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New Features (Sep 2018)
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Lecture Capture Pilot

The upgraded VLE for academic year 2018/19 is based on Moodle 3.5. This upgrade features an enhanced look-and-feel of the VLE interface. The new theme is based on the recently renovated UM website, and gives the VLE a fresh and modern look. The theme is responsive, hence it offers optimal user experience across various devices including tablets and smartphones. Navigation within a VLE study-unit area has improved significantly and more screen space has been made available for your study material and activities.

While the resources and activities are similar to past VLE upgrades, the Moodle 3.5 upgrade introduces new features, bug fixes and enhancements that will improve the VLE user experience.

Changes & New Features in the VLE (Sep 2018) [PDF]: 

New VLE interface The new theme provides improved navigation and convenient editing options.
Improved messages and notifications system Quickly access messages and notifications from icons at the top of the screen. New messages and notifications are highlighted with a number on the respective icon.
Show study-unit to students block Simplified and intuitive tool to make study-unit areas visible to students.
Instant audio and video recording Record short audio and video clips via the text editor with no additional software installations.
Interactive Content (H5P) activity Create interactive content like interactive videos, presentations, quizzes, charts and timelines with the new Interactive Content (H5P) activity.
Forum discussion locking
The forum activity has been enhanced to allow discussion locking.
Quiz question type - Regular Expression Short Answer
This is an extension to the Short Answer quiz question type, however, the Regular Expression Short Answer provides a more advanced system for analysing the students' answers through the use of regular expressions.
Activity completion enhancements
Activity completion management has been enhanced to allow tutors to set default settings for same activities / resources, as well as to bulk edit different activities / resources within the same VLE area.
Assignment activity enhancements The assignment activity now allows tutors to specify submission file types and to set different deadlines for specific users and groups.

Last Updated: 3 September 2018

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