Students from across the University provided feedback during usability sessions in Term 1. This has influenced the development of Moodle 3.2.
So as a student, what can you expect in Moodle 3.2? We have concentrated on improving functionality and features that you use on a regular basis.
New Grades & feedback report
During our usability sessions, we found that a number of students could not easily find feedback on assignments. As a result of this, we concentrated on developing a new Grades & feedback report to ensure that assignment feedback, in all formats, could be quickly accessed from one location.
You can easily view your grades, feedback comments and any rubric comments from this report. If you have a feedback file it can be opened from here. Turnitin assignments display a direct link to the Turnitin feedback interface.
The Accessing Grades and Feedback on Moodle video explains how to access different types of feedback using the Grades & feedback report.
If you access your assignment feedback from the Assignment link on the Module Dashboard, you will be able to view or access your feedback alongside your grades.
Improvements to the My Moodle page
There are several improvements to the first page (known as the My Moodle page) that you see when you login to Moodle.
Our usability testing highlighted that it’s not obvious when module selection filters are applied. We have changed the visual styling to make it much more apparent when you have selected modules that are relevant for you (for example all modules in the academic year 2016/17).
Students also noted that some of the language used on the My Moodle page, such as period rather than term, wasn’t very helpful, so this has been changed.
Accessing modules from 2012-13
As very few students need to access modules from 2012-13 we have removed this link from the right-hand side of the My Moodle page.
You will still be able to access these modules, but will do so from the My Modules menu.
Global search will enable you to Moodle it, rather than Google it! The Moodle search feature lets you search content on Moodle that you have access to.
You can search for your modules, activity information and some activity content including; forum posts, Moodle book chapters, glossary entries or collaborative wikis pages. You can also use this feature to search for content in uploaded files, such as lecture notes or presentations.
Students told us that it is not helpful to see guidance in the Moodle System Status Messages when it is related to a feature that they do not use.
Moodle has developed a new feature called User Tours. We can develop custom User Tours to provide context specific help for key Moodle features.
Thanks to the students who participated in our usability sessions and talked to us about their experiences of using Moodle. Your feedback has helped us improve the system for all of our students.
This post is part of a series exploring what’s new in Moodle 3.2. For more on what’s coming with Moodle 3.2, all of our posts are tagged as Moodle 3.2