Change Log – 2017-2018

For last year’s change log, visit our Change Log – 2016-2017 page.

Starting in October 2016, we began implementing Moodle updates on a rolling basis. Non-breaking changes are now implemented as soon as they are completed, allowing us to bring the best version of Moodle to you as soon as we can. This page tracks changes for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.

April 18, 2018 – v3.3-ui9

  • Upgraded to weekly stable release
    • Fixed bug where files with long file names could not be found

March 28, 2018 – v3.3-ui8

  • Fixed bug where the “Show contribution to course total” setting displayed “Default (hide)” but was visible
  • Fixed bug where assignments would show a red box with an error by mistake
  • UI Smart Import will properly recognize NetID and attempt to match that field in its pre-check
  • Fixed bug with “Posts, Replies, and Responses” option in UI Activity Grader
  • Updated several plug-ins to their most recent version
  • Upgraded to weekly stable release

February 21, 2018 – v3.3-ui7

  • Added “Posts, Replies, and Responses” option to UI Activity Grader
    • Responses are replies within a thread the student created, including replies to other students within that thread.
    • A separate due date can be set for the initial post, replies within other students’ posts, and responses within their own thread.
    • Examples of uses of responses include:
      • Summary or wrap-up posts at the end of the discussion
      • Answering follow-up questions from other students
  • Fixed minor bugs within UI Quick Quiz Entry
  • Fixed bug in UI Smart Import where invalid characters were not being properly screened
  • Changed Grader Report Preferences to enable the “Show/Hide” and “Lock/Unlock” icons by default
  • Upgraded to weekly stable release

February 7, 2018 – v3.3-ui6

  • Added “Stealth mode” (“Available but not shown to students”) to the Mass Actions Block
  • Added “Delete all empty sections” to the Mass Actions Block to quickly enable the removal of empty topics or weeks
  • Added an audio recorder plugin (RecordRTC) for recording audio within the text editor
  • Added the ability to delete an entire topic (including all content) to TabTopics course format
  • Changed UI Activity Grader to display post natively in browser rather than converting to a PDF
  • Increased the number of users in the Groups “Potential group members” list
  • Added Quick Quiz Entry, now located under reports
  • Upgraded to weekly stable release

January 17, 2018 – v3.3-ui5

  • Upgraded to stable release version 3.3.4
  • Minor infrastructure changes

January 10, 2018 – v3.3-ui4

  • Bug fixed in UI Group Viewer so that groups are visible to teachers
  • Stealth mode (“Available but not shown to students”) works in TabTopics
  • Plug-ins upgraded with no major feature changes:
    • Certificate (custom)
    • Group Choice
    • Journal
    • Kaltura (Illinois Media Space)
    • Questionnaire
    • Turnitin Assignment
    • Quickmail
  • Course Request display fix for other preload sources
  • Gradebook tweaks:
    • Changed default Grade Export fields to no longer export useless fields and to export UIN
    • The “Exclude empty grades” option appears by default, rather than under “Show more”
    • The “”Hide totals if they contain hidden items” will default to “Show totals excluding hidden items” instead of “Hide”

December 13, 2017 – v3.3-ui3

  • Course Request Upgrades
    • Fixed bug where some gradebooks would not copy over correctly
    • Fixed bug where the system would hold a request due to category creation failing
    • Fixed bug where name collision would occur for a single request with two large course sites
  • Fixed display bug with icon when moving items in Gradebook Setup

December 6, 2017 – v3.3-ui2

  • UI Smart Import – Display issue fixed
  • i-card Photos Block – Display issue fixed
  • Collapsed Topics plug-in updated
  • TabTopics “Highlight” feature fixed

