User Dashboard Changes in Moodle 3.6

By March 18, 2019 No Comments
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The user dashboard is the most efficient way to display courses, activities, and deadlines in Moodle. With the release of Moodle 3.6, the dashboard has been completely overhauled to allow more functionality and personalization when managing your course menu.

Course Overview Updates

With Moodle 3.6, you can now customize your course overview display. With these added features, users are better able to sort, manage, and prioritize courses and assignments. Let’s dive into the new features!

You can choose to show past, current, or future courses…

You can hide or “star” courses.  Starred courses are added as favorites…

You can choose to sort by title or recently (last) accessed courses.

And select alternate views, such as list, grid or summary.

The following video demonstrates these new features…

The Importance of Start and End Dates

Now that you’ve seen some of the new ways to manage and organize courses on the new User Dashboard, it’s important to understand where courses can be found in Moodle.

In recent Moodle releases, the end date was incorporated into Moodle courses. The end date controls when the course is over, in a similar way to how the start date controls when it begins.  While the end date does not stop users from entering the course, it does impact where on the Dashboard you will see the course displayed.

If your start date has not yet arrived, you’ll find the course on the Future tab. If the end date has passed, you’ll find the course on the Past tab.

New Dashboard Blocks

Alongside the changes to how users can interact with and manage courses, users can now also customize the Dashboard by adding blocks and rearranging them any way they choose. These new blocks include the following features:

Timeline takes the list of all completed, pending and overdue activities. The timeline was formerly found in the Course Overview but has been moved to its own block. It now appears separate from the regular display. The new timeline block allows you to sort and filter the items in your timeline. For example, you can choose to view only the activities due in the next seven days.

Recently accessed courses shows a list of the courses you accessed most recently.

Starred courses lists courses you have “starred” because they are important or your favorites.

Recently accessed items shows recent activities you opened from all courses. Standard Moodle and plugin based-activities will appear here.

In addition, the Course Overview now allows for more robust filter, sort and display options.  

The following video demonstrates the new dashboard blocks in action…

Explore the other new features in Moodle 3.6!

Check out these blog posts to explore the new version further:

Or, watch New Year, New Moodle: Improvements in Moodle 3.6 to learn about our Support Team’s favorite Moodle 3.6 features!


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