From the Moodle Community

Collapsible PDF annotations

Tony Butler of Lancaster University has developed improvement to allow PDF comments in assignment to be collapsible so not to obscure the content.

From the Moodle HQ team

Font awesome support in core

All the most popular community Moodle themes replace the standard icons in Moodle with font-awesome. Because they are limited to a plugin, it's not possible to do a complete replacement and the result is some icons are converted, but some are not. By adding the concept of icon systems to Moodle core, we can map from Moodle icon names to a specific icon font name (and allow plugins to map their own icons), allow future icon systems (e.g. inline svg icons) and fix all the bad uses of pix_url vs pix_icon in core.

Font awesome provides a number of benefits - they load in a single request, are efficiently cached and they provide a large set of professional icons that can be used by plugin devs (creating icons is not a typical developers stong suit.

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My overview block

The Moodle Users Association project for Moodle 3.3 is an improved block for the dashboard which provides direct links to your courses, and activities that need attention.

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Better Office Intgrations

Moodle is working on better integrations with the most popular online office suites.

Working so far is a new OAuth based authentication plugin, and an admin page for configuring system wide OAuth services.

Activities that are available but not visible on course page

Allow activities to be available but not visible on course page. Also remove "Number of sections" and "orphaned" activities.

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Bulk updating activities completion

Bulk updating completion for course activities and specifying default completion for new activities in the course.

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Project Inspire

Moodle Project Inspire is intended to identify and validate indicators of student, teacher, and institutional engagement in educational activities for the purpose of developing learning analytics software features with the following functions:

  • Description of learning engagement and progress
  • Diagnosis of learning engagement and progress
  • Prediction of learning progress
  • Prescription (recommendations) for improvement of learning progress

This is the phase 1 prototype, which includes the new analytics Moodle API with predictive analytics support and basic descriptive analytics.

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