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3.9 Upgrade FAQs

"What’s happening?"

During Summer 2021, courses will be migrated from Moodle 3.1 to an updated Moodle 3.9 site. 

"What should I do if I want to prep my Fall courses?"

You can request to have a sandbox created for your Fall course in the current Moodle 3.1 site so that you can begin working on your course immediately.

"Will I still have access to the old Moodle?"

Yes. The University will maintain both sites for the time being. For now, most non-academic courses will remain in 3.1.

"How will I find out more?"

More information will be forthcoming after July 1. Watch your University email for updates. 

3.9 Upgrade Announcements

July 15

Faculty can now access courses taught Fall 2020 through Spring 2021 and course shells for Fall 2021 at this website.   

If you have trouble logging in, or can't find your course, contact the IT Service Desk.

Moodle 3.9 has several features that provide smoother functionality than Moodle 3.1, including an improved dashboard, navigation, and forum upgrades. 

The New Features section of the website includes a video demo and outline of features to watch in Moodle 3.9. 

There are also several upcoming webinars to help you orient to changes within Moodle 3.9: 

  • Highlights of Moodle 3.9 | 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 21
  • Preparing Your Course for Moodle 3.9 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Thursday, July 22
  • Learning Spaces: A Training Resource for Moodle 3.9 |1-2 p.m. Tuesday, July 27
  • Get Started with H5P in Moodle 3.9 | 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 28

Register for these sessions at SignUpGenius

May 5

The upgrade for the University’s Learning Management System from Moodle 3.1 to Moodle 3.9 will begin this summer. The goal is for all courses to be in the updated system by Fall 2021. 

What this means for your courses
You should continue to access your courses as normal. You will receive information over the summer regarding how you will access your courses in the upgraded system.

What to expect from Moodle 3.9
Moodle 3.9 will have benefits for instructors and students. Faculty members who participated in pilot programs in the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters identified several highlights, including:

  • Improved navigation; 
  • Improved Dashboard view; 
  • Accordion-style collapsible modules for less clutter and minimal scrolling;
  • Advanced grading options for discussion forums, including grading rubrics;
  • Clear labeling of due dates for quizzes and assignments; 
  • Clear labeling of hidden items;
  • Auto-linking of text;
  • Native integration of H5P (for designing interactive content and activities); 
  • Embedded user tours; and 
  • Improved compatibility with external plug-ins and tools.

Faculty will also have access to new, robust training materials to get the most from the system. 

What’s next?
The Office of Distance Learning will continue to keep faculty informed as to the progress of the update. Information is forthcoming regarding accessing courses and Moodle 3.9 resources.