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On Tuesday June 26, 2018, Moodle, the University's centrally-supported Virtual Learning Environment, will be upgraded to version 3.4.
The new version introduces a number of new features and refinements, which are outlined below with accompanying videos.
The features include: a new 'Course Overview' block in the Dashboard, which can present deadlines and reminders to grade your assignments; ability to select what files your students can submit; collapsible inline comments when marking assignments; drag and drop media directly into the course homepage; put activities in 'stealth mode' to hide them, but be able to link to them; improvements in the Moodle calendar; manual control of the activity completion.
We will also be upgrading our Turnitin integration to version 2, which features a new submission inbox interface and the ability to define the dates and set up rubrics when setting up the assignment.
The new course overview block enables students to check their course progress and view upcoming deadlines and allows teachers to easily see activities needing grading. A few settings need to be adjusted for activities and resources to be displayed.
When setting up a Moodle assignment, module leaders are able set a reminder to alert them in the Course Overview block in the Dashboard that assignments need grading.
Module leaders can specify the types of file the students may upload to the assignment. When specifying required file types a list of suggested file types appears which makes the selection easier. Leaving the field blank will allow all file types.
Module leaders are able to expand and collapse the inline comments in a Moodle assignment, so that they don’t appear over the original text.
The Participants page (Navigation block) and the Enrolled users page (Course Administration) have been merged and allow teachers to enrol, search, filter and bulk edit or delete learners from a new single screen.
You can now manually mark as complete (or incomplete) activities on behalf of learners if you use the activity completion feature in your course.
Module leaders can now easily add audio and video files to their courses by dragging and dropping files to the course homepage. After dropping the file, you have the option to add the file as a link or embed it with an audio/video player in the course homepage.
New links below course activities, together with a jump-to menu now mean you can move more easily from one activity or resource to another.
When uploading files to your Private files, you now see how much space you have used, helping you to better manage your storage limit.
Previously in Moodle, Module leaders were able to allow activities or resources to be hidden inside “extra” weeks or topics, but still be accessible to students. These were known as “orphaned” activities and allowed Moodle users to achieve particular designs for their courses. Now you can put any activity or resource into “stealth mode” to achieve this same effect in a more officially-supported way.
The calendar can now display/hide category events and events can now be easily managed with drag and drop:
Module leaders are now able to bulk edit and update activity completion settings in their course:
When setting up a Turnitin Assignment 2, you have the option to select the assignment dates (start, due and post date) and access the Rubric Manager from the Moodle settings page for that assignment.
Submissions are now possible via a lightbox, where files can be dragged and dropped into the file manager area. Users are then provided with an extract of their submission and their paper id as proof that Turnitin have received their submission.
Use the slider in the middle to compare the old and new version of Turnitin's submission inbox.
The summary and submission screens have been combined into one Submission Inbox screen. The inbox has been separated by part, with each part navigable by tab. The part title, dates and marks available can be edited on screen without having to use a specific edit page. The bulk download options are also available within the submission inbox.
Module Leaders now have access to Rubric Manager and QuickMark manager windows from the assignment inbox.
PeerMark is a peer review assignment tool, which allows Module Leaders to create and manage PeerMark assignments that allow students to read, review, and evaluate one or many papers submitted by their classmates. Setting up a PeerMark assignment is possible after setting up a Turnitin assignment, from within the Submission inbox and by using the PeerMark Manager (green cog icon). Turnitin provide useful guidance about how to set up PeerMark assignments.
Turnitin will be able to accept any file type and Module Leaders can enable or disable that setting per assignment. Selecting 'Yes' will allow students to submit any file type (even images), but Turnitin will generate an originality report only for files that contain machine-readable text. Selecting 'No' will allow students to submit only the accepted by Turnitin file types.
Please note: No changes will be introduced in Feedback Studio with this upgrade.