From usability enhancements to functional changes, to updates to activities like the Forum & Lesson modules, the latest version of Moodle, Moodle 3.7, packs a big punch for its users. Whether you are a current Moodle user or utilizing another Learning Management System, you’ll want to check out the recent enhancements to Moodle that now offer more functionality, customization, and collaboration for learners and educators.
Enhancements to Forums
The changes we see to Moodle Forums may be our favorite feature within 3.7! Participating in forums is now a lot easier due to the ability to comment inline & to create a new discussion post directly from the discussion list page.
Two other new features instructors will appreciate are the ability to privately reply to a post and to manually lock a discussion.
Lock a Discussion
You also have more control over the sort order of Forum discussions – you’ll now be able to sort by date and number of replies. Should you wish to favorite a post you can star it so that it’s easier to find going forward.
Sort Discussion Posts
Star a Discussion Post
A New Messaging Interface
Moodle 3.6 introduced group messaging capabilities which was a feature requested by many Moodle users, and Moodle 3.7 is continuing the trend of updates to the interface. When you click into your Messages, you’ll find that the menu expands along the right-hand side of the page rather than downwards on the page. In line with Moodle’s focus on protecting privacy, users are also given greater control over who is able to message them by adjusting their settings and all users now also have a private section for their messages.
In addition to the new display, you’ll notice that you now have the ability to expand the messaging interface into a full page or a 2-column display and you can also mute conversations. Every user has a personal messaging space where they can save draft messages, add notes, reminders, etc for a later time.
There is also an available course level user tour which, if enabled by your administrator, will pop up as soon as you enter a course and walk you through this new feature.
Media Options within Lessons
New in Moodle 3.7 is the ability for your learners to add media into essay questions when they answer them. They can add images and/or record audio and video using the buttons in their Atto text editor, as shown below.
Consider using this question type creatively to impact the ways your learners interact with your course and test their understanding as well as how they prove mastery of the subject matter.
As an instructor, you can also take advantage of media options in the Lesson essay question type when you’re grading. Save yourself time by recording audio or video feedback! Statistics show that detailed feedback provides not only direction for improvement but motivation for learning; the Lesson module now further supports you in creating this rich learning environment.
Support for Open Badges 2.0 & New Criteria for Awarding a Badge
Support for Open Badges 2.0 means badges may now include language and version, image author details (in the initial set up) and Endorsements, Related badges and Competencies in addition to the criteria that has always been available.
These additions to badge criteria work just the same as the previously offered criteria. Simply make your selections and then decide how to award the badge and you’re ready to enable it for access! Open Badges 2.0 also means more support for pushing your badges outside of Moodle and into a social media platform of your choosing.
Users can show their larger educational and professional community their achievements and mastery of various topics. Using a “backpack,” learners can take their achievements with them, further supporting their educational journey.
Moodle 3.7 now offers more “backpack” choices as well. Mozilla Backpack and Badgr are both supported platforms now. To use these platforms you must first create an account on their sites. Then you’ll link that to your Moodle profile within your Backpack Preferences.
In Moodle 3.7 you can award a badge based on a competency that a learner has mastered. You’ll find this option at the bottom of the criteria drop-down menu, as shown below.
Should you choose to tie competencies to the badge criteria your next step will be to identify which competency or competencies should be aligned with the badge. You’ll find a search box where you can begin to type in the name of the competency and once it appears you can to make your selection(s). The next piece is to decide whether all of these competencies should be met or if any of them will do.
Learn more about the updates in the latest version of Moodle in the Moodle 3.7 release notes. Or, chat with one of our Moodle experts to learn how eThink’s fully-managed model can help you maximize your Moodle experience!Contact Us
Webinar: What’s New in Moodle 3.7
Have the aforementioned features intrigued you? We sure hope so! Dive deeper into the features covered with the eThink Services Team during “What’s New in Moodle 3.7“. Click below to watch.