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New Features

There are many differences between Moodle 3.1 and Moodle 3.9. Below, we summarize some of the most exciting new features. 

To get the most from Moodle’s upgraded features, explore training available through Learning Spaces.

1. Moodle 3.9 Dashboard

Moodle 3.9 offers a unique Dashboard view that enables users to control how they see their available Moodle courses.

The most recently accessed courses are displayed at the top of the page. All other courses are listed below that.

The calendar block in the dashboard enables students to see all due dates for all courses in one location.

2. Accordion-style module navigation

Within a course, the most noticeable improvement of Moodle 3.9 is the collapsible, accordion-style navigation through modules. Modules can be “opened” or “closed” as needed to display only the necessary information. 

3. Slide-Out Menu

The Administration block has been moved from the main course page into a slide-out area accessible by clicking the “Menu” button. Clicking the Menu button again will hide this slide-out menu.

4. User Tours

Both instructors and students will receive User Tours in the form of pop-up windows to help orient them to the layout of this new version of Moodle. 

5. Clear labeling of due dates

The quiz and assignment activities both feature due dates visible on the main course page.

Additionally, the instructor view provides information how many students have submitted to these activities.

6. Clear labeling of Hidden items

It will no longer be difficult to tell if an item is hidden or visible to students. Every hidden item features a clear label identifying it as hidden, helping instructors identify what students can and cannot access. 

7. Forum Upgrades

The discussion Forum activity has received a serious upgrade.

First, instructors can now assign due dates for forums that will appear in the course calendar.

There is a new way of grading forums in Moodle 3.9 called Whole Forum Grading that will allow the addition of a grading guide or a rubric to forum activities.

8. Improved Compatibility of EduTools

From the Add an Activity or Resources menu, instructors can now directly select the correct tool to create links to activities such as Zoom, VoiceThread, Turnitin, ProctorU, or any of the other supported external tools.

9. Learner Support Tab

The menu bar appearing at the top of the dashboard and course pages contains helpful links, especially the learner support tab, which will point students to important resources.