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Key features and improvements coming in Moodle 3.4 version

Moodle 3.4 – the upcoming major version of Moodle project, is due to be released in November 2017. Moodle project releases a new major version after every six months. Every new version has a lot of new features and improvements based on the Moodle project’s roadmap.

The new features in Moodle 3.4 are picked from the feedback provided by the Moodle community. The new features and improvements are focused on improving the Usability, Administration and Analytics aspects of Moodle core. The road map of Moodle Project includes the major areas of development like Platform, Access, Management, Feedback, Content.

New features coming in Moodle 3.4:

  1.  Usability Improvements for Course Overview/Dashboard page – Since the release of Moodle 3.3, Many moodle community members have suggested some improvements in the new course overview page. This issue collects together some improvements to course overview based on community feedback after the 3.3 release.
  2. Add next / previous links to activities – For courses where there is a natural flow of information from one activity to the next, Next and Previous buttons may be more intuitive than the drop down navigation box. Moodle 3.4 will be equipped with Next and previous activity buttons.
  3. Inspire Analytics in Moodle core – The Learning analytics project by Moodle, is intended to find and validate indicators of student, teacher, and institutional engagement in educational activities for developing learning analytics software features. Initially released as a Plugin for Moodle 3.3, Project Inspire Analytics will be integrated in Moodle core from Moodle 3.4 release.
  4. Improvements to the Calendar Project – The Moodle User Association project to make improvements to the Moodle calendar. Currently in progress and a working prototype is available at http://prototype.moodle.net/calendar/
  5. Merge Participants and Enrolments Page into a single page – A long pending request from Moodle community members finally coming to be true very soon. Currently Moodle has two different pages with almost identical list of users and without any significant advantage. The new merged page will seamlessly give all the details on a single page so that they are easy to find, filtered and enrolled/unenrolled, notified and many more.
  6. Specifications for GDPR Compliance – The EU Data protection laws take effect on May 25th 2018 after a 2 year transition period. Moodle 3.4 will be the first stable Moodle release with the necessary features for sites to comply with the legislation. This feature will include more reports and features in Moodle to help with GDPR compliance.

Apart from the above major features, Moodle 3.4 will also add another significant feature for Moodle developers with improvements to dynamic scss compilation / caching. Since dynamic SCSS compilation is a heavyweight process and now Moodle HQ team is working to make it work better for users and developers.

Moodle HQ team is also working on promoting the usage of Moodle Mobile app in Moodle core. In Moodle 3.4, there will be more hints for the users to use Moodle Mobile app.

Your Turn Now:

Which of these features makes you excited about the release of Moodle 3.4? Do let us know in the comments section below.

Jaswinder Singh

Jaswinder Singh, passionate about using Moodle in improving the Indian Education System and reaching the students in far flung areas where still education seems to be a impossible prospect of life. He is the author of the popular Moodle Book “How to use Moodle 2.7”. In October 2016, Jaswinder was elected as the Moodle User’s Association Committee member – the first to make it from India.

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