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Dear Moodle Instructors and Course Administrators: 

We are planning to upgrade the Learn@Illinois Moodle service from version 3.6.10 to version 3.9.3 on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, from 8 AM to 12 PM. Moodle will be unavailable during this time frame. 

UPDATE: If you are interested in discussing the details of the upgrade with us, join us for an overview and a question and answer session on Thursday, January 14, at 1 PM and on Tuesday, January 19, at 11 AM. Please use this URL to join: go.las.illinois.edu/joinatlasonlineworkshop.

Overall, Moodle’s user interface will remain the same; however, one notable difference is a new layout for the Activity and Resource Chooser. This new Activity and Resource Chooser has a search feature and gives you the ability to star your most used activities and resources to show up in their own tab. 

One exciting change included in this upgrade is the integration of HTML5 Package (H5P) content. This opens up a lot of possibilities for instructors to create interactive content in a new area called the Content Bank, and then directly incorporate it into their courses using the new H5P activity. In the future, we hope to add support for embedding H5P content into existing activities such as assignments and quizzes. For more information, visit Moodle’s documentation about H5P and the Content Bank. If you’d like, contact us at the address below to discuss your plans to use H5P content. 

This upgrade also includes a number of Forum updates, including the ability to star and sort posts and to reply privately for instructors; a new Forum Summary Report; and the addition of Whole Forum Grading. For more information, please watch this video that provides an overview of Whole Forum Grading and the Summary Report.

During this upgrade, the default text editor will change from TinyMCE to Atto. Atto has the same features plus some new ones, such as the ability to conduct a quick accessibility check of the content you have created with this editor and the ability to auto-save what you have typed as a draft. You can still choose to use Tiny MCE, but we plan to remove this text editor as an option at the end of Spring 2021.

For more details about this upgrade, please visit our Moodle Change Log. If you have any questions about this upgrade, please email us at atlas-tlt@illinois.edu.

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