Learning Management Systems
Moodle Intros Support for Competency-Based Ed
The flagship feature of Moodle 3.1 is support for competency-based education.
Open source learning platform Moodle has released version 3.1, which introduces new features for competency-based education. "With Moodle 3.1, administrators can create learning plan templates and apply them to individuals or entire cohorts of students," according to a press release. "Competency frameworks and learning plans can now be constructed within Moodle or imported from external sources using a plugin."
Other highlights of Moodle 3.1 include:
- Revamped assignment grading interface, which presents all elements on one screen and gives instructors the ability to annotate over student submissions of different file types;
- Ability to bulk download files in zipped folders for offline use;
- Ability to pin forum discussions, making them more visible to students;
- Publish as LTI tool, for allowing remote users to access selected courses and activities;
- Tagging for course activities and resources;
- In-line editing;
- Global search and file system repository search functions;
- Workshop enhancements;
- Assignment file conversion;
- Learning plan templates; and
- Lesson default settings.
In addition, a new recycle bin feature allows users to restore deleted courses and files to their original locations. This is the first feature contributed by the new Moodle Users Association, a community-driven group focused on giving users a say in Moodle product developments.
For full details on version 3.1 improvements, head to the Moodle site. Moodle 3.1 is available as a free download, via the MoodleCloud service or from certified Moodle Partners.
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