Significant Moodle Upgrade (11/25)
Update Wed., November 25, 3:45pm
We think we have turned off the Insights feature but are still receiving some reports from some faculty about emails being received. It is possible that there could still be outgoing messages from before the shut off that are working their way through the queue on the Exchange mail server. You can determine how Moodle communicates these kinds of messages by managing your Moodle Notifications using the directions at our Moodle Basics guide. To opt-out of the Insights messages, look for the “Insights generated by prediction models” setting and set them all to Off.
Update: Wed., November 25, 12pm
We are aware of the issue with Moodle sending Insights notifications via email (at risk student, inactivity, etc.). You can disable these emails via your own Moodle Notifications preferences. Look for the “Insights generated by prediction models” setting and set them all to Off.
With the pending migration of student project submissions from Moodle to MyHeliotrope, we are finally able to do upgrades on Moodle that have been overdue for the past couple of years. This should resolve some of the Moodle issues we’ve seen with recent browser upgrades for Chrome, Safari, and MS Edge, and provide new Moodle functionality for faculty as they set up their Winter and Spring 2021 courses. There is a scheduled maintenance period from 4:00am - 7:00am this Wednesday (11/25) for Campus Technology Services (CTS) to upgrade our current Moodle server to version 3.9.3. (We still have plans to migrate Moodle to a new cluster-based server architecture with more resources, but will do that next summer to avoid disrupting ongoing classes.)
- What’s new for faculty: private replies and locking discussions in the Forum activity; new competencies features, including awarding badges based on competencies met; rotating PDFs submitted to assignments; better managing of Moodle Messages; etc.
- What’s new for students: new Forum controls; notification of upcoming activity due dates; better Messaging controls; etc.
- What’s new for faculty: ability to grade whole Forums using the standard Moodle grading interface, including rubrics; Forum export and summary; embedding H5P content; etc.
- What’s new for students: session time-out reminder; emojis; new Forum view; etc.