Moodle

Moodle Unavailable July 13, 2017 from 7 a.m.

  On Thursday, July 13, 2017, UMass Amherst Information Technology will perform a scheduled upgrade to Moodle 3.1. Moodle will be unavailable beginning at 7 a.m. (for as long as 5 hours).  Please plan accordingly. For details about new features and changes to the software, see Moodle 3.1 Highlights. Also watch for August events, including…

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April 2017 Moodle News

Instructional Media Lab Temporarily Relocated Morning of Monday, May 15 On Monday, May 15, W.E.B. Du Bois Library will be closed until noon. We will be able to take appointments in LGRC A210 between 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., and in Du Bois Library, Rm.765 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. on May 15. Note this is…

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February 2017 Moodle News

Moodle Unavailable Thursday, March 16, 2017 During Spring Break, on Thursday, March 16, 2017, UMass Amherst Information Technology will perform a scheduled maintenance on Moodle. Moodle will be unavailable beginning at 7 a.m. (for as long as 5 hours).  Please plan accordingly.   Removal of Old Moodle Courses On Feb. 15, 2017, access ended to…

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January 2017 Moodle News

Reminder: Removal of Old Moodle Courses On February 15, 2017, access to Moodle courses taught up to and including Spring 2015 will be removed from Moodle at UMass Amherst. Please backup any course content you do not wish to lose, including course materials, grades and student submissions. For help, see Backup a Moodle Course. To…

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Is Your Moodle Course Ready for Spring 2017?

With Spring 2017 classes set to begin on Monday, Jan. 23, we have some information to help make sure you are ready for the start of the semester: Most Moodle courses open to students on Friday, Jan. 20;  Make sure your TAs have access to Moodle; How to request your Spring 2017 on-campus Moodle courses;…

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November 2016 Moodle News

Turnitin Scheduled Downtime Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 On Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Turnitin will be unavailable while Turnitin performs maintenance on internal network hardware to increase capacity and ensure continued dependable service. No submissions or grading will be possible during the downtime. We advise instructors to set submission deadlines be…

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October 2016 Moodle News

Turnitin Scheduled Downtime Saturday, Nov. 5 On Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Turnitin will be unavailable while Turnitin performs maintenance on internal network hardware to increase capacity and ensure continued dependable service. No submissions or grading will be possible during the downtime. We advise instructors to set submission deadlines be…

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August 2016 Moodle News

Turnitin Downtime – Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 On Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 from from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Turnitin is scheduled for system maintenance. Turnitin may be temporarily unavailable during this time. Moodle Downtime – Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 On Monday, Aug. 22 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Moodle will be unavailable while UMass…

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Moodle Downtime – Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

Instructional Media Lab

Moodle will be unavailable on Monday, Aug. 22 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. while UMass Amherst IT moves the system to new infrastructure. Please plan accordingly.

If you have concerns about this maintenance or if you are having trouble accessing Moodle after the upgrade, contact IT User Services at 413-545-9400.

For updates during the maintenance period, check the UMass Amherst IT social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.

For updates after August 22, 2016, check the IT website at: https://www.umass.edu/it

Moodle 3.0 is Here!

Moodle 3.0 Upgrade On Thursday, July 7, 2016 UMass Amherst upgraded Moodle to version 3.0. This upgrade continues to make Moodle more usable and efficient.  Some of the improvements include: New Editor Features: Better table editing, more text formatting options, right-to-left text option, full-screen editing, formatted HTML. New Activity Features, including: New Quiz question types: Select missing words,…

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June 2016 Moodle News and Downtime

Upgrade to Moodle 3.0 Scheduled for July 7 (Moodle unavailable) On Thursday July 7, 2016, between Summer Sessions, Moodle at UMass Amherst will be upgraded to version 3.0. Moodle will be unavailable beginning at 7 a.m. (for as long as 5 hours).  Please plan accordingly. Overall, this upgrade will not result in significant changes to…

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April 2016 Moodle News

 Need help with grading in Moodle? Grades need to be approved in SPIRE just before midnight on Tuesday, May 10th. If you would like to meet with a Moodle Gradebook expert to review your gradebook before the end of the semester please contact the Instructional Media Lab at 413-545-2823, or instruct@umass.edu. Final grades from the…

