This week saw the release of OU VLE v.2.0, the culmination of a lot of work by many people over the past few months. Highlights of this version (most of which will be made available in the main public version of Moodle, some already in Moodle v1.9) include:
A new audio recording module for short audio clips recorded by students via their web browsers. This was a major requirement for language courses where students were previously required to submit audio recordings for assessment on cassettes.
A gradebook incorporating considerable enhancements to the existing Moodle Gradebook, allowing students to view their grades for assessed activities.
Learning designs which contain a sequence of Moodle activities and resources.
Enhancements to the assessment block incorporating dated and undated assessment information.
Enhancements to the calendar including the incorporation of student tutorial dates and personal events.
The incorporation of all VLE content in the federated search system.
Various enhancements to MyStuff, the eportfolio system.
Integration of course website news within StudentHome, one of the first steps in the integration of StudentHome and the VLE.
Quiz enhancements including an adaptive mode where students can make several attempts at a question, each time being presented with different parameters.
Improvements to visual design and accessibility of the OU Wiki within Moodle.
Some of these features are only available for pilots at the moment. Full details of all the above and more are available for OU staff. Now on with the planning and prioritising for the final big development phase of the OU VLE Programme which finishes on July 31st…