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We are excited to announce the Winter 2020 Moodle update, which will entail a number of requested improvements and functionality to the learning management system (LMS) to better assist faculty in supporting their teaching using Moodle.

The update was informed by a collaborative group of the Office of Information Technology (IT) and Faculty Center for Professional Excellence (FCPE), with faculty guidance from the Moodle Review Group (MRG), a subcommittee of the Senate Committee for Academic Innovation in Technology (SCAIT).

Here are just some of the new features you can look forward to utilizing after the December 29th update. We will be sharing a more detailed overview of the features and functions, as well as how to utilize them successfully in your teaching at the beginning of the Winter Intersession.

New Site/Course Updates Include:

  • Updated Moodle Homepage to facilitate easier organization and access to courses
    • Filter by course type, as well as by course name, category, or last access
    • View courses as tiles or in a list
    • Star frequently accessed Courses
    • View Upcoming assignments with the Timeline Block

New Moodle homepage image snipping

  • Choose a Course Template when accessing newly created course shells for the first time. Select a standard blank shell, or a pre-configured template that can help organize your course

Moodle's new Course template

  • Improved Course Analytics for faculty
    • Grades Box Chart
    • Assignment & Quiz Submission Reports
    • Engagement Report

Moodle's Improved Course analytics - Image screenshot

  • Introducing the My Tools block which places commonly used functions in a course together like the participants link, access to the gradebook view and setup, email, and update activity dates

  • Improved Activity/Resource Picker
    • Star frequently used activities and resources
    • Navigate activity and resource tabs for organization
    • Utilize the Search Bar to find specific activities and resources

Improved Activity/Resource Picker - screenshot

New Assignment/Activity Improvements Include:

  • Improved Discussion Forum grading workflow and reporting
    • Grade whole forum rather than just individual posts
    • See students’ discussion posts and replies while grading
    • Utilize rubrics when grading
    • Download a Forum Summary Report

Improved Discussion Forum grading workflow and reporting - Screenshot

  • Improved VoiceThread Assignment Builder creation, student submission, and grading workflows

Improved VoiceThread Assignment Builder creation - Screenshot


If you have any questions about the update or want to report any issues with the new update, please reach out to the FCPE at fcpe@adelphi.edu

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