The Moodle-News blog is closing down.In the future, we will report Moodle news of the University of Helsinki directly on the news channel found in Moodle.You can find the new Moodle News channel in the block on the Moodle home page or in the Moodle News link in the middle.
Subscribe to the new Moodle News channel, and you will continue to receive Moodle News in your e-mail in the way you have defined in Moodle.Log in to Moodle, go to the Moodle-News channel and press “Subscribe to forum”.You can check your notification settings in your profile information.
UH Moodle will be updated to a new version on June 28. Moodle’s global developer community has renewed Moodle’s appearance and navigation. The four final Digipeda Café introductions of the academic year will shed light to the changes the new version brings.
Themes and dates
20 April 2023: Dashboard and My courses
4 May 2023: Course layout and editing
1 June 2023: Question bank and Grader report
15 June 2023: Other activities etc.
The introductions are held in Finnish. They are recorded and will be captioned in English. You don’t have to register for the sessions, but you can request calendar invitations from firstname.lastname@example.org. All introductions start at 9 AM.
Moodle 4: Dashboard and My courses
In the first Moodle 4 introduction, we go through the layout of the new version and the most important changes in some user-specific settings. We will be introducing the new versions of Desktop and My Courses tabs. Course area-specific changes will be explored in more detail in later introductions.
On Monday 5.6. at 9-12 a.m., there is a Moodle meetup (hybrid meeting) where teachers present their Moodle courses. You’re welcome if you are interested in Moodle or remote, online and hybrid teaching in general. Moodle-miitti is open to teachers in Finnish educational institutions who use Moodle in their teaching, so feel free to share this announcement.
Suggest a presentation
Is there a Moodle course you’d like to learn more about? Or have you yourself designed one you would like to share with your colleagues? Send us a suggestion for a presentation! Please send your proposals by 14th March 2022 using this form.
The featured Moodle courses may be ones that
have received good feedback from students,
take different learners and learning pathways into consideration,
meet accessibility criteria,
is well-suited to large numbers of students,
are self-study courses,
are visually attractive,
create a gamified experience,
take international students into consideration, or
are MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses – open for everyone and there is no limitation for registration)
The idea of the event is to present Moodle courses from a pedagogical point of view. You may present either a short introduction (15 minute talk) or a longer demo (~30-45 minutes) Therefore, the technical settings for activities and other details will not be covered.
Sign up as a participant
You can already sign up for the Moodle-miitti by registrating in the Moodle area Moodle-miitti 5.6.2023. Also remember add event to your own calendar. If you can’t use HAKA-login but wish to attend the event, send us an email to email@example.com.
After the service break, you will have access to a new real-time word counter in the Atto editor. The word count will be displayed at the bottom of the editor window. The older hashtag icon will be removed from the selection.
Support requests, questions and feedback: moodle @ helsinki.fi
Moodle will be updated on June 29th, 2022, from 8 AM to 5 PM. During this time, Moodle is closed and cannot be logged into. The update may not take the whole day, but the time is reserved as a precaution to prepare for potential update issues and fixes.
New question types to the quiz
In the summer update, two new question types will be added to the quiz activity: All or nothing and Gapfill. Moodle users have requested both question types.
All or nothing
All or nothing question type is a multiple choice question in which the respondent must select all the correct options to get a full score. If the respondent chooses one of the wrong options or don’t choose all correct answers, the score is 0. It is not possible to give minus points in all or nothing questions.
The Gapfill question type allows creating embedded questions (both writing, drop-down, and drag-and-drop) where you can put one or more correct words per gap. For example, in the sentence “Cats and dogs are typical pets.” you also get full points by writing “ Dogs and cats are typical pets.” In the other embedded question types, this is not possible. In addition to the Gapfill, Moodle still has other types of embedded question types (cloze).
With the “Review options” in the quiz activity, the teacher decides what students see after the quiz, e.g. if the student sees the correct answers to the multiple-choice questions immediately after the quiz is returned or only after the quiz is completed.
The default settings for “Review Options” will change during the summer update. After the update, nothing will be displayed for students who have taken the quiz. The new settings only affect the new quiz activities, the settings made before the update remain unchanged.
For example, the teacher can show the score after checking the entire quiz. If the quiz is a self-study quiz where the student should receive immediate feedback on their learning, the teacher can add the necessary alternatives to “Immediately after the attempt” and “Later, while the quiz is still open” before the quiz begins.
Notifications: Notification for teachers of students’ quiz submissions
The teacher can choose in the notification settings to receive a message when students have returned their quiz submission. This can be good, for example, for essay questions, when students can take the quiz at any time throughout the year. By default, notification preference is such that teachers do not receive these notifications.
The default maximum grade for activities
After the upgrade, the default maximum grade for some activities will be five. This applies to the following activities: Assignment, Lesson, Attendance, and External tool. Other activities or existing implementations of the above are not affected by this setting.
Per-group grade export to Sisu now possible
After the update, it is possible to export grades from Moodle to Sisu one group at a time. The group selection dropdown menu is only visible, if a group mode has been selected from the course settings. After exporting the grades of a single group, in Sisu one can adjust the assessment properties for the whole group using the bulk edit functionality.
Preliminary information: Moodle 4.0 in the summer 2023
Moodle gets a new look! Moodle 4.0 brings a modern interface, an intuitive tabbed navigation, and it will be easier for teachers to edit courses. At the University of Helsinki, we will be launching the new Moodle in the summer 2023. You can already get a taste of the new user interface in the video.