Time flies and since our last newsletter where we discussed the many benefits of moving to Moodle 2.1, we would like to update you with a quick overview of the best enhancements in Moodle 2.2.
With custom mobile themes, improvements to iOS5, and the Moodle App, your Moodle courses are more portable than ever.
- Advanced Grading - Rubrics - Rubrics is the first plugin of a new 'Advanced Grading' plugin type. It currently works for Assignments and will be extended across all modules. Here is a nice video demonstration of Rubric Grading with Moodle 2.2 by Mary Cooch
- Moodle Mobile Theme - Moodle 2.1 introduced the ability to select different themes for different devices, and now with 2.2 a standard theme in core is custom-designed for smartphone browser screens. When users visit your Moodle site on a small screen they'll see a completely different layout, that can be optimized for small touchscreens by MyMobile Theme.
- Learning Tool Interoperability – Moodle supports the embedding of learning objects that support IMS Learning Tool Interoperability (LTI 1.1). This opens up plug & play use of a growing amount of interactive content. LTI is the ultimate “write once, run anywhere” mash-up solution for educational apps. Here is a great video discussion on Learning Tool Interoperability
- Common Cartridge Import – Support to import courses that use this standard for packaging learning content is now available for Moodle 2.2.
Moodle profiles now supports globally recognized avatars Gravatars
- TinyMCE editor supports Safari on iPad/iPhone with iOS5
- Conditional activities can be made available at an exact time
- Mobile app enables download of all resources for offline viewing
- Navigation block links to topic/weekly sections
- Option to upload users to a cohort, and to add users to a cohort in bulk and more
- Course listings can optionally display course short name everywhere
- Activity descriptions can be displayed on course homepages
- SCORM AICC improvements to handling of external AICC packages
- SCORM reporting improvements including a new SCORM interactions report
- Choice of which fields (email, department, etc.) are shown in a lists of students
More details in the Moodle 2.2 release notes