Moodle Upgrade

MOODLE 3.2 UPGRADE (2017)

Moodle 3.1 upgrade has been scheduled for the summer of 2017. Details forthcoming.

MOODLE 2.7 UPGRADE (2015)

NPC’s Moodle Learning Management System (moodle.npc.edu) has been upgraded to 2.7.7 on July 26, 2015. A new user guide is under development. For now please refer to Moodle Documentation for technical instructions.

Why Moodle 2.7?
  • Moodle 2.5 will be discontinued
  • The 2.7 release is Moodle’s “Long Term Support” (LTS) release and will be supported until May 2017
  • Improved security and usability
What is new in Moodle 2.7?
  • A new editor that has built-in accessibility checker and screenreader helper
  • An improved math equation editor
  • Improved assignment features
  • Easy quiz and question bank creation and management
  • Enhanced conditional activities
  • For details visit: https://docs.moodle.org/27/en/New_features
What is the timeline?
  • April 13, 2015 - Remote Learner creates a 2.7 sandbox site. The sandbox is a clone of our live production Moodle site (moodle.npc.edu) upgraded to 2.7.
  • April 14 – July 24, 2015. Faculty and staff test the sandbox site and report issues and concerns. (Note: July 24 is the last day of summer ‘15 semester) 
  • July 26, 2015 – The Moodle live production site (moodle.npc.edu) upgrade.
  • July 26 – August 23, 2015 – Get ready for the Fall ’15 semester (The Faculty in Educational Technology works with IS and the vendor (Remote-Learner) to get training & support ready.)
  • August 24, 2015 - Regular Fall '15 classes begin
What do I need to do?
  • Go to the 2.7 sandbox site, log in with your current NPC Moodle username and password, and test your courses that are already upgraded to 2.7 there. The sandbox is available from April 14 to July 24
  • Report any issues you find on the sandbox to Wei Ma, Faculty in Educational Technology
  • Get ready for the fall semester
  • NOTE: DO NOT USE THE SANDBOX SITE FOR ANY TEACHING PURPOSES. IT IS SET UP FOR 2.7 TEST ONLY.
Where can I get training on 2.7?
  • Our annual subscription to Remote-Learner includes two seats to Moodle course creator online training and two seats to Moodle admin online training. Please let me know if you are interested in attending these free training opportunities. Priority will be given to faculty who teach online courses with Moodle (course creator training), and IS staff who support Moodle (admin training).
  • A Moodle 2.7 user guide will be ready before the fall semester begins
  • A Moodle 2.7 workshop will be offered in the fall
  • Moodle resources will be posted at the eResource site: http://eresource.npc.edu/Moodle/
  • Moodle 2.7 documentation can be viewed at: https://docs.moodle.org/27/en/Main_page
Questions or concerns?
  • Please direct questions/concerns to Dr. Wei Ma, Faculty in Educational Technology

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MOODLE 2.5 UPGRADE (2014)

Why Moodle 2.5?

NPC plans to upgrade its Moodle Learning Management System from 1.9x to 2.5. This upgrade is critical because 1.9x will no longer be supported by Moodle and the 2.x will be a core change both in features and user interface. New features/improvements include:
  • Conditional Activities enable teachers to restrict the availability of any activity according to certain conditions such as dates, grade obtained, or activity completion.
  • Drag and Drop Upload makes file upload quick and easy.
  • Repository Support provides many repository integrations. With the repository plug-ins you can add content from Flickr, Dropbox, Google Docs, and many others, to your Moodle course in just a few clicks.
  • A new HTML Editor is compatible with Safari, Chrome, and more accommodating of content pasted in from Word.
  • Quiz Interface Improvements provide learners with a simplified quiz interface, improved navigation, the ability to flag questions, and helpful summary pages.
  • And much more!
Timeline for Training and Upgrade
  • Spring 2013: The vendor upgrade NPC Moodle Learning production site to 1.9.19+
  • Fall 2013: Moodle 2.5 sandbox ready. Faculty training course development.
  • Spring 2014: Faculty receive Moodle 2.5 training
  • May 15, 2014: The vendor take a snapshot of the live production site, place it on the sandbox site, and upgrade to 2.5
  • May 16-22, 2014: Faculty review the 2.5 sandbox
  • August 3-4, 2014: The vendor upgrade the production site to 2.5