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Moodle development: upgrade and new look

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Having delivered a successful rollover and archiving project for 2014/15 courses, we move now to the next stage of Moodle development. On Wednesday July 8th IT Services and the E-Learning Team will upgrade Moodle. Please note how this affects the service

1. Moodle will be unavailable from 16.00 on Wednesday 8th until no later than 17.00 on Thursday 9th July.
2. Moodle Archive will continue as normal throughout the upgrade period.


The upgrade will address a number of performance issues, and provide a robust and stable platform for our diverse range of E-learning activities. This is a minor upgrade in terms of functionality, and there will be no impact on existing activities and resources. We will take the opportunity to declutter the Moodle interface by removing some of the less useful tools and blocks.

The biggest change will be in the look-and-feel of Moodle as we move to support the increasing number of users who access Moodle with tablets and smartphones.& Put simply, Moodle will work on any such device. The E-Learning Team will shortly produce materials and offer workshops on how to make courses more mobile friendly.  Below is a rough-cut screenshot:


Other improvements include:
  • an overhauled front page with targeted support and information for users
  • a new editing toolbar
  • increased support for screen readers

Please refer to the dedicated page on the E-Learning website for further information.

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