Moodle 3.7 and the Value of Keeping Your Platform Up To Date

By October 2, 2019 March 3rd, 2020 No Comments

Remote Learner is pleased to announce that we are making Moodle 3.7 available to our clients on October 7th, supported by a Learning Spaces Webinar recorded yesterday, October 2nd. If you have a Learning Spaces account, you can view that webinar here. The Moodle 3.7 release primarily focuses on improving forum and messaging functionality as well as accessibility with enhancements that improve the user experience for administrators, instructors, and students alike.

Some of our favorite 3.7 enhancements include:

  • Messaging Enhancements: Improvements include a link to a full-page, 2-column view, the ability to mute conversations, and a personal space for notes, links, and reminders as part of the Messaging drawer.
  • Test emails: A new setting allows site administrators to easily test the outgoing mail configuration.
  • Forum – Inline Editing: MUA-funded improvements to the Forum activity include adding and replying to discussions online.
  • Add Media In Essays: Users can attach files such as images or record sound/video when answering an essay question.
  • Increased Forum Control: Instructors can add a private reply in a forum and manually lock discussions.

We encourage you to talk to your account manager or contact our support team about upgrading. If you want a little more time to learn about Moodle 3.7 before reaching out, check out Learning Spaces, where we have courses available to walk you through the release.

The Importance of Upgrading

Keeping your site up-to-date gives you access to tons of new features. But keeping your site on the latest version is about more than just new features. An up-to-date site is more secure and stable, has fewer bugs and is more compatible with other systems in your learning environment. It also makes future updates (which at some point become unavoidable) much easier to complete. And we can’t forget to mention one of the most exciting benefits of updating your site and one of the best reasons to have Remote Learner as your partner: Our large and growing list of exclusive and original features.

Remote Learner clients don’t just get a supported platform, they get the ongoing work of an in-house team of experts who are constantly expanding the capabilities of Remote Learner client sites. Developing these exclusive and original features for all possible versions of our platforms, however, is untenable. Updating your site ensures you’re getting the best of Remote Learner as well.

Supporting You During an Upgrade Process

We understand that updating versions can be stressful and that there can be a lot of questions that come with a new version that impact a user’s ability to do what they need to do on a day-in/day-out basis. We’re committed to helping our clients manage that change as painlessly as possible. Our development and operations teams thoroughly test new releases to ensure that client sites and their data are stable and secure. Our support team makes each new release available in a consistent and complete manner and is available 24/7 should there be any issue. All new releases are accompanied by comprehensive documentation, training resources such as self-paced courses and webinars, and user tours. And each client has a dedicated account manager who is your go-to person for any questions or concerns.

The world of online learning is changing at a rate that can feel exponential at times. Our job is to position our clients to be able to embrace that evolution with open arms through our expertise and support. An up-to-date platform to be one of the easiest ways to make sure you are ready for whatever is coming next.