New features of the new Moodle version

TUNI Moodle was updated to Moodle 4.1 version. This tip lists the new features in new version.

Layout and editing of the course

  • The new user interface makes it easier to edit and manage the Moodle course. Functions that were previously in the function menu (the so-called gear menu) can now be found in the Moodle course tabs under the course name.
  • The Grades and Participants tabs have also moved there from the course index (table of contents) in the left column.
  • Completion Progress is integrated into the course index, so you can see which tasks you have completed and which have not yet been completed directly from the course index. You can open and close the course index from the “hamburger menu” in the upper left corner.
  • The Edit Mode button is now in the upper-right corner and is always available to the teacher. This makes editing smoother and simpler.
  • Blocks are no longer automatically visible to students in courses. They are on the right side behind the drawer. You can open and close the blocks from the drawer.
  • Moodle’s default text editor changed to the new TinyMCE HTML editor. The legacy Atto and TinyMCE Legacy editors are still available and selectable in your Moodle user profile settings.

New features in activities and resources

  • The question bank now has new data columns that provide learning analytics on quiz questions. They allow you to analyze the effectiveness and difficulty of the questions. You can also edit questions directly in the question bank view.
  • New H5P activity was added during the Moodle update. The biggest change is in adding and managing new H5P content: you first create a new H5P assignment in the H5P content bank of the Moodle course, and after that you select it when you add the H5P activity to the course page or embed it in the HTML editor. You can find the H5P content bank from More in the course tab menu.
  • The database activity has several improvements: It has a new start page where you can choose a template for the database, or load the structure of an old database. In addition, it is now easier to track and manage the approval of database records.
  • Adding new  OU Blog activities has been disabled because the add-on is no longer being actively developed. However, existing OU Blogs works as before. We recommend using  th MM Learning Diary activity or Forum in a blog-like format instead of an OU Blog.

New dashboard

  • Each user’s dashboard was reset to the default during the update and the old, outdated My Courses listing block was removed. Dashboard views were reset because people who have used Moodle for a long time may have the dashboard become outdated and did not display the necessary information.
  • With New  My Courses block you can filter and sort the list of your courses based on where you last visited, and you can hide old courses completely from your dashboard without affecting how the course appears to other course participants. See video about managing course list and adding your own couse link list to dashboard (video in Finnish, captions in English)

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