Over the summer we upgraded Moodle to a new version and gave it a facelift.
The result is a platform with a cleaner look, a responsive design that improves usability across all devices, including tablets and smartphones, and new features such as the ability to annotate assignments submitted as PDFs directly within Moodle.
New look and feel
The change you’re likely to notice first is the new design and layout. The new look brings Moodle into closer alignment with Oxy’s website. In terms of layout, course pages now feature three columns, instead of two. Now you will find your Navigation and Administration blocks in the left column, course content in the middle, and all other default blocks in the right column.
Before -- Navigation and Administration blocks on the right.
After -- three column layout. The Navigation and Administration blocks have moved to the left column.
Easily edit course activities and resources
Editing tools have been grouped together into a simple dropdown menu for easy accessibility across desktop and mobile devices.
A more user-friendly text editor
The improved text editor can be resized to suit various browser widths, and features user-friendly icons and a collapsible toolbar menu.
Annotate uploaded PDF files in browser
Provide feedback directly within PDF file submissions by using a variety of annotating tools available, including stamps and phrases from a comment bank.
For instructors, the new gradebook features an improved layout and display of grades, including color-coding items that belong to the same category and frozen first row and column to make scrolling easier. There’s also a new prominent Export to CSV button if you want to use another program to calculate grades.
For students, the new gradebook enables them to see how much each assignment contributes to their overall grade.
Better responsive design
Moodle works and looks better across all devices, including desktops, tablets and phones.
New content repositories
Search for and add videos directly from YouTube, photos from Wikimedia Commons or files from your Google Drive using new content repositories.
Drag and drop media and text onto the course page
You can now drag an image or some text onto your course page and choose whether to display it embedded in a label or as a clickable resource.
Forms are much shorter
Moodle has a lot of settings and features, which means some forms have been getting rather long. Now non-essential settings on forms are collapsed by default, yet you can quickly access them when you need them.
For help with Moodle, visit the online documentation at http://cdlrsandbox.org/wordpress/knowledgebase/moodle/, drop by for open office hours on Mondays, 10-11am or Thursdays, 3-4pm in the Brown Lab, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Info Center:
- Technology Helpdesk:
(323) 259-2880 email@example.com
- IR Operations Offices: (323) 259-2832