Site announcements

Guest Access and Zoom

by Anonymous User -

As a reminder, we enabled guest access for spring Moodle courses to enable instructors to share syllabi and other course materials with students who have not yet registered. Guest access will be disabled by default after registration closes on February 19. (Instructors may disable or enable guest access for their own courses at any point.)

While guest access is turned on, the visibility of Zoom meetings depends on how they were added:

  • Guests cannot see or access Zoom meetings using a Moodle Zoom activity. Only enrolled course participants can see this activity and use it to join meetings. (Instructors will need to email meeting links directly to unregistered students or enroll them as auditors to give them access.)  
  • Guests can see and join meeting links added to a Moodle page using the + Add Activity or Resource > URL option. Although it is unlikely that Zoom trolls will find them, consider taking additional security precautions while courses are guest accessible to be safe.

Guest Accessibility during Registration

by Anonymous User -

As a reminder, guest accessibility is on by default for spring 2021 academic Moodle course sites through the end of registration (Feb 19). 

  • Students can browse to find sites for courses they aren't enrolled in 
  • Teachers can edit course listings by logging into the course, clicking the gear icon, and choosing Course settings
    • Add important info like class meeting days and times and mode of instruction to the Course summary box. (Summaries are visible when you click the i and on the Dashboard if you use the Summaries view.) Note: although the text editor has buttons for adding links and video to a course summary, in practice non-text elements aren't visible in listings. Add them to the course main page to share with prospective students instead. 
    • Add an image to the display under Course SettingsCourse image
  • Teachers can temporarily hide sections or elements within a course if they do not wish them to be visible during registration. 

Update: Moodle Upgrade to 3.9 Complete

by Anonymous User -
The upgrade to Moodle 3.9 during the Jan 28 maintenance window was successful. This version update includes bug fixes and minor usability enhancements. The most noticeable changes will be visible only to individuals with a Teacher role:
  • A Turn editing on button will once again visible on course pages, just below the gear icon.
  • The Activity Chooser now has multiple tabs to enable filtering; you can star items you use frequently and view only your starred items.
  • A new H5P Content bank link in the left navigation sidebar. In 3.9 Moodle has significantly support for HP5, an alternative way to create and use interactive content across Moodle courses. EAST is just beginning explore these new options; look for future documentation updates and workshops!
For a complete list of changes see Moodle 3.9 Release notes

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