Thinking of upgrading from Moodle 1.9? Here are just some of the benefits that your teachers and learners are currently missing out on.
1. Activity Chooser (Redesigned)
An optional popup when building courses, the re-designed (and colourful!) Activity Chooser includes information about each activity/resource as well as detailing examples for its use and a hyperlink to access further information.
Tip! For more-experienced Moodlers, this can be turned off in favour of the traditional drop-down list approach to selecting Activities/Resources.
2. Assignment (Enhanced)
Moodle 2.4 allows for offline marking of Assignments. Teachers can download a set of assignments along with a grading worksheet; these can then be marked and graded offline, allowing for convenient upload of feedback and grades when internet access is next available.
Learners can also be required to accept a statement prior to submission to confirm that the work is their own.
Since Moodle 2.5, the Assignment module now allows for unlimited resubmissions from learners along with version history.
3. Backups (Enhanced)
It is now possible to backup sections and/or activities NOT just courses; this is especially useful if teachers wish to re-use activities/sections in a different Moodle site.
4. Badges (New)
Badges allow learners to record and share their progress and achievement with others.
Organisations can design their own badges which can then be awarded automatically and/or manually based on a set of teacher-defined conditions.
Being fully compatible with Mozilla Open Badges, learners can add these badges to their existing collection from other sites.
5. Book (New)
Now part of “core” Moodle, a resource can be broken down into sections and presented over a number of pages; the pages can provide for a rich variety of images and video as well as text to engage the learner.
The Book module also provides neat navigation within the resource via an automatically-generated Table of Contents.
6. Completion tracking (New)
The ability to track completion within a Moodle course is useful to both teachers and learners alike in quickly displaying the progress being made. Conditions can be set to ensure that an activity is not completed until specific criteria have been met – these can include obtaining a pass grade in a quiz or contributing to a forum. There is also the ability to allow a learner to mark an activity as complete thus encouraging the learner to take ownership of their own learning.
7. Conditional access (New)
Moodle 2.0 introduced the means to restrict access to specific course content based on certain criteria; these criteria could be any combination of dates, achieving a certain grade in a previous activity or the completion of an activity. Content can be completely hidden until the conditions have been met or content can be greyed out (along with an explanation of the conditions required to make it available to the learner). This is a great way to guide the progress of your learners through a course, to ensure they are gaining a solid foundation in their learning before moving on.
8. Drag+Drop (New)
Moodle 2.3 introduced a quicker and easier way to build-up content on your Moodle site by enabling the simple drag-and-drop of files directly onto the course page or into file areas. In addition, re-ordering sections within a course became a lot easier again through a simple drag-and-drop
For Moodle 2.5, drag-and-drop functionality was further developed to allow you to drag text and media onto a course page.
You’ll need a modern web browser to take advantage of this great new functionality.
9. Essay Question (Enhanced)
To scaffold a response to an essay question within a Quiz activity, Moodle 2.5 introduced the facility to include a template within the response area. This can be used to guide the learner in answering a question with an appropriate structure as well as offering support for a full answer.
10. Rubrics (New)
Moodle provides both the teacher and the learner with a clear set of descriptive criteria on which the learner’s response will be graded. The teacher can define the set of criteria (and the weight for each level of criteria) for each assignment and then simply click on the appropriate criterion (then marked green) to award marks – a total is automatically calculated. The teacher is also able to enter more specific feedback for each level of criteria.
The image presented here illustrates both the editing view for the teacher and what the learner will see once the response has been marked.