November 17, 2017 – v3.3-ui1

  • Upgraded to Moodle 3.3 – Full change information is available here
  • Summary:
    • Changed default settings in several activities to increase usability
    • Enabled “Timed Posts” for forums, so that instructors can schedule announcements and other posts.
    • Enabled “Quiz Auto-saving” on a permanent basis so that student work is consistently saved during quiz attempts
    • Enabled “Stealth mode” to allow activities to be set to “Available but not shown on course page”, which will replace Orphaned Activities
    • Database upgrades to allow for Emoji Support, so that work is not lost due to being rejected by database
    • File server upgrade to allow for faster and more reliable service
    • Minor display fixes
  • Hotfixes:
    • PDF conversion issues fix
    • Assignments displaying warning in error fix

November 8, 2017 – v3.2-ui21

  • Upgraded to weekly stable release of Moodle 3.2.5
  • Fixed display issue in Attendance module when used with “Students self-record attendance” and a password
  • Enabled pilot of Auto-saving in Quizzes to monitor performance prior to upgrade

November 1, 2017 – v3.2-ui20

  • Changed administrative setting to populate Middle Name field (for reporting purposes only)

October 25, 2017 – v3.2-ui19

  • Upgraded to weekly stable release of Moodle 3.2.5
  • Upgraded back-end PDF conversion tool so that PDF conversions for Assignments run more smoothly.
  • Added “Templates” to Course Request System, so you can make a new course site with some existing structure, making it easier to get started using Moodle

October 18, 2017 – v3.2-ui18

  • Updated the UI Activity Grader to work properly when switching to a new linked forum or being newly created and linked to a forum with existing posts
  • Fixed issue where the links at the top of the page would become invisible if tab-focused
  • Changed table headers in Pages, Labels, and Section Summaries to include underlines when links are present
  • Fixed display issue where “Send” link was wrong color on Messages interface

October 11, 2017 – v3.2-ui17

  • Upgraded to weekly stable release of Moodle 3.2.5
  • Updated the UI Activity Grader to do a better job processing submissions into PDFs
  • Added the “Scheduler” Activity
    • Scheduler allows instructors to set up time slots for students to book appointments with them
    • Use cases: One-on-one appointments with students, Office Hours sign-up, Presentation Sign-ups for face-to-face courses
    • Documentation is available here

October 4, 2017 – v3.2-ui16

  • Changed editing period from 30 minutes to 15 minutes
  • Upgraded Attendance activity to the newest version
  • Changed default settings of Attendance activity to increase usability
    • 100 students displayed by default (vs. 25)
    • Disabled calendar entries for Attendance activities

September 27, 2017 – v3.2-ui15

  • Upgraded to weekly stable release of Moodle 3.2.5
  • Changed string for assignments with no submission types to be clearer
  • Updated text on the Log-in Page to reflect new contact information
  • Upgraded Quickmail block to newest version
  • Fixed display bug with forums divided into groups
  • Fixed display bug when accessing an OU Wiki with Editing on
  • Implemented first round of display fixes for Message interface

September 13, 2017 – v3.2-ui14

  • Upgraded to weekly stable release of Moodle 3.2.5
  • Upgraded plug-ins:
    • Pearson MyLab & Mastering
    • Group Choice
    • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
    • Certificate (custom)
    • Moodle2Word
    • Atto styles and Word import
  • Fixed display bug of Grade Items when using Single View to display a student’s grades
  • Added the ability to use spaces in tab names on the “MyMoodle page”
  • Fixed display bug with “Cancel” button when embedding using Illinois Media Space
  • Fixed display bug on the “Notifications” page that resulted in inconsistencies when hovering

August 30, 2017 – v3.2-ui13

  • Enabled “Non-teaching editor” role
    • Non-teaching editors can edit almost any page, as well as the Gradebook Setup, but cannot see enrolled users, grades, or forum posts. This role can be used by undergraduates who are helping to prepare course sites or by anyone who would like to add an editor to their course site who cannot see grades.
  • Enabled Recording Downloads for Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
    • Note that these cannot be turned off on a per-video basis. Ultimately, we determined that enabling the recordings globally was preferable to keeping all recordings disabled, since there is no per-video or per-course option.