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Moodle

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10th November Upgrade 2020

UCL Moodle will be upgraded on Monday 9th Tuesday 10th November from 1-2am (GMT). To see the latest updates on the Moodle upgrade see ISD News.During thistime, you should avoid conducting any time bound activities such as submissions deadlines.

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What's new with Moodle?

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The Moodle upgrade will deliver multiple improvements across the platform including: 

  • A new activity chooser is available that makes it easier to locate, star and view recommended activities and resources for use within Moodle. 

  • A new participants filter is available which provides more options for searching the list of enrolled users on your Moodle courses. This new filter allows you to search participants by the role they’re assigned on your course or filtering by group. 
  • Forums can now be awarded an overall discussion forum grade. This makes it easier for tutors to use Forums for assessment. Tutors and course administrators can set setup a forum to be graded while students can submit posts and view the grade they have received for their contributions. 
  • A new activity completion criterion is available which allows access to an activity or resource to be restricted based on completion of the previous activity within the course. This allows for content to be moved around or added to your Moodle course without having to reconfigure access restrictions and completion tracking. 
  • Emojis are now available in Moodle messaging. They can also be added to Forums and other Moodle content using the new emoji picker in the Atto text editor. 
  • You can now filter the Moodle calendar by day and month instead of just listing upcoming events 
  • The question bank now shows question ID numbers within the list of questions for each category 
  • Book resources now have clearer and easier navigation options to improve the user experience for moving between pages 
  • Theme, layout and CSS changes to improve accessibility.

We will provide more information about these and other new features on our UCL Digital Education Blog over the coming weeks.

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What changes will occur during this upgrade?

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  • Moodle will be upgraded from the current version of 3.7.8 to the new release version of 3.9.2 which ensures we stay on Moodle.org's supported release schedule for software and security patches.
  • Upgrading to version 3.9 will resolve several issues on the current version of Moodle as well as introduce enhancements. Details of upcoming changes can be found on the Moodle roadmap.
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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 digi-ed@ucl.ac.uk with the subject Moodle Upgrade.



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Moodle Changes

The upgrade from Moodle 3.7 to Moodle 3.9.2 will introduce a number of signficant improvements to UCL Moodle. 


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Moodle 3.9 Updates

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  • Improved Activity Chooser
  • Participants filter
  • Improved Book navigation
  • Improvements in Atto Text Editor accessibility
  • New activity completition setting based on "previous" activity.
  • For further information, see Moodle's 3.9 release notes. Please note that many, but not all, Moodle updates will be included in UCL's installation of Moodle. See particularly, the H5P update below.
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Moodle 3.8 Updates

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  • Forum grading

  • New forum view, export and summary report

  • Emojis for messaging and the Atto text editor
  • Calendar filter
  • Session timeout warnings
  • Clearer calendar reminders
  • For further information, see Moodle's 3.8 release notes. Please note that many, but not all, Moodle updates will be included in UCL's installation of Moodle. See particularly, the H5P update below.

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H5P Updates

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Moodle 3.9 includes various changes to H5P interactive activites, which significantly alter the workflows of using H5P in Moodle. Digital Education has decided to delay implementing any of the Moodle 3.9 H5P changes on UCL Moodle to avoid disrupting current users. Users of H5P should continue to follow the previously provided H5P guidance.

Moodle 3.9 H5P updates will be looked at more closely in the future so as to deliver improved integration between Moodle and H5P.