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Moodle upgrade and downtime: 18 Dec

We are excited to announce that our Virtual Learning Environment 'Moodle' is being upgraded on Monday 18 December 2023.

The upgrade will bring a fresh new design, additional features and improved performance. It also introduces Ally for Moodle – the new accessibility tool. These changes will improve both teaching and learning experiences.

Moodle will be unavailable on Monday 18 December

Moodle will be unavailable from 7.30am until 5pm on Monday 18 December whilst the upgrade takes place.

Moodle will be then considered 'at risk' and therefore may not be available until 5pm on Wednesday 20 December.

Please note: the downtime and risk period only applies to Moodle Live – the other Moodle servers have already been upgraded, including Moodle Train, Moodle Community and the Moodle Exams server.

Moodle 4.1 – What's Changing

The new version of Moodle, Moodle 4.1, brings with it improvements to its look and feel, such as the colours and position of the menus and buttons.

There will also be changes to features such as Edit Mode, Blocks, Course Index and Activity Icons.

You will find full details of all these changes on the Learning Technology Hub.

Further information about Ally for Moodle, the new accessibility tool, can be found on the Introducing Ally page

Help and Support

We have a range of support materials in place to help you get started with Moodle 4.1:

  • Staff Moodle Support Walkthrough demonstration explaining the key features: Staff Moodle Guide  
  • Your technology Toolbox: Your Technology Toolbox
  • Online Workshops with a Learning Technologist: book a space through LibCal – search for “What's new in Moodle 4.1?" and “Introduction to Ally".
  • Moodle Train: you can create your own test course – go to Moodle Train and click on the “Create your own test course" link.

You will find further information about the upgrade on the Learning Technology Hub.  ​

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the Learning Technology Team.

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