were made with the introduction of the New Moodle platform last summer.

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What changes will occur during this upgrade?

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  • Moodle will be upgraded from the current version of 3.4 to the new release version of 3.7 which ensures we stay on Moodle.org's supported release schedule for software and security patches.
  • Upgrading to version 3.7 will resolve several issues on the current version of Moodle as well as introduce enhancements to features such as forums and the course overview block. Full details will be provided over the next few months.
  • UCL Moodle will return to one working platform with Legacy Moodle becoming a snapshot. A snapshot of New Moodle will also be made for the 2018-19 academic year.
  • The current URL for New Moodle, moodle-1819.ucl.ac.uk, will become moodle.ucl.ac.uk.
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What about snapshots?

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Two snapshots will be taken this summer to account for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years. As mentioned previously, Legacy Moodle will be made read-only on April 30th to being the snapshot process for the 2017-18 which didn't occur last summer. A snapshot of New Moodle will then be taken for the 2018-19 before it's upgraded and becomes the sole instance of Moodle at UCL. There are some changes being made to Moodle snapshots which you can read more about in the Moodle Snapshot Changes section.

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When can I reset my course?

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Last summer we asked people to not reset their courses as it would impact with the migration and snapshot of Moodle for the 2017-18 academic year. This summer you'll be able to reset your courses after the upgrade has been completed. While you're resetting your courses, we also ask that the course full name and short name is updated as they'll be prefixed with the current academic year.

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What happens with my links to New Moodle?

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If you have any links to the New Moodle platform, these will be automatically redirected to the updated URL after the upgrade takes place. For example, a link to a New Moodle course will like this: moodle-1819.ucl.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=XXXXX and will automatically redirect to moodle.ucl.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=XXXXX. It's recommended for as many links as possible to be correctly updated.

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Who do I contact if I have any questions or concerns?

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If you have any questions or concerns regarding the summer upgrade, please contact moodleproject@ucl.ac.uk with the subject Summer Upgrade.



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Moodle Snapshot Changes

Finally, some changes to Moodle snapshots are being made this summer for GDPR compliance.

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What changes are happening to Moodle snapshots?

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In order to be GDPR compliant, the number of read-only Moodle snapshots from previous years will be reduced from 7 to 5. The remaining snapshots will also have their Moodle version upgraded to 3.5 to help ensure they're GDPR compliant and secure.

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What snapshots will be available after these changes?

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What snapshots will be removed after these changes?

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  • UCL Moodle 2013/14 (snapshot taken July 2014)
  • UCL Moodle 2012/13 (snapshot taken July 2013)
  • UCL Moodle 2011/12 (snapshot taken July 2012)
  • UCL Moodle 2010/11 (snapshot taken July 2011)
  • UCL Moodle 2009/10 (snapshot taken July 2010)
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Who do I contact if I have any questions or concerns?

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If you have any questions or concerns regarding the snapshot changes, please contact moodleproject@ucl.ac.uk with the subject Snapshot Changes.