In this blog we will go over the upcoming features and changes to Moodle 3.6, due to be released on Monday 26th November 2018.

UPDATE: Moodle 3.6 has now been pushed back to Monday 3rd December, to allow for more time to QA test!

Dashboard

The Dashboard has now been updated to include ‘Recently Accessed Courses’ and changes how the ‘Course Overview’ looks and can be filtered and sorted to help the user see more information that they may need.

You can even star courses so they stay pinned to the top! ⭐

There is also a new ‘Timeline’ block on the Dashboard for users to keep track of deadlines.

More GDPR Changes!

Building on the privacy features implemented in Moodle 3.5 for GDPR, 3.6 comes with more customisable privacy settings.

Based on user feedback, Moodle HQ has now made policies optional as a welcome enhancement.
The data exports are more human-readable and links to contact the Privacy officer are clearer.
All in all, Moodle site users will have a better picture of how their data is used.

Nextcloud integration

Moodle is open source; Nextcloud is open source. It make sense for the two to join forces. Thanks to the community developers, learners and educators will be able to connect to Nextcloud and share files inside Moodle courses.

Nextcloud is an open source, self-hosted file share and communication platform. You can find out more about Nextcloud at Nextcloud.com.

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Support for version 2 of the Open Badges specification

Great news for badge collectors! Thanks to some useful new settings, teachers and trainers can include versions, language and image author details when setting up a badge. There are also options for including third party endorsements and referencing external competencies.

Assignment feedback: add files and media

When the Atto editor introduced the possibility of students recording audio and video in assignments, enthusiastic Moodlers rushed to request this for assignment grading. So now, if you’re grading assignments, you will now be able to record your feedback as sound or video, and supplement it with files and images.

Messages, Quizzes, Moodle app and more!

If you’ve ever wished you could message a group in your course instead of each member individually, you’ll welcome the new group messaging feature which comes along with improved control over who can message you. And thanks to the Moodle Users Association, statistics for random quiz questions will be much clearer to read and interpret.

As usual, a short time after the release of Moodle 3.6, we can expect a updated version of the Moodle app and this time, it will come with infinite scrolling and much faster performance.

Help QA Test!

QA Testing is a vital part of every Moodle release. With Moodle 3.6 on the horizon, there are a number of QA tests that need to take place to ensure a smooth release!

Want to help? Check out this Moodle Forum post!

More details soon!

On release day, we will have an official list of all new features and changes and we’ll be sure to post about it soon after!

Don’t forget, Moodle 3.5.3 was recently released and Moodle 3.3 has fallen out of support! So if you’re looking for a time to upgrade, maybe this will tempt you!

And as always, if you need assistance in upgrading your Moodle site – get in touch!