Open LMS EDU 4.0 Release Notes

Release Schedule

Release Date

Production Data Center Upgrade Schedule

December 28, 2022

  • North America, Central America, South America (Virginia, USA datacenter): Clients will be upgraded according to their timezone:

    • Eastern, Amazon, and Newfoundland-Labrador Timezones: December 28, 2022, at 12:30 AM - 6:30 AM EST

    • Central Timezone: December 28, 2022,  at 12:30 AM - 6:30 AM CST

    • Mountain and Pacific Timezones: December 28, 2022, at 12:30 AM - 6:30 AM PST

  • South America (Sao Paulo, Brazil datacenter): December 28, 2022, at 12:30 AM - 6:30 AM BRT

  • EMEA (Frankfurt datacenter): December 28, 2022, at 12:30 AM - 6:30 AM CET

  • APAC excluding Australia and New Zealand (Singapore datacenter): December 28, 2022, at 12:30 AM - 6:30 AM SGT

  • Australia and New Zealand (Sydney, AU datacenter): December 28, 2022, at 12:30 AM - 6:30 AM AEDT

Non-Production Sites Upgrade Schedule

We will upgrade non-production (sandbox) sites on Thursday, December 1st, 2022, between 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST.

Non-production upgrades occur during North American business hours to improve the quality of the upgrade process and shorten the production upgrade window. 

Downtime will be required for your production and non-production sites during this window.

 

Major Features

Upgrade to  Core 4.0.5

As part of this major release, the team in Open LMS upgraded the platforms and reviewed the code of versions 4.0, 4.0.1, 4.0.2, 4.0.3, 4.0.4, and 4.0.5, adding the corresponding fixes, improvements, security patches, and important backports.

Release Notes

For the full releases notes from Moodle.org, please see:

Moodle is compatible with any standards-compliant web browser. We regularly test Moodle with the following browsers:

Desktop:

  • Chrome

  • Firefox

  • Safari

  • Edge Note: Moodle 4.0 does NOT support Internet Explorer 11.

Safari 7 and below has known compatibility issues with Moodle 4.0.

Mobile:

  • MobileSafari

  • Google Chrome For the best experience and optimum security, we recommend that you keep your browser up to date.

 

Moodle Highlights and how they look in Open LMS

Improved Usability and Navigation

This new version of Moodle has improvements in usability, user experience, and navigation, which are especially evident if you use the Boost theme.

SNAP, in addition to Classic, is going to maintain a very similar look and feel to 3.11MP5.

General Improvements

  • Primary and Secondary Menus

  • Visible option to enter edit mode

  • Collapsible and better aesthetic blocks

  • Dashboard with improved calendar and timeline

  • New My Courses Tab

  • Contextual course navigation

  • Improved course Index

  • Collapsible course sections

 

Primary and Secondary Menus

There are new Primary and secondary menus in the navigation of the platform that can be found in the header and within the body of different sites. This secondary menu will show contextual navigation, depending on the user’s role and site.

 

Visible Edit Mode Option

Boost now has a visible edit mode option that is always visible on the top right corner of the platform. This element was not adopted into SNAP or Classic, both have their traditional Turn edition on options.

 

Improved collapsible blocks

Boost has improved the user experience of the blocks, they are now collapsible and have an enhanced look and feel.

 

Boost

home.gif

SNAP

Open-LMS__1_.png

Classic

home.png

 

 

Dashboard with improved calendar and timeline

The dashboard view has now an improved calendar with a new timeline functionality. This timeline improvement will help users stay on top of their deadlines, and easily sort them by date, course, or timeframe.

All improvements were adopted by Boost, SNAP, and Classic.

 

Boost

dashboard.gif

SNAP
DashboardSnap.gif

Classic

DashboardClassic2.png

 

My Courses Tab

There is a new My courses tab in the 4.0 release. This tab is visible in the header of themes Boost and Classic and will redirect the users to their enrolled courses.

This view has improved filters and an intuitive search bar

SNAP has not adopted this new tab and maintains its original My courses tab.

 

Boost

MyCourses_Boost.png

 

Classic

MyCourses_Classic.png

SNAP

MyCourses_Snap.png

 

Contextual course navigation

A contextual course menu was added in Boost to ease the navigation of its users. Now, at the top of the course body, users will find a new menu, that will show different elements depending on their role.