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March 2016 Moodle News and Events

Moodle Course Requests for Summer & Fall 2016 Moodle course request for Summer and Fall 2016 opens in SPIRE on Monday, April 4. For detailed instructions on requesting a Moodle course please see: How to Request a Moodle Course in SPIRE. Reminder: How to Reuse a Previous Moodle Course When course requests get underway, the Instructional…

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Moodle News January 2016

Reminder: Removal of Old Moodle Courses On February 15, 2016, access to Moodle courses taught up to and including Spring 2014 will be removed from Moodle at UMass Amherst. Please backup any course content you do not wish to lose, including course materials, grades and student submissions. For help, see Backup Your Moodle Course. To…

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Is Your Moodle Course Ready for Spring 2016?

With Spring 2016 classes set to begin on Tuesday, Jan. 19, we have some information to help make sure you are ready for the start of the semester: Most Moodle courses open to students on Friday, Jan. 15 Make sure your TAs have access to Moodle How to request your Spring 2016 on-campus Moodle courses…

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Moodle News November 2015

The last day of classes for Fall 2015 is Friday, Dec. 11, and final exams are on the horizon. We have some important Moodle grading and end-of-semester information for you, including: Get help with Grading in Moodle You must approve your course grades in SPIRE before midnight on Monday, Dec. 28. The instructional Media Lab will be…

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Moodle News October 2015

With midterm past, and the end of the semester in sight, we want to remind you that our friendly and capable consultants in the Instructional Media Lab are available to assist you with importing exam scores, working with your Moodle Gradebook, and other seasonal Moodle activities. The Instructional Media Lab has moved The Instructional Media…

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IML Move and Moodle News September 2015

The Instructional Media Lab is Moving to the Du Bois Library The Instructional Media Lab (IML), your home base for Moodle support, is moving from Lederle Lowrise, to the W. E. B. Du Bois Library. For most of you, this will make our offices easier to get to. We look forward to seeing you in…

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Moodle News August 2015

MOODLE COURSES OPEN FRIDAY, SEPT. 4 Fall’15 Moodle courses will be made available to students on Friday, Sept. 4, starting at approximately 12 p.m. If you are not ready for students to see your course, you can hide individual elements of the course, or you can wait until after the automatic release, then hide the…

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Moodle Unavailable Morning of July 18

Due to a major network modernization upgrade in our data center on Saturday, July 18, 2015, starting at 5:30 a.m. and throughout the morning, Moodle will be unavailable. If you have concerns about this maintenance or if you are having trouble accessing Moodle after the upgrade, contact IT User Services at 413-545-9400. For updates during…

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Spring Cleanup and Moodle Updates

Spring 2015 Cleanup We recommend that you review your course and back up what you need for future reference: Download a CSV file of the gradebook and copies of any student-submitted materials (e.g., assignments or other activities) as PDFs in case you need to refer to them later. Make sure you have copies of your…

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Summer 2015 Workshops

Please join us for our Summer 2015 workshops, or contact us for one-on-one appointments to learn about a variety of topics, including: Building a New Moodle Course Intro to Video Editing: Final Cut Pro X Intro to Video Editing: Adobe Premiere Pro Screencasting with Camtasia (Mac) “IT Under the Trees”: Instagram Screencasting with Camtasia (Windows)…

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April 2015 Moodle Updates

Need help with grading in Moodle? Grades need to be approved in SPIRE just before midnight on Tuesday, May 12. If you would like to meet with a Moodle Gradebook expert to review your gradebook before the end of the semester please contact the Instructional Media Lab at 413-545-2823, or instruct@umass.edu. Final grades from the Moodle…

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Entering Letter Grades in Moodle

Do you grade exclusively with letters and wish Moodle didn’t require you to enter numeric grade values then set them to display as letters? Did you know that there’s a new feature in Moodle that lets you enter or upload alphabetical letter grades into a manually created column in the Moodle Gradebook? This is especially…

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Moodle News – February, 2015

Turnitin Downtime – Saturday, March 7 Turnitin has announced that their services are expected to be unavailable during a scheduled maintenance period on Saturday, March 7, 2015, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Instructors are encouraged to modify assignment due dates to avoid the scheduled maintenance window. Scheduled maintenance windows are the first and third…

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