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New Moodle ready for start of session 2018-19!

By Annora Eyt-Dessus, on 28 September 2018

After much work (in June, and August, and before and after!), a new Moodle Platform has been rolled out for the 2018/19 academic year, with migrated courses and Portico enrolment functionality ready for the start of term.  While Legacy Moodle will continue to be available for those finishing their 17-18 courses until early next year, all new 18-19 courses will be running in new Moodle. With staff in mind, we’ve outlined below a few things to bear in mind as you start teaching and welcoming students:

Update your courses

  • Review your courses to ensure that content is up to date, especially in light of AMP Portico code changes.
  • Check resources and activities are set up correctly, including Lecturecast links or Library Reading lists.
  • Ensure that any assessment deadlines or activities, such as Turnitin, Moodle Assignment and Quizzes are up to date.

To help you with this we’ve created a New Moodle Checklist with key things to check, and instructions on how to make any changes, so that your course works well in the New Moodle and is ready for the start of term.

Check everyone is enrolled as expected

Note: You will only be able to manually enrol students who have logged into New Moodle.

Make your course visible

  • Even if you have students enrolled, your course will need to be made ‘visible’ so they can access it. Please follow the instructions here: https://wiki.ucl.ac.uk/x/0An0BQ

Induct your students.

  • Point your students to the Student Help menu available on at the top of every Moodle page.
  • Consider sending your students the Moodle Quick Start Guide for students (also available in the Moodle Student Help menu) with an introduction message via a Forum on your Moodle course.
  • Try to accommodate students who are new to virtual learning environments like Moodle by explaining what they can expect on the platform, and using the Student guidance available to support them: https://wiki.ucl.ac.uk/x/RQKmAQ

Training and support

  • New face to face training sessions are available for Getting started with Moodle – details available here.
  • There is a vast amount of guidance available  on the Moodle Guides for Staff wiki: https://wiki.ucl.ac.uk/x/-xliAQ
  • You can log issues via the ISD Service Desk: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/help-support, but please do make sure that you include a URL to the page where the issue is occurring and a detailed description so this can be dealt with as fast as possible.

There are still a few known issues with the system which we are looking to resolve as soon as possible, but we do hope you’ll find the new system improved for the coming academic year. Do take a look at the list of new features and functionality available.

We know that this new version of Moodle has meant some extra work, and we greatly appreciate staff (and student) patience and involvement during this substantial undertaking!

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