What's New in Moodle 2.6
Beginning with Summer 2014 courses, CSULA will be upgrading Moodle to version 2.6. This is part of a regular system upgrade. Moodle 2.6 will appear more consistent across various devices, including desktops, tablets and phones. In addition Moodlers will experience an improved text editor box that can be resized to suit various browser widths, and features user-friendly icons and a collapsible toolbar menu.
To access the new Moodle 2.6 version:
- Login to Moodle 2.6 at https://moodle-2014-2015.calstatela.edu. This is a temporary login site. For future login process please proceed to step 2 below.
- Log into the myCSULA Portal at mycsula.calstatela.edu.
- In the left Quicklaunch Menu, click the green Moodle 2014-2015 icon.
- You should then be launched into the new Moodle 2014-2015 environment which contains a green header.
To copy content in Moodle:
- Simple Restore - With Moodle 2.6, there is a new way to move materials from one version of Moodle into another. Use the Simple Restore process to restore materials from previous versions of Moodle. Simple Restore documentation is available online.
- Backup and Restore - Back up and Restore is an alternative way to move materials from one version of Moodle into another. Backup and Restore documentation is available online.
- Import - Use the Import feature to move content from within Moodle 2.6.
New features in Moodle 2.6:
- The steps for making your course visible have changed slightly.
- The text editor will appear throughout Moodle 2.6.
- In Moodle 2.6, categories within Settings are collapsed by default.
- PDFs can be annotated within the browser.
- Instructors are able to specify the stage they are in when marking (grading) assignments. Marking workflow documentation is available online.
Visit Moodle.org to see a complete list of new features within Moodle 2.6:
Every Moodle course is hidden from students by default until it is made available by the professor. Once you are ready for students to view your course, you will need to make the course available. You will need to do this every quarter for each of your Moodle courses.
Follow the instructions below to make your course visible.
- Login to your Moodle course page.
- Find the Administration block on the left hand side.
- Click Edit settings.
- Find the General section.
- Click the Visible drop-down menu.
- Select Show.
- Click Save Changes.
Moodle 2.6 has a new text editor. By default, it is collapsed to show only basic editing tools.
To expand the text editor, click the button in the upper right-hand corner. When hovering over this button, it will say Toolbar Toggle. Hovering over each button gives a brief description of its functionality.
By default, most categories within course / activity settings are collapsed. There are two ways to expand the categories.
- Click the category name. This will expand the section.
- In the upper right-hand corner of a settings page, click Expand all. This will expand all of the sections on the settings page.
In Moodle, faculty are able to Import content between courses within the current version of Moodle (Moodle 2.6).To transfer content from a course that was set up in a previous version of Moodle, use the Simple Restore process.
Follow the instructions below to Import content from a past course:
- Enter the course where you would like to deposit the content.
- Find the Administration block on the left-hand side.
- Click Import.
- Select the course from which you would like to Import the information from the list of available courses.
- You may use the Search field beneath the course list to find your course.
- Click Continue.
- Click the check boxes to select or deselect the types of materials to import.
- Click Next.
- Review your Import materials.
- Click Perform import.