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Moodle will be off line every Tuesday from 6:15-6:45 am for maintenance.

We have OFFICIALLY moved to MOODLE version 2.3 as the campus system. The prior instance of Moodle is now at http://moodle1.wesleyan.edu. It will remain as an ARCHIVE with access limited to individuals with the Teacher role.

For assistance moving a course Moodle from the old to the new server, please contact your Academic Computing Manager.

For assistance moving a non-course Moodle, please contact Jolee West (jwest@wesleyan, x2763)

As of August 13, 2013, we have redirected http://moodle.wesleyan.edu to point to the upgraded Moodle 2, which will be housing all courses beginning Fall 2013. Following are detailed instructions to move your materials from Moodle 1 (Now accessible via http://moodle1.wesleyan.edu or the Archive link in your Portfolio).

Getting Material Off Moodle 1

1)      Open your course in Moodle 1 (by now typing moodle1.wesleyan.edu into your browser, or selecting Moodle 1 in portfolio)
2)      Under the Administration block, select Backup.
3)      Select the documents you wish to migrate. Don’t worry about User Data, since you’re bringing everything into a new class with new students, and the grades, etc., will always be archived on moodle 1. Leave all other settings as default and hit Continue on this and the next two screens. Be aware that if you have an especially large backup, with many files, each new screen may take up to a minute to process.
4)      After the continues, you will end up in the Files section of your Moodle with a file called backup-coursename-date.zip. Download this file to your computer; you’ll need it for Moodle 2.

Putting Material On Moodle 2

1)      Be sure you’ve requested your course, as usual, via the Moodle Request link in portfolio. Once your course exists in Moodle 2, navigate to it (moodle.wesleyan.edu or the “Moodle” link in portfolio).
2)      In the Settings block, click Restore.
3)      Drag and drop the ZIP file you just created into the Files box, or navigate to it by clicking “Choose a file”, then click the Restore button
4)      Click Continue past the “not a standard Moodle backup” warning; the restore process will take care of this. Click “Continue” again, then “Next”, to get through two more screens.
5)      Select the files you want to upload into the new course. Likely this will be everything, based on what you archived previously. Be sure “Include legacy course files” is set to Yes. Click “Next”, then “next” again, then “Perform restore”. Again, prepare for a large course to take upwards of a minute.
6)      Click “Continue” and you’ll be returned to your course page with all your loaded-in files. Take care to change dates and hidden/visible status of items as relevant.

If you have more than 100 students in a Moodle 2 course, and if you use the LAE Grader Report, be advised that the report will show only the first 100 students. We are looking into a solution, but in the meantime instructors with large classes on Moodle 2 should use the simple Grader Report to view and edit grades.

With the broader issue now largely resolved, any Moodle-specific issues should now have been addressed. Please let us know if you find this is not so.

Wesleyan ITS has been made aware of a problem involving several campus systems, including but not limited to Moodle. We are working to fix the problem as quickly as possible and to keep everyone up to date.

As the semester kicks off, remember that your course may not yet be available to students. You can change the course availability in Moodle 1 or Moodle 2 by following the "Settings" link on your main course page. The "Availability" section is about three quarters of the way down the page. Just change the setting and save the change.

You can watch a brief video demonstration of the process at:

http://moodlelegacy.blogs.wesleyan.edu/moodle-in-fifteen/change-course-availability/

On Tuesday morning, January 22, 2013 we will apply minor security updates to both Moodle 1 and Moodle 2. The process should be confined to the usual Tuesday-morning downtime (6:15am - 6:45am), and should not affect any functionality, but of course if you notice any oddities, please let us know.

One of the most common uses of Moodle is to share PDF files. When a user clicks on a PDF file link, Moodle sometimes tries to open its own PDF reader within the user's web browser. Unfortunately that approach causes problems for a number of users. In order to improve that experience we have changed the default file display method on Moodle 2 to "Force download." The change will apply only to new file resources, and it can easily be overriden. In the settings for the file look for the "Display" drop-down:

resource display options

Using the new default "Force download" will ensure the widest accessibility to your PDF files. For certain other file types, video or images for example, you may prefer to use one of the other display options in order to allow users to view the media in their browser. In that case "Automatic" may be the best choice.

During fall 2012 we have been running a small Moodle 2 pilot while most of the campus continues to use Moodle 1. During spring 2013 we will continue to run Moodle 1 and Moodle 2 side by side, but we will be opening the Moodle 2 pilot to all interested faculty.

There are many reasons an instructor may wish to start using Moodle 2. You can find a summary of advantages and a growing list of introductory videos at:

http://moodlelegacy.blogs.wesleyan.edu/two-in-twenty/

To facilitate participation in Moodle 2 this spring, the Moodle Course Request app in the faculty portfolio now offers an option to create courses on either system. While requesting courses in the accustomed way, faculty who wish to do so will easily be able to opt in to Moodle 2.

portfolio screenshot

Our course creation process will automatically create not only the desired course, but also a counterpart redirect course on the other system so that wherever a course is, students will be able to find it easily.

Moodle 2.4

Highlights

  • Integration with external calendars such as Google Calendar
  • Updated activity icons
  • Group assignments
  • Blind marking
  • Submission date extensions
  • Submission statement

For full details on whatever version is currently under development please visit the official Roadmap at:

http://docs.moodle.org/dev/Roadmap

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