Many of the improvements to Moodle 3.3 are focused on general functionality and bug fixes, but quite a few are improvements to the user experience. Any time we see new features that improve the experience for both course creators and learners, we get excited! However, let us temper that excitement for a moment and explain what’s piqued our interest… Here are what we consider to be the best features of the latest Moodle 3.3 upgrade.
Remind Me to Grade By (as part of Course Overview block)
We like this feature because it helps instructors identify what student work needs their attention. By clearly presenting – on the dashboard in the course overview block – assignments that need grading, this feature streamlines the grading process by making notifications more obvious.
Not only are grading notifications more visible since they are listed on the dashboard page, Moodle provides links to the assignment itself so instructors can jump right into the grading interface and complete the grading process. This efficient setup should help reduce the time it takes to provide feedback to students.
Course Overview on Dashboard
Moodle’s newest upgrade also gives students the ability to see a course overview display on the dashboard, allowing them to view upcoming assignments as well as a visual of how much of their course(s) they have completed. From the course overview block, students can click to enter an assignment and submit without having to jump into the course itself to locate the assignment.
Bulk Edit Activity Completion
This feature is great because it allows you to change activity completion settings for all items within the course at once. You no longer are required to drill into each item’s settings to make this change. You can also set default activity completion settings from this space.
This feature is great because it allows you to accomplish creative course design in a way that is supported by Moodle (instead of the old Orphaned Activities). So instead of having an exhaustive amount of content on the course page that is visible to students, you can now design your course in a way that streamlines what students see.
Moodle has continued to do a great job of listening to community feedback and including features and fixes in the product upgrades that make navigating the Moodle interface that much easier for students and instructors. The enhancements made in Moodle 3.3 certainly add to the already robust set of features and functionality that Moodle possesses, further illustrating why Moodle continues to be a top choice among eLearning professionals.
Watch the Webinar: What’s New in Moodle 3.3
During this session, our fantastic Services Team discusses the new features and functionality in Moodle 3.3. Give it a listen! If you would like to learn more, please reach out to one of our Moodle experts.