Moodle 3.2 has been with us for a couple of months now. If your organisation hasn’t upgraded yet, you can try out the new features of Moodle 3.2 either by signing up for a free MoodleCloud site or by using our Moodle sandbox. The drawback with these, however, unless you have lots of time and imagination, is that it can be quite lonely, exploring empty courses with few, if any, participants.
Mount Orange, the Moodle School demo site, is populated with courses, activities and users, so you get an authentic experience and you don’t have to spend time adding your own content, simply to test something out. A few examples are listed below. We’ve added the direct links so you can get there quickly:
(Log in with the username manager and password moodle)
- User tours – view, edit, create or import these handy guided tours around aspects of the site or course.
- Import competency frameworks – whereas in 3.1 you could manually add new competency frameworks, this new standard feature makes the set up much easier.
(Log in with the username teacher and password moodle)
- Make the most of media – edit the video and see how to add thumbnails, subtitles and control playback of your uploaded media
- Grade assignments on the move – log in with the Moodle Mobile app and see how quickly you can grade simple assignments.
- Lock forum discussions – set a time after which, if nobody has posted, the discussion will be closed. (You just have to reply again to reopen it.)
- Make choices for students -if they missed the deadline
Moodle 3.2 brings benefits for all users too, with improved messaging and notifications top right of the screen, as you will see with either of the above accounts. Don’t forget to try the student account too (username student, password moodle). If you log in from the app, you’ll get a handy view of all your course grades. The many improvements in the Moodle Mobile app deserve a post of their own – so watch this space