Moodle Enhancement History

This page lists enhancements that have been made to the UNC Charlotte Moodle site. The changes are listed in reverse chronological order, with the most recent changes appearing first. The changes are also organized by term.

To request an enhancement for Moodle, post a message in the Enhancement Requests Forum. This forum is located in the Teaching with Moodle course, which is available to all UNC Charlotte faculty and staff under the Training folder in Moodle.

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Fall 2011

Moodle facelift

September 6, 2011

After a few years with the same design, it was time for something lighter, brighter, and more user-friendly. As a result, Moodle got a facelift. In addition to cosmetic changes, instructors are now able to add blocks to the content column of their course home page. For more information: New Year ... New Look for Moodle

Library Resources block

August 22, 2011

Moodle instructors can now give their students access to common library functions from within their Moodle course. Once the instructor adds the Library Resources block, students can access links that enable them to look up books and articles, access course reserves and research guides, reserve study rooms, and renew books online. For more information: Using the Library Resources Block

Team assignments

August 19, 2011

Team assignments enable students to work in groups or teams. Students can see files uploaded by other members of their team, in addition to files they've uploaded themselves. Students can also submit assignments on their team's behalf, instead of submitting assignments individually. Once the assignment has been submitted, instructors can grade teams collectively or grade students individually. For more information:

Spring/Summer 2011

Clicker integration

June 23, 2011

UNC Charlotte has transitioned to a new clicker provided by Turning Technologies. The new hardware and software is now fully integrated with Moodle. Students can register their clickers in Moodle and instructors can easily integrate data collected from clickers with the Moodle gradebook. For more information: Clickers: Personal Response Systems

Send for marking disrupts assignment grading

May 18, 2011

This change allows grades to be saved properly when "Send for marking" is enabled in a Moodle assignment. Before the change was made, grades entered in a Moodle assignment may not have been saved properly. Instead, the grade reverted to its previous value. This created confusion for users, since no error message was displayed to indicate why the grade wasn't saved.

Administrators show up in Scheduler

May 18, 2011

This change prevents administrators from appearing as students in the Scheduler module. Before the change was made, when an instructor added a Scheduler activity to their course, they saw CTL staff and other administrators along with their students. The issue didn't interfere with the activity, but it created confusion for instructors, since the administrators were not participating in the course.

Self-enrollment in project sites

May 18, 2011

Faculty and staff can request Moodle courses that are not associated with a Banner course. These courses, commonly referred to as project sites, can be used to collaborate with other Moodle users. Project leaders can add participants to their project sites in Moodle, much like instructors can add students to their Banner courses. In addition, project leaders can now allow participants to add themselves. For more information: Allowing Participants to Enroll in Project Sites

Video assignments

May 17, 2011

Video assignments enable students to upload a video they create for grading. For more information: Creating a Video Assignment

Change Quickmail separator

May 17, 2011

The address separator that Moodle uses for email messages sent through an external client was changed from a comma to a semicolon. The change was made for compatibility with Microsoft Outlook. By default, Microsoft Outlook doesn't allow commas as address separators, so it couldn't send messages generated by Moodle. For more information: Can I email students from my Moodle course?

Reformat gradebook category pages

May 17, 2011

This change has two parts, both affecting the New category and Edit category pages in the gradebook. The first part changes the "Grade item" label to "Category total" and the "Item name" label to "Category total name." The labels were misleading in this context, since the object is actually the category total, not a grade item. The second part hides all settings except Maximum grade and Locked behind the Show Advanced button. Some of the settings were redundant or not relevant, which increased the risk of confusion.

Reformat quiz timer

March 7, 2011

We reduced the size of the countdown timer in Moodle, so it's less likely to block quiz content. In addition, students are now able to move the timer to the other side of the screen. Before the change was made, the timer could obscure question numbers or other quiz content, which made it difficult for some students to complete the quiz.

Adding course participants

March 2, 2011

Primary instructors are now able to add UNC Charlotte faculty, staff, and students to their course via the Administration block. The roles available to instructors are Secondary Instructor, Editing Teaching Assistant, Section Designer, and Permitted Student. In addition, project leaders can add other project leaders and project participants to their project sites. For more information: Adding Participants to Your Course

Fall 2010

Moodle to Banner grade submission

December 13, 2010

Moodle instructors can now submit midterm and final course grades directly to Banner from the Moodle gradebook. For more information:

Turnitin anti-plagiarism

October 4, 2010

Turnitin is a plagiarism prevention system that makes it easy to identify students who submit unoriginal work. Turnitin is now integrated with Moodle, so instructors can create Turnitin assignments from their course home page. For more information: Creating and Using a Turnitin Assignment

Allow grades over 100%

August 18, 2010

By default, grades are limited by the maximum and minimum values of the grade item. We enabled a setting that removes this limit, thereby allowing grades over 100% to be entered directly in the gradebook.

Change default grade letters

August 18, 2010

By default, grade letters in the Moodle gradebook include plus and minus grades such as A-, B+, and B-. These grade letters are not commonly used at UNC Charlotte, so they were removed from the default list.

Progress Bar block

August 18, 2010

The Progress Bar block is a time-management tool for students. It provides a visual representation of course activities that the student is expected to perform. For more information: Using the Progress Bar Block

Allow topics or weeks to be deleted

August 18, 2010

This change enables instructors to delete topics or weeks on their course home page. The only limitation is that the top-most section can't be deleted. Before the change was made, instructors could delete individual resources and activities, but they couldn't delete entire topics or weeks. This made it difficult for instructors to reset a course or remove unwanted content.

Allow blocks on module pages

August 18, 2010

Some activity modules support blocks on their pages. This change enables instructors to add blocks on these pages, much like they would add blocks on their course home page. For example, an instructor could add an HTML blocks on a lesson page. The block could contain links to Web pages or other resources that are relevant to the lesson's subject matter.

Change default quiz questions per page

August 18, 2010

By default, Moodle allows unlimited questions per page in a quiz. To improve performance, we changed the default to five questions per page. When questions are added to a quiz, page breaks are automatically inserted according to this setting, but instructors can manually move page breaks as desired.

Spring/Summer 2010

Video resource

July 2, 2010

The video resource enables instructors to upload videos for students to view in their course. For more information: Adding a Video Resource

Change default setting for adaptive mode and apply penalties

June 28, 2010

When adaptive mode is enabled, students can respond to questions multiple times within a particular quiz attempt. If the student's response is marked as incorrect, they are allowed to try again. However, a penalty is usually subtracted from the student's score for each incorrect attempt. These features are somewhat advanced, so they are now disabled by default. Instructors can enable the features for individual quizzes as desired.

Respondus LockDown Browser

May 27, 2010

Respondus LockDown Browser enables instructors to lock down the browser students use during a quiz. Students are not able to print, copy and paste, access other Websites, or access other applications on their computer. By restricting students in this manner, the browser is intended to increase security and decrease cheating. For more information: