Site announcements

Unscheduled Moodle Maintenance --Thursday, January 20

by Michael Harris -

Thursday, January 20: We will be performing unscheduled maintenance on Moodle this evening at 7 pm, upgrading to version 3.11.5.

We do not expect any service downtime, although you may experience slow or unusual behavior during the upgrade.

Contact the Help Desk with questions: or 610-526-7440.

Known Issue: Error Message During Course Restores

by Jennifer Spohrer -

This issue impacts only users with a Teacher role in Moodle.

A bug in Moodle 3.11 is causing some course restores to fail with the error message: error/moodle/setting invalid ui label. This occurs when the course that was backed up has unnamed topics. Moodle is working on a fix for later upgrades, but the workaround is to add placeholder text to name field for all blank topics in the course you are backing up, then recreate the backup. This new backup should restore correctly, and you can remove the placeholder names you added after the restore is complete if desired. 

If this workaround doesn't work or you have questions or need help with Course Backup and Restore, please contact the Help Desk ( or 610-526-7440) and they will alert the Moodle team. 

Moodle Upgrade (3.11.4)

by Maria Ocando Finol -

The upgrade to Moodle 3.11.4 during the month of December was successful. This version update includes general fixes and improvements, as well as accessibility and security improvements and fixes. For a complete list of changes see Moodle 3.11.4 Release Notes.

The most noticeable changes taking place after this upgrade include:

  • Mark as done buttons under course activities. These buttons are part of Moodle’s ongoing efforts to make it easier for students to keep track of their coursework and for instructors to provide and manage ungraded course activities. See “Using Activity Completion” for examples and instructions. Teachers can disable activity completion and remove all “Mark as done” messages on the Course Settings page (Go to Edit Settings > Completion tracking > Enable completion tracking > No).
  • Word document import button on the text editor box, which allows users to import the contents of a Word document (as opposed to copying and pasting the contents, or attaching the document).
  • Create Merged Course Shell option appearing under the settings for each course.
  • Fixes and minor improvements to activities such as: Attendance, Checklist, Collapsible Topics, OU Blog, and the H5P Content bank.

We have also made the following accessibility improvements to Moodle:

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