MIIS Moodle Updated to version 2.6.6

On December 22, 2014 the Institute’s course management system “iLearn” at http://ilearn.miis.edu underwent a much needed version update from 2.4.1 to 2.6.6. This update does not impact existing courses from previous terms or course sites that have been created for the 2015 January- or Spring terms.

With this update you will notice some changes to the look and interface of the MIIS iLearn site, but for the most part this update provides a number of usability and instructional feature improvements that we hope you will appreciate as you look ahead to building course Moodle resources.

Usability Improvements

With this update MIIS iLearn will include some noticeable usability improvements. They include:

  • A more user-friendly web / WYSIWYG editor.Watch a short video describing this changeMoodle 2.6 editor
  • Improved course activity and resource editing (move, drag&drop, drop-down menu): Watchshort video describing this change moodle 2.6 resource editor
  • Drag and drop media and text directly onto the course page
  • Word count visible in discussion forum posts
  • Responsive theme and interface for variety of devices (desktop, tablet, smartphone)

Functional Improvements for Instructors

Other Features of Interest that Instructors may not be aware of

  • Online audio recording in Moodle with Poodll Anywhere plug-in: Watch a short video describing how this feature works
  • Rubrics for criterion based assessments in the Gradebook
  • Conditional Activities and Completion Tracking for hybrid and flipped models of instruction
  • Messaging Students by e-mail from Moodle

If you have any questions or concerns about the update, please e-mail Bob Cole at bcole @ miis.edu.