Moodle 2.8.1

An Open Source web-based course management system or virtual learning environment

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What's new in Moodle 2.8:

  • This version brings significant improvements to the gradebook, forums, analytics and usability in many areas to empower teachers and improve functionality for everyone across all devices.
  • Some of these many features, such as forum discussion subscription, come from highly-voted user requests in the Moodle Tracker. Others build upon recent features in Moodle 2.7, such as the new Event Monitoring tool which watches live events and looks for patterns so it can notify you about them. One feature which is particularly good for accessibility is the new ability to reply to forum post notifications directly from your email client.
  • Of particular note in this release are the grading-related improvements which make up the bulk of the changes. This recent work began with community surveys and a gradebook workshop in LA earlier this year with enthusiastic representatives from institutions such as Luther College, University of Minnesota, Louisiana State University, San Francisco State University, University of California and Calpoly, as well as Canberra University in Australia and some Moodle Partners. This workshop brought together many of the people who have been extending and modifying Moodle's gradebook in their own installations. By the end of the two-day workshop we had a consensus and a rough specification for the core developers at Moodle HQ to work with. On behalf of the community, I thank the entire group for their efforts in this project, and especially Bob Puffer and Mark McKay for continuing to work closely with Moodle HQ all year to help our developers through the very difficult development process. We came a long way and there's more coming in 2.9!
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Martin Dougiamas
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Moodle - A sandbox demo of the Moodle course management system
Moodle is an open source, platform-independent and totally free Course Management System (CMS), which is also known as a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) or Learning Management System (LMS). It is the world’s most popular course/learning management solution, used by millions of people worldwide and implemented daily in a wide range of educational environments.

Features at a glance

Key features include site management, user management, course management, auto-linking, mathematics notation, media plugins, multi-language content, an "Upload File" assignment, an "Offline" assignment, a graded journal, a glossary of common terms, teacher-defined glossary, and learner-defined glossary.

In addition, Moodle includes a "Repeating" chat, an "Open" chat event, and a standard forum. It’s a cross-browser, web-based application written in the PHP language and designed to support all major web browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer.

It’s compatible with all mobile devices

The software is best known for its easy-to-use and modern user interface that boast an accessible and responsive design suitable for both desktop and mobile platforms, a customizable dashboard that allows the user to organize and display courses at a glance, and state-of-the-art track progress functionality for learners and educators who want to track progress and completion.

Moodle also supports notifications, which will allow you to get instant alerts about deadlines, new assignments, forum posts and private messages. The integrated file manager offers drag and drop support, as well as compatibility with popular cloud storage services, such as OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox.

All-in-one calendar, text editor and collaborative tools

A built-in calendar app will keep users informed at all times about group meetings, course deadlines, as well as other personal tasks. Furthermore, an intuitive and simple text editor allows you to easily format text to which you can add image files and other media. A number of collaborative activities and tools are also integrated in Moodle.

Moodle was reviewed by , last updated on November 13th, 2014

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