Learning Management Systems

Moodle Intros Full Support for Competency-Based Ed

The flagship feature of Moodle 3.1 is support for competency-based education.

Open source learning platform Moodle today 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 through certified Moodle Partners.

About the Author

About the author: Rhea Kelly is executive editor for Campus Technology. She can be reached at rkelly@1105media.com.

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