 

Course index

Boost now has an improved course index, which will ease the course content's navigation. This index has collapsible sections and a grey/green indicator for completed content.

 

This contextual navigation and the course index functionality were not adopted by SNAP or Classic, which will maintain their course navigation as before.

 

Boost

Course1.gif

Course_2.gif

SNAP
Course_snap.png

Classic

Course_Classic.png

 

New resource and activity icons

With this release, Moodle introduced a new set of activity and resource icons, with a new color scheme.

  • Green: Collaboration

  • Pink: Assessment

  • Red: Communication

  • Blue: Content

Classic has adopted all new icons and colors. SNAP adopted the new package of icons, but kept their original SNAP colors.

 

Boost and Classic

Course_Classic_2.png

SNAP

image.pngimage__2_.png

 

Assignment improvements

Assignments in this new version have interesting new features, such as a new activity description section, a new condition: Grade to pass, and timed assignments. These enhancements can be founds transversal to all themes.

 
Screen_Shot_2022-11-09_at_11.24.21_AM.png
 
Screen_Shot_2022-11-09_at_11.22.07_AM.png
 
 
 

Report Builder

Formerly a feature of Moodle Workplace TM, the Report builder feature is now integrated with version 4.0 for all users. This functionality allows administrators to create and share custom reports.

  • Easily add and remove columns

  • Conditions, filters, better structure, and card view

  • Preview Button

  • Define the access type by report

  • Program reports

Read more about this feature in the Moodle documentation.

Reports2.png

 

Reports.png

 

 

BigBlueButton integration

With this new release, Moodle is introducing a free trial of BigBlueButton for live web conferencing.

This free layer of functionality includes:

  • Teachers can create sessions of up to 60 minutes with up to 25 participants

  • Teachers can also share their screens, use whiteboards, and surveys, divide sessions into groups and record the session for up to 7 days.

 

Other course improvements

  • Better Drag-and-Drop

  • On/Off visible option

  • Improved “Add block” and “ Add an activity or resource” buttons

  • Content updates notification for students

 

Other General Improvements

  • Improved User tours with images

  • Question bank plugins show or hide options

  • Question bank improved question management

  • Improved Accessibility for the Atto Editor

  • Support of LTI 1.3 Advantage

  • Admin configuration presets

 

Open LMS Highlights

General UX and UI improvements

For the 4.0 release, the Open LMS team focused on the review and adaptation of the new core 4.0 code for our platform and its themes. Within that process, we made several UI and UX improvements.

 

SNAP icons redesign for activities - Core and Open plugins

Boost

Screen_Shot_2022-11-21_at_5.28.33_PM.png

SNAP

Screen_Shot_2022-11-21_at_11.15.27_AM.png

 

File Appearance info attributes for SNAP

For design reasons in the past, the Appearance section in SNAP’s course settings was hidden by default. This section is now visible and with new options.

 

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Login settings view

The login redesign for SNAP was further improved with more explicit descriptions and instructions so that the new features were more intuitive.

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Updated plugins

New Core plugins

 
 

Name

Component

Version

Component Library

tool_componentlibrary

2022041900

Question Bank

qbank_bulkmove

2022041900

 

qbank_columnsortorder

2022041900

 

qbank_columnsortorder

2022041900

 

qbank_comment

2022041900

 

qbank_customfields

2022041900

 

qbank_editquestion

2022041900

 

qbank_exportquestions

2022041900

 

qbank_exporttoxml

2022041900

 

qbank_history

2022041900

 

qbank_importquestions

2022041900

 

qbank_managecategories

2022041900

 

qbank_previewquestion

2022041900

 

qbank_previewquestion

2022041900

 

qbank_statistics

2022041900

 

qbank_tagquestion

2022041900

 

qbank_tagquestion

2022041900

 

qbank_usage

2022041900

 

qbank_viewcreator

2022041900

 

qbank_viewquestionname

2022041900

 

qbank_viewquestiontext

2022041900

 

qbank_viewquestiontype

2022041900

 

 

Updated plugins

 
 

