Moodle 3.5 has just been released. This build is the must have to get prepared for GDPR compliance which is due on the 25th May!

In this post, we’ll highlight a few of the changes in Moodle 3.5.

GDPR Features

As expected, there are new Privacy and policies features to help meet GDPR requirements. We’ve gone over some of this in our GDPR and Moodle: Plugins Released blog post, however the plugins are built in to Moodle 3.5.

If you cannot upgrade to 3.5 just yet, the latest 3.3 or 3.4 can have these plugins installed.

Alongside these plugins being default in Moodle 3.5, there are eleven new capabilities, including several relating to data, privacy and policies.

Students can also now access site policies and make data requests from links in their Profile.

Simple Global Search

A new, simple Global search feature is available without the need to install an external engine.

This means you no longer need to set up Apache Solr for Global Search.

This is an incredibly useful feature for small to medium Moodle sites. However if your Moodle site is quite large, you might encounter some performance issues – so using an external engine for search is still something to consider.

Cohort Themes

You can now set specific themes based for Cohorts. So anyone assigned to that Cohort will have their view styled differently to the default view.

More efficient user management

Search, filter and bulk edit or delete self enrolled learners directly from the Participants and Enrolments screen. An incredibly useful power feature!

Bootstrap 4

Bootstrap 4 is included to provide better options for developing themes, as well including clearer fonts and icons across the Moodle site.

And lots more!

You can find out more via the forum post on

Update Now!

Moodle 3.5 is a huge release, especially with GDPR right around the corner. Friday 25th May 2018 is the special date!

If you need assistance upgrading your Moodle site, get in touch with us at [email protected] – we’d be happy to help!

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Dan Bennett

Dan has been working with Moodle since 2008, starting when Moodle was at version 1.9, having worked with customers from many backgrounds, supporting them with their Moodle sites when an issue arises – whilst also helping Moodle users in the Moodle Forums...