Moodle Information

2015-16 Moodle Information

On June 18th, we will be upgrading to Moodle 2.8 for the 2015-16 academic year.  Moodle will be unavailable all day on June 18th as we perform the necessary updates and testing.

Changes in the Upgrade Process

  • New courses start off hidden from students, faculty will need to click ‘Show course to students’ link
  • Past courses remain available on main Moodle server
  • Faculty will need to click ‘Hide course from students’ on past courses to keep them private from students

Starting this year, we will be upgrading our Moodle server in place.  As a result, all courses for the AY 2014-15 year will still be available on the main Moodle server along with the 2015-16 courses.  We hope this will make it easier for faculty to migrate course materials forward to new course sites or access previous materials or grades.  Non-course sites will also remain available without the need to migrate them each summer.

What’s New in Moodle 2.8?

Moodle 2.8 has some really exciting improvements to a number of important areas, here are some of the highlights:

  • Gradebook has been overhauled and simplified
    • New “Natural” aggregation method makes configuring gradebook simpler
    • Copy/paste grades from your spreadsheet programs into gradebook
    • Full-width view makes better use of screen space
    • Column and row headers stay on screen as you scroll
    • Single view for entering grades for a single assignment or a single student
  • Quiz editing also simplified
    • Drag-n-drop question re-ordering
    • Easier pagination tools
  • New text editor
    • Includes new Mathjax math editor
    • Autosaves text every minute
  • New Assignment features
    • Set a word limit to online text assignments
    • Attach files to assignment description
  • Improved Access Restriction interface
    • Add or remove restrictions more cleanly

Where can I learn about Moodle 2.8?

The newly revamped Academic Technology website has a Moodle presence in the Tools & Services area with links to the Top 10 Skills Every Faculty Should Know, the Top 10 Moodle Questions and the Moodle FAQ.  Academic Technology will also be hosting a schedule of Moodle workshops to help you get a jumpstart on your fall term course sites.  Finally, you can also schedule an appointment with an Academic Technology Student Assistant who is trained in using Moodle and will be happy to answer your questions.

How do I request a new Moodle site?

You can contact the ITS Helpdesk (helpdesk@carleton.edu or x5999) with your request and the staff will be able to help you.  

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at AT@carleton.edu.