A Look at What Moodle 3.3 Has in Store for Us

A Look at What Moodle 3.3 Has in Store for Us
April 26, 2017 Apurva Mhatre
In Announcements

Moodle 3.3 is less than a month away from release. And news is, it’s created quite a stir in the Moodle community.

But what’s got everyone so excited? What does the latest version of Moodle have in store for us? Let’s take a look.

Moodle 3.3: The Awesomeness of Font Awesome

Moodle 3.3 now has Font Awesome icons bundled in it. What is Font Awesome you ask? Font Awesome is a popular pictographic font containing over 600 icons; it allows you to add scalable vector graphics on your website. Like any font, the color can be customized too.

Support for a font icon set is part of Moodle’s attempt to improve user experience. Icons can be used to easily differentiate content types or direct users to perform a particular action.

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Edwiser RemUI users have an advantage here though, since Font Awesome icon set was included in the theme since its launch.

Moodle 3.3: Microsoft Office & Google Docs Integration

Microsoft Office or Google Apps provide e-learners an advantage, owing to the content creation and editing tools included.

The Moodle team is working towards building an integration with Microsoft Office, Google Docs and Moodle in version 3.3, with some of the features being a single login access to Moodle and your Office or Google accounts, and the ability to open documents in Office or Google from your Moodle website.

Once again, user experience will drive the eventual outcome, with the aim being to make it easier and faster to access all your learning content.

Moodle 3.3: Power of Analytics Included

With analytics being an important assessment metric in the learning process, Moodle has plans to include a powerful analytics module in its upcoming version.

Termed “Project Inspire“, Moodle’s analytics plan aims to provide indicators to learning engagement and progress, to help teachers identify students in need of help.

Here’s a sneak-peek at what’s in store:

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Moodle 3.3: Overview Block, Improved Content Structure and More

Based on popular vote, Moodle 3.3 will introduce an ‘Overview  Block‘ where students, teachers have quick access to courses content, activities and more.

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Along with an overview block, more changes include:

  • an option to hide activities that are part of the course but not yet available to students
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  • option to allow PDF comments in assignments to be collapsible

Edwiser RemUI Fun Fact

Edwiser RemUI had the ‘Course Overview‘ block included (as part of a member profile) since its launch – long before Moodle planned to include it in the core. 🙂

Makes one think – is Moodle taking inspiration from Edwiser RemUI?

Wrapping Up

Well, with all these features included, Moodle 3.3 packs some major improvements.

Rest assured Edwiser RemUI – the ultimate theme for Moodle – is not far behind, and we will be releasing a compatible version along with Moodle’s new update.

Wondering why we are overhauling Edwiser RemUI? Here are 13 reasons why.

And that’s about it. For more details, check out Moodle’s prototype site, and let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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