It’s the month of November, a season for Moodle users around the world to eagerly expect something (in other words, a new Moodle version) from Moodle HQ. And some of us might already know this news that Moodle 3.8 version has been released. Here is what you want to know from the latest version.
#1 Forum Activity Insights
The forum activity insights from Forum Summary Report enables teachers to see their learners’ participation holistically. For example, a teacher can see the data such as how many discussions students started, how many replies they sent, what their recent posts are, and how much depth of knowledge they show in their replies (Word and character count if enabled), and such other useful data.
Overall, the forum activity insights boil down to these two questions:
- Are they active learners? Do they seek (or give) help from (or to) other folks on the forum for any clarifications in the process of learning?
- Do they shy away from the forum? If so, why? You can examine from this question’s point of view and suggest/take corrective measures.
#2 No Login Course Report of Students
Moodle learning analytics is another area where you find the improvements from Moodle 3.8 version onward. From this new addition to the reporting and analytics functionalities, teachers come to know which of their learners have not logged into a course for a week, month, or even since enrollment into the course.
So, this new analytics report enables teachers to contact via message, encourage their disengaged learners, and bring them back onto their learning track.
#3 H5P Integration
Two Open Source platform – Moodle and Joubel (the parent organization of H5P) – come together to incorporate H5P into the core Moodle software. H5P integration into the Moodle LMS will take place in stages. What you see in Moodle 3.8 version as far as H5P concerned is the first stage.
Using the H5P project, Moodlers can create interactive content to enhance learners’ engagement dramatically. With the new H5P button placed on Atto editor, teachers link or upload a variety of content types such as quizzes, videos, presentations, etc., into their courses.
In a nutshell, you can achieve the following by this integration:
- Creating interactive content
- Boosting students’ engagement
- Reusing the content without developing it from the scratch
- Kindling interest in disengaged learners to pursue their learning goals back again
In the second stage of the project’s integration which will take place in the Moodle 3.9, Moodle users will have H5P activity inclusion.
#4 Moodle Loves Emojis
Love emojis in your communications? Yea, Moodle loves them as well. Moodle 3.8 facilitates to insert emojis in your private conversations as well as in Moodle courses through Atto editor.
Thus, emojis come handy in your communications in Moodle to express subtle emotions that cannot be done, sometimes, in words.
#5 Filter Courses to Cut Through Search
Okay. You have tens of courses on your Moodle system. So, it takes you a lot of time to get to a particular course, to its reports, and its analytics. To make things simple for you and to redeem your time on a monotonous search for a course, Moodle introduces a Course Filter on Dashboard. For all those Moodle admins out there, this filter provision is a big sigh of relief!
#6 Moodle App in Dark Mode
You liked the Dark Mode on your iPhone, Mac, or iPod, didn’t you? And it’s in. Now, Moodle introduces the Dark Mode for Moodle App in its latest 3.8 version. You can enable it while you are working or traveling at night. This update for your LMS app is super cool, isn’t this?
Besides, you can view H5P content in your LMS app when you are offline.
Moodle HQ dedicates its latest version to Koen Roggemans and the global community of translators as a token of appreciation for their services. Koen has been coordinating Moodle LMS translation into other languages since 2004. With this world-wide community of translators, Moodle could make itself available in over 100 languages.