UNSW Moodle Upgrade Project

Moodle 3.3 Upgrade

Timeline

We are currently preparing for our annual Moodle upgrade. This year we will be upgrading from the current version 3.1 to version 3.3.

Key features and improvements

Release notes:

https://docs.moodle.org/dev/Moodle_3.3_release_notes

New features:
https://docs.moodle.org/33/en/New_features

Key dates

Date Activity
6 September 2017 Final Moodle 3.1 features/fixes release
20 September 2017 Code freeze on Moodle 3.1.  TELT Ops team to test and approve changes.
9 August - 3 November 2017 Moodle 3.3 testing period
22 November 2017, 11pm Upgrade to Moodle 3.3 begins

23 November 2017, 11am

Moodle 3.3 made available to staff and students

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact us at PVCE.TELT.Communications@unsw.edu.au.

Archive - Moodle 2.3 Upgrade

On 21 November 2012, UNSW Moodle was upgraded to version 2.3.

Major changes

The major changes to the system are:

  • improved files usability
    • improvement in the functionality of the File picker
    • in File picker and file manager, images display as true thumbnails, and files display as file-type icons
    • more file display format options (as icons, a detailed table or a hierarchical list)
    • drag-and-drop functionality
    • editability of file information
    • ability to create an alias for a file, allowing a single update for all instances of a file throughout a course
       
  • repository improvements
    • ability to create an alias for a file in an external repository
    • improved searching and browsing
       
  • improvements to course pages
    • course sections can be displayed one per page, with previous/next/main navigation
    • course sections can be added to or removed from the course page directly
    • access to course sections can be restricted by grouping or by date, or made conditional on completion of an activity or the achievement of a certain grade
    • drag-and-drop is possible with blocks
    • file drag-and-drop onto a course page
    • name editing of activities and resources directly on the course page


       
  • a completely re-written Assignment module
    • streamlining of Assignment sub-type choice
    • new Marking guide marking method
       
  • the Book module becomes a core Moodle component
     
  • Quiz improvements
    • more robust handling of late quiz attempts
    • teachers can now force students to answer questions strictly in order
       
  • an improved SCORM module (new graph report; drag-and-drop into the course page; SCORM packages now work with activity completion)
     
  • an improved Workshop module
    • auto-switch to the assessment phase on submission deadline
    • submission deadlines display in calendar
    • workshop submissions can be filtered by group
       
  • improved application performance and stability.

Minor changes

Minor changes in Moodle 2.3 include the following.

  • You can now choose activities and resources from a single Add an activity or resource window, which provides basic information on each activity or resource when you select its button. On the course home page, click Turn editing on, then click Add an activity or resource in the relevant section, and the following window will display:



    Select a button for an activity or resource (the example shows Database selected) to view information about it. Click Add to open that activity's Add page and begin creating it.
     
  • You can create an Assignment that requires both online text and file submission:


     
  • You can now export a course to IMS Common Cartridge 1.1 format, as well as importing from that format:


     
  • You can now display the size and type of uploaded files on the course home page by clicking the file's Update icon and selecting the relevant check boxes:

  • You can restrict access to entire course sections, in the same way as you restrict access to individual activities, specifying access conditions in the section settings (via the Edit summary icon within the section):



    Or, more simply, you can click the Hide (eye) icon at the right of the section to hide that section, and click the Show (closed eye) icon to display the section again.



     
  • You can use a greater variety of fonts in the text editor:


     
  • If you try to navigate away from a page you've made changes on, the following warning now displays:


     
  • You and your students can now view glossary entries within a glossary and also in the recent activity block, random glossary entry block, RSS feed for the glossary and any auto-linking glossary keywords:


     
  • More file repositories are enabled by default:


     
  • Calendar events for a course are backed up and restored.
     
  • Users can no longer override their default email address in their messaging settings:


     
  • The total grade column on the Quiz grade report is more prominent.

 

Archive - Moodle 2.5 Upgrade

UNSW Moodle was upgraded from Moodle 2.3 to Moodle 2.5 on Wednesday 27 November, 2013.

Key features and improvements

1 For teachers and students:

2 For administrators:

Key dates

Date Activity
27 September 2013 Code freeze on Moodle 2.3.  TELT Ops team to test and approve changes.
2 October 2013 Final Moodle 2.3 features/fixes release
27 November 2013 11:30pm Upgrade to Moodle 2.5 begins
28 November 2013 9:30am Moodle 2.5 made available to staff and students

Further information

Release notes:
http://docs.moodle.org/dev/Moodle_2.5_release_notes

New features:
http://docs.moodle.org/25/en/New_features

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact us at LNT.TELT.Communications@unsw.edu.au.

Archive - Moodle 2.7 Upgrade

UNSW Moodle was successfully upgraded to version 2.7 on 27 November 2014.

Key features and improvements

Release notes:

https://docs.moodle.org/dev/Moodle_2.7_release_notes

New features:
https://docs.moodle.org/27/en/New_features

Key dates

Date Activity
1 October 2014 Code freeze on Moodle 2.5.  TELT Ops team to test and approve changes.
1 October 2014 Final Moodle 2.5 features/fixes release
26 November 2014, 10:30pm Upgrade to Moodle 2.7 begins
27 November 2014, 9:30am Moodle 2.7 made available to staff and students

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact us at LNT.TELT.Communications@unsw.edu.au.

Archive - Moodle 2.9 Upgrade

We are currently preparing for our annual Moodle upgrade. This year we will be upgrading from the current version 2.7 to version 2.9.

Key features and improvements

Release notes:

https://docs.moodle.org/dev/Moodle_2.9_release_notes

New features:
https://docs.moodle.org/29/en/New_features

Key dates

Date Activity
24 September 2015 Code freeze on Moodle 2.7.  TELT Ops team to test and approve changes.
24 September 2015 Final Moodle 2.7 features/fixes release
14 October - 6 November 2015 Moodle 2.9 testing period
25 November 2015, commences at 11pm Upgrade to Moodle 2.9 begins

26 November 2015, approximately 9:30am

Moodle 2.9 made available to staff and students

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact us at LNT.TELT.Communications@unsw.edu.au.

Archive - Moodle 3.1 Upgrade

We are currently preparing for our annual Moodle upgrade. This year we will be upgrading from the current version 2.9 to version 3.1.

In conjunction, the Moodle Direct v1 plugin for Turnitin will be upgraded to v2. This will bring a number of graphical user interface changes and Peermark.

Key features and improvements

Release notes:

https://docs.moodle.org/dev/Moodle_3.1_release_notes

New features:
https://docs.moodle.org/31/en/New_features

Key dates

Date Activity
21 September 2016 Final Moodle 2.9 features/fixes release
22 September 2016 Code freeze on Moodle 2.9.  TELT Ops team to test and approve changes.
26 September - 21 October 2016 Moodle 3.1 testing period
23 November 2016 Upgrade to Moodle 3.1 begins

24 November 2016

Moodle 3.1 made available to staff and students

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact us at PVCE.TELT.Communications@unsw.edu.au.