Thursday, August 30, 2018

Moodle is Available - Update on Maintenance and Update Activities

Moodle Live is available again as of this morning, Thursday, August 30 at 11:00am (earlier than the anticipated maintenance period of three full days).  Online Learning and IT&S appreciate your patience and understanding as the following maintenance and updates were implemented:

  • Moodle servers have been fully updated with important security and Windows patches.
  • Authentication has been enhanced to allow users to login with a username, or their MSVU email address. 
  • A new ‘information’ block has been added the dashboard/course overview page.  This block will be used by Online Learning and IT&S to share timely and important information with students and faculty (upcoming maintenance periods, fall reading week, exam dates, etc).

The next scheduled Moodle maintenance period will be on Tuesday, December 18 and Wednesday, December 19, 2018.  Moodle Live will not be available during this time.  Please contact online@msvu.ca if you require assistance during this time.  

Thursday, August 23, 2018

August 2018 Scheduled Maintenance for Moodle

Online Learning and IT&S is committed to ensuring that the teaching and learning technologies used by faculty and students at the university are properly maintained and upgraded on a regular basis.  In order to achieve this, regularly scheduled maintenance periods will occur in between each term. 

  • Fall 2018 scheduled maintenance period is on August 28, 29 and 30, 2018 inclusive, therefore Moodle will be unavailable during this time. 
  • Future maintenance periods (Winter 2019, Summer I/II 2019, Fall 2019) will be communicated to the Mount community via email, Campus Bulletin, Moodle’s login screen and this webpage.
  • If necessary and by request only, faculty can continue to work on their Moodle course sites on the Faculty Development Moodle server, then course sites can be copied to the Moodle Live server after August 30, 2018.  To request access to this server (if you haven’t used it previously) and to have your Moodle course site(s) available there, please email msvu.ca.  

Please email Kelly Cantelo if you have questions or require further clarification.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Moodle 3.3 Upgrade Information

The Teaching and Learning Center and Online Learning (TLCOL) and IT&S is committed to ensuring that the teaching and learning technologies used by faculty and students at the university are properly maintained and upgraded on a regular basis.

See below for important information on the new version of 3.3, the two new educational plugins, changes to Collaborate Classic and details about the new theme, Boost.

Moodle 3.3 has some new features available for teachers, as well as beneficial improvements for system administration.  3.3 continues to enhance accessibility and users' experience.  Here are some highlights of the new features:

  • There is a new improved dashboard
  • You can check course progress, upcoming activities and gradeable activities from the new course overview block
  • Teachers can set a 'grade by' reminder
  • Teachers can specify assignment file types - choose which file types students can upload
  • Better activity completion management
  • Drag and drop media into your course site

Please visit Moodle Docs 3.3 to read more about:

Watch the following YouTube videos to learn more about 3.3:

Changes to Blackboard Collaborate Classic

With the new upgrade to Moodle 3.3, Collaborate sessions for courses delivered prior to 2018S2 (July 3, 3018), no longer appear in those Moodle course site.  If you require these recordings, a request must be made for them by emailing online@msvu.ca.  

There is a new way to access Collaborate sessions with the upgrade for faculty and students, and Online Learning will provide the written instructions, supported by a how-to video, to all faculty via email.  The information will also be provided to students on the Student Resource Information webpage.  If faculty would like assistance with incorporating this new information in their Moodle course sites moving forward, please email online@msvu.ca.

Introducing H5P and Progress Bars - New Educational Plugins

Another part of the upgrade will include the availability of two new plugins for faculty to use in Moodle.  These new plugins, H5P (allows for the creation of and use of rich and interactive content) and Progress Bars (time management tool for students with the ability to track progress) are new for educational use, and faculty are invited to learn more about their effective pedagogical use by contacting Leigh-Ann MacFarlane, Educational Developer. 

H5P makes it easy to create and share interactive online content. The program allows faculty to transform their course content into engaging online learning activities that embed right into Moodle course sites. H5P supports activities in various modes of expression, including interactive videos and online games. We are most excited about the ability to integrate questions, tips and resources right into existing course videos. Are you interested to see what H5P can offer you?  Click here to explore examples of the learning activities H5P can create.   

Progress bars are a visual way to track student progress in a course. This new feature supports students in becoming more autonomous with the management of their learning and helps faculty identify at-risk students. Using progress bars, faculty select the activities and assessments they want students to track. Then, as the students complete the work, the colour of the bar changes to show completion. Progress bars can be created for a single type of activity, like for checking progress on weekly quizzes, biweekly discussion forums, or other activities that you group and indicate.

Introducing the New Boost Moodle Theme

TLCOL would like to announce that as part of the Moodle 3.3 upgrade, the new core theme, Boost, will be launched when Moodle Live is made available again on Monday, June 25 at 1pm.  This new theme will provide a fresh new look, better navigation within and between course sites, more consistent and clearer way to configure key pages such as courses and activities, enjoy more space on the screen for content, plus more. 

Boost for Teachers

  • New core theme
  • improved navigation
  • Convenient editing options
  • Default course layout without blocks
  • Watch Boost for Teachers (helpful YouTube video) which illustrates the new theme for teachers