With the recent launch of Moodle 2.6, we have put together a few of our favourite new features of the latest version release.
1. Single Activity Courses
If you have a need just for a quiz, a book or a forum you can now set this up so that when clicking on the link to access the course you’re immediately in the activity. This will really help streamline Moodle navigation in some situations.
2. A Moodle course in multiple categories
Ok, not strictly possible with 2.6 but if you use the single activity course format with a URL resource you can create the effect that the course is in more than one category by linking to it.
3. Bulk create courses
Administrators will be delighted to learn that they can now create courses in bulk using a .csv file. Similar to the Upload Users functionality, administrators now have the power to create multiple courses quickly and can also configure many of the course settings within the upload file. A great time saver and handy to establish consistency across courses!
4. Enhanced Assignment module
Much needed additional control so that working with large groups of students can now be managed effectively using the workflow setting whereby a marking status can be set for individual submissions, only releasing the grade to the student when you determine via the status. As a teacher, you can also now spread the workload by allocating markers to individual students.
Onscreen marking of PDF assignments is another great enhancement. Teachers can annotate pdf documents submitted by students with:
- Text comments
- Freehand annotation
- Your own pre-defined “stamps”
- You can also build up a comment bank as you go along.
5. Automatically notify new users of login details
Great news for administrators! When creating a new user account manually, Moodle can now automatically email the login details to the new user, if you wish, saving you the time and effort of having to write a separate email.
6. Moodle gets disapproval…
To be more specific, the ability to disapprove glossary or database activity entries from students that have previously been approved. Small enhancements in the overall scheme of things but we’ve lost count of the amount of times we’ve been asked if Moodle allows this. So if you approved an entry by mistake in future you can easily reverse it. Have you ever approved a glossary or database entry by mistake? With Moodle 2.6, teachers can now easily reverse the approval of individual entries at the click of a button!
If you would like to get more out of your Moodle site, we want to help. Call us on 0330 660 1111 or contact us via http://info.howtomoodle.com/contact-us.