Moodle 3.5- What The Latest Release Brings with It for The Users
Moodle has gained huge popularity among learning organizations because of its rich features to control various online processes. The platform has come up with many versions that has fixed errors and added new features to help the developers build sites that offer rich customer experience.
Moodle 3.5 was released in mid-May 2018 and the version comes with exciting new LMS features and various other improvements that address the issues related to aesthetic, usability, compliance issues and also upgrades to mobile app frameworks.
The first step to bring change in the latest version of Moodle is that it is now GDPR compliant for all the organizations and institutions within the EU region. The GDPR is a shift in the protection and regulation of personal data and helps to protect citizens from any personal data breaches and respects the privacy in the society that is heavily dependent on data.
The laws will affect organizations within European Union borders and also organizations that are located elsewhere in the world offering services and goods that monitor the behavior of EU subjects. Moodle has kept GDPR on top priority that will help institutes to become GDPR compliant.
Improved user experience:
The new Moodle 3.5 has come up with an overall improvement in the user experience through its in-depth background research, design work, stakeholder analysis that is done by their development team. The usability improvements in the latest version focus on introducing stability to Bootstrap v4 to lay the framework for a better UX experience for the users. Moodle has released that the UX improvements will also focus on the dashboard.
Mobile app updates:
Another biggest visual updates to Moodle 3.5 is the improvements made in the Moodle Mobile app. The latest version is upgraded to Ionic 3 framework that will help to address any usability issues. A new look and feel is of course very interesting news and the new mobile version comes with several UX design and performance improvements. The new changes that are made will give the app a really modern look and feel and this will make it easier to use the app by learners and teachers. The new app design will be more consistent and will also offer a seamless experience between devices and will work on iOS 8 and Android 4.4.
Improvements in messaging:
The latest Moodle 3.5 version has made significant improvement to the functionality of messaging. This means that the changes to message database events and tables will have to happen and so to cope up with the loss of message history, Moodle has recommended its users using messaging related plugins to update their codes. The messaging improvements will include some extensions like Learning Tool Interoperability, that will help to establish some ways to integrate the learning tools and other apps with LMS.
Improvements in the question bank:
The Moodle community will be happy to find that their requests have been heard and Moodle 3.5 has expanded the ability and functionality for the users to tag any queries within the question bank. The feature is geared towards adding flexibility to the question management by creating a metadata layer in labels for questions on a course by course level and also contributes to the easiness of management for the teachers and other users.
Sharing and recording of audio and video easily:
Another great and new feature of Moodle 3.5 LMS is the ability to record the audio or the video via Moodle and also insert it directly within the Atto editor that is perfect for posting to forums and also submitting assignments.
Global search is easier:
The global search feature that was introduced in Moodle 3.x has been made easier now in the updated version. The need for the installation of SOLR search software has been removed and Moodle now comes with its own “Simple search” option that helps to search across the Moodle platform immediately.
“The upgrades that have come with Moodle 3.5 are best that learning management system has undergone and the latest update will help the developers to make the user experience richer and more interactive.”