Not much blogging recently because I’ve been very busy filming Well, making videos that is, of the newest features of Moodle 3.2, which came out a couple of weeks ago. If you’ve been watching social media, you’ll no doubt have seen that everyone is talking about the new theme Boost, which will certainly silence those critics who complain the Moodle interface is ‘clunky’. Or maybe you’ve read about the user tours - guided tours administrators can create to help people find their way around the site. Equally cool, but for me, with each release, it’s the smaller, teacher-focused features that enthuse me. Little fixes that make a big difference to teachers’ lives. Here are a few scenarios:
- You’ve set up a Choice activity for students to choose their project group. When the deadline’s arrived, a couple of students message you in panic because they forgot to select their group and don’t want to miss out. Being the kind teacher you are, you make a note of their preference, go into the Choice activity and make those choices for them. Because in Moodle 3.2 teachers can make choices for students!
- Your drama class has an assignment deadline for next Tuesday. Then out of the blue your top student informs you she’s got an audition for ‘Stars in their X-Factor Talent‘ and can’t make the deadline. You don’t want to penalise her so instead you give her an individual extension. Because in Moodle 3.2 teachers can override assignment deadlines!
- You’ve mastered the complex lesson activity and are creating a long lesson with similar pages you use as templates, saving a lot of time. Because in Moodle 3.2 lesson pages can be duplicated in with one click!
- You’re re-running your course but you want this year’s students to view the postings from last year without replying to these older contributions. You can close those older contributions. Because in Moodle 3.2 forum discussions can be locked after periods of inactivity!
If you’re interested in finding out more about these new features from a teacher point of view, then why not sign up for our Learn Moodle MOOC starting on January 2nd?
Did I say I was busy filming? Oh yes – no sooner the 3.2 highlight videos finished than I began making all-new video tutorials for Moodle 3.2 to use in our MOOC. Better get back to work….