By Aurelie, Eliot Hoving and Jason R Norton, on 20 March 2023
Previewing our new UCL Moodle, ahead of the summer upgrade.
Hello and welcome to the new fortnightly news release for our upcoming Moodle 4 Upgrade.
As announced by Jason Norton, Head of Virtual Learning Environments, in the Moodle 4 Upgrade Summer 2023 blog post on 6th March 2023, the UCL main instance of Moodle will be upgraded this July from Moodle 3.11 to Moodle 4.2.
In this series of blogs, we aim to keep you up to date with what our team is working on each Sprint (fortnight) and to highlight a new Moodle 4 feature, in more detail.
What are we working on?
This week we wanted to share with you our progress with the dashboard redesign for Moodle 4.
The new dashboard aims to improve the students’ experience with course updates including a timeline of activities, featured current and future course activities, and a ‘Recently accessed by Peers’ section to keep up-to-date and provide quick access to popular activities and resources. The clear buttons and fresh page layout aim to make managing deadlines, learning and signposting of support easier for our learners.
As well as the dashboard, the new “My courses” area introduces a central point where students can access all their available modules and courses, and allows searching and filtering of these courses in the overview section.
What’s new in Moodle 4?
Gradebook user experience improvements
A better user experience (UX) has been a key focus for numerous Moodle 4 developments.
One such change is that UX improvements have made the Gradebook easier to navigate, which allows graders to analyse the success of formative and summative assessments, and inform improvements to course design.
In this new version of Moodle, a ‘Grades summary’ page has been added to provide a summary report of the grade averages for each course activity. This Grades summary report can be filtered by activity.
There is now also an improved ‘User report’ with a more modern design and collapsible categories.
The grader report has an improved search function with dropdown menus. There is also an option to open external assessment tools from the gradebook and add grade letters if needed.
A ‘Single view report’ with improved design and a new search make it easier to review class and specific user grades. Graders can now search by user, group, or grade item.
It’s now also easier to import/export gradebook elements.
If you have questions, please do get in touch with the Digital Education team.
We’ll be back in a fortnight with further news and updates for you. In the meantime, happy moodling!
The Virtual Learning Environments team