Name

Component

Old version

New version

Workplace certificate

tool_certificate

2022031610

2022082400

 

certificateelement_border

2022031610

2022082400

 

certificateelement_code

2022031610

2022082400

 

certificateelement_date

2022031610

2022082400

 

certificateelement_digitalsignature

2022031610

2022082400

 

certificateelement_image

2022031610

2022082400

 

certificateelement_program

2022031610

2022082400

 

certificateelement_text

2022031610

2022082400

 

certificateelement_userfield

2022031610

2022082400

 

certificateelement_userpicture

2022031610

2022082400

OpenID Connect

auth_oidc

2021051720

2022041910

SAML2

auth_saml2

2022032200

2022083100

Attendance

block_attendance

2018052100

2022031800

 

mod_attendance

2021082600

2022083107

Checklist

block_checklist

2021051500

2022012200

 

mod_checklist

2021063000

2022012200

 

gradeexport_checklist

2021041000

2022062800

Microsoft

local_o365

2021051723

2022041910

 

block_microsoft

2021051720

2022041900

 

local_office365

2021051723

2022041905

 

local_onenote

2021051720

2022041900

 

assignfeedback_onenote

2021051710

2022041900

 

assignsubmission_onenote

2021051710

2022041900

 

repository_office365

2021051720

2022041900

 

theme_boost_o365teams

2021051720

2022041900

Sharing Cart

block_sharing_cart

2021092900

2022092301

Level Up!

block_xp

2022041501

2022052300

Grid Format

format_grid

2021102701

2022072203

Collapsed Topics

format_topcoll

2021061204

2022041701

Ally

filter_ally

2022101200

2022101800

 

report_allylti

2022101200

2022101800

Course Size report

report_coursesize

2021040100

2021040101

Wiris

filter_wiris

2021110900

2022070100

 

atto_wiris

2021110900

2022070100

 

tinymce_tiny_mce_wiris

2021110900

2022070100

 

local_wirisquizzes

2021122100

2022090700

 

qtype_essaywiris

2021122100

2022061500

 

qtype_matchwiris

2021122100

2022061500

 

qtype_multianswerwiris

2021122100

2022061500

 

qtype_multichoicewiris

2021122100

2022061500

 

qtype_shortanswerwiris

2021122100

2022061500

 

qtype_truefalsewiris

2021122100

2022061500

 

qtype_wq

2021122100

2022090700

RecordRTC for Atto

atto_recordrtc

2021051700

2022041900

Adaptive Quiz

mod_adaptivequiz

2022020400

2022050700

Big Blue Button

mod_bigbluebuttonbn

2019101011

2022041901

Group choice

mod_choicegroup

2021083100

2022090700

Workplace course certificate

mod_coursecertificate

2022031610

2022082400

Journal

mod_journal

2022041400

2022091600

Lightbox Gallery

mod_lightboxgallery

2021101400

2022062400

Questionnaire

mod_questionnaire

2021062300

2021062301

Quizventure

mod_quizgame

2021042700

2022030300

Zoom

mod_zoom

2022022400

2022092200

Turnitin

plagiarism_turnitin

2022032301

2022092101

 

plagiarism_turnitinsim

2021060101

2022092101

 

plagiarism_turnitinsim

2021060101

2022092101

All-or-Nothing Multiple Choice

qtype_multichoiceset

2021071200

2022081100

 

 


End of life of plugins

Core Moodle plugins removed by Moodle

 

Name

Component

Jabber

jabber

Picasa

picasa

The Health center tool

tool_health

Boxnet plugins

boxnet

 

repository_boxnet

Quiz results block

quiz_results

Word censorship filter

filter_censor

VideoJS Flash

media_videojs

WebCT question import format

webct

Examview question import format

examview

 

 

 

Bug Fixes and Minor Enhancements

MR-3.11-MP5-HF1

  • Problem 252385 - block_reports: Results not updated even when query is updated using Chrome

MR-3.11-MP5-HF2

  • Problem 250659 - Photo Tiles progress indicators missing when alternative style is turned on

  • Error: Script error for “theme_snap/snapce” when deleting a Category with a course in Firefox

MR-3.11-MP5-HF3

  • Description in the login background, to improve login page usability.

  • Problem 252095 - in Snap using Tiles format when moving an activity, the edit button of the activity is affected.

  • Problem 255361 - Restore option has overlapping Drag & Drop icons

  • Problem 250093 - Tiles format: Hyperlinks in label resource not holding original position

  • OIDC/local_o365 - Backport users duplication fix

  • EDU VPAT Snap - Homepage logged out - 2

MR-3.11-MP5-HF4

  • Problem 255628 - Reports tab in course admin is opening Ally page

  • Problem 250707 - Tiles format showing content pop-up box duplicated in SAAS sites

 
 
 

 

 

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