by Chloe Gunn
Moodle 4.0 is focusing on harnessing the power of User Experience to transform Moodle LMS – which is scheduled for release in November 2021. The moodle team set out to understand their users and after carrying out an initial benchmark survey the team will be focusing on some key themes:
educators ability to create, duplicate, reuse and move course content;
students capacity to easily navigate the interfaces;
quiz and assignment set up and workflow; and
fragmented gradebook workflows.
Dan Marsden, eLearning expert at Catalyst, says he is looking forward to utilising the great improvements to the user experience which make it easier for users to access relevant information in a more natural way. This should massively improve those students and teachers who are new to Moodle.
Dan has spent some time previewing Moodle’s progress and says, “I love the improved workflow for students – making the important information such as due dates/current activities more prominent – decreasing the number of steps a student has to take to get the most relevant information for them ‘today’.”
Martin Dougiamas, Moodle Founder and CEO, explains:
“We are breaking new ground with this release and creating processes to obtain wide input from our community is key to its success. Our community is one of Moodle’s greatest strengths and thorough engagement with them has been key in developing a UX roadmap that tackles and prioritises the most desired enhancements. We’re looking for a “wow!” from our users, whether you’ve been using Moodle for 10 years or 10 minutes so that we can empower educators worldwide to do amazing things with the deep features Moodle has developed over the years.”
And, from what we can see from these Moodle mock-ups (see below)– we’re on track for an intuitive easy to use learning tool.
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