Moodle 2 Coming to SSU

By babs on February 16, 2012 12:53 PM

The University's Moodle system will be going through an upgrade from version 1.9 to 2.2. This upgrade will bring improvements to the user interface and underlying architecture. Faculty, students and others who use SSU Moodle will find the new version to be very similar, and will not need to re-learn Moodle. Faculty who use Moodle may wish to attend one of the Moodle 2 preview and training sessions offered by the Faculty Center.

The University's Moodle system will be going through an upgrade from version 1.9 to 2.2. This upgrade will bring improvements to the user interface and underlying architecture. Faculty, students and others who use SSU Moodle will find the new version to be very similar, and will not need to re-learn Moodle. Faculty who use Moodle may wish to attend one of the Moodle 2 preview and training sessions offered by the Faculty Center.

Timeline

Moodle 2 will be in use for Summer 2012 courses (and beyond). Moodle 1.9 will not be used for live courses after the Spring 2012 semester.

  • March: Faculty Center will offer Moodle 2 Preview demonstrations.
  • April: Moodle 2 Basics hands-on training for faculty will be provided in the Faculty Center.
  • Last week of April: Moodle courses for Summer 2012 will be available for faculty.
  • Mid-June: Moodle 1.9 courses will be available on archive server.

Previews & Training

Demonstrations of Moodle 2
Place: Faculty Center, Schulz 1125
Time: Noon-1:00pm
Dates: Wednesday, March 7
Thursday, March 8
Thursday, March 15
Friday, March 16
Wednesday, March 21

 

Moodle 2 Hands-On Training
Place: Faculty Center, Schulz 1125
Time: Noon-1:00pm
Dates: Tuesday, April 3
Thursday, April 5
Monday, April 9
Wednesday, April 11
Tuesday, April 17
Wednesday, April 18
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Frequently Asked Questions

Will my Moodle 1.9 course work in Moodle 2?
Yes. For most courses, converting a 1.9 course to Moodle 2 will be just like copying a course from a past semester into a new course.

Will all my Moodle 1.9 courses be automatically converted to Moodle 2?
No. Conversion is "self-serve." Faculty should decide which courses they want to carry forward. Step-by-step instructions will be available for faculty who wish to convert an older course to Moodle 2, and hands-on support will be available in the Faculty Center. Moodle 1.9 courses will be available on a Moodle Archive server until the end of May, 2013. Faculty may also download a backup of any course to save on their own computer.

Can I just keep using Moodle 1.9 until I'm ready to use Moodle 2?
No. Effective Summer 2012 session, Moodle 2 will be SSU's production Learning Management System. SSU's Moodle 1.9 server will not be available for use with live courses. Moodle 2 is very similar to Moodle 1.9, and should not require completely re-learning how to use Moodle.

Will I still automatically have access to my courses? And will my students still be automatically enrolled?
Yes. All official University courses will automatically be created and populated in Moodle based on CMS course and enrollment data.

What improvements will faculty and students see?
There are many improvements in Moodle 2. Some of these are:

  • Improved performance
  • Updated look and feel
  • Improved navigation
  • Rubric grading option in assignments
  • Conditional Activities
  • Activity Completion options
  • Duplicate activity/resource function
  • More robust HTML editor

More Information

More information about Moodle 2 will be posted at www.sonoma.edu/moodle as it becomes available.

Questions about Moodle 2?

If you have questions about the Moodle 2 upgrade, contact Barbara Moore barbara.moore@sonoma.edu.

If you have questions about using Moodle 2, contact Martha Ezell martha.ezell@sonoma.edu, or Tim Hensel hensel@sonoma.edu, in the Faculty Center.