So, what’s new in Moodle 3.0? Moodle 3.0 is the next iteration of the most popular LMS platform in use. This upgrade is not as big as the jump from 1.9 to 2.0 and it is not compatible with the newest php7, but Moodle 3.0 will be backwards compatible. Despite the lack of a complete overhaul, Moodle 3.0 brings important upgrades. Let’s look at a few interesting upgrades we can look forward to.
Improved backup maintenance
Moodle 3.0 has the option to have an automatic system of deleting older backups and having the option of maintaining a fixed number of latest backups to save on storage and prevent cluttering.
Installation of a collection of plugins at once
Moodle encourages developers to split up a complex plugin with many functionalities into multiple dependant plugins; “doing one thing and doing it well”. In previous versions of Moodle, a collection of plugins dependant on each other have to be installed separately, but with Moodle 3.0 a whole collection of plugins can be installed at once.
Signup validation done client side
In earlier Moodle versions, signup validation (check for correct email format etc.) was done on the Moodle server side making the validation process longer and dependent on network. In Moodle 3.0, signup validations are done on the client-side in the browser or the app.
New Question types
Improved HTML5 support
In Moodle 3.0, administrators can set HTML5 as the default video format throughout Moodle for videos that are HTML5 capable.
For workshops, when it enters the submission phase during which students upload their submissions, teachers would see a new report at the main workshop screen indicating a list of submissions made but not the full list containing both completed submissions and awaiting submissions. In Moodle 3.0, teachers are able to view the full list.
Improvements to the Atto Editor
Moodle 3.0 has introduced Square Root, Vector and Fractions button in the Atto Equation Editor
Deletion of Personal Messages
In previous Moodle versions, users were unable to delete personal messages. In Moodle 3.0, users are able to delete personal messages received though they remain on the sender’s side.
File resource date display
Moodle 3.0 has added the ability to display upload date and last modified date to file resources. Earlier it was just the file resource name.
You can read the complete release notes for Moodle 3.0 here.